YMCA Candlelight Walk for Peace
Monday, November 18, 2019
Peter Gilgan Family YMCA
*UPDATE: Please note that due to the potential freezing rain and slippery conditions, the candlelight walk for peace will take place INDOORS this evening where we will walk the track. Please meet in multipurpose room 4.
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.
This event is open to all ages. Bring your whole family to join us in exploring the importance of peace. Hot chocolate will also be provided to warm you up after the walk.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Oakville Conference Centre | 2515 Wyecroft Road
Congratulations to the 2019 Peace Medal Recipients! The work you’re doing is so important and you inspire us to Build Community & #ActForPeace. #YMCAPeaceWeek
Group Category: Grandmothers Act to Save the Planet
Adult Category: Maggie Aynsley
Youth Category: Ethan Parikh
Plus a new category:
Individual who receive monetary compensation but have proven to go above and beyond their scope of work: Michael Messenger, President,World Vision Canada
The YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace is attended by hundreds of Oakville’s most recognized community leaders, philanthropists, professionals, students and youth advocates. Over the past 11 years, the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace has attracted significant attention from local media and has been recognized as one of Oakville’s most inspiring community celebrations.
2019 Keynote Speaker Maggie Doyne: Start Now, Use What You Have
Maggie Doyne is the founder and CEO of the BlinkNow foundation. Maggie is originally from New Jersey and has dedicated the last 10+ years of her life to educating children and empowering women. She was the recipient of the 2015 CNN Hero Award and her work has been recognized by the Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Gilbert, Nick Kristof, Katie Couric and more. And, while her work is focused in Nepal, she speaks all over the world in the hopes of inspiring others to start projects that will generate positive change in our world.
Maggie discussed her journey from a high school graduate in suburban New Jersey, to the caregiver of 50 children in Midwestern Nepal. Through her talk, Maggie shared her inspiring story and explains why we all have a responsibility to use our talents and gifts to create positive change in our world.