About Peace Week
Each year, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario, together with YMCAs across Canada, will celebrate peace in our communities and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.
During this annual event, YMCAs celebrate acts of peace by recognizing 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.
More than the absence of violence and conflict, peace is the ongoing work of building and maintaining conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. Peace-building is core to the YMCA’s commitment to strengthening the foundation of healthy communities and part of the YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s year-round programs.
According to the 1981 World Alliance of YMCAs Statement on Peace,
“...Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationships among nations. 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...The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities...”
YMCAs in Canada ask people to: Build community. Act for peace.
“It’s important that we work together to create peaceful communities where everyone feels that they belong” says Rob Adams, CEO at the YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “By celebrating YMCA Peace Week together, we are taking a stand and creating the future we want for our community, country and world.”
Peace Medal Awards 2019
Peacemakers are selected through a nomination process that runs from September 3 to October 15. The nomination form is available here.
Please send nominations to Emily Wimpenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off at YMCA Brockville, 35 Park St.
In 2019, medal winners in Brockville will receive a medal at a community luncheon held at the on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at noon at YMCA Brockville.