Parents Helping Parents, Champion of Character

Cindi Sanchez, who nominated Parents Helping Parents for the character trait of Forgiveness, stands beside Pat Nichols, Executive Director of Parents Helping Parents, outside the Edmond City Council meeting Monday evening, following a presention honoring the organization as a “Champion of Character” by the Character Council of Edmond and the City of Edmond. Cindi Sanchez, who nominated Parents Helping Parents for the character trait of Forgiveness, stands beside Pat Nichols, Executive Director of Parents Helping Parents, outside the Edmond City Council meeting Monday evening, following a presention honoring the organization as a “Champion of Character” by the Character Council of Edmond and the City of Edmond.

The board of directors of the Character Council of Edmond would like to congratulate Parents Helping Parents for being selected as a “Champion of Character,” representing the character trait of forgiveness (vs. rejection).

The Council is a grassroots, non-profit organization committed to creating a citywide initiative to build Edmond into a “City of Character.” The group believes that the character of a nation can only be strengthened one person at a time, one community at a time. Toward that end, each month the Character Council of Edmond seeks to recognize a resident who demonstrates a specific character trait for that month.

Parents Helping Parents exemplifies the character trait of forgiveness (vs. rejection): Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge. The trait is exemplified by: resolving anger, overcoming wrongs, rebuilding broken relationships and responding constructively to the mistakes and misfortunes of life.

“It would be hard to nominate just one person,” said Cindi Sanchez, the nominator for this recognition. “As parents of children who have the disease of addiction, we have all been through the same things as a whole.

“It has not always been easy to forgive our children for all of the destruction they have caused our families financially, mentally, and physically. However, because they are our children and we love them, we have been given sufficient grace to forgive,” wrote Sanchez. “If we cannot forgive our children for what they have done, how can we ever think of being able to forgive anyone else?”

As a result of forgiveness, which has enabled Parents Helping Parents to rebuild broken relationships and constructively resolve anger, the Character Council and the City of Edmond would like to thank them, and their representative Pat Nichols, for representing Edmond as “Champions of Character.”


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