Amanda Lindhout captivated more than 100 attendees at the sixteenth annual YMCA Power of Peace awards last Wednesday. Amanda’s gripping and courageous story as a captive in Somalia for 15 months, her amazing forgiveness for her captors and the inspiring humanitarian work she is now doing to help people in Somalia motivated all of us to choose peace, acceptance and grace in every circumstance, no matter how challenging.
This youth-focused event annually awards YMCA Peace Medals to local individuals who are working to strengthen our communities by promoting peaceful solutions to violence, conflict, discrimination and justice. This year’s recipients are doing amazing work:
- Brian McConaghy was awarded the medal in the Individual Category for his work to rescue and rehabilitate children sold into sex slavery in Cambodia.
- The Surrey Princess Project, winner in the Organization Category, instills self-esteem and pride in young women who have overcome barriers to complete their high school diploma.
- Aanikh Kler is our Young Peacemaker award recipient, who founded the UndrTheRadrMovement for social change at the age of 14 with proceeds helping youth have access to education in developing countries.
The Y is committed to upholding the values of peace in our community and across the world. We are already looking forward to next year’s event and look forward to seeing you there.