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Character Community

Character Community Good character involves knowing, caring about and acting upon core ethical values.  A Character Community is one in which community leaders (elected officials, educators, businesses, faith organizations, law enforcement, media and citizens-at-large) recognize, promote, and are committed to the development of good character. 

York Regional Council declared York Region a Character Community in November 2002 with a logo, mission statement, vision statement, website, and adoption of 12 attributes that are believed to create good character.

York Region Mission Statement

We will work together to make York Region a Character Community by nurturing positive character attributes.

York Region Vision Statement

In York Region, people recognize and promote the importance of good character.  They treat others as they would like to be treated, show respect, are accountable, fair, honest, and courageous, have empathy, persevere, show initiative and act with integrity.

The Town of East Gwillimbury joined the Region’s Character initiative in February 2003 and emphasizes all of the Character Attributes. 

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 By emphasizing the importance of good character, we will build a winning team.