The Center for Resolution and Justice, the area's exclusive not-for-profit provider of alternative dispute resolution services, celebrates its panel of mediators for contributing more than 158 years of collective experience mediating within Chautauqua County.
On Wednesday, Aug. 15, CRJ mediators will be honored at a luncheon beginning at noon at The White Inn, located at 52 East Main Street in Fredonia.
"Mediators have provided invaluable services to our community during the 26 years the Unified Court System's Community Dispute Resolution Program has operated here in Chautauqua County, " Coordinator for the center Kristen Wright said. "It is a pleasure to honor them with lunch at one of our highly esteemed local restaurants."
Mediators will take their annual oath at the luncheon pledging to provide parties in dispute with high quality services, delivered impartially and in strict confidence. Two RSVP volunteers who assist with administrative functions in the CRJ office have also been invited to attend. CRJ Director Julie Loesch, housed in the Buffalo office, will be traveling to Fredonia for the event. "The mediators in Chautauqua County show tremendous dedication and enthusiasm for the good work they do," she said. "We are very proud of the fact that they bring 158 years of mediation experience to those who use our services."
Loesch states that in addition to being trained in various styles of mediation, some mediators on CRJ's panel have enhanced their skills by taking advanced training in divorce mediation, agricultural mediation and special education mediation. Services are available in both English and Spanish.
CRJ, a program of Child and Family Services, is supported by the Unified Court System and utilizes experienced mediators to assist individuals, health care providers, schools and employers with the resolution of disputes.