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NAFCM Announces 4th Quarterly Volunteer Award Recognition

Sunday, November 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gabrielle Frey
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NAFCM Announces Fourth Award Recipient


NAFCM Announces Gary Casady, from the Six Rivers Community Mediation Services in Hood River, OR, as  the Fourth Recipient of “Outstanding Volunteer Award”


Denver, CO (November 15, 2014) — On November 15, 2014 NAFCM is announcing our 4th 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 Interim Executive Director Gabrielle Frey stated, “Such a positive response from the membership in recognizing the value that our volunteers bring to community mediation centers across the country.  There are over 400 centers across the country thus the acknowledgement of our hardworking volunteer mediators is necessary and filled with great stories of dedication and commitment to aiding others with conflict resolution within our communities.”   


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 fourth recipient of the award is Gary Casady who is a volunteer mediator with the Six Rivers Community Mediation Services center in Hood River, OR. 


A NAFCM Board and Ad-hoc committee member commented, “Our committee was inspired by the description of Gary’s style and contributions to the Center.  


Gary has extraordinary intuitive insights into the underlying issues that feed the fires of conflict. His profound understanding is conveyed with a calm and soft-spoken poise that creates a safe environment, encourages open, honest communication, and instantaneous trust building among disputing parties. Gary’s exceptional character is contagious. His wisdom and gentle presence encourage people to rise above their confined perspectives to reach a higher level of personal awareness and compassion. Gary has dedicated innumerable hours to Six Rivers as an advisory committee member, co-mediator, trainer and mentor to our volunteer mediators, outreach presenter and educator, and as a stellar networking representative in our community.


Volunteers, whom Gary has mentored, had these things to say about Gary:

·         “Gary exudes calmness and wisdom.”

·         “If I could gather seeds of the seemingly endless compassion Gary demonstrates, and plant it in everyone I know, the world would be a kinder, gentler place.”

·         “Gary always inspires me to be better at what we do, and to just plain be a better person, simply by his example.”

·         “Gary is a humble man living a mediator’s life.”

·         “Gary devotes so much of his time to listening, recognizing needs and uncovering resources to meet those needs, for children and families” 


His nominator selected the words compassionate, altruistic and humble to best describe Gary.


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

1.    A framed certificate commemorating the recognition;

2.    A 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 the center’s 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



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