October 16, 2006
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York celebrates Character Community Week, October 16th to 21st

 
Week reinforces importance of incorporating character into everyday living
 
NEWMARKET – The Character Community Council of York Region will host a variety of events and displays throughout York Region as part of Character Community Week, which runs Monday, October 16th to Saturday, October 21st inclusive.
 
Now in its third year, the celebration is intended to reinforce the importance of incorporating the 11 attributes of the Character Community initiative – Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Inclusivity, Honesty, Fairness, Integrity, Optimism, Compassion, Perseverance and Initiative – into every day actions at home, school, work and play.
 
The Character Community initiative is recognized and supported by the Regional Municipality of York as well as our nine area municipalities, York Regional Police, both the Catholic and public school boards, along with the York Region Newspaper Group and numerous community and business organizations.
 
“Character and its attributes underlie everything we do in York Region,” said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This highly successful initiative is a major component of creating and sustaining a caring, compassionate community.”
 
“It is amazing to see the extent to which York Region residents of all ages and businesses have embraced the Character Community initiative,” said Town of Markham Mayor and Character Community Council Co-Chair Don Cousens. “Character really comes down to treating one another with respect and conducting ourselves with integrity as we deal with other people.”
 
“Whether its fair play at the local hockey rink, showing compassion to an elderly neighbour by clearing snow from a walkway or displaying consideration towards other drivers while behind the wheel of your car, Character Community Week reminds us of the importance of character living all year round,” added Town of Aurora Mayor Tim Jones, who is also a Co-Chair of the Character Community Council.
 
Highlights of Character Community Week in York Region include:
 
Monday, October 16th, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket: Character Community Display near Toys R Us
 
Wednesday October 18th, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill: a showcase of over 30 Community Organizations pledged to live with character; presentation by Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell and Town Council at 6 p.m. in the centre court
 
Thursday, October 19th, 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Great Hall, York Region Administrative Centre, Newmarket: Breakfast and remarks by York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch and Town of Aurora Mayor Tim Jones
 
Friday October 20th, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Markville Mall, Markham: Character Community Display
 
Several other activities will be occurring in schools, businesses and communities throughout York Region.
 
The Character Community initiative is one in which elected officials, community leaders in the education, business, law enforcement, faith and media sectors and residents-at-large recognize and promote the importance of good character.  Everyone works together to ensure that families are strong, homes and streets are safe, education is effective, business is productive, neighbours care about one another and residents are free to make wise choices for their lives and families.
 
The Character Community Vision Statement is as follows: 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.
 
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Media Contact: Christine DeHaas, Executive Director, Character Community Council of York Region
 Cell: (905) 960-2167
 Email: Christine.DeHaas@ycdsb.ca
 
 Ken Turriff, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444 / Toll Free: 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1226
 Cell: (905) 251-6415 / After-hours Pager: (905) 830-3302
 Email: ken.turriff@york.ca

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