YMCA Peace Week

A nationwide celebration of peace

YMCA Peace Week is a movement to educate Canadians about peace in all dimensions. This year, Peace Week celebrations will take place from November 18 to 25, 2017.

YMCA peace week logo

Peace Medal Ceremony

Just as health is more than the absence of illness, peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is the presence of conditions like fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. Peace is also the ongoing work of building and rebuilding these conditions.

Date:

Thursday November 23, 2017

Location:

C Banquets Mississauga Civic Centre (City Hall) 300 City Centre Dr, 12th Floor, Mississauga, ON

Time:

6:00p.m. Reception
6:30p.m. Ceremony

RSVP:

By November 20, 2017. Email Nelson Borges, nelson.borges@ymcagta.org.

 

The YMCA is dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community – and peace is fundamental to strong and healthy communities. The YMCA celebrates others’ contributions to peace at Peace Medal ceremonies.

Peace Week Activities

Peace week runs Nov. 18-25, 2017. Please continue to watch this space for updates on upcoming events during Peace Week, and follow us on Twitter to receive info and updates.

Peace Week Activities

Registration not required

Open to members and non-members

 

Site Date Contact
Mississauga YMCA
325 Burnhamthorpe Road West,
Mississauga, ONL5B 3R2
Day:Sunday
Date:
Nov 26th
Time:
12:00 -2:00 pm
Location: 
Auditorium
nazia.white@ymcagta.org
West End H and F
931 College Street,
Toronto, ON M6H1A1
Day:Sunday
Date:
Nov 19th
Time:
10:15 am -11:45 am
Location: 
Program Studio
Jessica.Smith@ymcagta.org
Central YMCA H and F
20 Grosvenor Street,
Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5
Day:Saturday
Date:
November 25 th
Time:
10:30 am -11:30 am
Location: 
Studio 1,
located in the 4th floor.
Karina.Gomez@ymcagta.org
Scarborough YMCA
H and F
230 Town Centre Court
Scarborough, ON M1P 4Y7

Day:Saturday
Date:
November 25th
Time:
9:00 am – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Yoga studio lower level

Amy.Okada@ymcagta.org
North York YMCA/
H and F
567 Sheppard Ave East,
Toronto,ON  M2K 1B2

Day: Sunday
Date:
Nov 19 th
Time:
7:30 am-8:55 am
Location:
Dance Studio

 

Day: Sunday
Date:
Nov 19 th
Time:
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Location:
Dance Studio

 

Day: Monday
Date:
Nov 20 th
Time:
9:00 am-10:30 pm
Location:
Dance Studio

 

Day: Monday
Date:
Nov 20 th
Time:
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location:
Dance Studio

 

Day: Thursday
Date:
Nov 23 rd
Time:
2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Location:
Dance Studio
Erin.Smith@ymcagta.org
Brampton YMCA H and F
20 Union Street,
Brampton, ON  L6V 1R2
Day: Saturday
Date:
Nov 18 th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Location:
Kaneff Studio
Harjit.Singh@ymcagta.org
Markham YMCA H and F
101 YMCA Blvd.
Markham, ON L6G 0A1

Day: Wednesday
Date:
Nov 22 nd
Time:
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location:
Studio A

Jessica.tait@ymcagta.org
Cooper Koo Family
Cherry St. YMCA
461 Cherry Street M5A 0H7
Toronto, ON
 Day: Monday
Date:
Nov 20 th
Time:
7:00 pm- 8:00 pm.
Location:
Studio
Caileigh.Harvey@ymcagta.org 
 

Oshawa Mary St YMCA

99 Mary St N
Oshawa, ON   L1G 8C1
 Day: Sunday
Date:
Nov 19 th
Time:
10:00 am -11:00 am.
Location:
Multipurpose Room
Teresa.Giusti@ymcagta.org 

Lunch and Learn at Employment Centres

Registration not required

Open to members and non-members

 

“Education is one of the most effective ways to stop violence and to break the cycle of poverty.  It give us access to resources and the opportunity to craft a space as youth in our society and create a sense of belonging from where to influence real change”  Daniel Correa

 

 

Join Daniel Correa, volunteer from the YMCA of Medellin – Colombia, as he speaks about the Access to Post-secondary Education Project “PreunYcom”  that he funded in the Commune 13 of Medellin eleven years ago.  Today more than 1,800 youth have gone through the program and successfully passed the entrance examinations to public colleges and universities, dramatically changing the face of the community.  Most of the participants are the first generation in their families that have ever accessed a post-secondary institution.  Learn about how this project has impacted peace and development in their community and get inspired to become an agent of change in your own community today.  


Site Date Contact

Mississauga YMCA
800-151 City Centre Drive

Mississauga, ON L5B 1M7
Day:  Wednesday
Date:
November 22nd
Time:
12:00 -1:00 pm
Location:
Board Room
Paul.Hubahib@YMCAGTA.ORG

Scarborough
Finch Avenue YMCA Centre

5635 Finch Avenue East,
Suite 9&10
Scarborough, ON   M1B 5K9

Day: Thursday
Date:
November 23rd
Time:
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Board Room
 

Shahpar.Banani@ymcagta.org

 

2017 Peace Medal Recipients

    YMCA of Greater Toronto 2017 Peace Medal recipient Wali Shah is a spoken word poet and public speaker. Wali uses storytelling and art to raise awareness on social issues and empower audiences, and inspires them to empower others. He is currently studying at the University of Toronto, and advocates for social change through his work. 

    He has shared poetry, conducted writing workshops for young at-risk men, and featured as a keynote speaker at hundreds of schools, corporate events, and educational conferences across Canada. Wali shares his personal story and experience growing up in the Peel region and illustrates the need to help others through spoken word poetry. In his speeches, Wali tackles key issues, including mental health, positive life choices, and anti-bullying.  

    Wali has volunteered for the betterment of the community on a local and national scale through Bell Let’s Talk, CrimeStoppers, and the United Way, and served as an ambassador for their work. Over the past five years, Wali has helped raise over $1 million for the United Way via speaking engagements and involvement in corporate campaigns. He partnered with CrimeStoppers both locally and internationally as a youth voice, and has spoken at CrimeStoppers events offering a youth perspective on crime through personal narrative to both students and influencers such as politicians and government officials. He was selected as one of Canada’s Faces of Mental Illness, and shared poetry and narrative regarding his experiences as a youth with mental illness via the Bell Let’s Talk Campaign.

    Wali will be honoured at our Peace Medal Ceremony during YMCA Peace Week, November 18–25, 2017. Visit our website to learn more about how you can get involved.

     Wali Shah

     

While doing research for a school project five years ago, Meera Chopra and Vishal Chopra came across an eye-opening statistic: each month, 236,600 children in Canada are forced to rely on food banks. To take action on this issue, the two leaders sold gently used toys to raise money to support their local food bank. In total, they raised $200, but they didn’t stop there. Motivated by the needs of their community around them, they co-founded Stronger Communities — a youth-run non-profit initiative whose mission is to unify communities by supporting local and global causes. Now in its fourth year, Stronger Communities has tripled its membership and donated over $10,000 to organizations in the Greater Toronto Area and across the globe. Meera and Vishal hope to inspire other youth in their community to take action about causes they are passionate about. What they learned through their experiences is that you’re never too young to make a difference. They are happy to have had the opportunity to break down age barriers in their own small way and actually show that youth can make a difference

One of our 2017 Peace Medal recipients, Stronger Communities is made up of a dozen passionate young philanthropists, representing ten schools across the Greater Toronto Area and is followed on social media by hundreds of people. Part of the organization’s mission is to plan food, clothing, and book drives for food banks, libraries, and other non-profits — including an orphanage in Sierra Leone. This year, Stronger Communities is sponsoring one young boys’ and one young girls’ soccer team in a small town in Sierra Leone, for children who would normally not be able to play the sport. One day, Meera and Vishal hope to travel to the town to see the soccer teams and have the chance to talk to the players about their experiences.  Through its unique blend of volunteer causes, Stronger Communities has reached out well beyond the ways that were envisioned when the organization was founded.

Stronger Communities will be honoured at our Peace Medal Ceremony during YMCA Peace Week, November 18–25, 2017.

 

 Stronger Communities