With hundreds of nominations, Dr William won the award from a strong field of community contributors.

The winners were announced on Friday at Orange Ex-Services’ Club, in central west NSW.

About 250 guests gathered from across New South Wales and the ACT including official guest The Hon. Paul Toole MP, Minister for Lands and Forestry to celebrate regional New South Wales and the ACT’s high achievers.

Dr William is the director of the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place which was on the verge of closing down when she was appointed.

She overhauled systems and processes, and successfully applied for grants, and the centre is now at capacity providing Aboriginal programs, a gallery, café, gift shop, an artists’ boutique and more.

Dr William helps Aboriginal artists create an income through their art and trains and employs Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth.

The NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards began in 2002, with the purpose of encouraging, acknowledging, and rewarding the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional NSW and the ACT.

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