Opinion: reflecting on the positives

By Sue Milner

Chairperson, Cambridge Community Board

New Year Greetings from the Cambridge Community Board

It’s welcome to 2021, and we are all hoping it will be better than 2020.

There are positives from 2020, we exercised, spoke to different people we passed as we exercised even if they were on the other side of a street.

Some of us learned new skills, for many of us that was using Zoom to attend meetings, or simply to chat with family members in distant places.

We commemorated Anzac Day from our gateways, but with lots of heartfelt messages written on fences and walls by the younger members of our community.

We learned a new language – Covid, isolation, quarantine, distancing etc – words that had existed before but took on a new meaning.

Parents learned about home schooling, and every one of those parents and students deserves a cheer from the rest of us. The teachers also deserve a cheer for preparing lessons and maintaining contact with students and parents.

We thank all the people who kept so much of our essential services running, including those who volunteered to buddy the elder members of our community, and now that we have had a few weeks of the ‘old normal’ back, we hopefully will never again take those people for granted .

Here we are in 2021, all hoping for a great year, and the Cambridge Community Board is looking forward to a great year too.

Our monthly meetings start on February 3, and as usual there is the Community Forum to open the meeting.

The Forum starts at 6pm, and each group or person has five minutes to speak to the Board.

If you wish to speak please ring Council and ask to talk with the Board secretary.

The Board acknowledges the Cambridge News declaring Julie Epps Community Person of 2020. Julie does an awesome job in our community. The Board was delighted to give Julie a Cambridge Community Service Award in 2020.

Thank-you Julie for being a great member of our Cambridge Community!

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