Building Character. Building Strength. Building Hope.

Building Character. Building Strength. Building Hope.

Building Character. Building Strength. Building Hope.

Character Community:

Building a safe, inclusive and connected York Region. Empowering young people to overcome barriers and become community leaders. Inspiring seniors to connect with their community.

Our Programs

Slap Shot Hockey Program

Reducing social isolation and building self-esteem in young people facing barriers through sport.

Music Alive Program

Building confidence, stronger peer relationships and promoting collaboration in young people through character in the arts.

Youth Social Justice Days Program

Empowering youth with the tools to make positive character decisions leading to greater civic engagement.

CC Seniors Task Force Program

Building strong positive connections with peers and increasing social inclusion levels for seniors through community building activities.


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We are respectful in all of our interactions and treat all persons with equity. We value the needs, aspirations and abilities of others, creating a supportive and welcoming environment.

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In 2018, we delivered our programs to 17,154 children and youth across York Region

Or by program:

Slap Shot

grade 4-6 children/yr

Music Alive

children and youth/yr

Youth Social Justice Days:

grade 6-8 youth/yr

EG Senior’s Task Force:


A message from Character Community York Region

As a community organization, the health and well being of our staff, volunteers, participants and community members is our top priority. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have cancelled the 2020 Character Community Awards, our Music Alive program and have suspended our Slap Shot, Youth Social Justice Days and Seniors Task Force programs indefinitely.   

We appreciate your support and look forward to resuming our character development programs and initiatives when it is safe to do so.

We are a character community in York Region. It is during difficult and challenging times that we all need to draw on the strength of our character.  The Canadian musician Paul Brodie once said “Our character is not defined in the good times, but in the hard times”.  Please be responsible and self isolate to protect yourself and others; demonstrate fairness and only buy what you need; show compassion and check in by phone or email with your family, friends and neighbours. Gather your courage and don’t let fear stop you from finding a safe way to help those in need.

By utilizing our character attributes of optimism, initiative, perseverance, respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, compassion, courage, inclusiveness, fairness and humility we will navigate through these challenges together and continue to be a safe, inclusive, healthy and prosperous York Region.

Susanne Cappuccitti                                                                                 Megan Thomas

Executive Director                                                                                                                           Board Chair