A HARD-WORKING elder and well-known community member, Aunty Barb Sutton has been honoured as part of this year's NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Aunty Barb worked for Juvenile Justice in Nowra for more than 17 years, serving on several boards and was involved with numerous community groups.
She passed away on 28th of July 2018 with Juvenile Justice unveiling a portrait on Monday to recognise her outstanding work as a caseworker.
I was supposed to be Aunty Barb's supervisor but she taught me more than I could ever teach her.Juvenile Justice assistant manager and colleague, James Hanley
Her daughter Terri Marre Sutton described Aunty Barb as someone who was "very caring and always trying to find a solution".
"She was very community minded, she took up a lot of causes and worked a long and hard time for them," she said.
Outside of her work with Juvenile Justice, Aunty Barb served on the Aboriginal Medial Service Board, Aboriginal Housing Board and was a founding member of Waminda, the South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation.
Juvenile Justice assistant manager and colleague, James Hanley said Aunty Barb had a "benevolent heart" and all she wanted to do is help the kids they worked with.
Barb was dedicated to her job and would often go beyond her role to help people.
"She would see kids that we worked with, she'd be down by the river and she'd go and just buy $5 worth of chips go and sit by the river and talk to those kids for a couple of hours," Mr Hanley said.
"I was supposed to be Aunty Barb's supervisor but she taught me more than I could ever teach her".
The portrait was painted by Michele Arentz, a TAFE teacher, who runs art projects at the Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre.
"You can see by the reaction from the family how much they appreciated it," Mr Hanley said.
"It's a beautiful, stunning painting and it gets her smile.
"We'll get a print of that painting and one of the rooms here will be called the Aunty Barb Sutton Room and that painting will proudly hang there."