YMCA of Central East Ontario wants you to nominate a local peacemaker

Nominations now open for 2019 YMCA Peace Medal, to be presented in November

YMCA of Central East Ontario board chair John Mastorakos presents Peterborough educator and activitist Rosmary Ganley with the 2018 YMCA Peace Medal on November 23, 2018 as Ganley's grandaughters Ava and Emma look on. Nominations for the 2019 Peace Medal are now open. (Photo: YMCA of Central East Ontario / Facebook)
YMCA of Central East Ontario board chair John Mastorakos presents Peterborough educator and activitist Rosmary Ganley with the 2018 YMCA Peace Medal on November 23, 2018 as Ganley's grandaughters Ava and Emma look on. Nominations for the 2019 Peace Medal are now open. (Photo: YMCA of Central East Ontario / Facebook)

The YMCA of Central East Ontario is seeking nominations for the 2019 YMCA Peace Medal.

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.

“We know that there are some outstanding people in our community,” says Cindy Mytruk, Peace Week Coordinator at the YMCA of Central East Ontario’s Balsillie Family Branch.

“By recognizing the ways that these individuals and groups are working towards peace, we have the opportunity to learn, share and make our own commitments to get involved in peace work.”

In 2018, Peterborough’s Rosemary Ganley was honoured with the Peace Medal for her work as an educator, humanitarian, feminist, journalist, and activist.

Peacemakers are selected through a nomination process. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to community building, empathy and understanding of diverse perspectives, advocating positive change in the community, building and strengthening community connections and inspiring others to foster peace.

Nomination forms are available at YMCA branches or online at ymcaofceo.ca/special-events/peace-week/.

Nominations for the 2019 Peace Medal are due by 10 p.m. on Friday, October 11th.

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