A passionate local who supports vulnerable women and children has been crowned Camden’s Citizen of the Year.

Denise Pritchard, who was given the award at the Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony at Camden Civic Centre, has been a member of the Camden/Wollondilly Domestic Violence Committee for over 10 years, remaining proactive in its projects.

She was also heavily involved in setting up Blue Wren House – Camden Women’s Shelter, where she is a board member.

Taking out Young Citizen of the Year was Brydie Meredith, an inspiring teacher at Catherine Park Physie and Dance.

Beverley Batros and Garry Clarke both took home the Sports Achievement Award. Ms Batros has been a member of the netball club, Benkennie, since its inception in 1984. Mr Clarke is a member of the Eventing Equestriad Committee, where he volunteers countless hours of his time.

The Camden West Rural Fire Station won the Community Group Award, while Patricia Johnson won the Arts and Cultural Award.

Congratulating the winners, Mayor of Camden Ashleigh Cagney said, “Shining a spotlight on these fantastic people in the Camden community is our absolute pleasure.”

“Camden is the amazing place it is because of their tireless efforts and I’d like to thank all of the winners, and indeed everyone who was nominated, for the contributions they make to our area.”