Moonwater Chosen as Grand Marshal for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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We're excited to share that our Executive Director, Moonwater, has been chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening on Saturday, March 17th. A Grand Marshal is chosen each year by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to lead the parade through Downtown Bellingham. The representative chosen is someone who is dedicated to the community, exhibits exceptional leadership skills, and has a positive attitude. We are incredibly proud that Moonwater has been given this honor, and we look forward to seeing her lead this fantastic event.

The Parade will start at Noon in the parking lot of Woodsmiths and Habitat for Humanity, at the corner of Cornwall Ave. and Ohio. It will end at the parking lot at the Northeast corner of E. Maple and Cornwall Ave right by Boundary Bay Brewery.

See you there! 

Welcome Addie Candib, Community Engagement Manager

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Please help us welcome our new Community Engagement Manager, Addie Candib. Addie joined the WDRC in October of 2017. Addie comes to her new position with a background in sustainable agriculture and food systems. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past decade, and holds a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. When's she not at her desk, Addie can be found running, practicing yoga, gardening, and singing with the Kulshan Chorus. Welcome, Addie! 

Welcome to our new board member, Adam Lervik!

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Please help us welcome our newest board member, Adam Lervik. As a lifelong resident of Whatcom County, Adam is excited to participate in furthering the mission of an organization that makes such a large contribution to the community’s health. Adam works as a Commercial Banking Officer for Peoples Bank, here in Bellingham, and has spent the past 12 years in the banking industry, after graduating from WWU in 2006. Adam and his wife are thankful that they can raise their three young children in Whatcom County. Welcome, Adam! 

Welcome to our new board member, Kate Imus!

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Please help us welcome Kate Imus to the WDRC's Board of Directors. Kate chose to join the WDRC board because she believes that the capacity for healthy conflict resolution is key to building strong personal relationships and strong communities. Kate works for Whatcom Community College Foundation and has a background in nonprofit program and project management. Kate is currently completing a graduate certificate in fundraising leadership at Seattle University, and she looks forward to applying her education as a member of the fundraising events committee. In her spare time, Kate enjoys gardening, drawing, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Welcome, Kate! 

Moonwater Reappointed to Secretary of State's Charities Advisory Council

We are pleased to announce that Moonwater, our Executive Director, has been reappointed to serve on the Secretary of State’s Charities Advisory Council.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, the Charities Advisory Council was created to advise the Secretary in determining training and educational needs of charitable organizations and creating model policies related to governance and administration of charitable organizations, assist the Secretary in identifying emerging issues affecting charitable organizations, and advise the Secretary on other related issues.

Council members are appointed by the Secretary of State; they represent a broad range of charities by size, mission, and geographic region of the state. Council members come from a range of professional backgrounds and possess general expertise in the management and leadership of charitable organizations. 

Moonwater was first appointed to the Advisory Council in June of 2011. About her recent re-appointment, Moonwater says, “It's an honor to serve as a voice for Whatcom County nonprofits in the important education and policy work of this Council”.

Moonwater has served as the Executive Director for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center since 2005, and she possesses more than 18 years of experience in the field of dispute resolution. She is the lead instructor for the WDRC’s 40 hour Professional Mediation Training, and provides customized conflict management training to numerous nonprofit organizations, tribal departments, local governments, businesses, and associations. She has trained thousands of individuals in effective conflict management skills.

Previous recognition Moonwater has received includes: her appointment by the Whatcom County Council to serve on the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, her appointment to the Domestic Violence Commission, being awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the Whatcom County Bar Association, being honored with a Ken Glass Community Builder Award, and in 2017 being named Professional Woman of the Year by Whatcom Women in Business. In 2014, the WDRC was selected as the Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year.

Welcome to Mediator Practicum student Laura Todd!

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Laura has over 25 years’ experience in leadership development, coaching and training in large companies, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial organizations. She helps teams and groups come together through retreats, expert facilitation, and transformative workshops. Laura coaches leaders and their teams to create a symphony of success.  Laura has an M.A. in Education, Counseling and Guidance, B.A. in Psychology and is certified as a Co-Active Coach.  Laura lives in Bellingham with her family and is found practicing yoga, hiking and biking on the local trails.

You can find more about Laura at www.lauratoddcoaching.com.

 

Welcome to Board member Stephen Gockley!

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Stephen retired in 2016 from a career as a civil legal aid lawyer, representing low-income persons to preserve rights to housing, necessary physical and mental health care, reasonable accommodations for disabilities, and other safety-net protections to meet basic needs.  Because his clients would often have a continuing relationship with the other party, he always sought durable resolutions that both parties could respectfully agree on together.  He greatly appreciates that this same positive approach underlies WDRC’s various services.  In retirement, Stephen serve on public bodies working to reduce incarceration and to develop innovative ways to improve the health status of both individuals and communities.  To him, WDRC provides similar systemic, constructive opportunities for change in Whatcom County and he is honored to join the board and promote those efforts.

WDRC Executive Director Wins Professional Woman of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that Whatcom Women in Business (WWIB) has recognized Moonwater, the WDRC’s Executive Director, with its Professional Woman of the Year award. 

Moonwater was one of six finalists to be considered for the award, which was presented at the WWIB’s annual banquet and auction on October 24, 2017. The Banquet is one of the primary ways that WWIB celebrates the accomplishments of women in the community. The Professional Woman of the Year award is given annually to a woman who strives for and exemplifies the four values honored by WWIB: Leadership, Professionalism, Mentorship, and Community Involvement. 

In response to the honor, Moonwater said, “I am both honored and humbled by the recognition from Whatcom Women in Business. My fellow finalists are outstanding professionals in their own right, and I remain in awe of how many powerful, change-making leaders we have in Whatcom County!”

Moonwater has served as the Executive Director for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center since 2005, and she possesses more than 18 years of experience in the field of dispute resolution. She is the lead instructor for the WDRC’s 40 hour Professional Mediation Training, and provides customized conflict management training to numerous nonprofit organizations, tribal departments, local governments, businesses, and associations. She has trained thousands of individuals in effective conflict management skills. 

Previous recognition Moonwater has received includes: her appointment by the Whatcom County Council to serve on the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, her appointment to the Domestic Violence Commission, her appointment to the Secretary of State’s Charities Advisory Council, being awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the Whatcom County Bar Association, and being honored with a Ken Glass Community Builder Award. In addition, in 2014, the WDRC was selected as the Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit of the Year. 
 

Director's Report: October 2017

Greetings friends,

As we approach year’s end, I’ve found myself taking a moment each day to reground myself in the Center’s mission, and the important work we have before us as a community. As a sense of divisiveness permeates the media, our conversations, and our consciousness, the need for constructive, collaborative, and innovative approaches to conflict become even more imperative. Action is critical. 

How are we taking action? Our Board is working diligently to update our strategic plan in order to ensure a vibrant future for the WDRC, and our staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to meet all of the requests for service. We are continuing our search for a new office space that will allow us to grow, bolster our accessibility, and continue to provide a warm and welcoming space for all. We are connecting with partners to explore creative ways to meet community needs. We are reaching out to our elected officials to raise awareness of our services.  We are reflecting on the beauty and strength within our community, and we are listening to the diversity of voices and people we are here to serve.  

Thank you for joining with us to take action toward a healthier, stronger, more resilient community by building peace – one person, one conversation at a time.

Moonwater
WDRC Executive Director
 

Thank you, board member Renae Ingraham!

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A longtime WDRC supporter (and former staff member, too!) Renae brought incredible enthusiasm, energy and ideas to our Board. We will miss her greatly as she changes her role with us in order to spend more time with her kiddos and her growing real estate business. Thank you, Renae!