The Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee is Seeking Nominations for the 2024 C. Peter Gossels Good Government Award

C. Peter R. Gossels cherished democracy. A resident of Wayland for 58 years, he first served on the Finance Committee and then as Town Counsel, followed by 30 years as Wayland’s elected Town Meeting Moderator. Peter’s non-partisan generosity of spirit, fairness, and passion for good government marked his 50 years of volunteer service to the Town of Wayland.

The Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2024 C. Peter R. Gossels Good Government Award and invites all Wayland residents to submit nominations for this annual honor. The criteria for selecting the award recipient are as follows:

The C. Peter R. Gossels Good Government Award is bestowed upon a long-time resident of Wayland who has served as a volunteer for 20 years or more with generosity of spirit to improve and support operation of good town government. The award honors unpaid, secular service that promotes positive citizen engagement with town government; provides information to voters and officials to enhance fairness and well-informed decisions; and may recognize innovative initiatives that enhance operation of the Town of Wayland. The award will annually recognize an individual who exemplifies Peter’s passion for justice, civility, and high standards of conduct. This award may also be bestowed posthumously.

The deadline for consideration is Friday, April 19, 2024. Submissions are limited to 500 words or less and must include your contact information. Please submit your 2024 C. Peter R. Gossels Good Government Award nomination by mail or e-mail to:

Donna Bouchard
Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee
72 Concord Road
Wayland, MA 01778

The winner will be announced at Wayland’s 2024 Annual Town Meeting. For more information, click here


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