Friday, September 19, 2014 6:30 pm ·  0 Comments
From November 15-22, 2014, YMCA Peace Week invites people of all ages to reflect on peace, to talk, and to take action, individually and with others. A special highlight of the week is the presentation of YMCA Peace Medallions to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, demonstrate a commitment to peace through contributions made within their local, national or global community.
Nominations are now open to select one youth, adult and group in Oakville who has made significant contributions for promoting and inspiring PEACE: Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community and Empowerment. YMCA Peace Medallion recipients will be honoured with a medallion as well as a $500 award to contribute towards their charitable work.
This year’s ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 19 and will feature keynote speaker Kirk Smalley of the anti-bullying organization, Stand for the Silent. Smalley was the subject of the 2012 documentary, Bully, after his son committed suicide as a result of being bullied at school. Tickets for the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace will be available online starting on September 21, International Day of Peace, for $25.00 per person or $220.00 per table.
“The recipient of the YMCA Peace Medallion is a tremendous inspiration and they demonstrate how any one of us can improve the quality of life in our local, national or global community. They exemplify the values of YMCA Peace Week and the positive impact just one person can make,” says Kyle Barber, president and CEO of the YMCA of Oakville.
Last year, the YMCA of Oakville presented YMCA Peace Medallions to Sahil Ahuja (youth) for creating the SPEAK Program at Appleby College; Jo Fallon (adult) founder of The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children and the St. Thomas Aquinas Peace and Justice Club (group) for their work in local and global communities. Special recognition was also given to a second youth recipient, Tatum Martino, for the creation of Duck Tape wallets to raise money for her friend who suffers from Angelman Syndrome.
Since 1987, more than 1,500 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized YMCA Peace Medallion recipients. For more information on YMCA Peace Medallion nominations and guidelines as well as tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace, visit ymcaofoakville.org.