Fire Chief Don Beer and Mayor Bruce Banman talk with students from Mt. Lehman's Character Council at the first City of Character Speaker Series. The event focused on education and took place at Clayburn Gourmet Gallery.

Fire Chief Don Beer and Mayor Bruce Banman talk with students from Mt. Lehman's Character Council at the first City of Character Speaker Series. The event focused on education and took place at Clayburn Gourmet Gallery.

Education first topic for Coffee and Conversation series

Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman is hosting a series of talks as part of City of Character vision.

The “Coffee and Conversation” series is hosted by Mayor Bruce Banman and each event takes place at Clayburn Gourmet Gallery, #320 – 3033 Immel St. from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

“Education” was the first topic in the series, and took place on April 2.

Guests were Mt. Lehman Elementary principal Peggy Antifaeff, district vice-principal Kathryn Edwards, and assistant superintendent Mary-Anne Smirle.

“Business” is the next topic, on Tuesday, April 9. Guests are Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce president Patrick Giesbrecht and Abbotsford Downtown Business Association executive director Tina Stewart.

The talks are part of the City of Character initiative.

The City of Character vision is six values that were chosen by city leaders in 2011. They include respect, responsibility, integrity, empathy, courage and service.

The Abbotsford City of Character movement began in 2006 when three local school representatives went to a character conference in Toronto.

In 2011, community leaders in Abbotsford established the six values, followed by an official Abbotsford Character Council.

For more on the series, visit abbycharacter.com.