What is Peace week?
HOW THE YMCA DEFINES PEACE
The YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict. Peace is the ongoing work of building and rebuilding conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity.
ABOUT YMCA PEACE
For 30 years, YMCA Peace Week offer activities that help children, youth and adults explore peace from personal, community and global perspectives.
YMCA Peace Week asks people to: Build community. Act for peace. 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.
Peace-building is core to YMCA values and is part of our work year round. YMCA Peace Week is a vehicle for educating Canadians about peace in all its dimensions.
YMCA PEACE STRENGTHENS THE FOUNDATION OF COMMUNITY
The YMCA works to help people grow in spirit, mind and body to reach their full potential. Peaceful communities make that kind of growth possible. When people feel safe and included, they are better able to express themselves in positive ways - and ultimately help others.
Peace spreads: peaceful people contribute to peaceful families and communities; peaceful communities build peaceful societies and a more peaceful world.