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.

Peace-building is core to YMCA values and is part of our work year round. It can be local, international, or both. Sometimes peace-building work means sharing ideas and resources across borders. Sometimes it simply means reaching out to build connections and understand each other better.

This Peace Week in addition to our recognition of the Peace Medal Winners, join us in scheduled classes of Yoga for Peace, including Tai-Chi, gentle strectching and many more.
YMCA 2017 yoga for Peace Schedule

About the YMCA Peace Medallion
Each year, YMCAs across Canada celebrate acts of peace by recognizing individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. During YMCA Peace Week, local peacemakers receive special recognition and a medal at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada. Peacemakers are selected through a nomination process.

The 2017 YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast:

On November 10th, we honoured our 2017 Peace Medal Recipients at the Kingston Four Points by Sheraton banquet hall. The sold out event highlighted a riveting presentation The Journey to Hope:From Child Soldier to Peace Activist by Michel Chikwanine, Author of Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel Chikwanine has experienced civil war, political upheaval and poverty, emerging as an individual wise beyond his 27 years. Much of his childhood was ravaged by war that claimed 5.8 million lives and that forced him to become a child soldier and refugee. Michel now inspires people to believe in their ability to make a difference and leaves audiences with a new perspective on life, a sense of hope through social responsibility and a desire for change.

The 2017 YMCA Peace Medal Honourees:

Dave Hallett | Shelter Box
We are proud to honour Dave with the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal, through his volunteer work with ShelterBox he exemplifies that peace can be brought directly through his own work as well being an Ambassador to enlist the support of others here at home – this unifying inspiring work instills a sense of collaboration in our own community.

Rev. Dr. Jean Stairs | West Kingston Refugee Partnership, Seniors Association of Kingston
It is with great pride we honour Jean with the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal, her empathy, advocacy and community involvement creates great strength amoungst the individuals, community and families she supports.

Past Peace Medal Honouree

Professor Bayoumi has served the community on Boards of Directors and Committees within Kingston for many years. He is a founding member of the Islamic Society of Kingston and works tirelessly to build bridges between the Muslim and Kingston community.

Michel Chikwanine
Author of Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War with his presentation The Journey to Hope:From Child Soldier to Peace Activist.