International Development


YMCA of Greater Vancouver: International Development Section
Power of Peace Week 2014

The Power of Peace Awards

In recognition of International Peace Week in November, YMCA Peace Medals are given to local individuals who are working to strengthen our communities by promoting peaceful solutions to violence, conflict, discrimination and justice. Through their actions, nominees have had significant impact on the lives of others, either locally or elsewhere in the world, without any special resources or recognition.

Please join us for the YMCA Power of Peace Awards ceremony!

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver)

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Featuring special guest speaker: Dr. Samantha Nutt
Dr. Samantha Nutt PictureGlobal Humanitarian, Founder of War Child and #1 Bestselling Author, Dr. Samantha Nutt brings audiences her experiences, insights and solutions from war zones around the world. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Dr. Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. Medical doctor and founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises–from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr. Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena and is amongst the most sought-after public speakers in North America. With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited hundreds of thousands of war-affected children globally.
Read Samantha's biography here.

Know a Peacemaker?

YMCA Peace Medal awards recognize the efforts dedicated to ending war, bullying, discrimination, racism and armed conflict; and promoting cross-cultural understanding, diversity, education, equality, human rights, mediation, social justice or prevention of violence and abuse and by building more green spaces in every town and city. Peace Medals will be awarded to:

Local/International Peacemaker: Open to individuals of any age and groups working in their own community or international community for equality, justice and peace (two awards will be given, one to an individual and one to a group).

Emerging Young Leader Peacemaker: Open to individuals and groups under 30 years of age working locally or globally for equality, justice and peace (one award will be given).

To nominate a peacemaker, complete and submit the nomination form before October 1st:

By email:

By mail or in-person:
YMCA Peace Medal Awards
Joyce Street YMCA, Attn: Lisa Stiver
#100 - 5055 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC   V5R 6B2

By fax: 604-939-9621

For more information, please contact 604-939-9622.

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