Peace Week 2023

Peace Week 2023

Build Community! Act on Peace!

2023 marks 35 years of celebrating acts of PEACE in Northumberland County! YMCA Peace Week 2023 focuses on fostering peace in our communities locally and globally, today and every day. With the UN’s Global Goals in mind, we join YMCAs around the world in activating World YMCA’s global strategy to build a more just, sustainable, equitable, and inclusive world where we can all shine.

What does peace mean to you? Our YMCA Peace Week focus is on how we can take action every day to build a just, sustainable, equitable, & inclusive world. We have several activities planned to help support this sentiment by creating spaces that foster belonging and inclusion.


Shop for Peace: Saturday, November 18th from 10am to 2pm.

  • Start our Peace Week with the Shop for Peace event at @villagescobourg this Saturday, November 18th from 10 am to 2 pm! Ten Thousand Villages Cobourg is generously donating a portion of the sales of the day to our global initiatives, which supports our partner YMCA Nicaragua.  

    Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. It’s a place where you can explore and connect with your global village. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income. Each unique design is handcrafted using local materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honoured techniques. 

    By joining the Shop for Peace, you can become part of the story, to shop your values and give gifts with meaning. Because this is bigger than us. 

    It’s a great time to begin your holiday shopping! Visit Ten Thousand Villages Cobourg at 16 King Street West, Cobourg, ON between 10am and 2pm.

Peace Café: Tues., November 21 from 5 – 7pm and Fri., November 24 from 9am – noon.

  • Delicious goodies, coffee and tea will be available to purchase in the Cobourg Y Lobby. All proceeds support YMCA Global Initiatives.

Paws for Peace: Tuesday, November 21 from 5 – 6pm.

  • Joanne of Therapeutic Paws of Canada will be visiting the Cobourg Y on Tuesday November 21st at 5:00pm-6:00pm. Embark on a tail-wagging adventure, where you’ll not only revel in enchanting tales but also create paw-some memories interacting with our lovable therapy pup! 

Peace Paint Night: Wednesday, November 22nd from 4 – 7pm. 

  • Join us for an evening of Peace Focused Creativity, with step by step instructions to create your own masterpiece, that you get to bring home! 

  • For kids aged 12 and under. Registration is required beforehand. Our fee of $10.50 per child is a fundraiser in support of our Global Initiatives and YMCA Nicaragua.

Register here

Here are some ideas on how to bring more PEACE into your life:

  • Participation: Engage in community-building activities and encourage others to do the same.

  • Empathy: Listen and understand diverse perspectives to create a sense of belonging for all.

  • Advocacy: Make the case for positive change in the community.

  • Community: Strengthen community connections and capacity.

  • Empowerment: Inspire others to promote peace and help them gain the skills and tools to succeed.

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