Slap Shot Hockey Program

Slap Shot is a free seven week hockey/character development program for underprivileged and newcomer boys and girls in grades 4-6 that provides a fun and inclusive introduction to the game of hockey and Canadian culture to children whose ability to participate in recreational sport is limited due to financial and cultural barriers.

Music Alive Program

A Region wide music festival for youth that is open to all types of musical ensembles, soloists, choirs, bands, orchestras and classroom groups. Music Alive provides an opportunity for young people to collaborate and work as a team to showcase their musical talent and celebrate character in the arts.

Youth Social Justice Days Program

A series of student led half day events for 800 students in grades 6-8 that focuses on recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as guns and gangs, racism, sexism, moral responsibility and oppression through guest speakers and workshops. This program engages youth in the issues of social justice and how they can make a difference in their community.

CC Seniors Task Force Program

A senior led community based social inclusion program that provides access to a variety of social and physical activity classes, bus trips and educational workshops that are designed to meet the needs and interests of seniors with the goal of increasing participation and social inclusion levels of seniors in East Gwillimbury.

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

Youth Social Justice Days:

grade 6-8 youth/yr

EG Senior’s Task Force:


Great Canadian Giving Challenge!Help Us Win $20,000.00!

This month, CanadaHelps has launched the sixth annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge with an increased grand prize.  . Every $1 ( minimum $3 donation) donated to a registered charity in June via, automatically enters the charity to win an additional $20,000 donation. The grand prize draw will take place on July 1st, Canada Day, and one lucky charity will receive this new grand prize of $20,000. CanadaHelps knows that the charitable sector has been hit hard by COVID-19 and has doubled the prize this year.

These are difficult times and many of us have been asked to provide additional support to our community organizations.  We seriously considered not participating in this year’s Great Canadian Giving Challenge, and like all of you we have been following recent events with feelings of great sadness and concern for our young people.  It is apparent that now more than ever we need to build strong communities of character.

Our Youth Social Justice Days program provides the tools to empower our youth to become community leaders, to know that their voices will be heard and that they can make positive change in our community by living with character. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we have lost the funding for this program, and we knew that to continue to support the youth of York Region we must participate in the 2020 Great Canadian Giving Challenge.

This is an opportunity for Character Community to win $20,000 which will totally fund our Social Justice Days program for 1,000 students in grades 6-8 throughout York Region.

With your help and a $3.00 donation through our Canada Helps page at (search Character Community Foundation of York Region) together we will Build Character, Build Strength and Build Hope for all youth in York Region

Click Here to Help Us Win $20,000.00!