Peace Medal winners, the Gael Guides from Cathedral Catholic Secondary School, who were honoured at the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford’s Peace Medal Breakfast.
First developed by a small group of volunteers and staff who made up the International Committee at the YMCA of Fredericton, the Peace Medal is presented at Ys across Canada during YMCA Peace Week to recognize the achievements of individuals who – without any special resources, status, wealth, or position – demonstrate the values of PEACE (Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community, and Empowerment).
As of 2017, more than 1,900 individuals and groups have been recognized with YMCA Peace Medals for their peacebuilding work. In the 10 weeks leading up to Peace Week, YMCA Canada profiled 30 previous recipients from 22 YMCAs; and during the week of November 18-25, more than 60 Peace Medals from 31 Member Associations were awarded to individuals and groups.
Social media also played an important role in sharing and promoting YMCA Peace Week through stories, quotes and photos this year. To see the many faces of peace in Canada, take a virtual trip through our YMCA Peace Week 2017 Facebook album and read about the 30 peacemakers in this special tribute, ‘Celebrating 30 years of the YMCA Peace Medal.’