2019 BC Schools of Character Youth Forum

Friday, 08 February 2019, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM [PST]

3343 Firhill Drive, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6X6, Canada

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Friday, 08 February 2019, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM [PST]

Eugene Reimer Middle School, 3343 Firhill Drive, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6X6, Canada.

COURAGE //  Doing the right thing, even when it’s hard.

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.

Character BC


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.


Nyachol Solomon
Foundary Abbotsford

Hi my name is Nyachol Solomon. I am a peer support worker at Foundry Abbotsford. I like making others peeps happy! I try to make people laugh but I am not that funny so I apologize! If I try to make you laugh please laugh with me because I'm cool. PEACE!

Jordie Georgeson
Abbotsford Foundary

I'm Jordie. I am an indeginius youth who has aged out of foster care. I now work for impact. Substance use and addiction counseling service. I facilitate a group called floh (child welfare system,opioid dialogue,and harm reduction). I had a rollercoaster of experience and work on changing experiences for other and future youth, in the areas I just mentioned.

Perry Smith
Acting Assistant Superintendent of Abbyschools

Perry is Shuswap and a member of the Bonaparte First Nation in Cache Creek British Columbia. He completed his BA in Education at U.B.C. and a Masters degree in Counselling at UVIC. He is also the author and illustrator of a children’s book named “Powwow Dancing with Family”. He is husband to Jennifer and father to three young boys Elijah, Landon and Evan. Perry is an avid Powwow Dancer, Hockey Coach and Indigenous artist.

Honorable Mayor Braun
Mayor Of Abbotsford

Henry has been an Abbotsford resident for his entire life and was the co-owner, president and CEO of Abbotsford-based Pacific Northern Rail Contractors Corp until his retirement in 2003. Henry was first elected to serve as a Council Member with the City of Abbotsford in 2011. In November 2014, Henry was elected to serve his first term as the Mayor of Abbotsford, and in October 2018, he was elected to serve his second term as Mayor.

Chief Serr
Abbotford Police Department

Chief Constable Mike Serr has been a police officer for 28 years. He became the Chief in Sept. 2018. Prior to his appointment, he served 26 years with the Vancouver Police. His experience is in gang and drug suppression. He chairs the Drug Advisory Committee for the Canadian Assoc. of Chiefs of Police and Abbotsford Opioid Working Group and Co-chair of the B.C. Drug Overdose Task Groups. He is on the Council for Drug Free Kids Canada, Character Abby, and the Abby Community Dev. Council.

Chief Beer
Fire Chief, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service

Chief Beer has been the Fire Chief in Abbotsford the past 11 years. He has worked in the fire service as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Fire Investigator/Inspector, Assistant Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Chief for over 38 years. His firefighting career took him to two different provinces and four different fire departments.

Sargent Novakowski
Abbotford Police Department

Staff Sergeant Mike Novakowski was born at a very young age. Before becoming a police officer he was a former child and teenager. He has been a patrol officer, Emergency Response Team member, Police Academy Instructor and now works in Professional Standards. He is married to his wife Leanne, has three children and a dog named Tucker.

Kal Sidhu
FirstPage Marketing

Kal has lived, worked, and played in Abbotsford for over 30 years and truly loves being a part of the community. He attended Abbotsford Senior Secondary School and graduated in 1993 (Go Panthers!). Kal is married and has 4 children. He serves in many volunteer roles in Abbotsford and likes to help wherever he can. Kal is currently serving on the Board of Directors at The Abbotsford Community Foundation, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and KingHaven Treatment Centre.

Shirley Swelchalot qas Shxwha:yathel...
University Of Fraser Valley

I am a Stó:lo, I live and work in our ancestral territory; my home is in the Shxwhá:y Village. I have attended the University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. I have worked as a Youth worker, Counsellor, Teacher and am now the Senior Advisor on Indigenizing at UFV.

Shervin Azar

Shervin A. Azar, the author of Dare to dream - tween's road to success - and currently working on my 2nd book that is soon to come. Currently a grade 9 student French immersion at WJ Mouat. Love to do public motivational speaking and my day to day goal is to try to help my fellow teens to have a better life and motivate them to greatness.

Arjan Bhullar
Mixed Martial Arts

My name is Arjan Singh Bhullar. My family comes from the Village of Billi Bhullar, District of Jallandhar in Punjab India. I am born and raised in Richmond, BC. Repped the Canadian flag at the Olympics in Wrestling, and no repping Indias flag in the UFC.

Vandy Britton
University Of Fraser Valley

Vandy currently teach courses in Elementary and Secondary Language Arts, Elementary Fine Arts, Secondary Arts-based Education Methods and Reflective Practice. Her interests include the following: teacher education, language/literacy education, arts-based education, social justice, international education, and inclusive pedagogy. She is particularly interested in how teachers construct their identities and engaged in developing different arts-based avenues by which this exploration can occur.

Gabby Student
Clayburn Middle Student

Gabby Waddell was born and raised in Abbotsford. Gabby's passion is community and enjoys participating in many local clubs and activities. Gabby loves competitive swimming; spend many hours swimming and volunteering for the Abbotsford Whalers. Last spring, Gabby decided that she wanted to raise awareness and funds for children struggling with cancer. Over the summer, Gabby raised money, attended events and partnered with the Abbotsford Police Department's Cops for Cancer Team.

Emily Isaak
Abby Senior Student