This week was the annual YMCA Peace Week — a time to celebrate the presence of peace in communities and reflect on peace-building work that happens all year, both inside and outside the YMCA.
YMCA Peace Weeks calls on people to act for peace to build stronger and healthier communities.
On Tuesday, the Humber Community YMCA held its David Elliott Memorial Grade 6 Peace Week Speak-off, and also presented the Peace Medallion to an individual or group that demonstrates the values of peace through contributions made within the community.
Mary Fisher was this year’s recipient of the YMCA Peace Medallion. Fisher lost her 17-year-old son to suicide in June 2007 and, from this tragedy, she knew she had to share her story in an attempt to prevent other people from ever having to experience such a devastating loss.
She initiated a community walk in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, which has since become an annual event and helped establish the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Committee in 2010. Her overall contributions to suicide prevention efforts in the region have been immeasurable.
Sadie MacDonnell of Eastside Elementary was the winner of the YMCA David Elliott Memorial Speak-off for her speech entitled “Imagine Peace.”