Welcome to the Central Okanagan’s Vital Signs® 2013 report. This document builds on the reports produced in 2009 and 2011, and once again offers Central Okanagan residents the opportunity to learn about various quality of life areas and their indicators. In conjunction with the Community Foundations of Canada’s national Vital Signs® report, we present the most recent available research findings about the Central Okanagan and juxtapose them with local opinions.
We hope to encourage reflection about how our community is doing and to generate discussion among residents, policy makers, funders, and leaders by reporting community members’ perceptions and priorities about 13 quality of life areas. The Vital Signs® report offers a snapshot of the quality of life in the Central Okanagan to encourage more awareness about both the strengths of our community and the issues we face.
This year, the national report is focusing on the topic of Food Security, and for the first time, we are including this topic in our local report.
We hope you enjoy this year’s report and that it encourages you to take thoughtful action at whatever level you can. Though quality of life is something we think of as an individual experience, it is also a social one. We do, as individuals and as members of a community, influence the lives of others and our environment.
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