YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth Celebrates YMCA Peace Week

HALIFAX, NS – November 13, 2020 – From November 14-16, during YMCA Peace Week, the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, together with YMCAs across Canada, are celebrating the presence of peace in our communities, and reflecting on the peace building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.
As we navigate through 2020 and the COVID-19 crisis, YMCA Peace Week takes on new meaning, illustrating how the ongoing work of building peace needs to continue now more than ever. COVID-19 and the urgent calls for action for diversity, social inclusion, and equity are challenging us, as individuals, as communities, and as a country, to reconsider where we’ve been and where we want to go. During YMCA Peace Week, we honour those at the forefront of these peace-building efforts and encourage Canadians to ask themselves how they can bring change to their communities.
“It’s important that we work together to create peaceful communities where everyone feels that they belong” says Brian Posavad, CEO at the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth. “By celebrating YMCA Peace Week together, we are taking a stand and creating the future we want for our community, country, and world.”
When people act for peace, they build community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, and embracing diversity.
“We all have opportunities each day to choose to act for peace. They may be small actions, but they make a big difference and create a ripple effect through our community. By sharing our message of peace, we are able to inspire others to become engaged in peaceful actions,” says Lorrie Turnbull, Chief Operating Officer.
A special highlight of this week is the call for YMCA Peace Medal nominations. The YMCA Peace Medal is presented 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.
Visitwww.ymcahfx.ca/peaceweek/or call your local YMCA community centre to find out more about YMCA Peace Week activities happening at your YMCA or to nominate someone for the YMCA Peace Medal.
About the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth 
The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is a dynamic charity operating by a shared passion to foster a sense of belonging for all. In an age of complex social challenges, the YMCA is steadfastly dedicated to building healthy communities by inviting and encouraging Canadians to join in, to give back, and to gain the connections, skills, and confidence they need to thrive.
Media contact: 
Marlon Solis,
Communications Manager
YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth. Association Services
(902) 877-3150