Peace Medals

THANK YOU 550,000 times for supporting the YMCA Peace Medals


More YMCA youth are on their way to getting their diploma thanks to you! Thank you for joining us last evening and supporting YMCA youth at the 2019 YMCA Peace Medals gala dinner presented by Desjardins and hosted by Gregory Charles.

Congratulations to our laureates Serena Lopes, Mitsiko Miller, ATSA, the Welcome Collective, Element AI and YMCA Alternative Suspension, and also to our honorary laureates, Judi Richards and Yvon Deschamps — you have inspired and moved us.

How wonderful it is to witness such passion!

And, of course, we would like to thank all of you! We were so lucky to have partners who share our values and care about the success of our mission. What we do would not be possible without your generosity.

Together, we’re building resiliency, one youth at a time.

On behalf of the YMCA, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts, and see you next year! 

To relive some of the best moments of this wonderful, inspiring and moving evening, please visit the photo album

For more than 30 years now, the YMCA has proudly recognized individuals or groups who have shown their commitment to peace through community action. Do you know remarkable people who are taking concrete action to build harmonious communities? Nominate them or encourage them to apply. Please contact Michel Forgues at

What is peace?

"More than the absence of violence and conflict, peace is the presence of conditions like fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. Peace is also the ongoing work of building and rebuilding these conditions."

Our commitment to peace took shape in 1981, when YMCAs in 127 countries, all part of the World Alliance of YMCAs, signed the Official Peace Statement and established YMCA World Peace Day.

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