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YMCA Peace Week

Build community. Act for peace. 

YMCA Peace Week

Build Community. Act for Peace.

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….
YMCA Statement on Peace

YMCA Peace Week is a time when we celebrate the presence of peace in our communities, and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.

The YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is the ongoing work of building and rebuilding conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. When Canadians embody the values of PEACE through our daily actions, we can build a better Canada.

YMCA Peace Week calls people to:
Build community. Act for peace.

When we act for peace, together we build stronger and healthier communities.

Acting for Peace

Act for Peace

Peace is an active state of being, not a passive one.

Acts for peace can be big or small. Either way they tend to grow outward, creating ripples through the whole community.

An act for peace may affect only one person directly—but it may show many more people what’s possible.

Peacemakers challenge and inspire others to pursue acts for peace.

Anyone and everyone can be a peacemaker.

Join the movement and #actforpeace.

YMCA Peace Week Medal Ceremony

A special highlight of YMCA Peace Week is the presentation of YMCA Peace Medals to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, demonstrate a commitment to the values of PEACE through contributions made within their local, national or global community. Peacemakers are recognized for promoting and inspiring: Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community and Empowerment.

The YMCA Peace Medal was developed in 1987 by the International Committee at the YMCA of Fredericton. That year, the committee of volunteers and staff was tasked with developing Peace Week support materials for YMCAs across the country.

Inspired by the efforts of Jim and Kay Bedell in raising awareness of the 1982 United Nations Disarmament Conference by walking from New Brunswick to New York City to attend, the Committee decided to institute an award, a peace medal, to be given by YMCAs across the country each year to people like Jim and Kay.

Since 1987, more than 2,000 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized with YMCA Peace Medals.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Monday, November 18th at 12:00pm in North Bay and Thursday, November 21st at 7:30am in Sudbury. At the event we will honour local community members who have made significant contributions towards peace-building. Photo ID is required.

YMCA Yoga for Peace

The YMCA chose yoga as a way to celebrate peace and peacebuilding because the tradition of yoga reminds us that peace starts with each of us!

This class will offer the opportunity for personal reflection, to share ideas about peace, and to inspire ourselves and others to build a peaceful world.

Event Details

Wednesday, November 20th

North Bay
Wednesday, November 20th


Hygiene Box Drive

Providing to those in need is vital to the well-being of each individual and every community. Help us promote a sense of responsibility with our Personal Hygiene Product Collection.

Event Details

Throughout the week, drop off your donation of a personal hygiene product at the YMCA (140 Durham Street), YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services (10 Elm St #132) or any YMCA Child Care Centre. All donations will be given to the Salvation Army – New Life Centre – Cedar Place. Women and Family Homelessness Shelter.

North Bay
Throughout Peace Week (November 16-23), drop off your donation of a personal hygiene product at the YMCA or any YMCA Child Care Centre. All donations will be given to the Crisis Centre North Bay.


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