In every community there are people who make a difference in the lives of others. With passion and perseverance, they commit themselves to a cause with one goal in mind — to create a more peaceful and just world.
At the YMCA, we call these people peacemakers. And each fall, during the third week of November, we recognize these incredible individuals with a YMCA Peace Medal, and $500 for their charitable work at the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace.
This fall marks our 10th year of celebrating peacemakers in the Oakville community. If you know a youth (19 and under), an adult (20 and over) or a group/organization making a difference through their charitable work, honour their commitment to peace by nominating them for a YMCA Peace Medal.
As part of our commitment to offering you the best membership experience possible, we’re updating our Women’s Change Room to refresh the space and make it like new.
New showers and tiling
Modern, upgraded vanities, counters and sinks
New lockers and privacy stalls
This transformation of the entire space will take three weeks to complete. During this time, the Women’s Change Room will be closed, and the Family Change Room will be converted into a temporary, women’s only/accessible change room.
Women/women with children ages 4 and under will use the new Women’s Change Room (formerly Family Change Room).
Men with children ages 4 and under may use the Men’s General change room.
Men with opposite gender children over the age of 4 will be directed to the new Women’s Change Room (formerly Family Change Room) where a female staff member will assist your child in changing and meet you on the pool deck. For more details, please visit Membership Services.
Individual change room on the pool deck – please follow signs near the stairs on the pool deck.
Men’s and Women’s washrooms on the main level, past the rock climbing centre.
SPECIAL OFFER! Women (18+ years) can try the Women’s Plus Lounge for September for just $20! Visit Membership Services to sign up!
Thank you for your patience as we remodel our Women’s Change Room. If you have any concerns, please visit the membership desk or contact:
Truth and Reconciliation has been a key focus for us at the YMCA of Oakville. We have partnered with other community agencies and organizations to bring a series of events and discussions on Truth and Reconciliation in Halton, focused on bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community together to build a shared understanding and a renewed relationship.
Our 2017 Peace Week was centred around Truth and Reconciliation. Kicking off the week with our Annual Candlelight Walk for Peace, we unveiled a Land Treaty Acknowledgment plaque in our front garden and heard reflections from local Indigenous Knowledge Guide Stephen Paquette and Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Our Annual Community Breakfast for Peace featured keynote speaker Gabrielle Scrimshaw, a First Nations advocate with a passion for social change. Following the Community Breakfast for Peace we held an Indigenous panel for youth from local high schools, featuring Indigenous experts on a variety of topics.
Our Youth Engagement department participated in a number of Indigenous learning experiences, including a blanket exercise open to youth in our TAG, Just the Guys, and other programs. Participants in our Counsellors in Training summer camp program visited the Woodland Centre to learn about the history of the Woodland people and life in a residential school. Later in 2018, a group of youth will be experiencing a trip to Temagami, in partnership with Appleby College, for a unique experience immersed in Indigenous culture.
This has only been the start of our journey, and on National Indigenous Peoples Day we are proud to share YMCA Canada’s Statement of Truth and Reconciliation and strengthen our dedication to Truth and Reconciliation.