The Mediator: WDRC Spring news is here!

Read up on the latest news at WDRC with our quarterly newsletter. Within you will discover: 

  • Information on our upcoming 25th anniversary celebration, Bridging Divides
  • Upcoming training opportunities
  • Exciting news from the WDRC Youth Program
  • Board transitions and a new mediator Practicum cohort

The Mediator: Volume 13, Issue 2

WDRC 2016 Annual Report

Dear Friends & Supporters,

I am delighted to share with you the WDRC's 24th Annual Report, celebrating our collective impact. This past year exposed us to raw undercurrents of violence and conflict between community members—here in our county, our nation, and our world. It is showing up in the tone and tenor of interactions in meetings, homes, schools, and places we thought were safe. We each have a responsibility to navigate through these undercurrents in a way that strengthens our connection, reduces violence, and builds compassion. 

In partnership with the community, the WDRC is doing just that. 

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Story of Service: Restorative Practices at Windward

Story of Service: Restorative Practices at Windward

This opportunity for me to work with youth has been a joy and a passion. As a teenager, I did not know how to strengthen and repair relationships in a way that sustained friendships...Teaching youth skills to relate to one another and tools to resolve conflict allows me to offer both evidenced-based curriculum, as well as perspectives I did not have available to me in my youth.

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Daniel's Story of Service: Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest

As the WDRC Youth Program Specialist, I am continuing a long legacy of strengthening our community through youth education. One of my first projects was working on the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest. After receiving over 90 poems from youth in the community our selection committee chose our 5 winners. One of these was 4th-grader Robyn at Lummi Nation School.

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Tom & Samuel, WDRC Supervised Visitation Clients

Tom & Samuel, WDRC Supervised Visitation Clients

Our Supervised Visitation Program is the only free, safe, and legal way for parents to spend time with their children when a court order prohibits contact. For many parents, access to their children means stability. Being able to see their child is the reason they are staying sober, applying for work, or seeking stable housing. One of those families is Tom and Samuel. Here's their story... 

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Youth Program Returns to Schools This Fall

As the school year kicks into gear, the Youth Program is already in full swing. We are continuing to provide schools in Whatcom County with high quality conflict resolution education at little or no cost, ensuring students are building the skills to navigate complex issues. We have already begun or completed partnerships with a number of schools, including: Columbia Elementary, Cascades Montessori Middle, Meridian Middle, Irene Reither Elementary, and Kulshan Middle, with many more in the works. If you would like to see a school you care about feature a workshop from the Youth Program, there are still available spots for winter and spring.

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WDRC Announces 14th Annual Peace Builder Award Recipients

Each year, the Peace Builder Awards are an opportunity to nominate individuals, groups, and organizations that have dedicated their efforts to strengthening community. After careful consideration the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Board of Directors has chosen the winners of the 14th Annual Peace Builder Awards.

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Derek Thornton wins the 3rd Annual Wander to Wander 1K

Derek Thornton wins the 3rd Annual Wander to Wander 1K

Whatcom Co. - On September 11, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., 278 participants took off to the burst of an airhorn in the 3rd Annual Wander to Wander 1K – a .62 mile “wander or sprint” from Johnny’s Donuts to Wander Brewery during Bellingham Beer Week. This event is the first of its kind in a town renowned for endurance races. All of the $5,466 proceeds benefit an equally unique nonprofit: the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and their mission to provide and promote collaborative and constructive approaches to conflict through mediation, training, facilitation, and community education.

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Eddi Vulic Triumphs in Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament

Eddi Vulic Triumphs in Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament

Whatcom Co - The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC), 10th Annual Compete for a Cause Cribbage Tournament was held Saturday, September 10th in the Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden. With 75 competitors of all ages and skill levels, participants played 3 round robin games, followed by an exciting 5 round elimination bracket.

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Guest Post: Day 12 - Why isn't Tanya walking with me?

Guest Post: Day 12 - Why isn't Tanya walking with me?

Mediator and Board President Joan Cervisi was kind enough to write an article for us about conflict resolution during her recent trip to Spain!  Read an excerpt here and follow the link to her blog to read more!

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Lily's Story of Service

Lily's Story of Service

In the final month and a half of my term, our youth program volunteer, Sierra, and I had the opportunity to serve a group of elementary school boys. These students were referred because they were having difficulty recognizing the impact of their behavior on the school environment. Their teachers and counselors hoped the Dispute Resolution Center could help teach the boys self-awareness, anger management and positive communication skills

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