The YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is the ongoing work of building and rebuilding conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. When Canadians embody the values of PEACE through our daily actions, we can build a better Canada.
YMCA Peace Week calls for people to: Build Community, Act for Peace.
When we act for peace, together we build stronger and healthier communities.
We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us – even those who differ from us....
- YMCA Statement on Peace
YMCA Peace Week: November 13 to 20, 2021
Each year, the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario honours local Peacemakers with a YMCA Peace Award at several community events across the region. While we will be unable to host an in-person ceremony this year, we are still excited to recognize inspiring community members across our association!
Nominations for YMCA Peace Medals are now open!
Do you know a peacemaker in your community? Nominate them for a YMCA Peace Medal!
Recipients will receive a YMCA Peace Medal and certificate and have a chance to tell their story and bring awareness to their work or cause in individual profiles that will be shared online. Please submit your nomination before September 29, 2021. Fill out this form to nominate a local peacemaker for this award!
Read more about YMCA Peace Week and last year's winners here!