YMCA announces 2017 Peace Medal Recipient


From Nov. 18 to 26, the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA joins Ys across Canada in celebrating Peace Week, offering activities to help everyone of all ages explore peace from personal, local and global perspectives.

During the week, Ys will also promote ways members of their own communities can build peace, and highlight the work that fosters peace year-round.  “In today’s globalized world, we are all connected to each other more than we realize,” says YMCA Sault Ste. Marie YMCA CEO, Kim Caruso.  “Every year, we host a Multicultural Potluck and Peace Medal Ceremony to honour spectacular individuals who strive to make a difference in our community through their inspiring and selfless actions.”

The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA is pleased to announce the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal Recipient is Dr. Deborah Woodman whose work in bringing the community together to build support and understanding for members of the LGBTQ2 has had a far reaching impact on peace building in our community.

The YMCA Peace Medal is awarded to youth, adults or groups that strive to make a difference (locally or abroad) by promoting and inspiring the values of PEACE — participation, empathy, advocacy, community and empowerment. These are people who commit themselves to improving the lives of others without any special means or resources, just because they know in their hearts it is the right thing to do.

Join us along with the Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Christian Provenzano, in celebration of her work at the Multicultural Potluck and Peace Medal Ceremony on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 from 5 pm – 6 pm in the YMCA Auditorium by bringing your favourite dish to share.

Special thanks to the Sault Ste. Marie & Area Local Immigration Partnership for sponsoring this event.

Registration is at the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA Sales and Service Desk.