BC Schools of Character Youth Forum

Friday, 02 February 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM [PST]

Student Union Building , Abbotsford, BC, Canada


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Friday, 02 February 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM [PST]

About the Events


Empowering students to make a difference in the world through leadership-based character!

The BC Schools of Character Youth Forum is a conversation to engage students in envisioning a more character focused British Columbia. At the forum, students will be empowered to take action through workshops inspired by character and speakers making a difference in their communities. Students will leave inspired with innovative ideas, skills, and confidence to undertake their own projects.

Join us in igniting Character.

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About the Organizer

SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER are healthy learning environments in which staff and students work together to make a positive difference in their world. VISION // All schools in B.C. commit to the intentional development of positive character in their students. MISSION // To provide B.C. schools with the support and resources necessary to successfully implement and sustain character development.


Event Speakers

Bob Rich

Chief Of Police

Sgt. Mike Novakowski

Abbotsford Police

Dr. Awneet Sivia

Education Professor at University Of The Fraser Valley

As a faculty member in the Teacher Education Department, I teach courses in diversity education, science education (elementary, middle and secondary), action research, reflective practice and integrating technology across curriculum. I am passionate about teaching, learning and education and I value the opportunity to cultivate agency, vision and engagement in future teachers through my work in the program. My journey as an educator, thankfully, continues to unfold in exciting ways.  

Shervin Azer


Meet 12-year-old local author Shervin and hear him read from his newly published book, completed just four years after emigrating from Iran to Canada. Dare to Dream: Tweens' Road to Success is a wise and fun book offering personal insight into how to handle the challenges of being a tween. Shervin has been making his mark in Abbotsford in the four short years since moving here. Now fluent in English, Shervin is learning French and declares that "you can achieve anything you want."

Chelsea Novakowski

Global Studies Major

Chelsea’s overseas experience in Uganda in 2011 inspired her to see the world. It ignited a desire to learn how to engage in development to better the conditions of the impoverished. She has since returned to Uganda 3 times, worked in Australia and Turkey, traveled Iceland, climbed the highest mountain in North Africa in Morocco, travelled Western Europe and East Africa. Chelsea's most recent experience was homeschooling missionary children and volunteering at NGOs in Afghanistan in 2017.