Communities across the country marked YMCA Peace Week this year from November 16-23, with the understanding that when we act for peace, together we build stronger and healthier communities.
From free candlelit yoga in Halifax to a community conversation on peace in Niagara to the installation of a permanent mural celebrating multiple cultures in Saint John, people gathered to support, recognize, and further peace for themselves and their neighbours.
YMCAs across the country also marked the occasion by awarding YMCA Peace Medals to individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to the values of P-E-A-C-E through contributions made within their local, national, or global community.
The YMCA of Oakville awarded four medals at its popular YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace, where hundreds of attendees also enjoyed hearing from keynote speaker Maggie Doyne, Founder and CEO of the BlinkNow Foundation. Maggie shared her journey from high school graduation to becoming the caregiver of 50 children in Midwestern Nepal. She was the recipient of the 2015 CNN Hero Award and now speaks all over the world in the hopes of inspiring others to start projects that will generate positive change.
Learn more about YMCA Peace Week 2019 on Twitter through the hashtags #YMCAPeaceWeek and #actforpeace.