Campbell River, British Columbia – May 31, 2016. The Campbell River Community Foundation is excited to announce they will be producing and distributing a “Vital Signs” report to the community of Campbell River this October, measuring the strength of our community’s socio-economic and environmental climate.
Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life. More than 65 communities in Canada and around the world are using Vital Signs to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.
“The purpose of Vital Signs is to examine and raise awareness of the strengths and challenges facing the community of Campbell River,” says Jim Harris, Vice Chair of the Campbell River Community Foundation. “Outcomes of the project will guide and support solutions that will be a catalyst in sustaining and improving our quality of life.”
The report will include Campbell River’s census area, and in addition to data collection and detailed statistical analysis, the Community Foundation will engage the community in a consultative process that invites the inclusion of local opinions and information. While the process is just beginning, potential lenses, or issue areas to include will be Arts & Culture, Belonging & Leadership, Children & Youth, Environment, Gap Between Rich & Poor, Getting Started in the Community, Health, Housing, Learning, Safety, Seniors and Work.
In preparation for the report, the Campbell River Community Foundation will be conducting a survey asking for local residents to share their opinions on the issue areas listed above. The survey will run until Thursday, June 30th and to participate, please click here.
The Community Foundation will also be holding a photo contest to feature in the publication providing a visual representation of Campbell River and area in 2016. The Foundation is looking for photos that show the diversity of people, landscape, and lifestyle in Campbell River and area. The 3 winning photos receive a cash prize; all photos submitted and included in the Vital Signs report will include photo credits for photographers. Participants are encouraged to share their submissions on social media through the hashtag #CRCFvitalsigns, and can engage with the Community Foundation on Facebook and Instagram. All submissions must be emailed to email@example.com by Thursday, June 30th at 4:30 pm to be entered.
Since it was founded in 1990, the Campbell River Community Foundation has reached nearly $2 million in permanent endowment funds and has given out nearly $350,000 in grants to many local non-profit organizations in the City of Campbell River and area served by School District 72. For more information on the Campbell River Community Foundation and Vital Signs including full contest rules, please visit www.crfoundation.ca.