The YMCA Peace Medal ceremony

“Recognition, Awareness, Inspiration, Action! ” opens the YMCA Peace Medal Award Ceremony to celebrate World Peace Week. Awe-inspiring, local and humanitarian individuals and groups gathered together at this unique and fun awards ceremony, where compassionate hearts were recognized for their passion for peace.

I must give my warm hearfelt thanks to my Red Cross coordinator to nominate my brainchild of a fundraiser and group, Picture the Future Movement, for a Peace Medal in the International Youth category! I’ve certainly love the YMCA and highly commend them for creating this event that recognizes the humanitarianism acts of today will lead to world peace tomorrow. Alas, no longer a youth, the amazing team of volunteers that were able to raise and execute what simply was only a dream in my head are some of the most dedicated to promoting peace as well. To all the students at Lester B. Pearson high school who were dedicated to this project, thank you.

I was quite honoured to have been asked to read the Mayor’s Proclamation in front of all the extraordinary individuals at the Peace Medal Award Ceremony on behalf of Mayor Naheed Nenshi and City Council. We sometimes take peace for granted, being so fortunate that we live in Canada, but around the world, these amazing nominees have stepped up to reconginze their need!

What you can do to promote peace: Speak less, listen more. Have the mindset that you can ALWAYS do more.

Congratulations to all the nominee and recipients of the 2011 YMCA Peace Medal!

To learn more: read and be inspired by all the recipients of the 2011 YMCA Peace Medal or find out how you can promote peace!

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