RECOGNITION: Ambulance superintendent Loretta Johnson has been named as one of the three finalists for Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network's Woman of the Year.
RECOGNITION: Ambulance superintendent Loretta Johnson has been named as one of the three finalists for Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network's Woman of the Year. Jorja McDonnell

Southwest ambulance boss finalist for Woman of the Year

LORETTA Johnson's wealth of knowledge, experience and passion has not gone unnoticed, with her selection as a finalist for the Queensland Rural Woman of the Year.

Being named as one of three finalists for the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network, the ambulance superintendent said her time working in remote communities helped her excel in her career.

"It's humbling to have someone nominate you and have the work you've put in over the years recognised,” Ms Johnson said.

Living in Roma for the past three years, her passion for influencing future paramedics made her job so rewarding.

"Whether it be seeing a paramedic you've taught save a life or bring a baby into the world, you feel a sense of pride from it,” Ms Johnson said.

"I'm just lucky to get paid to do what I love.”

Originally from Injune, Ms Johnson started her career in Rockhampton in 2007, before becoming chair of the central west mental health committee in Longreach, which focused on providing support to graziers and community members experiencing drought.

She said 2014 was the toughest drought in history "so the ambulance service worked closely with the community to build trust and a network for support”.

"Mental health is a passion of mine, particularly in western Queensland.”

The winner will be announced at a gala awards dinner in Goondiwindi on Friday, September 13.