“A highlight of the event is handing out the YMCA Peace Medals, which recognize peacemakers in our community for contributions made within the local, national or global community,” says Zane Korytko, CEO of the local YMCA. “It’s really inspiring to hear the stories of those making a difference. We encourage everyone interested in building a stronger, more peaceful community to join us for this uplifting celebration.”

 

The YMCA Peace Breakfast takes place at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23 at the Wingate Hotel, 69 Rue du Marché, Dieppe. Peace Medals will be awarded to:

Ø  Melissa Benoit, avid community volunteer, and;

Ø  Kai Gosling, Richard Babineau and Aaron Shantz, founders and leaders of the group Outdoor Grit.

 

Guest speaker at the breakfast will be Moncton photographer Maurice Henri, a 2010 YMCA Peace Medal recipient. Henri founded Cameras for Healing, a not-for-profit organization initially developed as an art workshop to help cancer patients and survivors deal with pain and stress. Since then, Henri and many volunteers have travelled the world to reach out to children, women and men in difficult situations.

 

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the awarding of the YMCA Peace Medal. The idea was developed by a YMCA of Fredericton committee whose members were inspired by the efforts of the late Jim and Kay Bedell. The New Brunswick couple raised awareness about the 1982 United Nations Disarmament Conference by walking from this province to New York City to attend the event. Since 1987, more than 1,900 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized with YMCA Peace Medals.

 

“The recipients of the YMCA Peace Medal demonstrate that peace has many dimensions,” says the Greater Moncton YMCA’s Zane Korytko. “They show us the importance of building communities, locally, nationally or internationally, and making people feel they belong. Most often their actions started small and grew into something bigger than themselves. That’s the power of peace.”

 

The cost for next Thursday’s YMCA Peace Breakfast in Dieppe is $25 per person. Tables for eight can be reserved for $200. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.com under ‘YMCA of Greater Moncton Peace Breakfast’ - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ymca-of-greater-moncton-peace-breakfast-tickets-38940442913 For more information, contact Bonnie MacFadyen at 857-0606, ext. 2253, or bonnie.macfadyen@ymcamoncton.com.

 

Proceeds from the breakfast support YMCA partnerships in Colombia and Honduras.