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I will stand up for my beliefs and principles and face challenges, fear and difficulty with fortitude.
Courage is demonstrated by people who stand up for what they believe in their heart to be the right thing to do, even when others don't support them and might try to convince them that they are wrong.

I WILL: continue to do what I know to be right, even when it would be easier to follow another path.

I WILL: ensure that my feeling of “I can” is stronger than my feeling of "I can't".

I WILL: take risks to do the right thing, even when it might challenge the attitudes and behaviour of  others.

“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.”       Arthur Koestler

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Character Community Foundation of York Region (CCFYR) is a not-for-profit charitable organization, launched in 2001, registered in 2007 and granted status as the first registered Character Community charity in Canada.

Our MISSION is to engage individuals and organizations in positive character development.
Our VISION is that York Region leads in community character development.
Our CORE VALUES: Collaboration, Inclusiveness, Integrity and Responsibility.

CCFYR represents a group of committed volunteers and leaders from the community, government, education and business sectors who support our ongoing Mission to engage individuals and organizations in positive character development and to work toward our Vision of having York Region lead in community character development.

CCFYR recognizes 11 character attributes: compassion, courage, fairness, honesty, inclusiveness, initiative, integrity, optimism, perseverance, respect and responsibility.

We offer programs and events that promote the benefit that living with character creates in our families, schools, businesses and neighbourhoods by acting as a catalyst for positive change and citizen engagement.

Our Community Partners:

  • The Regional Municipality of York
  • The Towns of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stouffville, the Township of King and the Cities of Markham and Vaughan
  • Metroland Media Group - York Region
  • Neighbourhood Network - Magna for Community
  • Rogers TV
  • YMCA - GTA
  • York Region District School Board
  • York Catholic District School Board
  • York Regional Police

Major Activities:

  • Annual York Region Character Community Awards evening
  • Character Community Week - Oct 24-29, 2016
  • Character 4 Organizations (C40) workshops
  • Celebration of Character- Community Champions Luncheon -Oct. 26, 2016
  • Slap Shot Newcomer/Low income Hockey Program in York Region schools
  • Music Alive Festival for York Region schools and community groups
  • Network North Collaborative in East Gwillimbury – a United Way Strength Investments initiative.

Click here for an Overview of what we do and how we Impact our community.

The Science of Character Video - September 22, 2016
This world wide event is presented by the Let it Ripple team.

Character Day is a global day where students and educators from around the world screen short award-winning films on the science of character development from different perspectives.

 This year will see over 50,000 groups participate in over 80 countries.

Character Day is a global movement that was launched in 2014 by an educational film nonprofit, Let It Ripple, to promote the science of character through film and technology.

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   Live each day with ...  Compassion, Courage, Fairness, Honesty, Inclusiveness, Initiative, Integrity, Optimism, Perserverance, Respect and Responsibility.  

Slap Shot Hockey Program

 We are delighted to have received 2016 funding from The Regional Municipality of York for our Slap Shot Hockey program.

Again we will introduce character in action through the "good ole hockey game" to 250 students who might not have had this opportunity otherwise.

Sponsorships for Jerseys and Sticks are available.


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Character 4 Organizations

In collaboration with Kathleen Redmond - Centre for Character Leadership we have developed a series of three workshops on Creating a Character Culture for organizations: businesses, sports or cultural groups, not for profits and charities.

We are accepting requests from organizations who would like this training.

For more information contact Karen Addison.

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Character Week-Oct.24-26

Check here for resource materials to help you engage your organization in positive character development including our Quick Start Tool kit and Planning Guide.

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See our other Resources: Enews,YOUTUBE and other digital media info.

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Celebration of Character-Community Champions Luncheon

Wed. Oct. 26 at Angus Glen Golf Club.        

“Ian has demonstrated his compassion for his community for over 30 years. Having recently retired as the publisher for Metroland’s central division, he continues to give of his time and expertise to many organizations across York Region. Ian Proudfoot demonstrates “Character in Action” and serves as an excellent role model for anyone wishing to learn how to give back.”   Steve Hinder, Chair CCFYR, Board of Governors.

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