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 to watch a video recap of our activities, programs and events from 2016.
Character Council and support staff.
The Character Community Foundation of York Region is based on the 11 Character Attributes chosen by its residents and citizens:
Compassion | Courage | Fairness | Honesty | Inclusiveness | Initiative | Integrity | Optimism | Perseverance | Respect | Responsibility
Good character makes a difference in our families, schools, businesses, and neighbourhoods by strengthening our relationships, building stronger communities, and engaging all of us in positive change and citizen engagement.
A Character Community attracts people and businesses of character, and acts as a driver for economic growth and prosperity.
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View our "Who we Are" Video below.
On the Passing of Don Cousens.
From the Markham Economist & Sun, Simone Joseph
Former Markham mayor and member of York Region council Don Cousens died Feb. 23 at Markham Stouffville Hospital.
Cousens served as Markham mayor from 1994 to 2006.
“Don will be remembered for his commitment to public service and genuine ability to lead change,” said York Region chair and CEO Wayne Emmerson.
“As one of the founding members of the Character Community Foundation, his dedication and belief that good character makes a positive difference in building strong communities will live on.”
Cousens was 78.
“Don Cousens was a real force at the York Region District School Board, the Province of Ontario and here in Markham," said current Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
An ordained Presbyterian minister, and an officer of the Canadian Forces, Cousens was also an executive at Honeywell Ltd., before entering politics in 1972.
Cousens was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1981. He was re-elected in 1985. His provincial career included postings as minister of Correctional Services, parliamentary assistant to the minister of Citizenship and Culture and deputy Speaker of the House.
As a member of York Region council, Cousens was chair of finance (1997 to 2002) and founding chair of the York Region Character Council. He was also past chair of World Vision Canada. Don was involved in the founding of the York Technology Network, now known as TechConnex.
2015 Programs and Event Photo Gallery
Our past year was a busy one with lots of character building programs and events across York Region.
Please take a moment to review our gallery of photos by Merk Photography that feature:
- Slap Shot Hockey program
- Character 4 Organizations (C4O) pilot Workshops with Kathleen Redmond
- Annual Character Community Awards
- Music Alive Festival
Read this great except from a speech that the CEO of Hockey Canada gave on Character and Sport.