Hidden Heroes 2021 Champions embrace humanity, courage and justice character virtues

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October 19, 2021

It started as a global conversation in 2014 with Character Day programs expanding to 125 countries and 50 States. Character Day Bahamas continues its excellent work through The PACE Foundation with the support of the Templeton World Charity Foundation Inc.

With Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts and COVID-19 still evident, humanity and character are continuedly tested. This year’s nominations focused on saluting hidden heroes like essential workers and volunteers. Program organizer Charlene Carey explains. “Last year was a challenging one for us all and our character was truly tested daily. Schools were virtual, people lost their jobs and others realized just how essential their jobs were. The hidden heroes in our country allowed us to get to where we are now.”

The 2021 theme ‘Be the reason that somebody feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved and supported,’ was highlighted by a T-shirt design competition, followed by 2 workshops in August for educators, youth and guidance counsellors, and a Hidden Hero Campaign. October 20th has been earmarked for Character Day Bahamas programs throughout the archipelago.

There were 143 nominations for 50 persons, some receiving numerous entries with a nurse impressively obtaining 61. The selected individuals hailed from the islands of Andros, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Moore’s Island in Abaco and New Providence. There were 11 champions 11 finalists, 8 honourable mentions and 20 other nominees. The nominees demonstrated strong character by their actions, words, and behaviour.

The top strengths of the Hidden Heroes and Finalists were love, kindness, perseverance, and leadership.

Now in its 50th year, The PACE Foundation has a mission to empower teenagers to make good decisions. Sonia Brown, president of this non-profit likes the Character Day Bahamas program because it represents their work with teen mothers at the PACE School. “Character strengths are the positive pieces of an individual’s personality that helps make them who they are. Our program, as well as scientific research reveals that understanding, developing, and applying one’s strengths can help boost confidence, manage problems, strengthen relationships, reduce stress and accomplish goals.”

Written by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry

News date : 10/19/2021    Category : About Bahamians, Education, Press Releases

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