YMCA Peace Week and The Peace Medallion

YMCA Statement on Peace

YMCA Peace Week takes place in November and is a time when we celebrate the presence of peace in our communities, and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.  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.

In keeping with this year’s International Day of Peace theme of “End racism. Build peace,” YMCA Peace Week 2022 focuses on developing an anti-racist lens to understand conflicts taking place around the globe. The goal is that this year’s theme continues to inspire our work throughout the year.

Peace Medallion

Each year, YMCAs across Canada celebrate acts of peace by recognizing individuals or groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within our community.  Nominate a peace maker in our community for a YMCA Peace Medallion today! Download form here.

Peace Medal Recipient

The 2022 recipient of the YMCA Peace Medallion is Nicki Lyons-MacFarlane.

Read Nicki’s story here.

Peace Medallion  Recipients

2022 – Nicki Lyons-MacFarlane

2018 – Dr. Paul Ross

2014 – Andy Scott (posthumously)

2011 – Jon V. Oliver

2007 – Yvonne Mersereau, Gloria Paul

2003 – Karl McLellan

2000 – Judy Coates

1997 – Inez Flemington (posthumously)

1994 – Transition House

1990 – Richard Blaquière

2021 – Georgette Roy

2017 – Kim MacDonald

2013 – Norm Laverty

2010 – Johnny Evans

2006 – Mavis Doucette

2003 – Charlotte Gallagher (posthumously)

1999 – Pauline Cunningham

1997 – Robert and Marie Young

1993 – Concerned Youth for Development

1989 – Father Monte Peters

2020 – Corinne Saunders Hersey

2016 – Mary Dickinson

2012 – Dr. Colleen O’Connell

2009 – Sister Eleanor McCloskey, CND

2005 – Brigid Toole Grant

2002 – Comité de l’avenir

1999 – Juan Montalvo (posthumously)

1996 – Judy Loo

1992 – Judge Graydon Nicholas

1988 – Allayne Armstrong (posthumously)

2019 – Nashwaaksis Y Service Club

2015 – Jan Lockhart

2012 – Patricia Ellsworth

2008 – The Epsilon Y’s Men and Y’s Menettes

2004 – Anna Christie

2001 – Lorenzo Fabro

1998 – Brian and Elaine Perkins – McIntosh

1995 – Valerie Drury

1991 – St. Paul’s Refugee Committee

1987 – Jim and Kay Bedell