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YMCA Peace Week

November 18 – 25, 2017*

 

 

“...Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationships among nations.

We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us – even those who differ from us....

The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities.....”

– from World Alliance of YMCAs

Statement on Peace, 1981

YMCA Peace Week is a time when we celebrate the presence of peace in our communities, and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.

The YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is the ongoing work of building and rebuilding conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. When Canadians embody the values of PEACE through our daily actions, we can build a better Canada.

YMCA Peace Week calls people to:  Build community. Act for peace.

When we act for peace, together we build stronger and healthier communities.

* Find out what's happening in your community, as event dates and times vary.

 

Act for Peace

Peace is an active state of being, not a passive one.

Acts for peace can be big or small. Either way they tend to grow outward, creating ripples through the whole community.

An act for peace may affect only one person directly—but it may show many more people what’s possible.

Peacemakers challenge and inspire others to pursue acts for peace.

Anyone and everyone can be a peacemaker.

Join the movement and #actforpeace.


 

 

PEACE it Forward

If you’ve received the coin pictured here, you’re now a part of the PEACE it Forward challenge! You have 24 hours to carry out a peaceful act (for a person, group or cause). Once you complete the challenge, give your coin to the person you acted for or pass it along to anyone you’d like.

Don’t forget to share your #actforpeace or someone else’s on Twitter during #ymcapeaceweek and beyond. Let’s see how far the coins and PEACE spreads!

Need some ideas on how to act for peace? Consider these:

  • Have a passion, talent or skill? Donate it to a person, organization or cause. Get involved!
  • Offer help to someone who needs assistance.
  • Get to know your neighbours and fellow community members.
  • Learn something new by researching the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
  • Stop when you see a demonstration, rally or walk. Ask a participant about the cause.
  • Find out when your municipality is holding community meetings and consultations. Participate.

Keep the list growing. Join the #ymcapeaceweek social media discussion and add your own #actforpeace ideas.

Find out what's happening in your community

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Events vary by location and may not be available in all areas.

 

Join the conversation

Join us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us what peace means to you and how you act for peace daily. Share your #ymcapeaceweek experiences and keep the #actforpeace list growing.

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YMCA Peace Medal

YMCA Peace Medal - 30th Anniversary

As part of YMCA Peace Week, YMCAs across Canada present the YMCA Peace Medal to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, demonstrate a commitment to the values of P-E-A-C-E through contributions made within their local, national or global community.