Friday, June 7, 2013

Cobb Partnership Award – bringing together the best from Iceland and the U.S.

I had the honor of participating in the biannual presentation of the Cobb Partnership Award, which is given to an American citizen dedicated to building bridges between Iceland and the United States.  This year’s award went to Beth Fox, Director of the National Sports Center for the Disabled.  Since 2006, Beth has made annual trips to Iceland, working as a ski instructor and visiting the Grensás Rehabilitation Center, as well as giving talks at the University of Akureyri and at various public events.  She has given a great deal of support to her Icelandic colleagues for the benefit of the disabled community in Iceland.  The Award is also a testament to the commitment to the Icelandic-American friendship by its creator, Ambassador Chuck Cobb, who represented the United States in Iceland between 1989 and 1992.  Ambassador Cobb donated the “Partnership” statue, which stands proudly on Sæbraut, to commemorate the enduring bonds between our two countries.  He is a fine example of a citizendiplomat.