Vital Signs uses local knowledge to measure the vitality of a community and support action towards improving collective quality of life. Local data gathered through the program is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level.
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The Campbell River Community Foundation is excited to launch the first-ever “Vital Signs” report to the community of Campbell River on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Campbell River citizens and organizations will utilize the report as a baseline examination and a mechanism to better understand community wellbeing.
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, 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 includes Campbell River’s census area, and in addition to data collection and detailed statistical analysis, the Community Foundation has engaged the community in a consultative process that invited the inclusion of local opinions and information. Issue areas included are Arts & Culture, Belonging & Leadership, Children & Youth, Environment, Gap Between Rich & Poor, Getting Started in the Community, Health, Housing, Learning, Safety, Seniors and Work.
The Community Foundation will be hosting an event to celebrate the launch of Vital Signs on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 pm at the Maritime Heritage Centre. Following the launch, complimentary printed copies of the report will be available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the Visitor Centre and Broadstreet Properties. A digital edition will also be available HERE following the launch.
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.