Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas just received a community health check! Since 2007, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation has strived to inspire civic engagement, provide focus for public debate and connect philanthropic activity with the areas of greatest need. This year marks the beginning of a new three-year cycle where all 11 indicator areas are reviewed, and where four priority areas are selected for deeper analysis over the coming two years.
Focus groups consisting of community members along with an Expert Review Panel identified the priority areas in our communities as:
• Belonging & Leadership
• Arts & Culture
• Getting Started
• Health & Wellness
You may find some of the findings interesting. For instance, the number of people who give to charities has gone down over the last few years, as has involvement in volunteer work. We are strong on many indicators of health, sense of belonging and more. To download a copy of the 2016 Vital Signs report, click here.
Vital Signs® is a community checkup conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our communities and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada and with special thanks to the Toronto Foundation
for developing and sharing the Vital Signs concept.