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November 19-25, 2023

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 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.

YMCA Peace Medal




As part of YMCA Peace Week, YMCAs across Canada present the YMCA Peace Medal to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth, or position, demonstrate a commitment to the values of P-E-A-C-E through contributions made within their local, national, or global community.

Since 1987, more than 1,900 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized for their peacebuilding work with YMCA Peace Medals.

Many people and organizations do important peace-building work. Some have formal connections to the YMCA, while others live and work in our communities and have no current connection to the YMCA.

When we award YMCA Peace Medals, we celebrate others’ contributions to peace.


Do you know a Peace Builder in your community?

Nominations are Now Closed for 2023

Nomination Guidelines

  • 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 Medallion recipients should demonstrate the values of PEACE:​​




Yoga for Peace

All yoga classes during YMCA Peace Week are open to non-members at no cost. Simply check-in at our membership services desk. See our group fitness schedule here, for available classes.​

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