After years of dedicated service to the local community, Narellan businesswoman Adriana Care has been named the 2016 Camden Woman of the Year.
The state government award recognises and celebrates the outstanding contribution made by women to industry, community and society.
Ms Care, owner of Coutts Solicitors and Conveyancing and the first female president of the Greater Narellan Chamber of Commerce, said she felt honoured to receive the award.
“I feel we are very blessed by very high achieving women in the area in both business and the community who give constantly to the area,” she said. “I’m just happy to be thought of in the same manner. “
The former Camden High School student has been in the legal industry for 20 years and has built her career on the belief that people matter.
Through her role as a business owner and chamber president, Ms Care supports local businesses in many ways including choosing them for her own supply and services and promoting referral relationships in the business community.
Her business also sponsors community sporting groups and organisations including Macarthur Disability Services, Macarthur Skylarks Hockey and 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur.
She has also taken on roles at the Ingham Research Institute Luncheon, Christmas in Narellan, Sydney Southwest Women in Business and Combine Chamber organisations to help give back to the community.
“It’s simple, you give back to the community that constantly supports you. Why immerse yourself in the local community if you are not prepared to be part of it entirely,” she said.
Camden MP Chris Patterson paid tribute to Ms Care.
“I’m a huge fan of Adriana as she is an outstanding local woman deserving of this accolade. We need to acknowledge these women that contribute so much to our community,” he said.
Ms Care encouraged locals to make a difference.
“Do not put constraints on yourself due to gender, you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it,” Ms Care said.