WMA Annual Awards 2018
“Someone who has made a significant impact and is raising awareness of the field of Mediation and conflict resolution.”
Astrid Aveledo is working tirelessly to reach out the Latino and Native American communities in Grey’s Harbor and Pacific Counties. She is the Executive Director of that DRC. These are challenging projects for her DRC because the communities have been traditionally underserved. Her Spanish language internship in the Latino community is highly innovative in reaching out to high schoolers who are more receptive to using mediation. Her partnership with the Quinault Tribe is making headway in reaching families who need help. Astrid is truly a champion for WMA and for what we stand for.
Mary Hancock and Henri McClenney
“Someone whose dedication to the field of Mediation and conflict resolution has been long-standing and has provided an inspirational role model to their peers. “
Mary Hancock is Executive Director of the DRC of Kitsap County, Washington State, and plays a lead role on the Legislative Committee for Resolution Washington. This Committee works tirelessly and effectively to secure financial support for DRCs state-wide in a time of diminishing resources.
Mary’s dedicated attention to mediation is exemplary. Her caring, attentiveness, and skill permeate the staff and impact her many collaborations with community partners. Mary consistently reflects openness and receptivity to new ideas and input, and infects all those she touches with her passion for conflict engagement. Mary continues to build the vibrancy of the DRC passionately, knowledgeably, and persistently.
Henri has had a strong, direct impact on mediators and the mediation models used by King County and the City of Seattle, and an indirect impact on mediators and models used elsewhere in the region. Henri has been instrumental with bringing the Social Justice Mediation Institute to the region several times since 2007, and has co-led anti-racism trainings such as “Understanding Institutionalized Racism”, “When Race is the Issue”, and “Cultural Competency” trainings for mediators continuously since 2006. Henri has played a key role in helping recruit new Mediators of Color to the profession, and has helped other mediators to offset the institutional inequalities they will otherwise replicate in the mediation room without this knowledge base and training.
Rookie of the Year:
No Nominees in 2018
“Someone who is up and coming and is already having a positive impact to the field of Mediation and conflict resolution.”
Jennie Lou Shirer
Nominated by WMA Board
Jennie Lou has been an instructor for mediation trainings, as well as Settlement Conference Coordinator at the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution. With WMA, she has provided an invaluable bedrock support for an organization that sees a constant turnover of volunteer personnel. She provides the glue, the history, the stability and ever-patient presence in both calm and tumultuous times. The WMA Board doesn’t know where the organization would be without her.