Person of the Year: Who’s next?

Kids in Need Waikato founder Linda Roil was named the first Cambridge News Person of the Year in 2017.

The Cambridge News Person of the Year is back for its third rendition.

The award, which is announced in our final edition of the year, celebrates Cambridge’s good sorts and recognises one special person for their contributions to the community or significance in their field.

And we want you to tell us who you think should receive the award for 2019.

The first Cambridge News Person of the Year was Linda Roil, founder of Kids In Need Waikato. A selfless caregiver who has helped make a world of difference for children living in foster care, Roil credited the Cambridge community as a whole when she was presented the award in January 2017.

In January when Jan Nesbit was named the 2018 Cambridge News Person of the Year it was an acknowledgement of a lifetime of achievements and caring for others.

Jan Nesbit was the 2018 Person of the Year.

In the late 1960s she was the first female ambulance driver in the Waikato, and in the five years leading up to her award she had almost single-handedly co-ordinated many hundreds of Red Cross journeys transporting Cambridge residents to and from medical appointments in Hamilton.

That’s in addition to helping countless new mums through Plunket and helping fundraise for the Foundation for the Blind and the Cancer Association. She rapidly lost her sight in 2008 due to a rare eye disorder.

Who would be your 2019 Cambridge person the year – and why?

If you would like to nominate someone send their full name and contact details and tell us why they should be considered for the award. Email  or drop off your nomination to our office at 55 Victoria St, Cambridge.

We will accept nominations until noon on Thursday December 6 and we will announce the winner on December 21.

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