CENTRAL OKANAGAN'S VITAL SIGNS 2017
Across Canada, the Vital Signs® program is designed to assemble local information and statistics related to the vitality of individual communities, and by so doing, reveal opportunities for them to improve. The program is spearheaded and coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada. The Central Okanagan Foundation has participated in the Vital Signs® program since 2009. Every two years, most recently in 2015, the foundation has published a printed booklet featuring a wide range of data for the Central Okanagan, while highlighting local organizations that the foundation has funded which are working to make a difference in the community.
With this publication, the foundation is launching the next Vital Signs® program for the Central Okanagan region. This time, however, we have reimagined its format, purpose, and audiences. We recognize that in an increasingly digital world people now consume and use information differently. We also seek to engage a broader range of audiences in a more extended conversation about matters related to the quality of life in our region. Finally, we wish to do more than provide isolated infographic “snippets”, and instead offer deeper insights, based on research, that show how various national, provincial, and local trends interact to influence our community over time.
Every two months, commencing with this report, we will therefore be creating a digitally-distributed Vital Brief ® focusing on one of six topical areas: “Creating Community: Inclusion and Leadership” (October 2017), “The Creative Workforce: People and Jobs” (December 2017), “Creativity and Culture: Art and Education” (February 2018), “Creating Equality: Housing and Homelessness, Rich and Poor” (April 2018), “Living Creatively: Health and Well-Being” (June 2018), and “Creating Sustainability: The Environment” (August 2018).