What Does YMCA Peace Week Mean to Me?
November 12th, 2014 by wptest
By: Danielle Proulx
I have always regarded November as a month of reflection and gratitude. The sight of poppies adorning jackets and wreaths serve as a reminder of the brave men and women who have fought for peace and freedom. We remember their bravery and sacrifice, and give thanks with the promise to never forget what they have done so that we may live free of tyranny and injustice.
YMCA Peace Week
The month of November also plays host to a nationwide YMCA initiative called Peace Week. This is a time when we can celebrate the presence of peace in our local and global communities. Peace Week offers activities and opportunities for discussion for people of all ages to explore peace from personal, community and global perspectives.
Living in Canada makes it easy to take peace for granted at times. But it means more than the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is an ongoing process of building fairness, equality, security and respect for diversity. When we can change our perspective, it becomes so much easier to be an advocate for peace. Simple actions like sharing, being patient or smiling and saying hello can have a far greater impact than we think.
Peace Week at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
This year, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka celebrates Peace Week from November 15-22. As an advocate for peace, I invite everyone to be part of the conversation. Share something you do to foster peace in your home, school, workplace or community. Take a moment for yourself and join Yoga for Peace. Record your Acts of Peace on a leaf and help build the Peace Trees that will be present in all of our centres. You can view schedules and events taking place during Peace Week on our website.
For more information about the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka and Peace Week, please visit our website.