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Awards recognize individuals, organizations with exemplary character

Nominations are being accepted until March 9 for the 2020 York Region Character Community Awards
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At the 2019 Character Community Awards, East Gwillimbury Mayor and York Police Services Board chairperson Virginia Hackson, Richmond Hill MPP Daisy Wai, Citizen of Character Award nominee Chilli Leung, and Character Community executive director Susanne Cappuccitti. Supplied photo/Character Community

For the 14th year in a row, Character Community York Region is recognizing the local individuals and organizations who bring to life its motto: “Live with character, change the world.”

Nominations are being accepted until Monday, March 9 for the 2020 Character Community awards and tickets are available for the Character Awards and Music Alive Celebration of Character Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre. 

Eight award categories honour individuals, schools, organizations and businesses for demonstrating some or all of the non-profit organization’s 12 character traits: compassion, inclusiveness, perseverance, courage, initiative, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility, honesty, optimism, and humility, said executive director Susanne Cappuccitti.

Nominations are for Citizen of Character (all ages), School of Character, and Business Leader of Character.

The format of the annual awards event has been altered to better reflect the many programs the Character Community supports in York Region, including Music Alive, Slap Shot hockey program, and CC Senior Task Force, Cappuccitti said.

As well, the number of awards has been pared down to accommodate the “shared” focus of the two-hour evening event, she added.

“The (award) recipients will be really exceptional,” Cappuccitti said.

A highlight of the evening is the performances of about 200 young musicians participating in the Music Alive York Region program, she said. 

“Character Community York Region is proud to have Music Alive as one of our core programs. It demonstrates our character attributes in action and truly showcases character in the arts,” she said. “These young people truly support each other and collaborate.

 “It’s a huge opportunity for these young musicians.”

Music Alive, which is one of the largest music festivals in the country, gives students the opportunity to perform in front of audiences in some of the best venues in the region and to be adjudicated by some of the foremost music educators on the continent, Cappuccitti said.

The non-competitive programs draw students who perform in a variety of genres, including musical ensembles, soloists, choirs, bands, orchestras and classroom groups. 

Some ensembles are invited to perform at the Character Community Awards / Music Alive Gala evening.

To nominate a person, school or group, click here.

You can purchase tickets here.

Character Community York Region, which established York Region as the first Character Community in Canada, works to build safe, inclusive, healthy and prosperous communities where citizens embrace the value and necessity of good character.

In 2018, Character Community delivered its programs to 17,154 children and youth across York Region.


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