Character Abbotsford Youth Forum

Character Abbotsford is developing a network of like-minded school communities who place a high value on the character development of their students.

Committee Chair
Cam Friesen Principal, Abbotsford School District

B.C. Ministry of Education

Schools of Character

  • Have an established set of values for their school community

  • Include students, staff and parents in establishing or re-visiting their values

  • Strategically promote their values throughout the school

  • Develop ways to action their values into every day life

  • Intentionally use the language of character throughout the day

  • Involve members of their surrounding community in their character story 


Character Abbotsford Conference

Character Abbotsford plans to host its 3rd conference in 2019 for the purpose of establishing networking opportunities for like minded leaders in Education, Business, Community Services and Municipal sectors.

Conference Information
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Jory Smallenberg
Gina Vanderheide
Goldie VanGarderen
Karen Bowater
Madison Hendry
Nova Hopkins

Character Dot Org, Washington DC

Endorsed by
Yonah Martin, Canadian Senator
Peter Fassbender, B.C. Minister of Education
Chuck Strahl, Former M.P. and Cabinet Minister
Peter Legge, Professional Speaker and CEO CWM
Steven Point, Former B.C. Lieutenant Governor
Ryan Walter, Stanley Cup Winner and Professional Speaker
Sophie Schmidt, Canadian Olympic Bronze Medal Winner (Women's Soccer)
James Lepp, Canadian Professional Golfer