Appreciation Gala

Some of the 2022/2023 Board members.

This year’s Appreciation Gala was held from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, May 30  at Palette Bistro in Petoskey.
Everyone had great fun celebrating another year well done. It was a glorious party.
With so many individuals who give of their time and money to make Northern Community Mediation
a dynamic non-profit organization, it becomes more and more difficult
from year to year to select those individuals who will be recognized for their contributions.

Those  individuals who were recognized for their contributions in 2023 were as follows:

Jeff Caine received the Rookie Mediator of the Year Award, which goes to a mediator who has completed
the Forty-Hour Training or has come to Northern Community Mediation from another Citizen Dispute
Resolution Center within the past two years.

Bruce Herbert received the Veteran Mediator of the Year Award, which is presented to an established mediator who goes above
and beyond. This is a person who does things such as re-arranging his/her schedule so that a last minute
mediation can be scheduled.

Bill Cattin was recognized as the Advocate of the Year. His dedication in the publication of the bi-annual newsletter
that goes out to over 600 people, as well as his commitment as a mediator and a Board member is second to none.

Since 2005, the Leah Award has been presented to an individual who is dedicated to and advocates for Northern Community
Mediation and the mediation process in general. This award  is not necessarily awarded every year. The staff of NCM
felt strongly that there was a more than one worthy candidate to be recognized for their contributions.
It was the 2022 and 2023 Boards of Directors that were directly responsible for the purchase
of NCM’s new home. Kudos to Mark Andresky, Jenny Brower, Mitch Brown, Bill Cattin, Hugh Conkliln, Phil Harmon
Kirstyn Horan, Lisa Hoyt, Hob Ingleson, Suzi Kanine, Brian Kasiborski, Nikki LaDeur,
Cyndy Tonkavich, Judy Zorn, and posthumously Brooke Jacoby.