YMCA of Greater Toronto celebrates local peacemakers during YMCA World Peace Week 2007

    TORONTO, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - The YMCA of Greater Toronto, together with YMCA
associations across Canada, will celebrate YMCA World Peace Week from November
17-24, 2007 by encouraging kids, youth and adults to create peace by living
it, every day, with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.
    "In today's globalized world, our many connections are defining the world
in which we live. Our actions at home have an impact on the people elsewhere
in the world. The more we understand these connections, the more empowered we
become to make a positive impact, locally and around the world," says Scott
Haldane, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto.
    2007 marks the 20th anniversary of recognizing community peace builders
in Canada by awarding them the YMCA Peace Medallion. Since 1987, some
900 individuals and groups have received YMCA Peace Medallions during YMCA
World Peace Week.
    "The Peace Medallion recipients have led the way in showing how every one
of us has the ability or power to create positive social change without
special resources. They are a tremendous inspiration for improving the quality
of life in a community, either at home or overseas," says Bahadur Madhani,
Chair of the Board.
    The YMCA of Greater Toronto will be recognizing 13 YMCA Peace Medallion
recipients at eleven ceremonies across the GTA:

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    Metro-Central YMCA                     YMCA Cedar Glen
    20 Grosvenor St.                       13300 11th Concession
    Toronto, ON                            Nobleton, ON
    6:30pm reception, 7:00pm ceremony      6:30pm reception, 7:00pm ceremony
    Recipients: Neguss Demoz-Goshu,        Recipient: Julie Ham
    Walied Eldardiry and Olu Quamina

    Tuesday November 20, 2007

    Durham Family YMCA                     Mississauga YMCA
    99 Mary St. N.                         325 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
    Oshawa, ON                             Mississauga, ON
    6:30pm reception, 7:00pm ceremony      7:00pm reception, 7:30pm ceremony
    Recipient: Sanya Manchanda             Recipient: Jeanene Luckhart

    Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    Cayley Hall
    6 Turner Street,
    Roches Point, ON
    6:30pm reception, 7:00pm ceremony
    Recipient: Wanda Big Canoe

    Thursday, November 22, 2007

    McConaghy Seniors Centre               Rexdale Pro-Tech Media Centre
    10100 Yonge St.                        1620 Albion Road
    Richmond Hill, ON                      Rexdale, ON
    6:30pm - Peace Tree Lighting           6:30pm reception, 7:00pm ceremony
    followed by ceremony                   Recipient: Fowzia Mahamed
    Recipient: Const. Davis Ahlowalia

    Malvern Public Library                 Brampton YMCA
    30 Sewells Road                        20 Union St.
    Scarborough, ON                        Brampton, ON
    6:30pm reception, 7:00pm ceremony      6:30pm reception, 7:00pm ceremony
    Recipient: Marilyn Ize-Dukuze          Recipient: Naomi Holtkamp

    Friday, November 23, 2007              Saturday, November 24, 2007

    Markham Civic Centre                   Peace by Piece Youth Summit
    101 Town Centre Blvd                   Metro-Central YMCA
    Markham, ON                            20 Grosvenor St.
    8:00am reception, 8:30am ceremony      Toronto, ON
    Recipient: Ranjit Kumar                Recipient: Adam Wheeler

    Photos and biographies of the 2007 Peace Medallion recipients are
available through the YMCA Communications Department (see contact information

    About the YMCA of Greater Toronto

    Serving over 400,000 members at more than 240 program sites throughout
the GTA, The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity focused on community support
and development. Our aim is to provide every individual in our community with
opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership. By
making connections, collaborating, and mirroring our region's diversity, we
believe we can become the network that binds our many neighbourhoods into one
city, one country, and one world.

For further information:

For further information: Jamie Slater, Manager, Association
Communications, YMCA of Greater Toronto, Tel: (416) 413-1020 ext. 2362, Email:

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