KINGSTON & BROCKVILLE, ON – Help the YMCA of Eastern Ontario shine a light on people in our communities who do good and create positive spaces, at home or abroad by nominating someone for the Y’s 2023 Peace Medal.
Each year, the YMCA of Eastern Ontario and YMCAs across Canada celebrate peace in our communities and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.
During this annual event, YMCAs celebrate acts of peace by recognizing individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. Peace-building – or doing good – is core to the YMCA’s commitment to strengthening the foundation of healthy communities and part of the YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s year-round programs.
Starting on November 26, this year’s theme is “Do good. Build peace,” YMCA Peace Week 2023 focuses on celebrating people who do good in communities here or around the world. Their efforts will continue to inspire our work throughout the year. During YMCA Peace Week, we encourage Canadians to ask themselves how they can bring change to their communities.
YMCA Peace Week illuminates how the work of building peace needs to as individuals, as communities, and as a country, to consider where we've been and where we want to go.
A special highlight of this week is the presentation of one or more YMCA Peace Medals to an individual or group who contribute to community wellbeing, whether that community is at the local, national, or global level.
This year’s medals will be presented to the honorees at the end of November. There are two categories —one for youth and one for adults. The deadline to submit nominations is November 20.
PEACE it Forward
You can be part of the PEACE it Forward challenge! Carry out a peaceful act (for a person, group or cause) then challenge a friend or family member to carry out their own act of peace.
Don’t forget to share your #actforpeace or someone else’s on social media during #ymcapeaceweek and beyond. Let’s see how far PEACE spreads!
Need some ideas on how to act for peace? Consider these:
Join the #ymcapeaceweek social media discussion and add your own #actforpeace ideas.
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