AC recipient Ita Buttrose AO OBE, a proud Southern Highlands resident, lives with her mother's wise words in mind.
"You don't just take, you try and give," Ms Buttrose said.
Ita Buttrose has received the AC order of Australia for her eminent service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts, and the health sector, and as a role model.
"It's a thrill and an honour to receive this for work I've enjoyed," Ms Buttrose said.
The current chair of the ABC has dedicated her time to serve the community through Dementia Australia and Arthritis Australia as well as the Breast Cancer Network, the AIDS Trust of Australia and numerous other organisations.
Ms Buttrose said she had a passion for health.
"You can have all the money in the world but if you don't have your health you've got nothing," Ms Buttrose said.
"Sometimes people need a voice to support them.
"It's a privilege to be that voice."
Ita said it was quite a responsibility to be a role model.
"I hope I can deliver," Ms Buttrose said.
The journalist, businesswoman and author said she focused on being true to her values and principles.
"That's what I'm doing right now," Ms Buttrose said.
"I'm fighting for the freedom of the press."
The founding editor of Cleo said she looked forward to celebrating on June 10 with a family lunch.
Ms Buttrose's five grandchildren will be in attendance for the surprise announcement.