Northern Community Mediation (NCM) held its annual Appreciation Luncheon at noon on Monday, May 15 at City Park Grill in Petoskey. Over 40 guests attended the event.
The Honorable Frederick Mulhauser was the keynote speaker. He reflected upon his years on the bench, specifically drawing attention to drug court, Lakeview Academy, the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program and the Child Protection Mediation Program, all of which were implemented under his leadership. Long-time mediator and past Executive Director of NCM Kathy Lame introduced Judge Mulhauser. Kathy and the judge worked closely together in the development of the Child Protection Mediation Program.
Each year, NCM presents three awards. The Advocate of the Year recognizes the individual or organization that is a voice in promoting mediation. This year’s recipient was Wendy Viles, The Veteran Mediator of the Year is presented to an individual who not only has excellent skills but also goes out of his/her way to be available for mediating. Susan Hannah and Lou Diaz shared this award for 2016. The Rookie Mediator of the Year possesses the same traits as the Veteran Mediator of the Year with one exception. This award goes to a mediator who has been mediating for NCM less than two years. As with the Veteran Mediator of the Year Award, the Rookie Mediator of the Year Award was shared by Rob Brown and Ruthie Brown.
The Leah Award is one that is not necessarily given annually. It is reserved for an individual who has advocated for mediation over the years, has been supportive of NCM, and has promoted mediation creatively. This honor was bestowed upon the Honorable Frederick Mulhauser for all that he has done both locally and across the state in the name of mediation.
- Leah Award: Frederick Mulhauser
- Rookie Mediator of the Year: Rob & Ruthie Brown
- Veteran Mediator of the Year: Lou Diaz & Susan Hannah
- Advocate of the Year: Wendy Viles