YMCA cel­e­brates Peace Week

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The YMCA pre­sented two lo­cals with Peace Medals to mark Peace Week across Canada.

On Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22, the YMCA hosted a yoga class and a Peace Medal cer­e­mony to com­mem­o­rate this im­por­tant week.

“The YMCA is a long-time sup­porter and ad­vo­cate of peace in all its forms. For a week each year, YMCAs across Canada of­fer spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age the ex­plo­ration of the many di­men­sions of peace from a per­sonal, com­mu­nity and in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive,” said Kristin Bochek, Fit­ness and Spe­cial Events Co­or­di­na­tor at the YMCA. For the month of Novem­ber, the YMCA fo­cused on sev­eral peace ini­tia­tives through­out the com­mu­nity. “We worked hard through­out the month of Novem­ber to fo­cus on and cel­e­brate all of the hard work that not only we do here within the walls of our YMCA but that our com­mu­nity does as well out­side of the YMCA. We vis­ited all of our Child­care cen­ters, BASP pro­gram and Y Boys and Y Girls pro­gram and dis­cussed peace, what it means to them and how it im­pacts all of our lives on a daily ba­sis,” she ex­plained. “We built a YMCA Peace Chain, cre­ated a bridge be­tween our world now and our vi­sion of a per­fect world with a YMCA Bridge of Peace and handed out PEACE It For­ward to­kens to en­cour­age our com­mu­nity to #act­for­peace.”

YMCA Peace Medals were also pre­sented to Kelli Lem­stra and Vi­vian Gau­vin for their con­tri­bu­tions as peace­mak­ers in the com­mu­nity. The peace medals were pre­sented fol­low­ing the Yoga for Peace class on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22.

The YMCA Peace Medal is pre­sented at YMCA’s across the coun­try every year to rec­og­nize in­di­vid­u­als and groups who without any spe­cial re­sources, sta­tus, wealth or po­si­tion demon­strate a com­mit­ment to build­ing peace within their com­mu­nity.

One of the peace medal re­cip­i­ents Kelli Lem­stra cre­ated an app called ‘The Daily Dif­fer­ence’ that is a re­source and a tool for youth just like her to ac­cess re­sources to help man­age im­por­tant is­sues such as anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, bul­ly­ing, and much more. Mean­while, Vi­vian Gau­vin demon­strated the values of peace with her tire­less ef­forts to build in­clu­sive, re­spect­ful com­mu­ni­ties. She has worked to lay the ground­work in the com­mu­nity for the con­tin­ued ad­vance­ment of peace through rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, sup­port for the com­mu­nity’s home­less, and works self­lessly with Moose Jaw’s spe­cial needs com­mu­nity. In ac­cept­ing the Peace Medal, Gau­vin thanked the YMCA and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who nom­i­nated her.

“A big thank you goes out to our com­mu­nity for sub­mit­ting Peace Medal re­cip­i­ent nom­i­na­tions and for at­tend­ing the Yoga for Peace class, Me­gan Wel­wood for in­struct­ing our Yoga class, and ev­ery­one else that was in­volved with our Peace Week ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Bochek.

Vi­vian Gau­vin (left) re­ceives a Peace Medal from YMCA’s Kristin Bochek.

Yoga for Peace at the YMCA.

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