YMCA Peace Medal Nominations Open!

The prestigious YMCA Peace Medal honours people of all ages from coast to coast who are helping to build better communities by exemplifying the values of PEACE.

The YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is calling on our community to nominate a Peacemaker for our annual Peace Medal. This award honours an individual or group who, without any special resources, status, wealth, or position, has demonstrated a commitment to building peace within our community or globally.

Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community and Empowerment: these are the values the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce is looking for in the next recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal. Residents are invited to visit ymcaowensound.on.ca/peace-week and nominate a deserving person or group for this award before Friday, October 27. Hard copies of the nomination package are available at our YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility.

The YMCA Peace Medal was developed in 1987 by the International Committee at the YMCA of Fredericton. Here at our YMCA, we have honoured 25 individuals and 13 groups from our community, who inspire us with their actions. A list of those recipients can be found here.

The 2022 YMCA Peace Medal was awarded to Lynn Silverton for being an inclusive community leader who identifies and shares community-building tasks, challenges, and opportunities rather than hoarding them. Her “You Can Help” message was highlighted as inspiring as it reinforces the idea that we all own the pursuit of solutions to community problems.

From November 19-25, during YMCA Peace Week, the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce, together with YMCAs across Canada, celebrate the presence of peace in our communities, and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA. Peacebuilding is core to the YMCA’s commitment to strengthening the foundation of healthy communities and part of the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce’s year-round programs. YMCA Peace Week invites people of all ages to reflect on peace, to talk, and to take action, individually and with others. It is during this week that the 2023 YMCA Peace Medal recipient will be announced and awarded the prestigious medal.

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