September 10, 2011

OMA 2011 Annual Conference

With over two decades under their belt hosting exceptional conferences, the Oregon Mediation Association's upcoming Silver Anniversary Fall Conference is sure to be a grand event! Taking place November 4-5 in Portland, OMA has announced an impressive lineup of speakers and events, including Keynote Speaker Ray Shonholtz, former ten-year President of Community Boards in San Francisco.

Appealing to the varied professional focuses represented amongst OMA's membership, the conference offers  a particularly promising time for community mediation folks. Program administrators from throughout the broader Pacific Northwest will have access to informative sessions on community reconciliation, cross-cultural alliances, public policy engagement, restorative justice within the government sector, and entire program-relevant tracks, including mediator skills development and quality assurance. All told, OMA has crafted an accessible soirĂ©e offering eleven hours of professional development with plenty of opportunity for re/building personal connections thrown in for good measure.

Of further import to community-oriented attendees will be the presentation of OMA's Shannon Stewart Award of Excellence and its distinguished kin, the Brian Johnston Award of Excellence, which, respectively, honor notable volunteers and staff members at community dispute resolution centers and other public-benefit entities.

Gleefully correcting a too-long absence from PNW ADR events, NAFCM will proudly be in attendance! We look forward to reconnecting with our friends and colleagues working in one of the most active and consistently impressive regions of the country. We invite all in attendance to visit us at our Exhibitor booth where you can score your very own "Community Mediator" conference ribbon and check-out the latest community mediation resources. Be sure, also, to plug-in to NAFCM's Facebook and Twitter accounts, which will feature a stream of real-time, community-focused ideas and resources during the event. Following the conference, we'll post a conference recap to "The Community Mediator," NAFCM's blog.

Hope to see many of you in Portland this Fall!

In community,
Executive Director, NAFCM

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