15 Years Young!
2016 will mark our 15th year of engaging individuals and organizations in positive character development.
We will begin to mark this occasion with rebranded materials in November of 2015 and carry it through a number of activities into the new year.
Our 10th Annual Character Community Awards on Wed. April 27, 2016 at the RHCPA will feature some of our history and Alumni as well.
Check back for more ways we can all celebrate striving to Live with Character | Change our World
Our Beginnings: 2001-2015
The idea of York Region becoming a Character Community was initially conceived at an international Quest for Character Symposium hosted in April, 2001, by the York Region District School Board.
At that symposium, Town of Markham Mayor Don Cousens took on the challenge to host a forum about building cities of character.
June 7, 2001
York Regional Council approved the establishment of a Steering Committee to develop a proposal for a Character Community in York Region.
Enthusiastic support from a wide spectrum of members of area municipalities, business, educators, community organizations, and residents convinced the Steering Committee that a region-wide character community initiative would be welcomed in the Region.
January 24, 2002
York Regional Council approved a resolution declaring York Region to be a Character Community, the first regional municipality to do so in Canada.
February 12, 2002
The official launch of the York Region Character Community initiative took place with the unveiling of a logo, mission statement, vision statement and website. Within a few months, the 11 attributes were chosen, and retired NHL hockey player Wendel Clark was chosen to be the first Character Champion.
April 30, 2007
The Character Community initiative was granted charitable status as the first registered Character Community charity in Canada.
April 27, 2011
The launch of our 10th Anniversary Celebrations during the 5th Annual Character Community Awards.
November 2013 - February 2014
We renewed and updated our Mission and Vision after a Stategic Planning process.
We will being to roll out our rebranded materials and announce ways that we will celebrate our 15th anniversary.