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We are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2019 Peace Builder Awards.

We are seeking 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. Over the last 16 years, more than 150 individuals and groups have received Peace Builder Awards for contributions to peace building in Whatcom County.

Nomination deadline: 5:00 pm on Friday, August 2nd, 2019.

 2018 Peace Builder Awards

Many heartfelt thanks to our committed sponsors, generous donors, and dedicated board members and volunteers for helping to make the 16th Annual Peace Builders Awards Gala an incredible success. In addition to raising essential funds for the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, we honored eight inspiring local Peace Builders, and recognized four youth poets.

Celebrating these amazing individuals and raising over $70,000 for our programs and services helps our community take vital steps toward building peace.These funds will enable us to continue providing important free and low-cost services throughout Whatcom County; including the delivery of conflict resolution workshops in local schools, mediation services to those most in need, supervised visitation for non-custodial parents and their children, and conflict resolution facilitation, training and education 

On behalf of our entire staff, we thank you for supporting our mission and strengthening the community in which we all live.

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

Youth Award: Students for Action
For leading inclusive community conversations about safe school environments

Arts Award: Dustin Willetts and the Kulshan Chorus
For using music to “break the silence” about gender-based violence

Reconciliation Award: Satpal Sidhu and the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation Project
For memorializing the history, experience, and contributions of immigrants to Whatcom County

Program Award: Page and the Northwest Youth Services Queer Youth Project 
For using education, counseling, and advocacy to support LGBTQ youth

Collaboration Award: Jared Jones-Valentine and the Unity Coal Mine Bridge Project 
For engaging community members in celebrating diversity and building neighborhood pride

Healthcare Award: Micki Jackson 
For convening and fostering intergenerational dialogue about end-of-life and palliative care