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Peace Week

YMCA Peace Week celebrates the presence of peace in our local and global communities. 

Throughout the Week, YMCAs across Canada promote ways we can build peace, and highlight the peace-building work that happens all year round, both inside and outside the YMCA. The Y is dedicated to building healthy communities - and peace is fundamental to strong, happy and healthy communities.

An additonal way we celebrate Peace Week is our Peace Medal, which is awarded to a local peacemaker every November. 

The YMCA Peace Medal: celebrating local peacemakers

The 2017 YMCA Peace Medal was awarded to The Ambassador Group - congratulations! This group was awarded for being true advocates of mental health, with a mission to raise awareness and reduce stigma. Their work and devotion to others is truly inspiring, and we thank them for being great peer support models in our community! 

Past YMCA Peace Medallion Recipients >>
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During Peace Week, YMCAs across Canada award Peace Medals to individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. 

Peace Medal recipients can be artists, environmentalists, activists, parents, students, community groups and so on. What they all have in common is that they enthusiastically contribute their time and talent to making local and global communities more peaceful places to live.  When people are included in their communities and have opportunities to be heard, contribute and shape the way things work, they tend to relate peacefully with others.

Acts for peace tend to grow outward, creating ripples through the whole community.  Peacemakers challenge and inspire others to pursue acts for peace. An act for peace may affect only one person directly—but it may show many more people what’s possible.