BC Schools of Character Youth Forum

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

Student Union Building , 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada


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

About the Event


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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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

Bob Rich has been the Chief of the APD for the past 10 years.  He has two main jobs:  One - Make the community safe and Two - Keep his people safe.  Both jobs are proving difficult, but that is job. Bob learned policing in Vancouver, where he worked for 28 years.

Sgt. Mike Novakowski

Abbotsford Police

Mike Novakowski, a sergeant with the Abbotsford Police Department, devotes much of his time talking to young people about making good choices and trying to steer them away from a life of crime

Dr. Awneet Sivia

Education Professor at University Of The Fraser Valley

1.) "Awneet Sivia is a former K-12 teacher and currently works at the University of the Fraser Valley in the Teacher Education Program – a program for those who want to become teachers. She is a passionate social justice advocate and belongs to numerous committees including the Race and Anti-racism Network at UFV. Her research focuses on innovative models of classroom learning and Awneet has presented her work internationally." 

Shervin Azar


Shervin Azar is an Iranian 14-year-old boy, who moved to Canada at the age of eight, having zero English knowledge. He’s been inspired to pursue his dream to write a book about tween’s challenges, problems, and approaches to handling them. After two years of hardworking & dedication, he finished the book named “Dare to Dream”

Chelsea Novakowski

Global Studies Major

1.) Chelsea Novakowski is studying global development at UFV, but has learned some of her most memorable lessons from travelling around the world. Her favourite adventures include roadtripping around Iceland, climbing the highest mountain in North Africa, backpacking around East Africa and most recently volunteering in Afghanistan.

Carla Danielsson

Assistance Superintendent of Abbyschools

Carla Danielsson is a proud wife, daughter, sister and auntie to eight growing nephews. In 1995, Carla and her husband Anders moved from Ontario to join the Abbotsford School District and haven’t looked back! Here she has enjoyed time as a Learning Services and Classroom Teacher, Vice and school Principal, District Principal and currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent. Carla is passionate about family, children, literacy, learning, nature and service to her family and community.