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City's Dispute Resolution Center team recognized for work

Jim Brooks, Tsipora Dimant receive awards at Oregon Mediator Association conference


Two city of Beaverton staff members were recognized at the recent Oregon Mediator Association conference in Portland for their longstanding work in mediation.

Jim Brooks, program manager for the city's Dispute Resolution Center, received the Bryan Johnston Award of Excellence, presented to a paid mediator or staff member of a public agency or nonprofit organization, at the event held Nov. 1-2 at the Ambridge Event Center in Northeast Portland.

Tsipora Dimant, program coordinator for the city's Dispute Resolution Center, received the Sid Lezak Award of Excellence for what officials called her "exemplary" service to mediation and the association.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jim Brooks, program manager for the city's Dispute Resolution Center, received the Bryan Johnston Award of Excellence, and Tsipora Dimant, program coordinator for the center, received the Sid Lezak Award of Excellence for what officials called her 'exemplary' service to mediation and the association.

For the past 10 years, association voters noted, Brooks and his team have expanded the quality and variety of services offered to the community through programs designed to support community needs such as homeshare, truancy, foreclosure avoidance and workplace mediation.

Brooks, a member of the association since 2000, became a lifetime member in 2006 and has served four years on its board of directors. He is serving his third term as the president of the Oregon Association of Community Dispute Resolution Centers, a coalition of the 17 community dispute resolution centers in Oregon.

Dimant, who moved to Oregon 40 years ago — shortly after the 1973 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors — served two years as a medic in the Israeli army before moving into mediation. She has mediated workplace, family, neighborhood, tenant/landlord and business disputes for more than 20 years. Dimant teaches public workshops and volunteer trainings, mentors new mediators and serves people in the community interested in learning new ways to deal with conflict.

"I'm proud of our staff and the high level of service they're able to provide our community," said Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle. "We're lucky to have such qualified individuals working on our team."

A member organization of mediators and friends of mediation committed to the development, support and advocacy of mediation in Oregon, the OMA sponsors training events and an annual two-day educational conference that attracts internationally known experts in mediation and conflict resolution. The association is finalizing a voluntary certification program for mediators.

For more information on the association, visit omediate.org.

For more information about the city's Dispute Resolution Center, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/DRC or call 503-526-2523.




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