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Social-justice worker to get Y's Peace Medal

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THE YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg has awarded Bre Woligroski the 2011 Peace Medal, recognizing her dedicated work in areas of social justice and gender equality.

Woligroski has been involved in numerous social justice projects, including serving as the official Canadian representative for the World Student Christian Federation's Identity Diversity Dialogue Program in Thailand, where she spoke on issues of gender and social fairness.

The 31-year-old founded the Menno Simons College Social Justice Fair and helped co-ordinate Take Back the Night rallies.

Woligroski serves on a number of boards, including the Feminist Alliance for International Action and the World Student Christian Federation Global Board.

She facilitates workshops on gender equality and has served as a volunteer delegate for the United Nations' 52nd Commission on the Status of Women.

Woligroski's anonymous nominator said in a release: "Bre demonstrates the values and qualities of peace, in that she works for justice and understanding in ways which are culturally sensitive and relevant.

"She is gentle and responsive to the people around her, yet is firm in her commitment to social justice and equality."

Woligroski is scheduled to receive the award Jan. 30 when the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg holds its annual general meeting at the Downtown Y.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 24, 2012 B2

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