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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.

“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 calls people to Build Community. Act for Peace. When we act for peace together, we build stronger and healthier communities.

Peace is an active state of being, not a passive one.

Acts for peace can be big or small. Either way, they tend to grow outward, creating ripples through the whole community.

An act for peace may affect only one person directly—but it may show many more people what’s possible.

Peacemakers challenge and inspire others to pursue acts for peace.

Anyone and everyone can be a peacemaker.

Join the movement and #actforpeace.


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.