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Friday
Nov162018

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.

Wednesday
Oct102018

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.

Monday
Nov202017

YMCA Peace Week: 30th Anniversary

November 18- 25, 2017

“...Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationships among nations.

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....

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.

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

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

 

Monday
Nov132017

Peace Week Breakfast, Windsor

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.

This year, Windsor is hosting a special Peace Week Breakfast to be held November, 22. The community is invited and we would love it if you were there. No cost.

Two Peace Medals will be given to community individuals/groups who demonstrate a commitment to the values of PEACE through contributions made within their local, national or global community.

Please see invite and RSVP to Gerardo at gderose@ymcawo.ca

 

To learn more about YMCA Peace Week (November 18 -25, 2017) please visit ymca.ca/peaceweek

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