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February Attribute is INITIATIVE.

I will recognize what needs to be done and do it, without prompting from others.


Initiative is about doing something even if it isn't necessarily your job or responsibility to do so.

It's about doing something that you haven't been asked to do because you know it must be done or you see a need that is unmet.

Having initiative not only allows you to do what needs to be done quickly and effectively, but also prompts others to become involved in the endeavors you undertake because they see your positive work habits.


•  do things without having to be asked

•  pitch in where I see I am needed

•  be innovative and enthusiastic in everything that I do

"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.“

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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


Our 2017 Slap Shot Hockey program for Newcomer and Low income students is back!

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 soon to be introduced to Newmarket.

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

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

Funded in part by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

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

Click here to see our previous Slap Shot activities.


2017 Annual York Region Character Community Awards NOMINATIONS ar now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone where they live, learn work or play.

  • Click here to see our SPOTLIGHT on last years Business Person Award winner.

  • Click here to see our SPOTLIGHT on last years Elementary and Secondary Award winners.




Monthly Community Attribute

Monthly Workplace Attribute.

Download our MONTHLY Attribute card  for use all year long.

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.

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.  

Music Alive Festival

Music Alive website is now closed to new registrations and applications.  Scheduling will open shortly.

If you have any questions, please email : inquiries.music@ yorkregionalive.com

Visit the website:  Music Alive

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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 will once again be held at the RHPAC on Wed. April 26, 2017.

Nominations are now closed.

Click for info on the 2016 Awards.