Northern Community Mediation traditionally has held an Appreciation Luncheon at City Park Grill in May. At this event, the annual awards have been presented: Advocate of the Year, Veteran Mediator of the Year, Rookie Mediator of the Year, and occasionally the prestigious Leah Award.
The Advocate of the Year recognizes the individual or organization that is a voice in promoting mediation. 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. 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.
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.
These recognitions for the 2017 year, however, will not be presented at the Annual Appreciation Luncheon. Rather, the recipients were recognized at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 18. The reason for this change is due to the fact that rather than having an Appreciation Luncheon in 2018, NCM hosted a party from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at City Park Grill in Petoskey in celebration of its 25 years of service to the citizens of Charlevoix and Emmet counties.