Campbelltown's new citizen of the year is one of the busiest people in Macarthur.
Aside from her day job as a commercial litigator with Coleman Grieg lawyers, Emma Macfarlane is also a board member with Youth Solutions, co-founder of professional development organisation Victress Connection and works closely with the Ingham Institue for Applied Medical Research.
The Campbelltown resident was this morning celebrated as the 2020 Citizen of the Year at Campbelltown Council's Australia Day civic ceremony held at Ingleburn's Greg Percival Community Centre, taking the reins from 2019 honouree Ricardo Lonza.
Ms Macfarlane was shocked to receive the honour.
"I was so surprised when my name was read out," the 36-year-old said.
"When I was reading through the commemorative booklet and listening to the finalists being read out, there were a lot of people doing fantastic work in Campbelltown.
"I was just pleased to be standing among the finalists. It was a really lovely feeling."
Ms Macfarlane told the crowd and her fellow nominees that it was "so humbling" to be recognised.
"Being involved in the community is what makes Campbelltown home, not just a geographic location," she said.
Ms Macfarlane started her work with Youth Solutions - a youth drug and alcohol prevention program - more than a decade ago and has "grown with Youth Solutions over time".
She also started a successful annual fundraiser with the Ingham Institute.
"I started with a group of women about six or seven years ago to bring together the business community of Macarthur to have a fundraising luncheon on International Women's Day, and it's just been a tremendous success every year," Ms Macfarlane said.
"It's raised over $400,000 for the Ingham Institute."
She said she was incredibly proud of how fast Victress Connection had grown since its inception in August last year.
Ms Macfarlane said fostering female business leaders in the Macarthur community was "hugely important" to her as she had benefitted greatly from the mentorship of other businesswomen.
"For me to be able to pay that forward and see other women come together to pay that forward as well has been a real joy for me," she said.
She encouraged other young women to chase their business goals.
"Just have persistence and grit," Ms Macfarlane said.
"Sometimes you get knocked down, but you've just got to get back up more times than you get knocked down.
"People have great admiration for people who have determination and the grit to go after their goals."