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September Attribute is COURAGE.

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

Print off our MONTHLY ATTRIBUTE card to use all year long.


Live with Character. Change our World.

The Character Community Foundation of York Region provides children, youth and adult character development programs and initiatives that focus on positive character attributes and behaviours that lead to personal achievement and success and build caring and inclusive communities.

Mission: Engaging individuals and organziations in positive character development.

Vision: York Region leads in community character development.

Core Values: Collaboration, Inclusiveness, Integrity and Responsibility.

NEW News

Executive Director Announcement.

The Board of CCFYR are delighted to announce that effective October 2nd – Susanne Cappuccitti will be joining us as our incoming Executive Director as Karen Addison announced her intention to retire in June of this year.

Susanne has worked with us over the last 5 years in various roles, from serving on Character Council and then the Board, as well as, most recently a consultant for our Grant Writing and Sponsorships.  Read her Bio here.

Karen will work with Susanne over the next few weeks to transition her and we thank Karen for her eight years of dedication and passion for our Character development work and we wish her well as she eases her way into retirement on October 12.

Please join us in welcoming Susanne in this new capacity.

She can be reached at Susanne@charactercommunity.com


160 York Region students will take part in our Slap Shot Hockey program this fall.

We are thrilled to be once again be offering this newcomer and low-income -  character based Hockey program to students in YRDSB and YCDSB schools in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan and to be introduced to Newmarket and East Gwillimbury beginning Sept 18.

We are delighted to announce that we are a Community Development Partner with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

This partnership will enable us to deliver our Slap Shot program to 280 students who would not have had this opportunity due to financial or cultural barriers.

Read this great announcement on the Declaration of Principles for Hockey by the NHL and NHLPA  this week.

Other sponsorship opportunites are also available. Contact us to learn more.

Click here to learn more and see how to get involved.

Click here to see our previous Slap Shot activities.



Our  OCTOBER eNews

Monthly Community Attribute

Monthly Workplace Attribute.

Download our MONTHLY Attribute card  for use all year long.

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

Gianluca's Gift Gala

We are honoured to be the recipent of the inaugural Gianluca's Gift Gala on Friday, October 6, 2017.

"Gianluca Cellucci was a beloved son, friend, and brother whom we lost suddenly and tragically on February 7, 2016, at the age of 22. He inspired all of us who were blessed to know him, to support one another and to live life to the fullest. "

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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.

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

For more information contact Karen Addison.

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Character Culture Resources

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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Character Community Awards

Our 2017 York Region Annual Character Community Awards is a wrap.

This year we honoured 140 nominees in 15 categories and had 16 Category Award winners showcased.

Don Cousens Community Impact Award went to Shawn Shepheard

Community Hero Award went to Belinda's Place.

Click for info on the 2017 Awards.