Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada.  It leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life.

What’s New?

In collaboration with the Whistler Community Foundation, the Squamish Community Foundation, the Bowen Island Community Foundation, and the West Vancouver Foundation, Sunshine Coast Foundation in September 2020 published A Vital Exploration. This extensive report compares indicators of community health among the communities of the Greater Sea-to-Sky and Howe Sound regions. It highlights the many challenges that we face in common and provides a platform for future cooperation and collaboration.

Also in 2020, the Foundation Published its 2020 Report on Community Participation. This publication summarizes the 400 responses given by Sunshine Coast residents to a survey conducted in the summer of 2019. It reveals that our community is more involved, engaged, and giving than residents of the province as a whole.

In October 2019, the Foundation published a ‘Vital Brief‘ celebrating ten years of Vital Signs reporting. Despite being a safe and welcoming place to live, vulnerable populations on the Sunshine Coast continue to suffer from high housing costs and low incomes.

Past Vital Signs reports are snapshots of our community that present our challenges and celebrate our accomplishments. The Foundation published its first three full Vital Signs reports in 2009, 2011, and 2014. In the years 2010 and 2012, we published two-page updates on information relevant to those years and in 2016 we published a special report on ‘A community perception of where we live’.

In 2017, the Community Foundation published a special Vital Focus on ‘Our vulnerable communities’.

In partnership with the Coast Resource Centre, the Foundation convened a “Vital Conversation on Belonging” in October 2017. The report from that workshop is available for download here. This conversation led directly to the Foundation choosing to focus on food security and housing affordability for its Intentional Grants.

Links to all Vital Signs reports are available on the bar above.

Stories: Eleanor Thielke and David Cox Scholarship Fund

One of the newest endowments at the Community Foundation is the Eleanor Thielke and David Cox Scholarship Fund. The decision to set up a Scholarship Fund to enable high school students to attend University extends back a generation and represents the love of learning that Eleanor’s and David’s families felt strongly about. Education was the most important thing for their parents, who believed that with an education, hard work, and helping each other, their children could achieve confidence and success throughout their adult lives.