Vital Signs report updated

Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities is hosting their annual community social and unveiling plans for a Vitals Signs update.

Foundation director Leda Leander presents an agency endowment cheque to Connie Marchal of the Boundary Women’s Coalition.

Launching a new Vital Signs project in the next few months, the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities invites you to join them at their annual community social. The evening of networking, refreshments and sharing demonstrates the foundation’s ties to their community and the organizations who do so much to help so many.

Along with presentations from the founding directors, the evening will explore the current strategic vision of the Foundation along with launching two new initiatives: Boundary Vital Signs and the 1.8 x 18 campaign.

Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each Vital Signs report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action.

Vital Signs was first started by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001, after a group of civic leaders came up with a new way to engage their community in understanding and monitoring the health and vitality of Toronto on an ongoing basis. In 2006, Vital Signs became a national program and it continues to grow every year, both across Canada and internationally.

Community foundations develop a broad picture of their community using relevant national data and identifying local research on a wide range of subject areas. The Vital Signs report allows foundations to involve their community at every level, from determining the report’s indicators, exploring research sources, and assigning grades.

These reports help communities make connections between issues and trends in different areas. The findings are presented in a reader-friendly format that provides a snapshot of quality of life and community vitality.

Come on out to enjoy the evening with friends and learn more about the ways the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities is building a better Boundary, on Thursday, Nov. 14 at gallery 2 in Grand Forks, 6 p.m. Admission is by donation, hors d’oeuvres and beverages available along with a

cash bar.