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.

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. 

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