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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Dallas County Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Bishop Cooper, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) –Bishop Cooper of Lancaster, Texas was presented the Nancy Hees Award during the Governor’s 2019 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

The award is named in recognition of Nancy Hees who passed away in February 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Nancy, a TDCJ employee at the time of her death, worked in the Parole Division admirably for more than 14 years. Her dynamic character and devotion to helping others positively influenced the lives of many parolees and their families. Her heartfelt compassion and generosity built a bridge of communication between parolees and the agency’s administration and established the Division’s Ombudsman’s Office as a reliable information resource for offender families. .

Mr. Cooper is an outstanding volunteer at the Region II Dallas District Reentry Center. A compassionate and dedicated volunteer, he is committed to educating clients in a manner that ensures the information is received and understood. This is all in an effort to helping the clients comprehend the importance of taking responsibility for their crimes. Clients benefit from his testimony by learning a different method of thinking. His focus is to lead attendees to transformation and a successful reintegration into the community. He encourages everyone he comes in contact with and inspires them.

Mr. Cooper is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who served a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.