Every year, during the week of November 17 to 24, YMCAs across the country celebrate YMCA Peace Week in their communities. And they do it in so many special ways – from breakfasts for peace to youth speak-offs and poetry slams to yoga for peace.
This year, Member Associations continued the tradition of honouring community members who, without any special resources, demonstrate a commitment to peace through contributions made within their community or overseas. Halifax’s Wade Smith, for example, was awarded a posthumous YMCA Peace Medal for his years of dedication to the young people in his community as an educator, basketball coach, and mentor. And Calgary student Christina Hassan received a YMCA Peace Medal for helping to save the lives of newborns and mothers far from her home. She is co-founder of FullSoul Canada, a not-for-profit organization that equips hospitals in Uganda with medical supplies in order to protect the health and safety of mothers, babies, and medical practitioners during childbirth.
Be sure to check out hashtags #ymcapeaceweek and #actforpeace for more inspiring examples of what peace looks like across our country and around the world. For even more inspiration, watch our new video: Acting for Peace. Partially filmed on location at YMCA World Council in Chiang Mai, Thailand earlier this year, nine people from YMCAs representing every global YMCA region shared the ways in which their Y acts for peace.