The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) is responsive to the continually changing public health reality in our region and state. As such, our exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan is directed by Washington State requirements. Our primary interest and concern remains the health and safety of our community, staff, volunteers, and clients – in the near- and long-term.
The following safety measures are in place until posted otherwise. All staff, volunteers and visitors are required to comply with this plan:
- The DRC office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Current hours for the Conflict Resolution Resource Line remain 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Volunteers and visitors are advised to call prior to visiting - 360/956-1155 - to ensure that someone is onsite.
- Anyone with the following symptoms is asked to refrain from being onsite until fully well: loss of taste or smell, chills, fever, cough, difficulty breathing and/or muscle aches.
- Public entrances will remain locked so the staff door remains the only option for entry by a member of the community. Visitors must call the office - 360/956-1155 - to notify that they have arrived and await entry instructions.
- Anyone onsite must maintain proper infection control procedures as indicated by hand-washing posters in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Staff, volunteers and visitors who are not vaccinated are required to wear a cloth face mask fully covering both nose and mouth for the entirety of their time while onsite. Anyone vaccinated must continue to wear a mask while in publicly-accessible shared spaces within the building.
- All facilitation, training and mediation continues to be provided primarily online. The DRC will not be hosting onsite public-access services until 2022, in response to changing conditions and organizational capacity.
Congratulations to Mary Fairhurst & Shelly Willis, recipients of the 2021 Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award.
Two outstanding individuals have been chosen to be recognized with the 2021 Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award. Named in honor of Evan Ferber, the DRC's founding executive director, this annual award recognizes those who have provided extraordinary leadership in promoting peace, and strengthening civil discourse and civic harmony. Normally a feature of the DRC's annual spring fundraiser, The Toast, this year the awards were presented at the DRC's Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on August 18th.
Mary Fairhurst served as Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, retiring in 2019 after 16 years on the Court. A graduate of Gonzaga Law School, she served in the Washington State Attorney General's office before joining the Court.
Throughout her career, Mary has focused on access to justice and protecting the rights of individuals impacted by our justice system, including domestic violence survivors and individuals accused of crimes. She has worked to enhance opportunities for women and minorities in the legal profession and to ensure access to justice for low-income individuals and families.
Mary has devoted her life to education, understanding that, through education, we can build the public's trust, confidence and engagement in our justice system.
Shelly Willis has served for more than 20 years as Executive Director of Family Education and Support Services (FESS), whose mission focuses on providing and promoting stability and resilience in families.
Some of the greatest challenges and disputes in our society happen within families. Among the FESS programs that Shelly has helped develop - and is a key resource for families served by the DRC - is Consider the Children, which focuses on strategies to help children whose parents who are going through a separation or divorce.
Mother Teresa once said, "What can you do to promote peace in the world? Go home and love your family." Shelly's life's work has been an embodiment of that sentiment.
Mary and Shelly are highlighted in a special feature story in Thurston Talk. Read the article.
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