Each year, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Board of Directors considers the nominees and chooses the winners of the Peace Builder Awards, which celebrates groups, individuals and organizations that are dedicated to strengthening community. For the 14th annual awards, the winners are as follows:
-The Lummi Nation won the Transforming Justice Award for transforming the Lummi judicial system.
-The Bellingham Peace Vigil won the Community Award for its dedication to advocacy for peace, nonviolence and social justice.
-Jeff McKenna won the Youth Education Award for MAD-HOPE, for equipping youth with the tools for compassionate conversations about youth suicide.
-Brad Lockhart won the Arts Award designing the unofficial Bellingham Flag, and engaging with the public and private sectors to create a cohesive visual representation of community identity.
-The Star Park Playground Project was awarded the Collaboration Award for the City of Ferndale’s efforts to engage the community in a collaborative project.
-Eric Brown won the Environment Award for the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition.
-Rick Qualls of Fountain Community Church won the Volunteer Award for his dedication to addressing the challenges of poverty around Samish Way.
-Katherine and Sapphire Orlowski won the Creative Conflict Resolution Award for building communication through parent-teen mediation.
The awards gala will take place Nov. 1 at the Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemyer Hall. In addition to awards, guests can enjoy a dinner, live music, poetry presentations and a silent auction, wine wall, dessert dash and a grand prize raffle. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased www.whatcomdrc.org, by calling (360) 676-0122, or in person at the WDRC.