Global Initiatives


Unexpected Acts of Kindness

Sometimes, it’s the unexpected act of kindness that can change the course of someone’s life. For Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers portrayed in the 2007 MTV movie, an unexpected act of kindness happened when a complete stranger sat down beside him on a park bench one day. Manny was only 16 at [...]

November 4th, 2016|Peace Week|

YMCA Candlelight Walk for Peace

Monday, November 20 6:45-8:00 p.m. Peter Gilgan Family YMCA Every year, on the first Monday of YMCA Peace Week, we host our YMCA Candlelight Walk for Peace. This free family event invites you to explore peace from a local, national and global perspective and walk with us by candlelight through neighbourhood streets in our community. As part of [...]

October 20th, 2016|Peace Week|

2017 Peace Medal Nominees

Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations for youth, adults and groups who are doing amazing peace work in our community! All 2017 nominees are invited to attend our YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace on November 23 where they will be honoured for their commitment to peace. During the ceremony, one youth, adult and group will receive a [...]

September 28th, 2016|Peace Week|

YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace

During YMCA Peace Week, 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 [...]

September 22nd, 2016|Peace Week|