Each year, YMCAs across Canada celebrate acts of peace by recognizing individuals and groups who, without any special resources, status, wealth or position, have demonstrated a commitment to building peace within their community or communities elsewhere in the world. During YMCA Peace Week, which will take place from November 19-25, 2023, local peacemakers will receive special recognition and a medal at Peace Medal ceremonies across Canada.

Celebrate Peacemakers at the Peace Medal Breakfast!  2023 award winners are:

Meghan Bragg (posthumously)

Meghan led by example.  She always created a safe and welcoming space for all.  Helping other understand a perspective outside their own was an admirable strength of hers.  Meghan was an advocate for all – in removing barriers and bringing a lens to all discussions.  Meghan walked the walked and talked the talk.  Meghan created community in conversations and ensuring people felt welcomed, heard and included.  Meghan always used her platform for good and voice for others who couldn’t or didn’t feel comfortable.  One of Meghan’s visions and advocacy areas was youth inclusion and accessibility – notably an accessible playground for all children to enjoy.

Donna McNaughton

Donna has volunteered at the Aberdeen Hospital for over 20 years and encouraged countless others to volunteer as well.  Donna’s kind and gentle presence in the Palliative Care Unit was felt by many families – the smell of her baking in the family room comforted many.  Donna’s special project over the last 12 years was making and selling hand felted wool mittens.  This project has raised $25,000 to date for the Pictou County Palliative Care Society.  Outside the hospital, Donna has quietly assisted in many areas, from bringing dinner to a sick neighbour to volunteering at the Dragonboat Festival.

Participant Council

The Participant Council serves as a united voice for adults with intellectual disabilities involved in Summer Street programs.  Council members are spokespersons across the province and participate in strategic planning events and policy development.  Participant Council is a democratically chosen group of people with diverse abilities representing all people with diverse abilities who choose to receive services through Summer Street.  As a self-advocacy group, the Participant Council has helped Summer Street Board, Management and support staff understand the importance of not only just listening to people who choose to receive services, but how important it is to share decision making power.


Peace Week Events

Peace Medal Breakfast

We will celebrate acts of peace by honouring Peacemakers in our community on November 24th at our Peace Medal Breakfast!  We will also hear remarks from Premier Tim Houston and enjoy breakfast catered by Summer Street Industries.  You can purchases tickets online here or drop by the front desk.

Peace Medal Breakfast
November 24
Summer Street Industries
Cost: $25 each;  Tables of 8 can be reserved for $200