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The Journal News featured Pace’s College of Health Professions Jefferson Award winner Jacqueline Cassagnol in "Spring Valley nurse wins national award known as 'Nobel Prize for Public Service"

09/28/2020

The Journal News featured Pace’s College of Health Professions Jefferson Award winner Jacqueline Cassagnol in "Spring Valley nurse wins national award known as 'Nobel Prize for Public Service"

A Spring Valley nurse and Pace University doctoral candidate has won a 2020 Jefferson Award, which honors "top change makers and ordinary citizens" for acts of public service.

Jacqueline Cassagnol was given the honor by the nonprofit Multiplying Good for her volunteer work in Haiti and her subsequent creation of Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc. Cassagnol's nonprofit has provided more than 350,000 people with health education, first-aid and disaster preparedness training in the United States and Haiti.

Cassagnol, representing Pace University, and Anne Corelli of Coca Cola were honored for outstanding public service.

This year's other recipients of the award, known as the “Nobel Prize for Public Service,” include actress and activist Kristen Bell, Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler, and TOMS clothing brand.

Cassagnol, a doctoral candidate in nursing at Pace’s College of Health Professions, is the first student from Pace to earn the national honor.

The Brooklyn-born Cassagnol has spent many childhood school breaks in Haiti with her grandparents. After the devastating 2010 earthquake, she joined Rockland relief teams.

Read the full Journal News article.