In keeping with this year’s International Day of Peace theme of “End racism. Build peace,” YMCA Peace Week 2022 focuses on developing an anti-racist lens to understand conflicts taking place around the globe. The goal is that this year’s theme continues to inspire our work throughout the year.
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.
YMCA Peace Week is celebrated the third week of November (November 12 – 19) to recognize the work that happens year-round to build peace in our communities, both inside and outside the YMCA.
At the YMCA, we are committed to doing this work as a healthy community cannot exist without the presence of peace for all.
We invite you to join us in embodying the values of PEACE through your daily actions. Together, we can build a better Canada.
Peace is an active state of being, not a passive one. Together, let’s Build community. Act for Peace.
YMCA Peace Medals
As part of YMCA Peace Week 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, which will take place from November 12-19, 2022, local peacemakers will receive special recognition and a medal at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada. Peacemakers are selected through a nomination process. To nominate a Peacemaker, please review the selection principles and complete the enclosed nomination form below.
Our Peace Medal Presentation will be held Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00 AM at the Saint John Regional Y.
“…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…”
– YMCA Statement of Peace, World Alliance of YMCAs, 1981
Peace Medal Recipient
This year’s recipient is Dr. Duncan Webster. Dr. Webster will be honored at our upcoming Peace Week Reception.
Dr. Webster is an infectious disease doctor at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He has shown that no matter how busy you are, there is always time to offer support and help without judgement.
P: Duncan is very active in assisting Newcomers to Canada in getting their health checked after arriving and making sure that they receive the referrals they medically, mentally and compassionately require.
E: He understands the apprehension that Newcomers have being brought to a country where they do not speak the language or understand what is even happening and helps to ease these concerns.
A: He is ensuring that Newcomers are receiving the care they need to address their medical conditions by always acting in the person’s best interest.
C: He sits on several committees, from Public Health, Vaccination Team, a group that includes Y staff, nurses, doctors, public health staff, and is involved in a study through UNB Saint John.
E: He encourages the Newcomers to be their own advocates. Gets them to speak up when they have a concern and that no question is ever stupid. Ask if you don’t know.