An Ashland man was one of three Oregonians recognized with awards of excellence by the Oregon Mediation Association Thursday in Portland.

An Ashland man was one of three Oregonians recognized with awards of excellence by the Oregon Mediation Association Thursday in Portland.

Fred Perloff received the Shannon Stewart Award of Excellence. Perloff is a mediator, conflict resolution trainer, restorative justice practitioner and mentor working at Mediation Works in Medford.

A release noting his award said, "He has brought a thorough understanding of mediation, passion, dedication and an extraordinary commitment of time and energy to actively and constructively advance peaceful conflict resolution in Jackson County and beyond."

In 2003, Perloff became a volunteer facilitator for the Serious and Violent Crime Dialog program of Josephine County's Dispute Resolution Center. The program involves bringing together adult offenders and their victims — or victim's families — in crimes of murder or manslaughter.

As a member of the state's Serious and Violent Crime Steering Committee, Perloff also obtained funding to train facilitators throughout Oregon.

Also recognized were Mike Niemeyer, alternative dispute resolution coordinator for the Oregon Department of Justice, and Stan Sitnik, a faculty member and professional development director in the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program at Portland State University.

Niemeyer received the Bryan Johnston Award of Excellence. Sitnik received the Sid Lezak Award of Excellence.

Mediation attempts to resolve disputes by using a mediator, an impartial third party who works with people to discuss their concerns and, if possible, reach a voluntary agreement.

The Oregon Mediation Association, founded in 1986, is a statewide non-profit organization of approximately 350 mediators and supporters of mediation.