MCRC In the Community
MCRC is proud to honor our own Jim Poole as the Howard County Volunteer of the Year! MCRC staff Kathy Rockefeller and Stephanie Klein celebrated with their family members, Jim, his wife Audrey, current volunteers, and former MCRC staff at the annual Community Mediation Maryland Gala. We were glad to be joined by Nancy Gebhart, Pat Boyd, Dennis Gilbert, Lindsay Kreisher (and her husband, Mike, and daughter, Emma) as we helped CMM celebrate 15 years. Our MCRC contribution to the silent auction benefiting CMM was excellent! Thanks to Eileen Dickson, Elizabeth Chazottes, Stephanie Klein, and Kathy Rockefeller for your generous assistance. Thanks also to Tim Johnson for making the MCRC table purchase possible, and to Charles Franklin and Dennis Gilbert for wonderful silent auction donations.
Program Coordinator Stephanie Klein led our Howard County contingent (including Dennis Gilbert, Tim Johnson and Sam Sherman) to join other mediators from around the state at this year's Legislative Education Day, organized by CMM. Our volunteers met with legislators and their staff to remind them about the great work we do and how they can refer their constituents to our center.
This year's Volunteer Appreciation event was a fun evening of acknowledgement and community, as well as chance to honor Dennis Gilbert's retirement and welcome Stephanie Klein!
The volunteers of MCRC received the Social Justice and Human Rights Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at a lovely brunch held at the Columbia Sheraton in October, 2013! Volunteers Jim Poole and Jane Porter joined Maria Harrison and Kathy Rockefeller to bask in the glory of the event. We were tickled to also welcome Jim’s little brother, Brandon Oliverus, and to recognize two more MCRC volunteers in the room: Loyce Pickett and Chelsea Knox Brown. Congratulations again, to all, and thanks to volunteer Jim Collins and his AKA wife, Marilyn, for suggesting that we apply.
On April 30, Kathy Rockefeller, Director of HCC’s Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center, was honored with a “Celebrating Successes” Award, in the category of High School. In its 14th Year, the Celebrating Successes awards recognize members of the community that are “committed to the success of our children and youth.” Individuals and groups are nominated by programs within Howard County, and winners are chosen by a panel of community judges. The awards were announced at a reception hosted by the Department of Citizen Services’ Office of Children’s Services at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Kathy received the award thanks to a joint nomination from three of MCRC’s school partners, The Homewood Center, Oakland Mills High School, and Hammond High School. Thanks to their progressive and insightful leadership and staff, these schools have been working, with MCRC and its volunteers, to become more restorative.
Howard Community College celebrated Conflict Resolution Day with a variety of learning and participatory activities, including "Peace Chains;" Restorative Justice tree contributed by Tim Johnson's RJ class at HCC; informational brochures on HCC's AA degree in Conflict Resolution, and the Mediation Services offered through MCRC. Volunteer mediators and MCRC staff contributed snacks and engaged in lively conversation with students and staff.