Nominations, entries sought for Peace Builder Awards

The nonprofit Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center is seeking nominations and contest entries for the 11th annual Peace Builder Awards Gala.

Members of the public can nominate an individual, group, or business to receive a Peace Builder Award, which recognizes community members and organizations that have contributed to local peaceful conflict resolution within the past year. This year, the Peace Builder Awards Gala will also include a youth poetry and video contest called the Resolution Reels and Peaceful Poems Youth Contest.

Peace Builder Awards are distributed in seven categories: health care, public servant, community member, volunteer, youth/student, education, andprogram/organization/business. The WDRC seeks individuals or groups that creatively resolved a conflict, contributed to peaceful dispute resolution, promoted reconciliation, effective communication or understanding between divergent groups in the past year, or otherwise contributed to peace within the community.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 13.

The Resolution Reels and Peaceful Poems Youth Contest invites K-12 students, to explore any theme related to peaceful conflict resolution through film (1-3 minutes) or poetry (30 lines or less). Submissions are due Friday, Oct.11.

Award recipients and youth contest winners will be recognized during the Peace Builder Awards ceremony on Friday, Nov. 15. In addition to the awards, the event will feature music,  appetizers, a silent auction and a grand prize raffle.

Nomination and contest forms are online at www.whatcomdrc.org and at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s office, located at 13 Prospect St., Suite 201 in Bellingham.

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