YMCA Peace Week

A Nationwide Celebration of Peace

YMCA Peace Week is a movement to promote peace in all dimensions. This year, Peace Week celebrations will take place from November 17 to 24, 2018.

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YMCA Peace Medal

Nominations open now | Deadline: Thursday, October 18

Each year, YMCAs across Canada 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. During YMCA Peace Week, taking place from November 17-24, 2018, local peacemakers will receive special recognition at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada.

2017 Peace Medal Recipients

Meet Stronger Communities, a 2017 Peace Medal Recipient

Meet Stronger Communities, a 2017 Peace Medal Recipient

Stronger Communities helps raise money and supplies for children relying on […]

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Meet Wali Shah, a 2017 Peace Medal Recipient

Meet Wali Shah, a 2017 Peace Medal Recipient

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Peacemakers are selected through a nomination process. Know a peacemaker in your community? Take a look at the guidelines below to nominate them:

Peacemaker Selection Criteria

Peace Medal recipients should demonstrate the values of PEACE:

  • Participation: highly involved in relevant community building activities and supportive of others' involvement;
  • Empathy: promote understanding across different groups, and create a sense of belonging for all;
  • Advocacy: make sound, evidence-based arguments for positive change in the community, and build and constituency for peace;
  • Community: strengthen community ties; build social capital; respect diversity and promotes social inclusion;
  • Empowerment: empower others to pursue acts for peace and address the social determinants of health.

Please note the following:

  • A nominee can be an individual or a group
  • Nominees must reside within the Greater Toronto area
  • YMCA staff members are not eligible for nomination
  • Nominees who are paid or receive financial retribution for the peace making work they do are not eligible
  • Self-nominations will not be considered
  • Preference will be given to nominees who have not been recognized previously by their peace work
  • Nominations should focus on activities that have taken place within the last two years

Peace Medal Nomination Form

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Peacemaker Nominee Information

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Nomination Questions

By submitting a Peace Medal nomination, all parties agree to be contacted by phone or email for more information if necessary.