In every community there are people who make a difference and who are committed to bringing peace and prosperity to the world they live in, often in the face of great conflict and injustice. The YMCA Peace Medal is a way to recognize and celebrate members of your community who inspire us to join them in creating a more peaceful world.
Nominations are now open!
If you know a youth, adult or group making a difference in Oakville through their charitable work, honour their commitment to peace by nominating them for a 2018 YMCA Peace Medal. Simply click the link below to nominate by October 18.
YMCA Peace Medals will be presented at the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace in November.
YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Melody Hossaini
In 2015, the European Parliament awarded Melody Hossaini as ‘New European’s Most Influential Woman’. As a world-leading expert in people development and social enterprise, she has designed the InspirEngage Bootcamps to maximize human potential. She is the multi-award winning Founder & CEO of InspirEngage International – based in the UK with a portfolio in 100 countries, having reached 1million people. Her vision is that change comes from developing human potential for social impact. She became a co-founder of UK Youth Parliament (one of the world’s most successful democratic youth organizations) at the age of 13 and is a Government advisor on enterprise and skills.
Melody has worked on peace-implementation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has been trained by Vice-president Al Gore on climate change at Cambridge University and made history being the first social entrepreneur to appear on BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’. As a champion of women’s advancement, Melody has trained hundreds of women to launch their own social enterprise, and is a member of the prestigious CEO Champion’s Group of FTSE 100 companies helping women to prosper. Melody has written for the Guardian, Forbes and Huffington Post, appeared on SKY, CNBC and is currently on her international speaking tour (including having spoken at TEDx in Malaysia) as well as coaching individuals 1-2-1 on a program called ‘Invest in Yourself’. Starting as a war-refugee, she has lived in 4 countries and speaks 5 languages, holding a 2:1 LLB Honours Law degree from Oxford Brookes University.