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For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2019
Reserve Deputy Probation Officer Gilbert Lascurain and Chaplain Mark Minor Honored as Probation’s Volunteers of the Year
LOS ANGELES– Two of the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s finest volunteers where honored April 3 at the 37th Annual L.A. County Volunteer of the Year Awards Ceremony. Reserve Deputy Probation Officer (RDPO) Gilbert Lascurain and Chaplain Mark Minor are Probation’s recipients of this prestigious honor for both their lengthy service and valuable impact they have had on the Department’s services and clients.
Gilbert Lascurain has been a Reserve Deputy Probation Officer for 24 years and is currently assisting at Camp Joseph Paige. Lascurain has been committed to making positive changes to individuals of all ages and has demonstrated an extraordinary passion in his work assignments, conducting himself with dignity and integrity.
“I joined the Probation Department’s Reserve Deputy program for the sol purpose to serve, “Said RDPO Lascurain. “Whatever my assignments may entail or wherever they led me, I believe in commitment to the cause and dedication to the Probation Department. For the past 224 years I carried out those endeavors to the best of my ability.”
Mark Minor is a volunteer chaplain at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. Working with the Chaplain’s Eagles, he has been ministering to Probation youth for the last 22 years. Chaplain Minor has made important contributions to the Department’s work by setting a strong example to the youth in Probation’s care of what it means to be a man of God. He has consistently made himself available wherever he sees a need and has often stepped up to assist other chaplains with his organizational skills and his supportive presence.
“I consider it a privilege to be part of God’s transformation process with our incarcerated youth,” said Chaplain Minor.
In 2018, over 1100 individuals volunteered 29,164 hours across Los Angeles County assisting Probation staff and clients.
“L.A. County Probation is grateful for the work of these two outstanding volunteers and of all the men and women in the volunteer program that give so graciously of their time and energy,” said Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Terri L. McDonald. “Volunteers help at our Department’s facilities with no expectation of compensation, yet they help people in need and offer their skills and experience to further Probation’s mission.”