In October of 2012, more than 100 students, representing dozens of Abbotsford schools, decided to forgo their Pro-D Day in favour of making the community a better place.
They took part in the Abbotsford City of Character Youth Forum. The half-day event featured guest speakers – including Olympic bronze medal soccer player Sophie Schmidt – as well as workshops and activities.
The purpose of the forum was to share the vision of City of Character with the students. The vision is six values that were chosen by city leaders in 2011. They include respect, responsibility, integrity, empathy, courage and service.
Now organizers have created a video montage to commemorate the event.
You can view the video at:
The next forum will take place in October of 2013.
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