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About YMCA Peace Week

In 2020, this work needs to continue more than ever. COVID-19 and the urgent calls for action against anti-black racism are challenging us, as individuals, as communities and as a country, to reconsider where we’ve been and where we want to go.

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 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 Medal Nominations

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 14 – 21, 2020, local peace-makers 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.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations should focus on activities that have taken place within the last two years.
  • YMCA staff members are not eligible for nomination.
  • Professionals who are paid to do peacemaking work are not eligible for nomination.
  • Self-nominations will not be considered.

Peacemaker Selection Criteria

“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.”

Peace Medal recipients should demonstrate the values of PEACE:

                P = Participation – getting involved and encouraging others to get involved in community-building activities

                E = Empathy – listening and understanding diverse perspectives to create a sense of belonging for all

                A = Advocacy – making the case for positive change in the community

                C = Community – building and strengthening community connections and capacity

                E = Empowerment – inspiring others to foster peace and helping them gain the skills and tools to succeed

Download Nomination Form

Please submit all completed Peace Medal nominations to the address below by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, October 23, 2020.

YMCA of Greater Saint John

c/o Kristen Clayton, Chief Development Officer

191 Churchill Blvd. Saint John, NB. E2K 3E2 | k.clayton@saintjohny.com