Photographer named local Woman of the Year

The Oaks resident Sharon Robertson has been named the 2018 local Woman of the Year.
The Oaks resident Sharon Robertson has been named the 2018 local Woman of the Year.

Donating her time and photography skills comes naturally to The Oaks resident Sharon Robertson.

She has volunteered for numerous charities for more than 15 years.

And now she has been awarded for her selflessness by being named the Wollondilly Woman of the Year.

“I feel very honoured to receive the award and appreciate being nominated,” Mrs Robertson said.

“When you volunteer you don’t set out to get recognition but it is nice to receive the award.”

Former councillor and The Oaks resident Hilton Gibbs nominated his neighbour for the award.

Mrs Robertson started The Oaks Christmas night 12 years ago with Mr Gibbs and together they have worked to make it a successful annual community event.

Mrs Robertson also volunteers her time and takes photos for Society 389.

“I love seeing the smiles on the faces of the families who receive donations, whether it is a car or wheelchair, from Society 389,” she said.

As well as being the small business owner of Sharon’s Photography, she also volunteered with the organisation of Camden Show for more than 10 years.

Mrs Robertson has also taught photography to special needs students and volunteered at Mater Dei.

“I get a lot of enjoyment out of volunteering,” she said.

“It is a chance to meet like-minded people who are community-focused.

“I like taking photographs at events because it shows other people what a great event it is and makes them go the next year.”

One her proudest achievements was raising $100,000 for the World’s Greatest Shave over four years.

“The Wollondilly community is awesome because they put in the effort and donate,” she said. “I just pull it all together.

“Without the community’s backing, these charity events don’t happen.”

The Oaks resident has lived in the shire for 17 years and loves rural lifestyle.

“The country towns are like families,” she said.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell named Mrs Robertson the 2018 winner.

He said her commitment to bringing positive change to Wollondilly through her quiet achievement made her an outstanding candidate. 

“Mrs Robertson has a heart of gold and is always looking for someone or something she is able to assist or advocate for,” Mr Rowell said.

“Wollondilly is a better place for having her.”