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Portland teachers receive Lasallian award
Daniel and Sarah Maher
Daniel and Sarah Maher

Two former Lassalian Volunteers stationed at De La Salle North Catholic High School are being honored for their service.

On Nov. 2 2in New Orleans, La., Daniel and Sarah Maher will receive the Brother Chris Bassen Service Award, which recognizes Lassalian Volunteers alumni who have continued a life of service.

The couple now leads the Lasallian community in Portland after the brothers who ran it for many years left in 2012. In that role, Daniel and Sarah assist first-year Lasallian Volunteers transition from college to working as professionals in a new environment. They live in community, praying together and eating together.

Sarah serves at De La Salle North as the Lasallian Youth Ministry director and teaches religious studies. Daniel teaches personal finance and develops support for special needs students.

The Brothers who were serving in Portland left after the community’s San Francisco District consolidated members into larger households. The aim was to strengthen community life and improve recruitment.

Daniel and Sarah are both graduates of Lasallian schools. Daniel graduated from St. Paul’s School in Covington, La., and later served for two years at La Salle School in Albany, N.Y. Sarah graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and went on to serve at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Bassen Service Award was named in honor of Christian Brother Christopher Bassen, (1942-2006). The award recognizes alumni of the Lasallian Volunteers who have continued a life of service since their volunteer years. Brother Chris lived and breathed De La Salle’s mission of service to the poor, founding the Lasallian Educational Opportunities Center in Oakland, Calif. LEO continues to provide educational opportunity to at-risk youths and adults who may otherwise not receive the assistance, guidance and resources they need. The recipients of this award are alumni of the Lasallian Volunteer program who have incorporated the value of Lasallian service to the poor into the fabric of their lives.

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