A week ago, I was honoured to be the recipient of the 2014 Business Person of Character Award. This award was presented to me by the Character Community Foundation of York Region at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The awards gala was attended by Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow and councillors, as well as mayors from the surrounding communities in York Region, with the inspiring evening ending with the delightful keynote speech delivered by 2014 Character Champion Award Recipient, Bill Fisch. The event recognized more than 155 exceptional York Region nominees for demonstrating exemplary character and contribution to the quality of life of others based on the 11 Character Community attributes: compassion, courage, fairness, honesty, inclusiveness, initiative, integrity, optimism, perseverance, respect and responsibility. I was touched by what was said and am humbled and grateful to those who nominated me to receive this award. As a child I dreamed of pursuing a career in medicine, and every day I have been able to practice as a Naturopathic Doctor in our lively community has been a dream come-true. It is my heartfelt pleasure to contribute to a healthier York Region. Congratulations to all those who have, and continue, to contribute to our “Character Community”!