Submitted by Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center (WDRC) invites the community to join us in honoring five remarkable individuals, organizations, programs, and projects at the 19th annual Peace Builder Awards on October 21.

“In facing the challenges of the past year, each of the award winners represent unique, collaborative, and important efforts to elevate equity, promote healing for the community, foster positive connections between individuals and cultures, and contribute to a more peaceful world,” said Moonwater, WDRC Executive Director. “We are looking forward to this treasured community celebration.”

The Peace Builder Awards virtual gala, presented by Peoples Bank and PSE, will celebrate the 30th year anniversary of the WDRC and recognize the award-winners and youth poets, and include a silent auction presented by SaviBank. The event will livestream from the Hotel Leo from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visit www.whatcomdrc.org for information, to register for the silent auction, and to watch the Peace Builder Awards.

Recipients of the 2022 Peace Builder Awards

Social Justice Award: Connect Ferndale, Remy Styrk, Juneteenth Video Project

For deepening the understanding of the significance of Juneteenth, elevating the voices of local Black students and community leaders, and for encouraging thoughtful dialogue around racial equity.

Collaboration Award: Mary Loquvam, York Community Farm

For bringing the community together to create an urban farm that provides jobs, educational opportunities, and addresses food insecurity in the neighborhood.

Education Award: Daniel Anderson, Assumption School

For his dedication in balancing the needs of students, families, and the school impacted by COVID.

Community Health & Recovery Award: Ashley Butenschoen, Lacey De Lange, Whatcom Long Term Recovery Group

For facilitating access to resources and helping Whatcom County communities, individuals, and families recover after the devastating floods of 2021.

Reconciliation Award: Kamalla Kaur, Tarnjot Singh Brar, Chardi Kala Project

For their commitment to promote learning about the Sikh culture and fostering peace, connection, and inclusion.

Thank you to our additional sponsors:

Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner – Julian & Company – Highline Construction – Chmelik Sitkin & Davis –  Ethos West Construction – Saratoga Real Estate – GLP Personal Injury Attorneys – Village Books

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