Resolution Center shines spotlight on volunteers

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The Resolution Center recently held its annual “Evening at the Movies” fundraiser, an event that included a ceremony to honor its volunteers. Receiving awards that evening at the MJR Marketplace Sterling Heights Cinema 20 were (left to right) Barbara Johannessen, Brenda Lewis and Myla Ford, who accepted the honor on behalf of Judge Gregory Ross of Sanilac County. Johannessen, a volunteer at the center for more than two decades, was honored with the Laurence Harwood Distinguished Mediator Award. Lewis, who received the Lawrence W. Beckett Volunteer of the Year Award, was recognized for her work as the center launched its small claims mediation program at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township. Ross, who serves on both the Sanilac County Probate Court and 73-A District Court benches, was honored with Conflict Resolution Advocacy Award. In 2013, the center began providing mediation services in counties in Michigan’s Thumb area and Ross worked to develop a collaborative partnership with the center.

– Photo by John Meiu

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