Nominations Open for 2018 Peace Builder Awards

We're pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the WDRC’s 16th Annual Peace Builder Awards.

What: The WDRC seeks nominations for individuals or groups in Whatcom County that creatively resolved conflict, contributed to peaceful dispute resolution, promoted reconciliation between divergent individuals or groups, or otherwise promoted peace in the past year.
Nomination deadline is Friday, August 10th, 2018
How: Online and printable Peace Builder Awards Nomination forms are at and at the WDRC, located at 13 Prospect Street, Suite 201 in Bellingham. For questions or more information, contact or (360) 676-0122.

Over the last 15 years, more than 150 individuals and groups have received Peace Builder Awards for contributions to peace building in Whatcom County. In 2017, 8 Peace Builder Award recipients were honored, including:

Moonwater and Lindsey Karas at the 2017 Peace Builder Awards

Moonwater and Lindsey Karas at the 2017 Peace Builder Awards

·         The Homeless Outreach Team, Opportunity Council – For showing compassion and providing a great service helping a part of our community meet some of their basic needs.

·         Lindsey Karas, Sterling Meadows – For building understanding between communities and creating a source of empowerment.

·         Portage Bay Partnership, Lummi Nation and Whatcom County Dairy Farmers – For ongoing commitment to building trust and creative problem solving.

·         Bridge BuildersFor creating a safe space for people of different backgrounds and beliefs to come together to connect and learn.

BTV Channel 10 creates short films of each recipient, found on the WDRC’s YouTube Channel. A complete list of past Peace Builder Award Recipients is at

Recipients will be celebrated at the 16th Annual Peace Builder Awards on November 16th, 2018, presented by Peoples Bank. The event’s theme is people putting the pieces together for creative conflict resolution in our neighborhoods, our schools and our community. In addition to the awards, the event features music, dinner, a silent auction, and grand prize raffle. Proceeds of the Gala benefit the WDRC’s mission to provide and promote constructive and collaborative approaches to conflict through mediation, training, facilitation and community education.

“I invite everyone in Whatcom County to help us recognize those community members who inspire collaboration, embody peace, and give hope to our community.” -WDRC Executive Director, Moonwater.