Build Community. Act for Peace.
How the YMCA defines peace
- 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.
P = Participation – getting involved and encouraging others to get involved in community-
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
About YMCA Peace Week
- For 30 years, YMCA Peace Week has offered activities that help children, youth and adults explore peace from personal, community and global perspectives.
- YMCA Peace Week happens in November, and asks people to: Build community. Act for peace. When we act for peace, together we build a stronger and healthier community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, embracing pluralism and addressing the social determinants of health.
- Peace-building is core to YMCA values and is part of our work year round. YMCA Peace Week is a vehicle for educating Canadians about peace in all its dimensions.
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