Community board wins once again

Mike Pettit (right) and John Bishop with the Cambridge Community Board’s two latest awards.

The Cambridge Community Board has done it again – winning another top accolade.

The organisation won top honours at the Sister Cities New Zealand Awards in Palmerston North on March 23, winning both the Supreme Award and the award for community organisations.

And now they’ve also won two more awards, at the 2019 National Community Board Conference held in New Plymouth last week, coming away with the Best Project Award for the category “enhancing communities” as well as winning the overall Supreme Award.

The achievements were based on the board’s work with Cambridge’s sister city Le Quesnoy, namely in organising Armistice events in 2018.

Cambridge Community Board chairperson Mike Pettit accepted the award on behalf of the board, acknowledging the work by the board’s Armistice/Remembrance Day Committee, along with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, in organising Armistice in Cambridge.

“I was very proud of the impact the events had on engaging people not just from Cambridge but throughout New Zealand,” Mike said.

“Included in the nomination was the Civic Service, Armistice events at the Like Karapiro, the family day outside the town hall, light show and the delegation to Le Quesnoy.

“Combined, this stood out against all other entries and as town we should celebrate our success off the back of planned and hard work.”

He credited the contributions of Cambridge residents, too, in participating and supporting the events.

“We simply received top accolades on behalf of our great town,” he said.

“The Cambridge Community Board, like so many of the groups that make up Cambridge, have a can-do, ‘glass half full’ positive attitude. It is this mentality that helps people want to live in, contribute to and be part of Cambridge.”

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