Grenfell Citizen of the Year is Bernadette Dykhoff

Grenfell Citizen of the Year with Mayor Mark Liebich.

Grenfell Citizen of the Year with Mayor Mark Liebich.

Bernadette Dykhoff has been named Grenfell's Citizen of the Year at the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

The long-time local volunteer said she enjoyed her community work, admitting she had wondered what she would do with her time when she retired from her bakery job after 44 years.

"I thought, I'm going to get out in this community and try to help," she said.

Those little "heres and theres" add up to an incredible resume of community service.

Bernadette has served Grenfell Jockey Club as honorary organiser, caterer, gardener and groundsperson for more than 20 years.

She has hosted functions for the Jockey Club, Lions, Garden Club and Red Cross at her home over many years.

She has worked tirelessly for the Lions Club since her late husband Jack joined Lions in July 2008 - and the couple's outstanding assistance to the club had seen him named an honorary member earlier than that.

Bernadette is a member of the Hospital Auxiliary, Garden Club and Red Cross as well as a regular volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels and church cleaning.

Since the inception of the Grenfell Rodeo three years ago, Bernadette has volunteered her time sitting in the street selling raffle tickets and 100 club tickets, setting up and cleaning up before and after the rodeo, and manning the gate at events.

You'll also see her on the gates at the annual Grenfell Show.

The humble recipient accepted the honour on Sunday morning from Mayor Mark Liebich, who also spoke of the achievements of two other nominees Helen Denovan and Belinda Mort.

"We have got so many good people in this community, it's very hard to single people out," Mayor Liebich said in acknowledging the nominees for all the day's awards.

"I would like to thank everybody for this beautiful award, it's so wonderful," Bernadette said.

Bernadette Dykhoff with Australia Day Ambassador Andrew Lock.

Bernadette Dykhoff with Australia Day Ambassador Andrew Lock.