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Peace Medal nominations sought until Oct. 28

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


YMCA Northumberland has issued a call for nominations for its 2016 Peace Medal.

The presentation of this medal will take place Nov. 23, which falls during the Peace Week of Nov. 19 to 26 that Ys across Canada celebrate with activities that help people of all ages explore peace from personal, local and global perspectives.

“In today’s globalized world, we are all connected to each other more than we realize,” YMCA Northumberland executive director Eunice Kirkpatrick said in the agency's press release.

“Every year, we host a Peace Medal Breakfast to honour spectacular individuals who strive to make a difference in our community through their inspiring and selfless actions.”

The Y is hoping for nominations that will honour youths, adults and groups that strive to make a difference in the local communities and abroad, promoting and inspiring the values of PEACE — Participation, Empathy, Advocacy, Community and Empowerment.

Over the past 28 years, YMCA Northumberland has awarded medals to adults and youth, individuals and groups, for their efforts to change our community and our world. They encourage members of the community to nominate people in the community who commit themselves to improving the lives of others — those who, without any special means or resources, create positive change because they know in their hearts it is the right thing to do.

Nominations can be completed online at or by visiting the Cobourg or Brighton YMCA to fill out a nomination form.

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.