What does community mean to you? Victoria’s Vital Signs wants to know! – Saanich News
The 17th annual Vital Signs Citizen Survey is open and after two years of pandemic-informed surveys, this year the Foundation is digging a little deeper into the idea of community – specifically, “What does community mean to you? »
Of course, community is at the heart of every Vital Signs program, whether exploring how safe people feel in their neighborhoods or how connected they feel to their neighbors. In last year’s Equity and Inclusion survey, for example, while 58% of Black, Indigenous and People of Color said they felt included in the community, 42% said that was not the case.
Part of the focus this year is to better understand why some people feel included and how we can be more inclusive of others.
The annual survey will serve as the basis for the 2022 Vital Signs report which, in conjunction with additional local research and statistics, measures the vitality of our region, identifies important trends and assigns ratings to problem areas that are critical to the quality of living in the Capital Region.
Beyond specific focus areas, Victoria’s Vital Signs survey asks respondents to comment on the 12 Vital Signs focus areas critical to our well-being, such as housing, safety, health and well-being, transport and the economy.
“Each year, we ask residents of Greater Victoria to complete the survey to help us assess the state of our community and explore its most pressing issues, with the goal of creating a vibrant and caring community for all,” says Sandra. Richardson, of the Victoria Foundation. CEO.
Have your say: take the survey today!
Now open, the shortened and simplified Vital Signs survey runs until July 4 – link to the survey here – and with its impacts reaching far beyond Victoria, area residents are encouraged to participate and do hear their opinion.
Those who complete the survey also have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win prizes including a one night stay at the Magnolia Hotel, gift cards to the Bay Center and Country Grocer, a mini shoot photo adventure with Anna Milne Photography, two tickets to a HarbourCats Game and more! Find the full price list here.
Once the survey results are available, the information will feed into the Vital Signs of Victoria 2022 report to be released this fall.
Part of a national program through Community Foundations of Canada, Vital Signs was launched by the Toronto Foundation in 2001 and is used today by hundreds of communities across Canada and around the world to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.
Established in 1936, The Victoria Foundation is the second oldest community foundation in Canada and the sixth oldest of nearly 200 nationally. Manage charitable donations from donors whose generosity allows them to create permanent, revenue-generating funds, the proceeds of which are then distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. To date, the Victoria Foundation has invested more than $285 million in people, projects and not-for-profit organizations that strengthen local communities and across Canada.
Learn more at victoriafoundation.bc.ca