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Each year, many YMCAs and YMCA-YWCAs across Canada celebrate YMCA World Peace Week by dedicating a full week in November to explore peace from a personal, community and international perspective.

As a values-based charity, the YMCA in Canada is dedicated to teaching children and youth about the many dimensions of peace while also instilling values such as tolerance, inclusiveness, caring, respect and responsibility for others. YMCA World Peace Week includes programs that promote peace building activities both at home and abroad.

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YMCA World Peace Week 2007

Jason Brown (CEO) and Senor Salvador Bautista (YMCA/ACJ of Honduras)
Jason Brown (CEO) and Senor Salvador Bautista (YMCA/ACJ of Honduras), sign a Partnership Agreement at 2007's Peace Week Breakfast

YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon Celebrates YMCA World Peace Week with Signing of Partnership with YMCA of Honduras and presentation of YMCA Peace Medallion

St. John’s, NL – The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon signed a partnership accord with the YMCA of Honduras on November 20, 2007, as part of YMCA Peace Week observances in the city.  The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon is one of thirteen Atlantic Ys participating in the relationship with the Honduran YMCA.

November 17th -24th, 2007 was YMCA World Peace Week and it was an appropriate time for the partnership accord to be signed.  The theme of Peace Week this year was The Power of Peace, the Power of People and throughout the week the YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon joined with other Ys across Canada in encouraging kids, youth and adults to create peace by living it, every day, with family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues. 

2007 marked the 20th anniversary of recognizing community peace builders in Canada by awarding them the YMCA Peace Medallion, which originated in Atlantic Canada in 1987. Since then, some 900 individuals and groups have received YMCA Peace Medallions during YMCA World Peace Week.

This year our Peace Week Breakfast was held at the Holiday Inn on Tuesday, November the 20th, at 7:30am.  The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon recognized two local peacemakers in our community. The YMCA Peace Medallion was presented to Bobbie Boland and the Lions Club for their commitment and work throughout the year in making our society a more peaceful place to live.

Award of YMCA Peace Medallion Award of YMCA Peace Medallion

If you would like more information about the Y’s international activities, including the Honduras partnership, or YMCA World Peace Week please contact Adrian Collins at 754-2960 ext. 24

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YMCA World Peace Week 2006

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The YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon was proud to participate in the 22nd Annual YMCA Peace Week. Ys across Canada recognized Peace Makers in their Communities and the Leaders in Training of the St. John’s Y were excited to host a Peace Week Breakfast.

This year’s YMCA Peace Medal was awarded to Miriam Westin, an outstanding young woman whose activities and commitment demonstrate how we can all work towards peace and justice in our world. We were also very pleased to have Y Board Member Jason Whiteway in attendance at the breakfast as our guest speaker. Jason did a short presentation reflecting on his experiences at the Lebanon YMCA during a family trip to Lebanon.

All funds raised during Peace Week were used to support the Lebanon YMCA through YMCA Canada.

All funds raised by the YMCA-YWCA of Northeast Avalon Peace Week activities were used to support the work of the YMCA of Lebanon.

The YMCA of Lebanon was established in 1890 as a modest organization serving Lebanon’s youth.  Today, more than a century later, the YMCA of Lebanon has grown into a unique, national and regional NGO with successfully implemented, development projects and programs.  Our motto has always been, “For a better Lebanon, for us all.”  

The YMCA today is a professionally managed development organization operating on a national and regional scale with an equality-toward-all attitude with regard to everything we do.   Neither religion nor political affiliation influence how or where our programs are implemented and who we hire.  And because of the YMCA’s nonpartisan reputation, the YMCA name in Lebanon has become synonymous with impartiality, quality and reliability.

Today, the YMCA is the most diversified national NGO in Lebanon with a solid institutional framework, clear goals and targeted objectives.  With the commitment of its dedicated volunteers and staff, its clear vision, credibility and trust within the communities it has established, the YMCA continues to serve the communities in which it works.  Our goal is to make Lebanon a better place for us all.  We are a part of the fabric of Lebanon. 

The YMCA of Lebanon Projects

Our projects in Lebanon have included the rehabilitation and upgrading of health centers, dispensing medicines to those in need and treating the chronically ill, building of water canals, agriculture training of farmers, ecotourism, reforestation and rehabilitation of pine forests, building of water reservoirs and retaining walls, vocational training, small enterprise development, training for local self-reliance, community awareness, environment awareness, development of wastewater treatment facilities and solid waste facilities and implementation of environmentally sustainable management systems for the facilities and communities which they serve, youth empowerment, women empowerment and economic independence, and programs promoting good governance and transparency

Website:    http://www.ymca-leb.org.lb/

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