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International Development


YMCA of Greater Vancouver: International Development Section
YMCA Power of Peace logo

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.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:30pm Doors open
7:00pm Ceremony commences

SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Space is limited, so purchase your tickets early! Tickets available until Monday, November 18th through Ticketmaster or by email to
Financial aid is available.

Students: $10
Adults: $20

Featured Guest Speaker: Amanda Lindhout

As noted by the National Speakers Bureau:

Featured YMCA speaker: Amanda Lindhout Amanda is the Founder and Executive Director of The Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF), Amanda Lindhout has gained international acclaim for her work supporting development and aid in Somalia – the country where she once spent 460 days as a hostage. Formerly a freelance journalist, Amanda's concern for the humanitarian crisis in Somalia led her to the war-ravaged nation in 2008 where three days upon arrival she was abducted by teenage criminals. Following her release in 2009, she left journalism and became an unlikely and passionate advocate for the people of Somalia. In 2011, for the first time since her abduction, Amanda returned to Somalia and led famine relief efforts for which she has raised millions of dollars. Since GEF's inception in 2010, her award-winning humanitarian work has provided aid and education to over 300,000 people living in the war-torn country.

Check out Amanda on YouTube.

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 9th to:

By email:

By mail or in-person:
2013 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.

This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the YMCA Endowment Fund.

Government of Canada

Canadian International Development Agency

YMCA Endowment Fund