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NAFCM Announces Third Award Recipient


NAFCM Announces Debbie Horberg, from the Center for Conflict Resolution of Chicago, IL,  as  the Third Recipient of “Outstanding Volunteer Award”


Palm Springs, California (July 24, 2014) — On July 24, 2014 NAFCM is announcing our third NAFCM Outstanding Volunteer Award Winner.  The nomination process allowed community mediation centers from across the country to nominate outstanding volunteers.   NAFCM received many dynamic nominations for this new quarterly award which recognizes the significant work volunteers provide to create the positive impacts of community mediation across the country.


NAFCM Executive Director Matt Phillips stated, “It was amazing to see the positive response that this new program is getting from community mediation centers across the country.  There are over 400 centers across the country and this program hopes to end having these community-changing, volunteer mediators be one of the country’s greatest kept secrets.” 


NAFCM assembled a committee of community mediation leaders from across the country that was given the task of selecting the Outstanding Volunteer Award winner.  The committee will continue to meet quarterly to determine additional award winners. 


The third recipient of the award is Debbie Horberg who is a volunteer mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, Il.  A NAFCM Board and Ad-hoc committee member commented, “Our committee was very impressed with the passion and dedication that Debbie brings to the Center for Conflict Resolution.  Debbie's  nomination noted that she is often called on for some of the 'tough' cases.”  In addition,  Debbie is the Chairperson of the Center's Volunteer Council, a body of people who work on contributing to CCR in non-mediation capacities.  This group works on areas such as increasing revenue streams by developing new training programs,  and planning for both continuing education sessions and events for bringing the volunteer community together.   Debbie is committed to CCR's mission and works effectively with CCR's Executive Director to keep the work of the council aligned with the programs and strategic goals of the organization.   The three words chosen by her nominator Matt Steele are: dedicated, sincere and thoughtful.


As the recipient of the NAFCM Outstanding Volunteer Award, Debbie will receive the following:


1) A framed certificate commemorating the recognition;

2) Copy of Ken Cloke's new book, "The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems Design";

3) An opportunity to meet and be interviewed as the NAFCM Outstanding Volunteer Award winner by Dave Hilton of the Conflict Specialist Show; and,

4) An announcement will be made to the entire NAFCM community as well as a press release created with the announcement that can be sent to local media and posted on website.


Every quarter, NAFCM will announce a new Outstanding Volunteer Award winner.  Nominations for future awards can be made through NAFCM’s website at 


For additional information or a sample copy, Contact: S. Gabrielle Frey, Executive Director of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), at (602) 633-4213 or