Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:30 pm ·  0 Comments
Do you know someone who makes a difference in Oakville? Someone who goes out of their way to help others, advocates for positive change, empowers others to succeed, fundraises for causes or helps others belong? Nominate them for a YMCA Peace Medallion. Recipients are selected through a community nomination process, honoured at the Community Breakfast for Peace on Nov. 19 and awarded $500 to be used towards their charitable work.
YMCA Peace Medallion nominees should demonstrate the following 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
If you know someone who reflects the values of PEACE, we encourage you to submit a nomination. Full details and nomination guidelines can be found at www.ymcaofoakville.org. Nominations are due by October 24.
Last year, the YMCA awarded YMCA Peace Medallions to Sahil Ahuja for creating the SPEAK Program at Appleby College, to Jo Fallon for her work with the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children and to the St. Thomas Aquinas Peace and Justice for their work on a variety of fundraising initiatives – locally and globally. We also honoured 8-year old Tatum Martino with special recognition in the youth category for her work in creating Duck Tape Wallets for her friend Callum, who has Angelman Syndrome.
We spoke recently to a two of our recipients from last year to find out how receiving a YMCA Peace Medallion and a $500 award have helped with their charitable work.
Founder, The Lighthouse
“Winning the YMCA Peace Medallion was an incredible experience for both myself and The Lighthouse. The $500 award went towards the cost of half a year of groups for one child, and we are so grateful. Currently I am in an advisory capacity at the Lighthouse and look forward to exploring some different options in the future like teaching meditation to children and youth in schools, detention centres and hospitals. I’d also like to be part of motivating youth to developing compassionate leadership skills.”
St. Thomas Peace and Justice Club (The P.J.’s)
“Receiving the YMCA Peace Medallion meant community affirmation of the work we do every day raising money for charities or joining advocacy projects. We used the $500 award for taking on our first ever Kerr Street Ministries dinner. We enjoyed the experience so much and have already signed up to do four more dinners. Going forward, we’re continuing our work with local, national and international communities.”
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