WHEREAS, mediation is a process of dispute resolution that offers short-term and long-term benefits which ultimately promote harmony and understanding among a diverse and multi-faceted population; and
WHEREAS, mediation provides a cost-effective confidential alternative to litigation to resolve disputes between individuals, groups, and institutions throughout the County of Albemarle; and
WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle has sought to assist its citizens in the process of dispute resolution by recognizing programs that allow mediation participants to best decide the resolution of their dispute; and
WHEREAS, mediation is globally accepted as a way to creatively approach conflict through personal expressions, education and empowerment to decide among various outcomes;
in the County of Albemarle and call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
Signed and sealed this 5th day of March, 2008.
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