YMCA of Greater Saint John invites you to Build community. Act for Peace.

Saint John, NB—  From November 19 – 26, the YMCA of Greater Saint John, together with YMCAs across Canada, offers activities that help children, youth and adults explore peace from personal, local and global perspectives. Collectively, YMCAs in Canada ask people to: Build community. Act for peace.

More than the absence of violence and conflict, peace is the ongoing work of building and maintaining conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. Peace-building is core to the YMCA’s commitment to strengthening the foundation of healthy communities and part of the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s year round programs. YMCA Peace Week is a unique vehicle for educating Canadians about peace in all its dimensions.

When people act for peace, they build community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, embracing pluralism and addressing the social determinants of health.

A special highlight of this week is the presentation of the YMCA Peace Medal to an individual or group who, without any special resources, demonstrates a commitment to peace through individual contributions made within their local, national or global community. This year’s ceremony will be held on November 24th and will honour local community members who have made significant contributions towards peace-building.

Miss Tulashi Adhikari will receive the Youth Peace Medallion for her peacemaking efforts. She left the poverty and unsafe conditions inside the Nepali refugee camp where she was born and now she shares her personal experiences with her peers in order to help educate others in the hopes of making the transition easier for current international students. Tulashi is a student at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School.

Suzanne and Walter Ball will receive the Peace Medallion. They have welcomed newcomers for many years and have helped them settle in the community as volunteers with the YMCA. They are huge advocates for Saint John and they have strong voices in the community to help those that are not always heard.

“We look forward to recognizing these champions of peace,” stated Shilo Boucher, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “The Ball’s have demonstrated how any one of us can improve the quality of life of people in our community through their commitment and positive impact with our newest residents. Tulashi Adhikari has a great passion and desire to make the world a better and safer place.”

The ceremony will be held at the Millidgeville Community Centre at 7:00pm. Appetizers will be served and entertainment provided. Tickets are $25 and are available at any YMCA location.

YMCA Peace Week activities at the YMCA of Greater Saint John include:

  • Peace Yoga, Monday November 21st at 12:10 pm and 7:00 pm, Saint John Regional Y
  • Newcomer Connections Cultural Fair, November 22nd from 1:00-4:00 pm, Saint John Regional Y
  • Peace Medallion Ceremony, November 24th at 7:00 pm, Millidgeville Community Centre