The awards, developed by Seasons Funerals and Community Newspaper Group, honour individuals for charitable service to their community.
Natalie Hays, an education assistant for special needs children at Success Primary School, was nominated by workmate Sue McKay after having raised an incredible amount of money through hosting morning teas over the past 11 years.
She’s also played an active role in fundraising for Relay for Life, which also raises money for cancer research.
Ms McKay said her colleague was a giving and supportive person who always put friends, family and workmates first.
Ms Hays said she did not expect the nomination.
‘To tell you the truth, I was very surprised as I felt like there were many more worthy recipients,’ she said.
‘It does feel nice to be acknowledged though.’
A People’s Choice winner from the year’s finalists will be decided by a public vote hosted on the Seasons website.
Winners will be announced at an exclusive presentation on March 30.