Since 1984, YMCAs across Canada have spent the third week in November organizing special activities to engage children, youth and adults in exploring peace from a local and global perspective. Annually, YMCA Peace Week brings Associations together with international partner YMCAs and hundreds of school and community partners in a program that highlights our common interest in creating a more just and peaceful world.
The YMCA believes there is peace when our basic needs as living beings are met and our basic rights as human beings are recognized and respected. There are many people in the community we live in that provide leadership in changing the lives of from a local or global perspective.
YMCA Peace Week – November 16 – 23, 2013
Peace Medallion Awards
The YMCA Peace Medallion, introduced in 1987, offers a reminder that it is possible to build a more peaceful world, community by community, and that everyone can be engaged in these efforts. By highlighting peace concerns and celebrating others who share these values and are engaged in similar work, we remind the wider community that these concerns are a core part of the YMCA’s work.
As part of Peace Week, the YMCA awards Peace Medallions to remarkable individuals or groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or in communities elsewhere in the world. Peace Medallion recipients can be parents, students, community groups, people who have given freely of their time and talent to making local and global communities more peaceful places to live.
YMCA Peace Medallion Nominations are now closed.