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Nominees must have demonstrated zest, enthusiasm, strength and tenacity in the community service sector.
Winners will be announced at tomorrow's ceremony at the Grand Royale in Granville.
Blacktown Youth College teacher Dianne Knapton is one of six nominees in the Community Leader-Paid award, nominated by a student at the Bidwill-based school.
Mount Druitt Commuter Improvement Group president John Svoboda is one of five nominees in the Community Leader-Volunteer and Volunteer Group categories.
Fellow member Joan Forrester has been nominated for a Hall of Fame award, as has group secretary Wayne Lu for Out of the Box — one of two new categories.
Jennifer Beale is a Hall of Fame nominee for her work with Aboriginal organisation Butacarbin, at Hebersham, while Mission Australia Families NSW team leader Julia Jasprizza Laus could take home the partnership award for her work on the Paint Penrith Read program.
Shalvey teenager Blake Bardowski (pictured) is one of seven nominees in the Youth Leader category in recognition for campaigning for better public transport in Mount Druitt.