(Moncton, Nov. 30, 2018) – Three local volunteers and a group that has developed a diversity workshop for children and youth received awards today from the YMCA of Greater Moncton for their efforts to build peace.

“These are some of the remarkable people making our community more peaceful by spreading values such as fairness, inclusion and respect,” said Jaime MacLellan, the YMCA’s Director of Community and Global Initiatives, at the Peace Lunch and Learn held today at the Y. “We all have opportunities each day to act for peace. They may be small actions but they make a big difference and create a ripple effect through our community.”

During today’s YMCA Peace Lunch & Learn, sponsored by JE Hastings Ltd. and The Chocolate River Candy Company, the Y awarded its 2018 Peace Medals. Created in 1987, the Medals have been granted annually to individuals or groups, who – without any special resources, status, wealth or position – demonstrate a commitment to the values of P-E-A-C-E (participation, empathy, advocacy, community, empowerment) through contributions within their local, national or global community. 

The 2018 YMCA of Greater Moncton Peace Medals were presented to:

  • Carol Elderkin of Shediac River;
  • Gerry Gildart of Bouctouche;
  • Joannie Sichel of Moncton;
  • Woven Cultures (Alfred Bessawa, Khairunnisa Intiar, Jabbar Lawani, Kieutri Aulia)

Prior to the medal ceremony, the YMCA of Greater Moncton aired a video from its partner YMCAs in Colombia that showed the tremendous impact of support from the community. Proceeds from this year’s Peace Lunch and Learn as well as similar events held in past years go to the local Y’s partnerships in Colombia and Honduras.