On October 28, 2009, New Haven’s Community Mediation, Inc. celebrated 20 Years of Peacemaking to mark the retirement (at least from CM) of its long-time Executive Director, Charlie Pillsbury. The event also honored two former CM Board Presidents, Alison Bonds and Ronald Netter, and peer mediators in New Haven public schools. Volunteer adult mediators, peer mediators and their teachers, current and past Board members, and many others were on hand for the celebration.
Charlie has been an inspiration to many involved in mediation, in the New Haven area, throughout Connecticut, and further field. It seems only fitting — and wonderful news — that after retiring from CM on Friday, he begins tomorrow as the volunteer first Executive Director of Mediators Beyond Borders.