Celebrate Peace Week with the YMCA


From November 17 – 24, the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA together with YMCAs across Canada, celebrate the presence of peace in our communities, and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.

As a continuation of our YMCA Peace Week initiatives, the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore and the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA are hosting a Breakfast for Peace with Keynote Speaker Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald on November 30, 2018 from 7:30 am – 9:30 am at the Marconi Cultural Centre and Banquet Hall.  Special thank you to our presenting sponsor GFL Environmental Inc..

Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, is a calm, respectful and heart centred leader, who has over 25 years of experience in First Nations politics.

RoseAnne has dedicated all of her adult life to serving and striving to create a better quality of life and future for First Nations people. She represents a generational change, bringing diplomacy and encouraging unity in the First Nations political system, while breaking down barriers since the start of her political career, having been the first woman and youngest.

As Ontario Regional Chief, she remains dedicated to empowering women and youth in seeking community based solutions that encourage capacity-building, leadership development and resiliency.

The breakfast will include the presentation of the YMCA Peace Medal which is presented to Peacemakers who challenge and inspire others to pursue acts for peace.  The YMCA Peace Medal is awarded to individuals or groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, demonstrate a commitment to the values of Peace through contributions made within their local, national or global community.

The 2018 Sault Ste. Marie YMCA Peace Medal recipient is Theodore Syrette for being a fierce advocate for the rights of both Indigenous People and for 2SLGBTQ+.

Tickets can be purchased for $30 each at the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA and include a buffet style breakfast.  Thank you to our sponsors for making this possible.  We look forward to hosting this very important Breakfast for Peace.

YMCA Peace Week offers activities that help children, youth and adults explore peace from personal, community and global perspectives. Thank you to the Sault Ste. Marie and Area Local Immigration Partnership for sponsoring our Multicultural Potluck on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 5 – 6 pm.  Bring a food dish to share.  Please register at the front desk of the YMCA.  Collectively, YMCAs in Canada ask people to: Build community. Act for peace.