About YMCA Peace Week
For 30 years, YMCA Peace Week has offered activities to help children, youth and adults explore peace from a personal, local and global perspective. During YMCA Peace Week, we encourage people to build community and act for peace. When we act for peace, we come together to help build a stronger and healthier community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, embracing pluralism and addressing the social determinants of health.
During YMCA Peace Week, we recognize “peacemakers” — those dedicated to making our world a better place to live — with a YMCA Peace Medal for their commitment to peace through contributions made within their local, national or global community. Since 1987, more than 1,500 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized for their peace-building work with a YMCA Peace Medal.
Peacemaker Selection Criteria
Peace Medallion nominees should demonstrate the following 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
- Individual youth (19 years or younger)
- Individual adult (20+ years)
- Group (clubs, school groups etc.)