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I will do whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others.
I will strive to understand and be sensitive to their feelings.


COMPASSION is seeking to understand another’s struggles from his or her point of view and then doing whatever is necessary to heal the hurt.

•Listen when others want to talk
•Give of my resources to help those in need
•Look for lasting solutions
•Comfort others without regard to race, gender, faith, age or nationality.




“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted ” 


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Character Community Foundation of York Region 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.

The mandate of the Character Community Foundation is to raise awareness and educate the public, private and non-profit sector on character development.

The Character Community Foundation of York Region 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.

Character Community Foundation of York Region 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 4 Organizations (C40) workshops
  • Celebration of Character- Community Champions Luncheon
  • 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.

   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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Resources- Quick Start Tools

 Resource materials, tips, tools, quotes, videos, and articles to help you engage your organization in positive character development.

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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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Read Kathleen Redmond's latest blog on Summertime and the living is easy...if you follow these tips!

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