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Citizen of Character - Young Adult winner Shawn Avery (far right) with his mom Heather, brother Daniel and grandparents Gloria and Ted
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8th Annual York Region Character Community Awards

On April 30th, the Character Community Foundation of York Region held it’s annual Awards Celebration which recognized individuals, schools, groups and businesses who have demonstrated exemplary Character over the last year. This year there were over 150 nominees in 12 categories, along with 3 special awards of recognition.

Congratulations to the following winners...

Lily Edmunds of Newmarket - Citizen of Character - Elementary
Brennan Wong of Richmond Hill - Citizen of Character – Secondary
Shawn Avery of Georgina - Citizen of Character – Young Adult
Elizabeth Leung of Markham - Citizen of Character – Adult
Margaret McCleary of Thornhill - Citizens of Character - Senior
James Robinson Public School in Markham - School of Character – York Region District School Board
Our Lady of Good Counsel in Sharon - School of Character – York Catholic District School Board
Kathleen Rodgers, Terry Romanelli and Suzanne Jovic of Vaughan - Educators of Character
Love of Dance Committee of Aurora - Character Through the Arts
Philip Horsman of Aurora - Character Through Sports
Dr. Judith Ann Ancheta of Markham - Business Person of Character
On the Floor in Markham - Organization of Character - Profit
YMCA – York Region Employment and Community Services in Richmond Hill - Organization of Character - Not for Profit or Service Organization
Colten and Luke Rybuck of Richmond Hill - Community Heros
Dale McClease of Vaughan - Change our World – Environmental
Melinda Garel of Keswick - Change our World – Community
Bill Fisch of Newmarket - Character Champion
Susan Boyne-Bird, Tim Jones and Tom Taylor, Ambassadors with Neighbourhood Network - Donald Cousens Award

Photos by Joanne Witt

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