Female attendees at YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast

Every time someone takes an action for peace, people are connected, to themselves and to each other. In every community there are people who make a difference and who are committed to bringing peace and prosperity to the world they live in, often in the face of great conflict and injustice. The YMCA Peace Medal is a way to recognize and celebrate members of your community who inpsire us to join them in creating a more peaceful world.

Nominations are now open.

Medals will be presented at the
YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast
Presented by the Farah Family Foundation and Hasty Markets
Thursday, November 23, 2017
7:30am - 10:00am (Doors open at 7:00am)
Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's

2017 Master of Ceremonies
Jim Poling
Managing Editor
The Hamilton Spectator

For more information, please contact:
Susy Comegna
P: 905.681.1140

2017 Keynote Speaker
Author and speaker
A passionate advocate for girls' education and refugee issues, Clare Morneau is an 18-year-old author and speaker who lives in Toronto with her father, Bill Morneau, mother, Nancy McCain, and siblings Henry, Edward and Grac Acan, who joined the family in 2010 from northern Uganda. Clare is compassionate, driven and committed to working for real change. As a student at Havergal College, she founded the Kakuma Toronto Girls Education Partnership. In the fall of 2016, she released her first book, Kakuma Girls, a Heather's Pick at Indigo Books. She completed a four-week internship at the Global Humanitarian Lab, a partner organization of the United Nations, in the summer of 2016 and has been named a Global Humanitarian Lab Youth Ambassador by the organization. While at the 2016 G20 in China with her father, she interviewed International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde for the Huffington Post. Her speaking engagements have included WE Day Ottawa (November 2016), WE Day Montreal (February 2017), Walrun Talks Africa's Next Generation (November 2016), TedxYouth Toronto (November 2016) and Rotman School of Management Speaker Series (April 2017). She will be attending Yale University in the fall.
Nominees must meet the following criteria
  • The actions of the nominee have demonstrated their commitment to the advancement of peace or the promotion of non-violence within the family, the community, our nation or internationally.
  • The nominee has developed, on his/her own or with others, a program or activity that contributes to a safe/non-violent community and promotes social justice and community cohesion.
  • The actions of the nominee as a 'peacemaker' will have motivated the local community.
  • The actions of the nominee will have demonstrated ways to live in peace and harmony in an increasingly diverse society.

For youth nominees only (age 19 and under) Through their actions, the nominee will have served as an example to other youth in the pursuit of peace and non-violent community.

Please note, it is imperative that a nomination reflect compliance in all outlined criteria in order to be considered for a YMA Peace Medal Award. All qualifying nominees will be contacted by the YMCA.

View Past YMCA Peace Medal Recipients

Deadline for Nominations: October 16, 2017