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CONTACT: Rhonda Harris, Human Relations Department, (816) 513-1836

Heartland Mediators Association Annual Conference May 16-17

Councilman Alvin Brooks, 6th District-at-Large, will share his experiences at the Heartland Mediators Association’s annual awards dinner May 16, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. The theme for this year’s conference is “Use of Mediation in Community Services.”

Brooks, who is also the Mayor pro-tem, is known for his willingness to become involved in difficult community issues. He was the first director of the Human Relations Department, which was organized in 1968. Brooks also was responsible for developing one of the first institutionalized mediation and dispute resolution services in the country, in a city government environment.

Dr. Bernard Mayer, an internationally recognized leader in the field of conflict resolution, will present a workshop May 17 on “The Heart of Mediation: Dealing with the Conflict in the Room” from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Mayer is a partner at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colo., and has facilitated many complex and highly controversial environmental conflicts, commercial and organizational disputes, and public decision-making processes. The training he will give has been approved for six hours of Kansas Continuing Mediation Education credits.

The Heartland Mediators Association was organized 14 years ago by mediators from Kansas and Missouri as a not-for-profit professional association.

Both the dinner and the mediation workshop on Saturday are open to the public. To register for the banquet and/or workshop contact Sandra Sabanske, Heartland Mediators Association, at (913) 381-4458 or via e-mail at

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