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Character Matters

The Board believes that the development of good character is a shared responsibility of students, staff, families and the extended community.

When all members of society embrace opportunities to model, teach, promote and celebrate good character, we build and strengthen learning and working communities that are caring, safe, respectful and inclusive.

The Board focuses on 10 character attributes selected through community consultation:

We respect ourselves and treat others with courtesy, dignity, and positive regard. We honour the rights of others. We respect their belongings, the environment and the world around us.

We are accountable for all our actions. We follow through on our commitments.

We behave in a sincere, trustworthy, and truthful manner.

We strive to sense and appreciate the emotions of others, to "stand in their shoes." We demonstrate appreciation of and concern for their feelings. We try to understand issues from their perspectives even though we may not agree with them personally.

We are sensitive to the needs of each individual. We treat each other as we wish to be treated ourselves. We interact with others without stereotyping, prejudice or discrimination. We stand up for human rights.

We act without being prompted by others. We are eager to do what needs to be done without having to be told to do it. We take the first step towards the achievement of a goal.

We stick to a goal and work hard even in the face of obstacles and challenges. We complete all tasks and assignments.

We are truthful and sincere. We ensure consistency between what we say and what we do as well as between what we believe and how we behave.

We face challenges directly. We seek help from others when necessary. We do the right thing even when it may be unpopular. We are able to recognize risks and danger and do not take unwise risks to gain the approval of those around us.

We maintain a positive attitude. We look on the brighter side of situations. We are able to see opportunities even in the face of adversity. We have hope for the future.

For more information, read Board Policy and Procedure #380.0, Character Development.

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York Region Communities of Character
Character Community is one in which elected officials, community leaders in the education, business, faith community, law enforcement and media sectors, and citizens-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 citizens are free to make wise choices for their lives and families.