YMCA of Greater Toronto Peace Week

A Nationwide Celebration of Peace

Peace Week 

Every November, YMCAs across Canada celebrate Peace Week and reflect on the actions that we need to take to build more peaceful communities.  

Peace Medal Awards


For the past 30 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has celebrated acts of peace by recognizing individuals and groups who have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. 

The Peace Medal recognizes the achievements of individuals or groups who demonstrate in their lives and activities the values of participation, empathy, advocacy, community, and empowerment.

In 2018, the YMCA recognized two of our community members who’ve shown exceptional leadership in building peace.

The President’s Peace Medal Award was introduced in 2018 to recognize and focus on a select individual who may already be in the public eye for a wide variety of reasons, but who is using their stature to advance the cause of peace. This new President’s Peace Medal helps us celebrate an even wider range of peace builders.

Our next Peace Medal Awards will be announced in 2021. Watch for nomination details.