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North High's Copley honored for work with community mediation

June 29, 2010
  • Fedora Copley, 18, of Hagerstown, right, was honored June 12 in Annapolis as mediator volunteer of the year for Washington County. Attending the awards ceremony were Washington County Community Mediation Center Director Clifford Kurt and his wife.
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ANNAPOLIS - Community Mediation Maryland held its fifth annual gala June 12 at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis.

Fedora Copley, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, was honored at the event for her commitment and dedication to community mediation. Copley was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Lorig Charkoudian, executive director. Copley was chosen among many volunteers at the center for her work mediating community conflicts.

Washington County Community Mediation Center, a nonprofit organization, provides free mediation to all residents of the county for disputes, including family, neighborhood, business and interpersonal conflicts. Mediation is a confidential process that enables participants to freely discuss disagreements and work together to develop creative and mutually agreeable, long-lasting solutions to their conflicts. The mediators are trained volunteers from the community.

Community Mediation Maryland has supported the work of the Washington County Community Mediation Center, in addition to 16 other community mediation centers the state. A nonprofit organization, it increases public awareness about mediation through training and by creating partnerships with various private and government organizations, including the District Court of Maryland, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, the Judiciary's Division of Family Administration, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Home Improvement Commission and the Department of Juvenile Services.

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"We really value the work done by volunteers like Fedora," Charkoudian said. "Their commitment and hard work ensures that people throughout Maryland have access to high quality mediation services at no cost to resolve disputes and build relationships."

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