“I told one retired military couple that had volunteered over 20 years that when I grew up I wanted to be just like them and volunteer,” said Belville, who attended both basic training and family and divorce training with Early Settlement in 2009, just after she retired from 36 years of Federal Civil Service. Since then, Belville has mediated both in small claims court and family mediations.
“Early Settlement provides a resource for helping those in need of mediation through no-cost professional services,” Belville said. “It has a reputation of caring for the needs of community residents during a very stressful period in their lives.”
Belville strongly believes that the parties, involved in a dispute have the ability to resolve them.
“No one is better suited to work out their differences than the parties involved. This no way minimizes the value that attorneys provide to their clients in mediation settings,” said Belville. “Mediation simply provides an awareness and mechanism to work through conflict when the people sometimes see no alternative other than turning their issues over to a judge for resolution.”
Feedback from attorneys and mediation participants is consistently positive of her skills and professionalism, according to Kathy King, director of the Early Settlement-East Central Program. Cases frequently mediated by Belville result in an agreement, but never at the expense of mediating with the highest ethical standards.
“Joyce’s dedication, professionalism, and outstanding skills as a mediator make her selection as the ES-EC Volunteer of the Year nomination simple,” said King. “When a case is assigned to Joyce, I’m confident the parties are in good hands.”
Belville has made major contributions to the Chickasha community with the implementation of a free tax assistance program for lower income tax payers that she initiated in 2009. She has also been involved as pianist, church treasurer, Vacation Bible School teacher and director of Something Worthwhile, a monthly outreach program for ladies of Chickasha and the surrounding area.