Cambridge Chamber of Commerce


Cambridge Chamber celebrates achievements at Community Awards


CAMBRIDGE, Ont. -   The amazing achievements of local not-for-profits, charities and service clubs were recognized Tuesday night (Nov. 26) at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce’s 7th annual Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Awards which celebrates the hard work undertaken by the volunteers and staff of these organizations in the past year.


Hundreds of community leaders and their guests filled the Hamilton Family Theatre for the awards which is one of the Chamber’s most popular events and has honoured the contributions and achievements of these community builders since 2012.


“These awards are our way of acknowledging how much we appreciate and admire these organizations and individuals and what they do to make our community a great place to call home,” said Cambridge Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Greg Durocher. “The wide extent of their outstanding work is something we should all be very proud of and celebrate.”


The Chamber’s adjudicating committee painstakingly reviewed a number of nominations to select the winners in nine award categories. As well, an individual was selected by Chamber board members to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.


“It was not an easy task to select just a few,” said Durocher, noting there were many worthy organizations and individuals among the nominees.


The winners were selected to recognize the achievements of organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions from September 2018 to September 2019 to make our community a great place to live, work and play.


The award winners are:


Best Corporate/Not-For Profit Partnership

This award is presented to an organization that formed a partnership with a corporation that went beyond mere donations in it corporate-non-for-profit efforts.

The winners:  Langs. Community. Health. Wellness/Ridgehill Ford Sales Ltd.


Best Marketing Campaign

This award recognizes an outstanding promotional marketing campaign that generated awareness of an organization and saw positive results.  The campaign may have been executed through print, email, web, mobile, social media or a combination.

The winner: #SheIsYourNeighbour, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region


Best Event of the Year Award

This awards is presented for an event or program that was implemented by an organization, which made a huge or important impact, that increased awareness and/or boosted the bottom line.

The winner: Ending Chronic Homelessness by 2020, Citizens for Cambridge


Group Volunteer Award

This award recognizes a group of three or more individuals who have come together to volunteer their time toward a shared goal/activity or event involving leadership, innovation and creativity. Activities or events can benefit all ages. The Award is presented to the Service club or group who, through the contribution made by its members, resulted in the betterment of our communities or people’s lives who live in our communities.

The winner: Cambridge Memorial Hospital Volunteer Association


Board Member Award

This award is presented to two board members who have demonstrated outstanding service to a not-for-profit organization in City of Cambridge or Township of North Dumfries through the giving of their time, talents, and resources as a board member to further the goals and objectives of the organization.

The winners: Mary Adamson, Argus Residence; and Angelo Loberto, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation


Volunteer of the Year

The nominees were involved in volunteering for the equivalent of at least 100 hours more than a 12-month period. Nominees volunteered for a legitimate not-for-profit organization, service club or community group. The communities of Cambridge/Township of North Dumfries or Waterloo Region must be significant beneficiaries of the nominee's volunteer work.

The winner: Keith Rivers, Citizen of Cambridge 


Youth Volunteer of the Year

The nominess were 18 years or younger and have volunteered for a legitimate not-for-profit organization, service group or community group. The communities of Cambridge/Township of North Dumfries or Waterloo Region are significant beneficiaries of the nominee's volunteer work.

The winner: Julie Rowland, Jacob Hespeler Secondary School 


Not-For-Profit – Under 10 Employees

This is presented to a not-for-profit organization or service club that provides outstanding programs, services, events or campaigns that support the needs of the community and its residents. This organization successfully raise awareness of issues affecting the community and successfully raise funds to support its mission and goals.

The winner: St. John Ambulance


Not-For-Profit – 11 Employees and Over

This award is presented to a not-for-profit organization or service club that provides outstanding programs, services, events or campaigns that support the needs of the community and its residents. This organization successfully raise awareness of issues affecting the community and successfully raise funds to support its mission and goals.

The winner: Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank


Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to an individual who, over the past 20 years or more, has made significant contributions to the community and has improved the quality of life for citizens or whose accomplishments have brought recognition to the Waterloo Region.

The winner: Kim Decker, YWCA Cambridge