Catching Up with Gerald Wheatley, 2011 YMCA Peace Medal Recipient

The 2011 YMCA Peace Medal Recipient for Community Individual was Gerald Wheatley.

Gerald has worked tirelessly in the community of Sunnyside and across the city of Calgary in bringing people together to try new ways of recovering citizenship and sustainable living. Through many organizations, he is challenging citizens and elected officials to act responsibly on new knowledge related to social issues, environmental integrity and long term economic well being.

“Calgary’s in a position to change so quickly over the next few years, says Gerald. “It’s a really exciting time to be more sustainable.”

He has contributed to extraordinary programs such as Calgary Carsharing, Calgary Dollars, the Coalition for a Healthy Calgary, Public Interest Alberta, and the Old Y Centre. In addition, Gerald has developed a bioregional curriculum for Calgary schools.

“When I was in high school, we had a youth action group and we only had one rule – If you’re going to complain about something, you have to get involved in solving it,” says Gerald.

Gerald Wheatley is passionate about creating positive change in his community and will continue to strive for success in sustainability and environmental integrity.

If know of an individual or group like Gerald Wheatley who helps to build peace in their community, nominate them for a 2013 YMCA Calgary Peace Medal!