November 18th-25th

Peace Week 2017 will take place on November 18-25. The YMCA of Greater Saint John is excited to offer a week full of peacemaking activities to the community. Stay tuned for details on Peace Week Yoga, a Pickleball for Peace Tournament, Youth Coffee House and our Peace Medallion Ceremony. 

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 18-25, 2017, local peacemakers will receive special recognition at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada.

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

Full event details for the week will be provided soon, but we're looking for nominations for local peacemakers. If you would like to nominate someone for the 2017 Peace Medallion, please click HERE to download out 2017 Nomination form. 

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Vair via email or at 634-4852. 

PEACE it Forward

If you’ve received 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.

Youth Coffee House

The YMCAs of New Brunswick are excited to collaborate for the 1st Annual Youth Coffee House for Peace! We're looking for youth in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton who would like to perform during Peace Week 2017. Each city will host their own coffee house and we encourage the community to attend. Not only will you be supporting local artists, but you will also be supporting YMCA Global Initiatives. The cost to attend it up to you and we will be accepting donations at the door. Fair trade coffee and treats will be served. 

2016 Peace Medallion Recipients