To celebrate YMCA Peace Week we host a variety of activities to encourage everyone in the community to explore peace from a personal, local and global perspective. Mark your calendar to join us and get involved in making our community and world a more peaceful place!
Schedule of Activities
Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. Click for movie preview.
Freedom Writers movie screening at Film.ca Saturday, November 5 | 10:00 a.m. Join us for a free movie screening of the 2007 hit MTV movie co-hosted with Film.ca at 171 Speers Road in Oakville! This movie (Rated 14A) features the story of Manny Scott, our keynote speaker for the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace. See the movie then get your ticket for our breakfast to hear how Manny chose hope for a better tomorrow.
Be Kind Bells November 19-26 Join us in spreading kindness throughout the community. Our Be Kind Bells will be hidden in locations throughout Oakville. If you find one, perform one kind act, then hide it for someone else to find. Share on social media with the location you found it, your kind act, and encourage someone else to do the same!
#BeKindBell #ActforPeace #YMCAPeaceWeek
YMCA Candlelight Walk for Peace Monday, November 21 | 6:45-9:00 p.m. Come out and join us for our annual peace walk in celebration of YMCA Peace Week. Together we’ll stroll through neighbourhood streets, explore the power of hope and peace, pledge for peace and warm up with hot chocolate.
All ages welcome – bring your whole family!
YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace Wednesday, November 23 | 7:00-9:30 a.m. Join us for one of the most inspiring events in our community! Our keynote speaker is Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers portrayed in the 2007 hit MTV movie with Hilary Swank. We’ll also be recognizing peacemakers in our community with YMCA Peace Medals.
Saturday, October 22 | 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Peter Gilgan Family YMCA
Zombie or survivor? You decide!
Join us for a fun, Halloween-themed evening as you try to escape a zombie apocalypse staged inside and outside of the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA.Come in zombie make-up to participate as a zombie or street clothes to participate as a survivor.
Ontario Trillium Foundation Invests $500,000 in the YMCA of Oakville’s Priority Neighbourhoods and Youth Engagement Initiatives
Earlier this year, the YMCA of Oakville received two Grow grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), each valued at $250,000 to help the YMCA build on its Priority Neighbourhoods Project and develop new youth leadership programs as part of the Youth Engagement Initiative. On Wednesday, local MPPs Kevin Flynn and Indira Naidoo-Harris, along with OTF volunteer Mark Emmanuel, met with members of the YMCA at St. John Elementary School to see one of the initiatives in action.
“Investing in our children and youth so that they can develop into their greatest potential is one of the most important investments we can make. Thanks to two grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the YMCA of Oakville will be able to offer programs for young people in our community—especially those facing barriers—to develop strong social, emotional, and leadership skills. We are fortunate in our community to have organizations like the YMCA that offer such inclusive programming so that everyone has an opportunity to succeed.” — Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville
“These grants will help more Oakville children and youth develop life skills that will put them on a path to success. I am glad these important YMCA programs are getting support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This is great news for families in priority neighbourhoods and Oakville as a whole.” — Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton
The Priority Neighbourhoods Project, a community initiative that began in 2012 with an initial grant from the
Ontario Trillium Foundation, provides free, accessible programs to children, teens and young adults in four
identified priority neighbourhoods in Oakville: Kerr Village, Dorval community, Clearview community and 6th Line and Elm Road area. Since it began, the Priority Neighbourhoods Project has offered 33 new programs
focusing on physical fitness and the arts, reaching a total of 2,286 children, youth and families in the identified
Now with the new OTF grant, the project will help the YMCA continue to meet changing needs and offer free and accessible programs for more people in Oakville.
The second OTF grant for the YMCA’s Youth Engagement Initiative will provide more experiences for children,
teens and young adults that promote healthy, active living, build assets, strengthen neighbourhood supports and
build capacity for a healthier, stronger and more vibrant Oakville. It will help the YMCA identify, engage and help
at promise youth to reach their full potential through proven curricula of leadership training, skills development,
employee readiness and opportunities to be mentored, volunteer and participate in decision-making.
“This is very exciting news for our YMCA. With the support of partners like the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we’ll ensure that our youngest community members are able to gain access to programs and services that will help them reach their full potential and become future community leaders,” said Kyle Barber, President and CEO, YMCA of Oakville.
For more information on the Priority Neighbourhoods Project or Youth Engagement Initiative, contact Teresa Rinaldi, Manager Community Initiatives at email@example.com or call 905-845-5597, ext. 226.