Vital Signs survey to be released

Community Foundation of the South Okanagan 2015 Vital Signs survey released on Oct. 6.

More than 1,500 people completed the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan 2015 Vital Signs survey – that’s double last year.

The results will be released Oct. 6 as part of the organization’s bi-annual Vital Signs report.

“We’re very pleased with the level of engagement. Through social media, we’re reaching more people in the South Okanagan and Similkameen, and they’re eager to have a say. The more responses we get, the better quality the results,” said Aaron McRann, CFSOS executive director.

The Vital Signs survey is conducted by Community Foundations in 22 communities across Canada. It is an impartial way of measuring how people feel their community is doing in 11 key areas including health and wellness, the environment and housing. The CFSOS survey, available on-and-offline, received 1,502 responses from local citizens. In addition, a review of official statistical research was completed to gather the most relevant and current data available.

“The Vital Signs report is a compilation of public opinion and statistical data. It provides readers with a balanced summary of where we’re at as a community,” says McRann. “The report also helps CFSOS decide how to distribute grants. For example, if an issue area gets a poor grade, the Foundation may look at creative ways to provide more support in that area. It is also meant to educate and inspire citizens to tackle an area of interest to them, personally.”

This year’s report includes a new challenge called “Three things you can do.” Readers are invited to make a list of three actions they can take to make a difference in the 11 key areas.

The Vital Signs report will be launched on Oct. 6 at the Shatford Centre. The public is invited to attend the free event from 4 to 6 p.m. The report will also be available in print and online at A hard copy may be requested via email or phone.