Peace Medals

An event you won’t want to miss—join us on October 3, 2019!

“It is with great pride that Desjardins joins the YMCA to praise those who give it their all to serve their community. The Peace Medals Gala Dinner is a great opportunity to support the YMCA’s incredible work and give thousands of kids a chance to thrive.”

Gregory Chrispin, Executive Vice-President, Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance – Desjardins

More than 500 guests will join the YMCA for an unforgettable evening presented by Desjardins and hosted by Gregory Charles to celebrate citizens that help build more harmonious communities. An honorary medal will be awarded to Judi Richards and Yvon Deschamps for their commitment to young people in the community.

  • Where: Marché Bonsecours
  • Date: October 3, 2019
  • When: 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Proceeds from the gala dinner will go towards helping youth in our TeenZones and school perseverance programs succeed in school and in life.

Reserve your tickets with Chantal Mallette at /
514-849-5331, ext. 1297.

To register online:

Are you unable to attend, but would like to make a donation? Click here.

To see the best moments of last year’s inspiring and moving event, take a look at the:

> Photo Album

> ​Photo Booth sponsored by BMO

For 30 years now, the YMCA has proudly recognized individuals or groups who have shown their commitment to peace through community action. Do you know remarkable people who are taking concrete action to build harmonious communities? Nominate them or encourage them to apply. Please contact Michel Forgues at

What is peace?

"More than the absence of violence and conflict, peace is the presence of conditions like fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. Peace is also the ongoing work of building and rebuilding these conditions."

Our commitment to peace took shape in 1981, when YMCAs in 127 countries, all part of the World Alliance of YMCAs, signed the Official Peace Statement and established YMCA World Peace Day.

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