The Peacemaker Award is designed to recognize a member of the community who has made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, building good will and understanding, resolving conflict, and striving for peace.
The award will be given during Nation Conflict Resolution Week at the Upstate Mediation Center’s Peacemaking Celebration to honor UMC Volunteers and this year’s Peacemaker!
A selection committee made up of UMC’s Executive Committee and representatives from our corporate sponsors will be looking for nominees that use innovative techniques or ideas that show appreciable change in our community; people who live kind, compassionate, and generous lives. For example, the person may have established a mentoring program, created a safe place for children after school, developed a creative fund-raiser, or worked in a peer program that showed improvement in bullying.
The Upstate Mediation Center (“UMC”) is pleased to announce the 2023 Peacemaker Award recipient is local business owner Gregory Ward.
Mr. Ward was nominated for his extraordinary work in founding Bridge City Coffee, a transformative coffee shop and roaster that redefines the concept of a “for profit” business. He accomplished this with a people-centric, three-tier impact-based business model: fostering meaningful relationships with coffee bean farmers, prioritizing staff development with a growth mindset, active empathy, and a pursuit of excellence, and serving as a bridge for non-profit community partners. The name “Bridge City” symbolizes Mr. Ward’s unwavering commitment to fostering healing, unity, and community building through diverse initiatives. This vision is encapsulated in Bridge City’s slogan “meet in the middle,” which aims to create a more vibrant and inclusive Greenville for all.
The 2022 Peacemaker Award Celebration was held on Tuesday, October 18th at Endeavor. The event also featured recognition of Judge Diane Smock who received the first UMC Extraordinary Achievement Award.
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