Over the last 15 years, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center has honored more than 100 individuals and organizations with the prestigious Peace Builder Award. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in community building, public service, and creative problem solving for the challenges facing our growing county.
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Announcing the 16th Annual Peace Builder Award Recipients
Each of this year’s award winners represent unique and important efforts to build trust, promote healing, resolve conflicts, and contribute to a more peaceful community. The recipients of the 2018 Peace Builder Awards are:
Education Award: Jill Iwasaki
For partnering with families and communities in the Ferndale School District to address trauma, solve complex problems, and support healthy youth development
Organization Award: Skookum Kids
For connecting foster children in Whatcom County to safe and loving homes
Arts Award: Dustin Willetts and the Kulshan Chorus
For using music to “break the silence” about gender-based violence
Youth Award: Students for Action
For leading inclusive community conversations about safe school environments
Program Award: Page and the Northwest Youth Services Queer Youth Project
For using education, counseling, and advocacy to support LGBTQ youth
Reconciliation Award: Satpal Sidhu and the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation Project
For memorializing the history, experience, and contributions of immigrants to Whatcom County
Healthcare Award: Micki Jackson
For convening and fostering intergenerational dialogue about end-of-life and palliative care
Collaboration Award: Jared Jones-Valentine and the Unity Coal Mine Bridge Project
For engaging community members in celebrating diversity and building neighborhood pride
Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!
Many thanks to our sponsors, donors, and volunteers who made the 15th Annual Peace Builders Awards Gala such a success!
2017 Peace Builder Awards Recipients
Downtown Bellingham Partnership: Collaboration
For their commitment to foster relationships and nurture unity among businesses and the community at large
Karen Aislinn, PeaceHealth Medical Group: Healthcare
For building peace through exceptional emotional and social support for her patients and their families
Stephanie Lewis, Whatcom County Juvenile Court: Public Servant
For helping youth and families reduce conflict, connect, collaborate, and link with community resources
Whatcom Community Foundation: Organization
For its Project Neighborly initiative, bringing the community together to promote connection, neighborliness, and understanding
Portage Bay Partnership: Creative Conflict Resolution
For creative conflict resolution efforts between the Lummi Nation and Whatcom Family Farmers, resulting in a cooperative approach to improve water quality
Lindsey Karas, Sterling Meadows Apartments: Empowerment
For her steadfast commitment to the well-being of youth in the Sterling Meadows community
Homeless Outreach Team, Opportunity Council: Program
For building peace by creating connections, and meeting basic needs of some of our community’s most vulnerable
Bridge Builders: Cultural Connections
For their efforts to foster understanding and spaces of communion and connection between all faiths in Whatcom County
Our 2017 Peace Builder Awards Sponsors
And thanks to Wendy & Jeffrey Robinson and Donna & Keith Loken
Special thanks to Brad Lockhart of LARIAT Creative for designing and donating our new Peace Builder Awards logo and header!
And thanks to: Marian & Graham Exall, Mayor Kelli Linville, K. Ann McCartney, Kate McLean & Lewis Jones, Barbara & Dianne Rappaport, Tim Schermetzler, and Dean & Carolyn Withrow
2016 Peace Builder Award Recipients
Videos created and donated by the City of Bellingham BTV Channel 10
2015 Peace Builder Award Winners on BTV
2015 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest Winners
We cannot imagine a peaceful future without the celebrating the contributions of our youngest peace builders. Each year, youth across Whatcom County submit peaceful poems and our panel carefully selects winners. Congratulations to our 2015 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest Winners:
Beckett Ferry, age 6, grade 1, Cedar Tree Montessori
Ella Thompson, age 10, grade 5, Wade King Elementary
Thu Ton, age 16, grade 11, Squalicum High School
Matt Carpenter, age 17, grade 12, Lynden High School
Short videos of each winner, as well as a video of the entire event, created by Bellingham TV Channel 10 can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzI_Q-WzSR7XzQbbOjk3LQ