The Director’s Award is given to an individual (or individuals) who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to supporting and promoting CASA of New Hampshire. It recognizes those who have had significant and far-reaching impact in regard to advancing CASA of NH’s work on a variety of levels.
2022 Honorees: Senator Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen
CASA of NH is proud to present the inaugural Director’s Award to Sen. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, as both have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to New Hampshire’s children. Throughout their careers, from their tenure as governors to their current roles in the U.S. Senate, Sens. Hassan and Shaheen have time and again shown their support for CASA of New Hampshire and the children we serve. From Sen. Shaheen’s resolution to designate June 6 as CASA/GAL Volunteers’ Day to her work this past summer to secure $89 million for key projects in the state, which included funding for CASA of New Hampshire, she has helped CASA of New Hampshire grow as well as bring awareness to our mission. Sen. Hassan has long supported legislation and policies that support children and families, and has recognized CASA’s work in person. Speaking in 2015, then-NH Gov. Hassan said, “CASA of New Hampshire helps ensure, truly, that our most vulnerable have the right to be safe, and to be treated with dignity, and to learn and to grow in a caring and permanent and loving family. […] They [CASA of New Hampshire] are a critical partner to our child advocacy and welfare system in our state, and we need each and every Granite Stater to think about these kids each and every day.” Sen. Hassan has also advocated at the national level to ensure CASA continues to receive funding via the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).