YMCA Peace Week

November 14-21. Build community. Act for peace. YMCA Peace Week.

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 for people to: Build Community, Act for Peace.
When we act for peace, together we build stronger and healthier communities.

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....
- YMCA Statement on Peace


YMCA Peace Week: November 14 to 21, 2020
Each year, the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario honours local Peacemakers with a YMCA Peace Award at several community events across the region. While we will be unable to host an in-person ceremony this year, we are still excited to recognize inspiring community members across our association!


Peace Week Medal Nominations Now Open Until September 30!
Do you know a peacemaker in your community? Here's a chance to recognize and celebrate inspiring people who are doing good in our communities (Chatham-Kent, Goderich-Huron, London-Middlesex, Petrolia, Sarnia-Lambton, St. Thomas, Strathroy-Caradoc, Windsor-Essex, Woodstock).

Recipients will receive a YMCA Peace Medal and certificate, and have a chance to tell their story and bring awareness to their work or cause in individual profiles that will be shared virtually. Please submit your nomination through the form below before September 30, 2020.

Fill out this form to nominate a local peacemaker for this award.

London recipients during YMCA Peace Week
Ava stands next to YMCA CEO Andrew Lockie.
Henny stands with CEO Andrew Lockie.