(Moncton, November 14, 2023) – Three local peace makers were honoured on Thursday, November 9, 2023 by the YMCA of Greater Moncton for their efforts to build peace.

“This event is a highlight of our year at the YMCA. It is our honor to celebrate people in the community who promote inclusion, champion diversity, inspire others and work to make our community a better place,” said the YMCA’s Jaime MacLellan during the event. “When we act for peace, we build stronger and healthier communities; we hope that sharing these stories will inspire others to act.”

Lina Maria Grajales Moreno, YMCA Risaralda Board Chair, was the keynote speaker for the event. Lina shared a message of paying it forward; that when you are provided opportunities to grow and achieve it then enables you to do the same for others. In doing so, you ensure your community is a stronger, more vibrant and resilient place.

The 2023 YMCA of Greater Moncton Peace Medals were presented to:
*  Julie Doucette and Denys LeBlanc
*  Barbara Elias
*  Café Inclusio

Created in 1987, the YMCA Peace 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.
Last Thursday’s event was emceed by Ana Berlie and hosted at Legends Restaurant.

Proceeds from this year’s “Peace it Forward” Luncheon go to toward the Moncton Y’s partnership with the YMCA of Risaralda, Colombia.