On the morning of Wednesday, September 18th, 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 2019 YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast, an event generously sponsored by BDO Canada LLP, marks the 31st year of the YMCA Peace Medal being awarded in Northumberland County. Over the past 30 years, YMCA Northumberland has awarded medals to 43 adults and groups, and 19 youth for their efforts to change our community and our world without any special means or resources, demonstrating the values of PEACE.

“Over the past 31 years, YMCA Northumberland has recognized individuals and groups in Northumberland County who strive every day to make a difference through their acts of PEACE,” says Eunice Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Northumberland. “This year’s recipients show how any one of us can improve the quality of life in our local, national or global community; inspiring hope and motivating others to act.”

Two individuals and one group 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:

Lauren Zweerink (Youth Peace Medal)

Presented by Sarah Yoo, BDO Canada LLP

Shirley O’Neil (Adult Peace Medal)

Presented by Jessica Fraser-Thomas, YMCA Board


the Della Casa Family unable to attend

(Group Peace Medal)

Presented by Arlene Howells, YMCA Global Initiatives

Committee Member

Thank you to La Jeuness Choir for opening and closing the celebration and guest speaker, Christian Harvey, Director and founder of Warming Room Community Ministries.

The celebration of Peace continues on Saturday, September 21st with International Day of Peace and November 16th to 23rd with YMCA Peace Week.

Please visit for more information on Peace Week events