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Peace Award Winners Announced - Join us for Breakfast!

From November 17-24, the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario is celebrating Peace Week. This is a time when we recognize and celebrate those who are making meaningful contributions in our community that contribute to more peaceful societies. To us, peace extends beyond the absence of violence. Peace encompasses many of the values that we firmly believe in at the Y: empathy, inclusion and diversity, community engagement, respect for others, and kindness.

As part of this week, we will be hosting our first Peace Week Breakfast in London, where three individuals or groups will be awarded Peace Medals for their amazing contributions to the community. We will also be hosting our second annual Peace Week Breakfast in Windsor. We are so excited and proud to present these honours to the following:

  • Dr. Christopher Mackie (London)
  • Brian O’Reilly (London)
  • 4 Sisters 4 Kids Fundraiser (London)
  • Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative

All are welcome to attend and enjoy these complimentary breakfasts, while we hear about our amazing award winners and gift them with their medallions.

The London Peace Breakfast will be held on November 23 in the ballroom at the YMCA in Wortley Village – 165 Elmwood Avenue East, London, Ontario. Doors open at 7:30am, with the program running from 8am-9am. Please RSVP to Jared Roberts at jroberts@ymcawo.ca

The Windsor Peace Breakfast will be held on November 21 at the YMCA of Windsor and Essex County, 500 Victoria Street, Windsor, Ontario. Doors open at 7:30am, with the program running from 8am-9am. Please RSVP to Gerardo DeRose at gderose@ymcawo.ca

We will also be celebrating the week with some fun items in branches, child care sites, and on social media! Swing by your local branch to sign the Peace Week banners, letting us know what peace means to you. And follow along on social media, where we’ll share daily peace challenges for every day of the week. We can’t wait to see and hear all about your actions for peace.

Remember: all actions for peace make a difference. Even the smallest action – for instance, a compliment – can create a huge ripple of positivity, change and peace.


Nominate a Peacemaker today!

"The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities.....”

- from World Alliance of YMCAs Statement on Peace, 1981


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.

The YMCA of Western Ontario is proud and excited to join YMCAs across Canada to celebrate acts of peace by awarding the Peace Medal. This prestigious honour recognizes individuals, groups and youth who have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. This year's theme is "Act for Peace."

Nominations open now

We are now accepting nominations for three categories: 
1) a young leader (age 24 and under)
2) a community advocate
3) a business/organization/club that has made a difference

Qualities of potential nominees (peacemakers):

  • Find peaceful solutions to violence, conflict, discrimination and injustice
  • Make a significant contribution to fostering a culture of peace in their community
  • Volunteer their time and work without any special resources
  • Enhance the lives of people in their community and around the world by creating peaceful environments

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, November 9, 2018

Those selected will be honoured at a special event during Peace Week at the YMCA of Western Ontario in London, Friday, November 23, 2018 and in Windsor, November 21, 2018.

Nomination Package

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

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


Bostwick YMCA is Now Open!

Our newest YMCA location is now officially open! We are so excited about our latest partnership with the City of London and the London Public Library.

Thanks to our many amazing team members, the Bostwick Community Centre, YMCA & Library will now provide so many amazing opportunities to Londoners. State-of-the-art fitness equipment, personal training, gorgeous new pools, popular swimming lessons, and fantastic children’s programming are among some of the favourite offerings. The new building also boasts numerous open and expansive community spaces, such as a multi-purpose rooms, seating areas, a community walking loop, a gorgeous new library, two NHL-sized ice pads, and more.

Our YMCA staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful new facility. You can also keep up to date by following along on the Bostwick YMCA Facebook page, or by visiting our website.




Sweat for Strong Kids on April 27th!

Did you know that 33% of our participants rely on funding through our YMCA Strong Kids Campaign?

Funds raised for YMCA Strong Kids Campaign help provide opportunities for kids to live healthier, happier lives and to grow to be productive adults.

Join us on April 27th and Sweat for Strong Kids!

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