Organizations benefiting from Bexley resident Judy Fisher's philanthropic nature include the YWCA, the Columbus Bar Association and Jewish Family Services.

Organizations benefiting from Bexley resident Judy Fisher's philanthropic nature include the YWCA, the Columbus Bar Association and Jewish Family Services.

Fisher, who has lived in Bexley for 35 years, was recently named one of the YWCA's six Women of Achievement for 2009. She is a counselor, executive coach and a divorce and family mediator.

Fisher said she always has been active in the community because it goes hand-in-hand with her work. One of the first boards she got involved with was the New Directions Career Center, an organization that helps women rejoin the work force.

She also has worked with the Ohio Children's Trust Fund and the League of Women Voters.

Fisher said she is most passionate about the YWCA, the organization that she has been involved with the longest. She has worked with the YWCA for 14 years.

"As a social worker, I feel strongly about social justice issues and making sure that everyone has equal opportunity," she said. "I picked organizations I thought had those missions in mind."

Fisher said making time to volunteer is important.

"I think if all of us don't spend a little bit of time looking around us and helping other people who can't help themselves, we are going to be in a really bad place," Fisher said.

She said it also is important for mothers to volunteer and to be a role model for their children.

"Children really follow what you do, not what you say," Fisher said.

Learning that she would be honored by the YWCA "was one of the most excited feelings I've ever had," she said. "I was just so honored because it has been going on for 23 years."

Nominees for the YWCA Women of Achievement honor must demonstrate the YWCA vision of elimination of racism and empowerment of women; give back to their community through time, talent and/or resources; help women and girls achieve their goals and provide leadership in her profession and/or community.

This year's winners will be honored at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.