Abbotsford hosting National Character Conference

Two day conference comes to Abbotsford with several notable speakers

The Character Abbotsford group

Character Abbotsford is going coast to coast with the upcoming National Character Conference on Oct. 23 and 24.

The two-day conference, which takes place at the Abbotsford Senior Secondary and the Abbotsford Arts Centre, brings together a number of speaker to discuss ways to inspire and strengthen the community through the integration of shared values.

“Our hope is that this conference will act as the spring board for a national conversation on character,” said Vijay Manuel who has chaired Character Abbotsford since its inception in 2011. “There will be something for everyone, whether you are coming from a business, community or education background.”

The event includes keynote speakers: Peter Legge, a bestselling authour and CEO of Canada Wide Media Limited; Wab Kinew, the associate vice-president for Indigenous Relations at the University of Winnipeg; and Dr. Avis Glaze, recognized as one of Canada’s top educators.

“This conference will bring together people who are passionate about building communities on the foundation of respect, integrity and empathy, and we have many such folks in Abbotsford and throughout our wonderful country,” said Richard Lucy from Character Abbotsford.

The conference also features: Diane Nelson, director of instruction in the West Vancouver School District,  and Robert Foord, president of Kal Tire.

For more information on the conference, visit

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