Survey is taking ‘Vital Signs’

Survey is taking ‘Vital Signs’

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Foundation seeking Oliver’s input on what issues need addressing.

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan has launched a survey to gather community input for its second Vital Signs report to be published in October of this year.

The Vital Signs report gathers statistical data and community input for a comprehensive report that covers 11 key issues facing communities.

This is the first year the report will focus on all communities within the boundaries of the RDOS, from Summerland to Osoyoos and throughout the Similkameen Valley to Princeton.

“The goal of the report is to “take the pulse” of the communities and provide citizens with a sense of where their community is at and what areas need to be addressed,” said Aaron McRann, executive director for the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.

“The report is an important discussion piece for our communities as it indicates issues that are facing our citizens,” added McRann.

The survey takes about six minutes to complete and asks questions on issues that affect the quality of life, such as arts and culture, belonging and leadership, environment, gap between rich and poor, health and wellness, housing, learning, safety, and work.

The Vital Signs survey can be accessed at www.vitalsignssurvey.com. Individuals can also contact the Community Foundation office at 250-493-9311 or at admin@cfso.net to have a copy mailed to them.

The survey is active until the end of August.

Regional development coordinator Sarah Trudeau said the report is unique in that it combines statistical data as well as community input.

“What we need help with is encouraging people to fill out the survey. The more community input we have the more robust the report is.”

Trudeau hopes to get as much input as possible from the Oliver area.

“The report will be beneficial to every community in that it will highlight areas that the communities are doing well in and areas that there is room for improvement.”

Trudeau said many organizations, municipalities, colleges and the school district have used the report when applying for funding and grants.

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