2017 YMCA Peace Medal Nominations

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YMCA Peace Week takes place November 18th – 25th, 2017 and we are now accepting nominations for the YMCA Peace Medal!


Each year, YMCAs across Canada 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. During YMCA Peace Week, local peacemakers will receive special recognition and a medal at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada. Peacemakers are selected through a nomination process. To nominate a Peacemaker, please review the nomination guidelines and selection criteria.


  • Nominations should focus on activities that have taken place within the last two years
  • YMCA staff members are not eligible for nomination
  • Professionals who are paid to do peacemaking work are not eligible for nomination
  • Self-nominations will not be considered


“…Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationships among nations. 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… The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities…” YMCA Statement of Peace, World Alliance of YMCAs, 1981

Peace Medal recipients should demonstrate the values of PEACE:

P = Participation – getting involved and encouraging others to get involved in community-building activities
E = Empathy – listening and understanding diverse perspectives to create a sense of belonging for all
A = Advocacy – making the case for positive change in the community
C = Community – building and strengthening community connections and capacity
E = Empowerment – inspiring others to foster peace and helping them gain the skills and tools to succeed


To nominate an individual or group for the Peace Medal, or for more information, please download the Nomination Form (click here) or submit your nomination through our online Nomination Form (click here).

Please submit all completed Peace Medal nominations by 5pm on Monday, October 30th, 2017 to:

North Bay YMCA
Attn: Peace Medal Selection Committee
186 Chippewa Street West
North Bay, ON
P1B 6G2

Email: peaceweek@ymcanorthbay.com
Fax: 705-474-5116

The name of the winner(s) will be announced and the medal(s) will be presented during Peace Week.