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YMCA Peace Week: Act for Peace

During YMCA Peace Week from November 19-25, our YMCA, together with YMCAs across Canada, are celebrating the presence of peace in our communities, and reflecting 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.    

This year, we are facilitating various activities across the community to support acts of peace where staff and volunteers are coming together to support each other.

We hope you will participate and join the conversation on our social media!


Peace Week Activities 

  1. #ACTFORPEACE Community Challenge!
    We encourage you to share your videos or photos with you and/or your family participating in an #actforpeace.  This can be taking part in a candlelight walk for peace with your family or friends, raking leaves for an elderly neighbour, donating to a food drive, volunteering with a charity.  These are just some ideas; participating in Peace Week and getting involved strengthens community while building connections. Tell us your #actforpeace! Take a video or photo, include your act for peace or reflections and tag us on social media or e-mail us at communications@osgb.ymca.ca


  2.  Food & Clothing Drive
    We’re gathering non-perishable food and winter clothing donations to support local homelessness response programs including our YMCA’s Rural Homelessness Outreach program in partnership with Bruce County and Safe ‘N Sound with Grey County. Items can be dropped off at any YMCA location in Grey Bruce. Specific items needed include: Winter clothing, undergarments, personal hygiene products and non-perishable food items.


  3. YMCA Peace Medal Ceremony
    Wednesday, November 22, 12 PM at our Health, Fitness & Aquatics facility. Please join us as we honour the 2023 YMCA Peace Medal Recipient. This year’s recipient received multiple nominations, a truly deserving Peacemaker. We will send out a special email to announce the recipient and post on social media as well. Click here to view past recipients.

  4.  Pop-up Peaceful Yoga
    Sunday, November 19, 3:30-4:30 PM
    Join Kathleen to kickstart Peace Week with a Peaceful Yoga class! Class is by donation*, all welcome! Our Wednesday 10:00 AM Yoga will also help you find your inner peace. Registered participants are encouraged to bring a food or clothing donation. Click here to register. 


  5. FREE Public Swim
    Friday, November 24, 1:45 – 3 PM 
    Seeing our pool filled with happy children and families brings us peace and joy! Join us for a free public swim by donation* to wrap up YMCA Peace Week! Please register at our Welcome Desk upon arrival.


  6.  Expressive Art Contest
    Share your art with us that expresses what peace means to you and we will share it at the YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics Facilities and on social media. All ages can participate! One entry per person. Drop off at the Membership Desk by 9:00 PM on Friday, November 24th. By participating you are giving your permission to share your art publicly. By participating you are giving your permission to share your art publicly. Two winners will be drawn randomly from all the participants to win One FREE Month membership on Monday, November 27th. Click here for ideas. Two winners will be drawn randomly from all the participants to win One FREE Month membership on Monday, November 27th. 
    Ideas to participate include:
    • A Drawing
    • A Craft or Colouring Page
    • A Poem
    • Spoken word video (Script and Mp4)
    • Expressive Art in the medium of your choice
    • Song (Script and Mp3)
*All programs “by donation” mean an non-perishable food item, clothing item or cash which will all go towards our Food & Clothing Drive.

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