YMCA Peace Week

Peace Week

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YMCA Peace Week is a time when we 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.

Peace-building is core to YMCA values and is part of our work year round. It can be local, international, or both. Sometimes peace-building work means sharing ideas and resources across borders. Sometimes it simply means reaching out to build connections and understand each other better.

YMCA Peace Week is a vehicle for educating Canadians about peace in all its dimensions. YMCA Peace Week offers activities that help children, youth, and adults explore peace from personal, community, and global perspectives.

Global education is a key component of Peace Week activities and connects to the Plan Y: Expedition focus on fostering a global mindset.

Ultimately, YMCA Peace Week calls people to: Build community. Act for peace.

When we act for peace, together we build a stronger and healthier community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, embracing pluralism and addressing the social determinants of health.

How does YMCA Peace Week contribute to the Canada We Want?

Under Plan Y: Expedition, the YMCA Federation has committed itself to contributing in measurable ways to building the Canada We Want: a Canada defined by healthy people, healthy communities, and a strong record of addressing social health deficits, particularly among children, teens, and young adults. In celebrating and promoting people who actively build peace in their communities, Peace Week contributes to the Canada we want by:

Addressing the social determinants of health.

According to the World Health Organization, “The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels.” The social determinants of health could equally be called the social determinants of peace. A world with good outcomes on all the social determinants—including things like education, social equity, and child development—would be a peaceful world.

Promoting a sense of belonging.

The Vancouver Community Foundation has written that, “How our region fosters a sense of belonging, inclusion, and participation is key to our vitality.” The same is true of communities across Canada. Voting, volunteering, charitable giving, and other behaviours that shape healthy communities are all associated with a strong sense of community belonging.

Fostering empathy.

Roots of Empathy, an evidence-based education organization, describes empathy as “a key ingredient to responsible citizenship.” Research indicates that empathy and prosocial (or ‘helping’) behaviours are strongly linked. Prosocial behaviours contribute to individual and community health, and help to address social health deficits.

Embracing pluralism.

The Global Centre for Pluralism describes pluralism as a process based upon “a series of choices informed by the desire to balance equality of treatment with equity of outcome.” While many recognize our ‘success’, “Canadian pluralism remains…unfinished…subject to new pressures.” As one of the most diverse countries in the world, Canada’s choice to embrace pluralism requires continued commitment. All year round, YMCAs contribute to this work by promoting diversity and social inclusion in our programs and facilities. YMCA Peace Week is an opportunity to reflect on, celebrate, and advance this work.

Peace Week Nominations

Each year, YMCAs across Canada celebrate acts of peace by recognizing individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. During YMCA Peace Week, which will take place from November 17-24, 2018, local peacemakers will receive special recognition and a medal at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada. Medals will be awarded to two peace makers in each of our communities, North Bay and Sudbury. Peacemakers are selected through a nomination process.

Please click here to get your nomination form!

Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, November 11th.


Change Room Refresh

Dear Valued Member,

 

On Monday, September 24, 2018 we will begin a major change room refresh, starting with the Family change room, followed by the Enhanced and General change rooms. Each change room project is estimated to be under construction for 3 weeks.

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Youth Advisory Council

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The YMCA of Northeastern Ontario is looking for volunteers between the ages of 16-29 to serve on it's Youth Advisory Council.

The YMCA of Northeastern Ontario is seeking to strengthen the voice of youth within our community enabling all young people to thrive in body, mind, and spirit.

Are you between the ages of 16-29? Are you passionate about engaging youth and building healthy communities? Do you have an interest in event planning and program development? Want your voice to be heard? Youth Advisory Council members will work towards creating the best YMCA experiences for all young people while strengthening the voice of youth within the association.

APPLY ONLINE HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/b1f9HwZSlqNKb2Uu2

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Advise on YMCA program offerings.
  • Identify areas of opportunity to better serve youth within the YMCA.
  • Increase the sense of belonging for youth within the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario.
  • Assist in the planning and delivery of YMCA events.
  • Strengthen awareness surrounding the YMCA’s charitable mission.
  • Plan and facilitate Strong Kids fundraising events.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the other council members.
  • Attend two council meetings a month over the 1 year commitment period.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Gain valuable experience and knowledge.
  • Develop your leadership style.
  • Network with like-minded young people and develop professional relationships.
  • Create a positive impact within the community.

Requirements and Selection: 

  • Between 16 & 29 years of age.
  • Priority will be given to YMCA members, staff, and volunteers but all applicants will be considered.
  • Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  • Must provide 3 references.
  • Successful applicants must submit a criminal record and vulnerable sector check prior to starting on the Council.

If you have any questions or would like more information please send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

YMCA Camp Falcona Announcement

The YMCA has always applied the highest quality standards to Camp Falcona programs and staffing to ensure valuable and engaging summer experiences for hundreds of campers.

However, despite our best efforts to create new opportunities and a new model for the camp, the current financial model for Camp Falcona is no longer sustainable. For that reason, the decision has been made to permanently close Camp Falcona, effective immediately.

Current Falcona families can be rest assured that every possible option is being explored to ensure Falcona campers can access our other high quality camp programs.

We are sensitive to the concerns of current Falcona families, and while this change will be challenging, our ultimate goal is to serve even more families with exceptional camp programs and facilities. We can do this by ensuring the strength and long-term financial health of our entire camping program.

For additional information, please refer to our FAQ sheet. We thank you for your ongoing support during this time of change and are excited to welcome Camp Falcona families to our many other high quality programs in the region.

It Starts Here

In 2007, Jamie was 120 pounds overweight, battling diabetes, anxiety and depression. After joining the Y, he lost 145 pounds and no longer needed his diabetes or depression medications. Today, Jamie is a YMCA wellness instructor, personal trainer and fitness instructor. This is his story. #YMCAItStartsHere


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