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Resolution Institute Michael Klug Awards 2018

Date TBA | Jackson McDonald

The Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award is presented annually by the Board of Resolution Institute to a “person or persons who have during the past year contributed to the peaceful resolution of conflict in the best interests of the community”.

The recipient of the 2018 Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award is Ms Sarah Blake, in recognition of her contribution to the peaceful resolution of conflict within Aboriginal communities throughout WA.

On this occasion, Resolution Institute will also be presenting Honorary Life Membership to Ms Margaret Halsmith for her more than 10 years as Chair of Resolution Institute. Margaret will also be named as a Luminary of Resolution Institute, for her role as a “leading light”, exhibiting inspiring leadership within and beyond Resolution Institute.

The Honourable Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC will be the guest speaker for the evening and presenting the awards.

If you are in Perth on 15th May, we hope you can join us to honour these two extraordinary peacemakers.

Resolution Institute thanks Jackson McDonald who are generously hosting this event.

About the 2018 Resolution institute Michael Klug awardee

Sarah Blake is the recipient of Resolution Institutes’ Michael Klug Award 2017. Resolution Institute has chosen Sarah as the recipient of this Award in 2018 in recognition of her contribution to the peaceful resolution of conflict within Aboriginal communities throughout WA. With an ability to bridge the cultural divides with respect and authority, her work is exemplified by a Community Mediation in 2016-17 in the East Kimberley region. As a result of Sarah's hard work and innovative approach to peace-making, a community has re-established traditional peace-making mechanisms and has designed a cross-culturally appropriate mediation model.

With over 20 years’ experience in mediation and training, Sarah’s expertise in the field of multi-party mediation and cross-cultural decision-making allows her to customize services that bridge cultural, commercial, and legal divides. With broad mediation, conflict management and governance experience, Sarah is passionate about helping people in complex situations make good decisions.

About the awardee of Resolution Institute Honorary Life membership and Luminary status

Margaret Halsmith has been Chair of Resolution Institute for more than 10 years. During that period, Margaret led the integration first with LEADR NZ and then with IAMA and oversaw significant growth in membership and financial sustainability of what is now Resolution Institute. Margaret has been an active member of the Resolution Institute WA Chapter for many years. Margaret is also a contributor to a wide range of DR organisations including as a founding member of ADRAC, a founding member of the Management Group of EMAN and Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute.

Margaret has been tireless in her efforts to promote Resolution Institute, the expanded use of ADR in our community and the development of excellence in dispute resolution delivery. Margaret now continues in her mediation practice, established in 1995, and provides mediation for individuals, business and government and PD for new and highly experienced mediators.

About Michael Klug AM

Michael Klug AM is one of Australia’s pioneering lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He has served on numerous ADR committees and organisations nationwide, including as founding Chair of one of the constituent organisations of Resolution Institute.

Consistently voted by peers as one of Australia's Best ADR Lawyers, Michael has advised large corporate and government clients in significant public disputes and matters. Michael is committed and works assiduously towards lawyers embracing ADR and the developing negotiation skills.Michael's ongoing dedication to ADR led him to endow the Resolution Institute Michael Klug Award and Resolution Institute to acknowledge his contribution to ADR by awarding him Luminary status.