Center for Resolution and Justice Honors Volunteer Mediators for Their Service

Child & Family Services’ Center for Resolution and Justice (CRJ) honored the program’s volunteer mediators for their years of service at an award presentation during the CRJ’s holiday party on December 13, 2013.  The following individuals were honored for their dedicated service and continued contributions to their communities:

15 Years of Service:

Scott Bylewski,Buffalo

Keith Elkins,Buffalo

Bruce Messinger,Getzville

Nancy Whitelaw,Jamestown


10 Years of Service:

Charlene Brumley,North Tonawanda

Tom Keating,North Tonawanda

Susan Mason,Amherst

Veronica Nichols,Buffalo


5 Years of Service:

Ellen Banks,Williamsville

Ileah Welch,Buffalo

Child & Family Services recognizes the dedication of our volunteer mediators and their commitment to bring about peaceful interactions between neighbors, employees, tenants and landlords, families and other members of our community. CRJ mediators are part of a panel of trained, experienced volunteers that help parties in conflict communicate with one another, giving them the opportunity to resolve the issues that brought them to mediation.  Nearly 80% of the cases mediated at CRJ reach partial or full agreement without going to court.  By providing mediation services, our volunteers help individuals settle their disagreements without using already limited judicial and law enforcement resources, saving them time and money over traditional court cases.