Unfortunately we are experiencing a lack of hot water at the Saint John Regional Y. Our team is hard at work to fix the issue and ensure hot water is up and running early next week. We will keep you updated! Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

November 17th-24th

From November 17 – 24, the YMCA of Greater Saint John, together with YMCAs across Canada, 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.

During Peace Week, YMCA’s across the country will honour individuals and groups in their community with a YMCA Peace Medal for their contributions in their community. The honourees have been nominated by members of the community, because of the impact they have made through their demonstration of Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community and Empowerment.

Developed in 1987 by the International Committee at the YMCA in Fredericton, the with the goal to honour those who, without any special resources, demonstrate the values of  PEACE in all that they do, and inspire others in their community to do the same.

Since 1987, more than 1,900 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized with YMCA Peace Medals.

Peace Week is extra special this year in Saint John, as there will be three Peace Medals awarded. An individual adult, an individual youth, and a group will be receiving the 2018 Peace Medallion.  

Shelley Scott was nominated for her involvement in many community programs. Shelley’s participation in programs such as the Coverdale Centre and the west side Foodbank has not gone unnoticed and often inspires those around her to do the same.

“Being around someone like Shelley makes you feel aware of issues in our community and inspires you to do something about them,” said Mallory Cunningham, Humanities Teacher at Saint John High School, who nominated Shelley.

Ruhamma Zaheeb, the youth recipient, is a Newcomer Youth who made it her top priority to make a difference in her community as soon as she arrived. Ruhamma is a volunteer and a champion of many community programs, and is recognized for her work in advocating for children’s rights as well as giving a voice to other refugee women.

Candace Aulenback is the Team Lead for Newcomer Youth Supports at the YMCA of Greater Saint John. She explained how Ruhamma’s impact on the community is inspiring.

“Newcomer students see her success and her drive to succeed, which makes her a wonderful young leader.”

The recipients of the group Peace Medal are volunteers of the RiverCross Joint Assisted Sponsorship (JAS) Group. The members of JAS stepped up to support a young, pregnant, widowed mother of five young children arriving in Saint John. They embraced this family and helped them to not only to get settled in their new community, but to work through their troubled past and begin to build a new fulfilling life in Canada.

This year’s ceremony will be a Peace Breakfast held on November 21st at the Delta Brunswick from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. Tickets are available online at saintjohny.com or by calling 634-4852.

“We all have opportunities each day to choose to act for peace. They may be small actions, but they make a big difference and create a ripple effect through our community. By sharing our message of peace we are able to inspire others to become engaged in peaceful actions,” explained Shilo Boucher, President and CEO at the YMCA of Greater Saint John.

YMCA Peace Week activities include:

  • Youth Coffee House, November 17th at 6:00 pm, Saint John Regional Y
  • Peace Medallion Ceremony, November 21st at 7:30 am, Delta Brunswick
  • Yoga for Peace (open to public), November 24th at 1:00 pm, Saint John Regional Y 

PEACE it Forward

Join us during Peace Week to Peace it Forward: if you receive the coin pictured here, you’re now a part of the PEACE it Forward challenge! You have 24 hours to carry out a peaceful act (for a person, group or cause). Once you complete the challenge, give your coin to the person you acted for or pass it along to anyone you’d like.

Don’t forget to share your #actforpeace or someone else’s on Twitter during #ymcapeaceweek and beyond. Let’s see how far the coins and PEACE spreads!

Need some ideas on how to act for peace? Consider these:

Have a passion, talent or skill? Donate it to a person, organization or cause. Get involved!

       Offer help to someone who needs assistance.

       - Get to know your neighbours and fellow community members. 
- Learn something new by researching the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
 Stop when you see a demonstration, rally or walk. Ask a participant about the cause.
 Find out when your municipality is holding community meetings and consultations. Participate.

Keep the list growing. Join the #ymcapeaceweek social media discussion and add your own #actforpeace ideas.

  • Shelley Scott | YMCA Peace Medallion Recipient
    Shelley Scott | YMCA Peace Medallion Recipient

    “I think peace means helping others. It means no judgement and that everyone comes from a different world,” she said. “If you treat people the way you wanted to be treated, you open up many opportunities.”


  • Ruhamma Zaheeb 2018 | Peace Medallion Recipient
    Ruhamma Zaheeb | YMCA Peace Medallion Youth Recipient

    “Peace means being together to support each other,” the 14 year old explained. “United we stand, divided we fall."

Youth Coffee House

The YMCA of Greater Saint John's International Committee is hosting a Youth Coffee House on November 17th at 6:00 pm. The event will take place at the Saint John Regional. There will be free international coffee, treats and hot chocolate! We will be accepting donations to support our global partner, the YMCA of Honduras. 

Youth ages 13-25 are welcome to register to perform!