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September Attribute is COURAGE.

I will stand up for my beliefs and principles and face challenges, fear and difficulty with fortitude.


Courage is demonstrated by people who stand up for what they believe in their heart to be the right thing to do, even when others don't support them and might try to convince them that they are wrong.

I WILL: continue to do what I know to be right, even when it would be easier to follow another path.

I WILL: ensure that my feeling of “I can” is stronger than my feeling of "I can't".

I WILL: take risks to do the right thing, even when it might challenge the attitudes and behaviour of others.


“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.”

Arthur Koestler

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


Donald Cousens Community Impact Award

Our Donald Cousens Community Impact Award.

This award is presented to an individual or organization that has shown sustained support to and advocated for good Character development in our community of York Region.

Donald Cousens has been instrumental not only in the establishment of our Foundation but also in the continued development and ongoing expansion of our profile across York Region.

His unwavering support and guidance has been invaluable to us and this Award is being established to honour his endeavors as well as those others who have leant their own support, resources and networks to increase our education and awareness initiatives throughout York Region.

Sadly Don passed away in Feb of 2017 and we honoured his legacy and stewardship of Character Community at our 2017 Character Awards in April.

View this video of reflections by our Character Council.

To learn more about Don and his legacy click here.

He truly did strive to Live with Character.

2017 - Shawn Shepheard

2016 - Kathleen Redmond of the Centre for Character Leadership

2015 - Janet Beed- Markham Stouffville Hopsital (Retired)

2014 - Neighbourhood Network Ambassadors- Susan Boyne- Bird,Tim Jones, Tom Taylor

2013 - Dave Blackwell-Rogers TV, Lina Bigioni- York Region, Robert McCulloch - YRDSB (Retired)