Thursday, November 23
Oakville Conference Centre
During YMCA Peace Week, November 18-25, we celebrate the presence of peace in our community — and those who make peace possible. We know that when people act for peace, they build a stronger community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, embracing diversity and addressing the social determinants of health.
A special highlight of YMCA Peace Week is the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace where we recognize peacemakers in our community with YMCA Peace Medals for their commitment to peace through contributions made within their local, national or global community. During the event, we will honour all nominees for their charitable work and present a YMCA Peace Medal to one youth, adult and group. Visit 2017 Peace Medal nominees to read about the amazing people in our community who have been nominated this year!
Gabrielle Scrimshaw is First Nations. This means she was automatically born with some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was 8x more likely to commit suicide than the average Canadian, 3x more likely to be unemployed, be underfunded in her quest for education, and more likely to drop out of high school than finish it.
In the face of these raw circumstances, she worked hard to follow her heart. She became the youngest Associate in one of Canada’s most competitive finance programs, was the first in her family to complete post-secondary education, travelled to 20 countries on five continents, worked with Heads of State and started a national organization for Aboriginal Professionals.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. She co-founded a national not-for-profit for Aboriginal Professionals and was named the 2013 First Nations Youth Achiever by Indspire.
To find out more about Gabrielle, visit Gabrielle Scrimshaw.
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Big Train Drum Group
White Pine Dancers
Big Train Drum Group is comprised of a family from the Mississaugas of The New Credit and Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations. The family has been singing together for over 20 years and has travelled all over Canada to many first nations pow-wows, ceremonies & conferences. The songs that they sing are called intertribal songs, bringing together people from all different nations, and are songs that were gifted from elders.
White Pine Dancers are a group of family and friends who love to share their gifts of dance, story and song. Started ten years ago, in Brantford, Ontario, White Pine Dancers have since performed all over Canada from Calgary, Alberta to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their performances are educational as well as entertaining, and their mandate is to create more understanding today, so that there is less misunderstanding for all of our children in the future.