The YMCA of Greater Toronto calls for Peacemakers

    The YMCA is looking for nominations for people or groups who make a
    difference in their community

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Peace starts with each one of us; it comes in
many different forms and can connect us all. The YMCA of Greater Toronto is
calling on those ordinary people who do extraordinary things to bring peace to
their communities. If you know someone who is a peacemaker in your community,
nominate them for the YMCA Peace Medallion.
    Originating in 1987, the YMCA Peace Medallion is given by YMCAs across
Canada every year during YMCA Peace Week to recognize the achievements of
individuals or groups in local communities who - without any special resources
- inspire and affect the lives of others.

    We are seeking individuals who:

    -   Find peaceful solutions to violence, conflict, discrimination and
    -   Make a difference by working without any special recognition to
        create a culture of peace
    -   Volunteer their time and work without any special resources
    -   Enhance the lives of people in their community and around the world
        by creating peaceful environments

    Nomination forms are available at in the What's Happening
 Section of the website at your local YMCA branch. The nominations are due by
Friday, October 10, 2008.
    Awards presentations will be held across the GTA throughout YMCA Peace
Week, which runs from November 15 to 22.

    About Peace Week

    YMCA Peace Week is an annual event to celebrate and promote peace and
peace building in communities across Canada. This week helps to increase
awareness in the community about the different dimensions of peace such as
tolerance, inclusiveness, caring and responsibility. The YMCA Peace Medallion
is an award given to those who demonstrate a commitment to building peace in
their communities.

    About the YMCA

    The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity, connecting with and touching
the lives of nearly half a million people in the GTA. We are the
second-largest YMCA in North America with 3,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers
in over 230 sites. Our extensive connections with the community include
newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, health, fitness and
recreation, education and employment programs, family support and social
services, child care, and overnight and day camping.

For further information:

For further information: Celecia Partap, (416) 413-1020 ext. 2350,

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