Peace Week Medallions
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka presents the YMCA Peace Medallion to people and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or in communities elsewhere in the world.
Since 1987, the YMCA Peace Medallion has been a reminder that a more peaceful world is possible – community by community – and that everyone’s efforts are necessary. By highlighting peace concerns and celebrating peacemakers, we draw attention to the conditions, attitudes and behaviours that make our communities peaceful and, therefore, strong. More than 1,200 individuals and groups across Canada proudly identify themselves as YMCA Peace Medalists.
“…Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationships among nations. 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….The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities…” -YMCA Statement of Peace, World Alliance of YMCAs, 1981
Peace Medallion recipients should demonstrate the 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
Nominate someone in your community for the Peace Medallion using the form below, or print a Peace Medallion Application [PDF] here.