YMCA Northumberland Honours Local Peacemakers

On the morning of Wednesday, September 19th, YMCA Northumberland celebrated the presence of peace in our communities, and reflect on the peace-building work that happens all year both inside and outside the YMCA.

The 2018 YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast, an event generously sponsored by BDO Canada LLP, marks the 30th Anniversary of the YMCA Peace Medal being awarded in Northumberland County. Over the past 30 years, YMCA Northumberland has awarded medals to 40 adults and groups, and 18 youth for their efforts to change our community and our world without any special means or resources, demonstrating the values of PEACE.

Today four individuals were presented with Peace Medals, at the YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast,

recognizing their impacts and their demonstration of the values of peace. Congratulations to this year’s YMCA Peace Medal recipients:

Andrew Atanasoff (Youth Peace Medal)

Gord and Patti Ley (Adult Peace Medal)

Marjorie Vander Schaaf (Adult Peace Medal)

Each recipient was nominated by someone in the community because they strive for positive change in locally and abroad.

“The recipients are an incredible inspiration to everyone, exemplifying the values of YMCA PEACE,” says Eunice Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive Officer, YMCA Northumberland. “They show how any one of us can improve the quality of life in our local, national or global community. In a time of uncertainty in many regions across the globe, it is vitally important that we take time to recognize the acts of peace being carried out right here in our community; inspiring hope and motivating others to act.”

The celebration of Peace continues on Friday, September 21st with International Day of Peace and November 17th to 24th with YMCA Peace Week.

Please visit for more information on Peace Week events