Laconia Resident Peter Cassell Awarded the Joseph D. Vaughan Award for Outstanding Leadership and Meritorious Achievement as a Volunteer

On May 4th in a packed Executive Council Chamber Peter Cassell was Awarded the Joseph D. Vaughan Award for Outstanding Leadership and Meritorious Achievement as a Volunteer.

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L-R: Nicholas Toumpas, Peter Cassell & Governor Maggie Hassan

The Joseph D. Vaughan Award was initiated in 1963 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator. Representative Vaughan was an early advocate for older residents of the State and was instrumental in creating a State Agency dedicated to the well being of older people. The Joseph D. Vaughan Award is presented each year to individuals, over the age of 60, who have shown outstanding leadership or demonstrated meritorious achievement as a volunteer, on behalf of the older citizens in New Hampshire.

“One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the ‘all-hands-on-deck’ spirit of our people,” Governor Hassan said. “We roll up our sleeves, pitch in and work together to improve our communities. The Vaughan Award winners exemplify that spirit, and on behalf of all Granite Staters, I thank the recipients for their unyielding dedication to helping their neighbors and for service to their community.”

Peter Cassell has held a Hospice volunteer position with Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice since 2012. From the beginning of service Peter has accomplished over 115 visits to Hospice patients providing them excellent support, friendship, comfort, kindness, encouragement and most of all recognition to our Veteran patients for their commitment to our country. In addition to visiting Hospice patients, Peter took on the role of Volunteer Facilitator for the agency’s “We Honor Veteran’s” Program (WHV). As one of the first agencies to take on this endeavor in the State of New Hampshire, Peter has established Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice as the leading agency for honoring Veteran Hospice patients for their service to our country.

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