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About Character Community

"We at the Character Community Foundation are thrilled that we can showcase Character Through the Arts with this wonderful festival and look forward to being involved in the coming year."


Who are we?

The Character Community Foundation of York Region involves volunteers and leaders from the community, government, education and business sectors who are committed to making York Region a Character Community by nurturing positive character attributes and enhancing York Region as a desirable place to live, learn, work and play.

What do we do?

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 practices and promotes a simple, but important philosophy… that when people and communities embrace living with character, we can change the world we live in for the better.

Recognizing Character Excellence

The Character Community Foundation’s signature event is the annual Character Community Awards Celebration which recognizes individuals, schools, groups and businesses for demonstrating exemplary Character. The Character Community Foundation also organizes public outreach activities throughout the year including the annual Character Community Week held the end of October.

What is a Character Community?

A Character Community is one in which members of the community work together to nurture positive character attributes. It requires a shift in thinking and a focus on attitudes and behaviours that lead to achievement and success. The Character Community Foundation of York Region recognizes 11 character attributes – compassion, courage, fairness, honesty, inclusiveness, initiative, integrity, optimism, perseverance, respect and responsibility.

Character is important

Good character makes a positive difference in our families, schools, businesses and neighbourhoods by acting as a catalyst for positive change and citizen engagement. A Character Community attracts people and businesses of character and acts as a driver for economic growth and prosperity. The character message speaks to everyone – all faiths and cultures.

Our organization

The Character Community Foundation of York Region is comprised of a Board of Governors and a Character Community Council led by an Executive. The Character Community Council meets on a regular basis, except during the summer. The Character Community Foundation of York Region holds an Annual General Meeting in June.

A registered charity

The Character Community Foundation is a registered charitable organization. Donors are encouraged to give to the Character Community Foundation of York Region by visiting


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