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Community of Character Committee


Since its inception in February 2003, the Community of Character program has grown and has made an impact on the community.

The program's success has been proven by the honors it has received and the interest of other cities and organizations.  In 2004, the League of California Cities awarded the prestigious Helen Putnam Award of Excellence, Grand Prize, to the City for its Community of Character Program.  Later that year, the Community of Character Program was showcased at the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Long Beach, California, where several cities expressed an interest in bringing similar programs to their own cities. In 2005, Council Member Trish Kelley, Director of Recreation and Community Services Kelly Doyle, and Community Services Supervisor Virginia Chavez presented a workshop at the California Parks and Recreation Services Conference in Sacramento, to teach other cities how to bring character programs to their own communities.

In 2010, Council Member Trish Kelly, Chairperson Tammy Descoteaux, and Vice Chairperson Elaine Portnoy shared the Community of Character Program at the National Forum on Character Education Conference in Sacramento, California, presenting the program’s success in a community-based effort beyond individual schools and classrooms.

To learn more about the Community of Character Committee please view their background.

The committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the Saddleback Room at City Hall, 200 Civic Center at 5:30 p.m. The Community of Character Youth Sub-committee meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month in the Saddleback Room at 5:30 p.m.

 Community of Character Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes 

Individuals wishing to serve on the Community of Character Committee must complete and submit an official application to the Library and Cultural Services Department at the attention of Vickie Sullivan.  For further information, please call (949) 830-7100 x5128.  If interested, please complete the Community of Character Application and send via fax, mail, or deliver to:

City of Mission Viejo
Library and Cultural Services
100 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Character Qualities

Over a three-month period from mid April to early July, 2003, input was requested through newspaper ads and voting forms that were distributed at the city library and at various community activities. Twelve qualities were finally identified, representing those most voted upon by community residents. Each character quality is highlighted monthly in our community.

 January  Perseverance
 February  Unity
 March  Integrity
 April  Service
 May  Moral Courage
 June  Citizenship
 July  Fairness
 August  Self Control
 September   Responsibility
 October  Respect
 November  Thankfulness
 December  Caring

Character Quality Posters

Have you seen the character posters around the city?  Did you know that you can help create them and leave your own mark on Mission Viejo?  Simply email an idea and/or photograph that depicts one of the 12 character traits to vsullivan@cityofmissionviejo.org.  All images submitted must be 300 dpi in a jpeg or png format. Please include your name, phone number and the character trait you are submitting your idea and/or photograph for in the body of your email. For more information or question, call (949) 830-7100 x5128.

Character in the Community - Activities 


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