Our esteemed friend and colleague Dr Alderman Fraser Agnew MBE, has been awarded the first-ever Friendship Ambassador Award from the Gilbert Sister Cities, and a key to the Town of Gilbert in honour of his four decades of service to our Borough.
This honour was bestowed to Alderman Agnew during a recent council cross-party delegation visit to establish a strategic link with Arizona State University Gilbert.
Alderman Agnew is one of the founding members of the sister /twinning city partnership between Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Gilbert Arizona in 1998, and has devoted so much of his time nurturing this relationship between Elected Members, schools, colleges, businesses and both communities.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman Stephen Ross said:
“I am delighted that Alderman Agnew was recognised with this award for his forty two years’ service to our Borough. Through his determination and commitment to our Sister City relationship with Gilbert, our Borough has had exceptional achievements and we will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues in Gilbert to develop further economic growth.”
Mayor of Gilbert Town Brigette Peterson said:
“Alderman Agnew has served with distinction not only his own community of Antrim and Newtownabbey but also Gilbert Arizona. I can think of no one more deserving to receive this first-ever Friendship Ambassador Award. Alderman Agnew has worked tirelessly in pursuit of stronger economic development and personal connections between the two communities and has earned the respect, love and affection from the people of Gilbert.”
Dr Alderman Fraser Agnew MBE will retire this year after proudly serving his community for 42 years.