Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) Acclaims Delma Sweeney’s International Achievement

Dr. Delma Sweeney

Dr Delma Sweeney is awarded accolade of “John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award” by the US Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)Dr. Delma Sweeney

Monday, 5th September 2016 – Commenting on the recent announcement by the US based Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) that it is awarding the 2016 “John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award” * to MII Practitioner Mediator and former member of the MII Council Dr Delma Sweeney, President of the MII Sabine Walsh said “We are delighted to learn of Delma’s award. This is a very significant honour and achievement for an Irish mediator. The list of winners of this prestigious international award forms the equivalent of a “who’s who” of the world’s best mediators. It is testament to the esteem in which Delma’s mediation skills and lifelong contribution to the development of mediation, is held by her international fellow professionals. It is the first time the award has been won by someone outside of the USA and Canada.”

“Delma currently leads the academic team and is the Lecturer Emeritus at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Maynooth and was previously Director of Mediation & Conflict Resolution at University College Dublin. Through her lifelong work in the Community, Family and Organisational/Workplace sectors of mediation and as a founder member of the Mediator's Institute of Ireland and the World Mediation Forum, Delma has made a major contribution to advancing the cause of mediation both here in Ireland and on the international stage”, said President Walsh “I wish Delma a very enjoyable trip to Baltimore, Maryland where she will receive the award at the end of September”


*John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award

It has been announced that Delma Sweeney is the 2016 recipient of the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award.  The award will be presented as part of ACR’s 2016 Annual Conference to be held September 28 – October 1 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, MD. This is the first time the award is presented to a mediator outside the USA and Canada. The award is presented annually to a prominent and internationally recognized leader in mediation who demonstrates personal and professional commitment to finding mediation solutions to conflict while balancing therapeutic and legal perspectives.  John Haynes was a pioneer in the field of family mediation, a respected author and practitioner, an international trainer, and the first president of the Academy of Family Mediators. In keeping with his legacy, the candidate should demonstrate innovation, creativity, and outstanding competence in published writings, training, and practice, maintain personal and professional integrity and respect for others, and embrace a sense of humor and humility about our standing as fallible beings.

Past Recipients:

2015: Bernie Mayer 

2014: No Honoree 

2013: Mark Kleiman

2012: Michael Lang

2011: Christine Coates, J.D.

2010: Kenneth Cloke

2009: Robert D. Benjamin

2008: Peter Salem

2007: Jim Melamed, J.D.

2006: Arnie Shienvold, Ph.D.

2005: Nina R. Meierding, MS., J.D.

2004: Zena D. Zumeta, J.D.

2003: Barbara Landau, Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M.

2002: Donald T. Saposnek, Ph.D.

2001: Larry S. Fong, Ph.D. 


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