WVDRC is a place for people in our community to come together and participate in a voluntary, confidential, transformative model of mediation through which clients are empowered to define their issues, negotiate to satisfy their own needs, and create their own mutually satisfactory agreement, rather than going to court or arbitration where a third party makes decisions for them. The mediator’s role is to guide and guard the confidential 6-step process to ensure the clients every opportunity to be heard, to hear each other, and explore together possible proposed solutions to their dispute in a safe and private setting. Pro bono (Volunteer) mediators provide mediation services and client fees are charged on a sliding fee scale based on each client’s income.
Dispute Resolution Centers have been operating in Washington State since 1984 There are currently 20 centers in operation throughout the state. Beginning in June 2004, through the volunteer efforts of Lynn Yialelis and the interest and mentoring of members of the Equal Justice Advisory Council, the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center began to take shape. The DRC board was formed, met, elected officers, and named the center during their first official meeting on January 17, 2005. Recruitment and training of individuals interested in becoming certified mediators for the center began in October 2005. The DRC was formed under, and in accordance with, Washington State Statute RCW 7.75, and on February 20, 2006 Chelan County Commissioners passed Resolution No. 2006-26 authorizing the creation and operation of the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center.
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is a member of Resolution Washington, the association of dispute resolution centers of WA State, and Washington Mediation Association (WMA), the association of attorney and non-attorney mediators in WA State. WVDRC is a WMA Practicum Approved site for training and certifying mediators in WA State.
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center offers a team of certified mediators with training and experience in a wide variety of cases. Our mediators come from various professional backgrounds and walks of life and offer their time and services to WVDRC pro-bono (without charge) so that we can offer affordable quality services to anyone who needs it.
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is a non-profit 501(C)(3). We currently have a 9 member Policy Board of Directors. This board meets once a month in the capacity of governance. They establish policy as well as develop vision and set direction for WVDRC. They involve themselves in actively promoting our agency within the community, help organize and participate in any fund raising events, and assist in training.
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