Ruta Dubinskaite, of Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force, is our 2019 CVQO Westminster Award winner!
She was presented with the famous silver lion, and joined a very special group of people, by becoming the seventeenth name to be etched on the award yesterday afternoon at the House of Lords.
Of course it was a special and momentous day for all 10 of our deserving finalists, as they gathered in the capital, together with their families, friends and distinguished guests, to mark one of the most special and uplifting days in the CVQO calendar.
As our Chief Executive, Guy Horridge, mentioned in his speech, this year’s nominees formed part of our most diverse group ever. We were privileged to receive nominations not only from the MOD Cadet Forces (the Army Cadet Force, RAF Air Cadets, Sea Cadet Corps and Combined Cadet Force) but also from St John Wales, Fire Cadets, Volunteer Police Cadets and also the Boys Brigade.
The award ceremony is the culmination of our 10 finalists’ hard work, with the South Africa trip still to come in two weeks’ time – the reward for making it through the initial nomination stage, the written submission and of course the Somerset selection event back in April.
We presented four awards at the ceremony, including of course naming our overall winner, so without further ado, here’s a round-up of who won what:
- The Pearson Community Award: Elle Hakesley of Wolverhampton Sea Cadet Corps
- The ILM Achievement Award: Ben Hunter of 1461 (Wigston and District) RAF Air Cadets
- The Lord Lingfield Medal: Alfie Green of London Fire Brigade Cadets
- The CVQO Westminster Award: Ruta Dubinskaite of Middlesex and NW London ACF
Our finalists will now have a little downtime before preparing to leave for South Africa on 9 July for their two week expedition.
CVQO Chief Executive Guy Horridge said “Today there are winners who have overcome personal challenges, challenges at school and challenges in the cadets, but what they all have in common is not only have they successfully faced these challenges but they have never used them as an excuse or expected special treatment because of it.
“They have studied hard to earn their BTEC and ILM qualifications. They are in my opinion remarkable young people, mature beyond their years and I am delighted to say they have all joined a very special club by becoming CVQO Westminster Award finalists today.”