In its third year, Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs continues to spark dialogue, create connections, and inspire action.
In its third year, Waterloo Region's Vital Signs continues to spark dialogue, create connections, and inspire action.
Three years of producing Waterloo Region's Vital Signs has provided us with more than just a snapshot on the quality of life in our Region. It has also presented us with the opportunity to engage others and learn about their concerns and hopes for our community.
Areas of concern identified in the 2009 report:
- Spending on the arts is in short supply
- Investment in childcare is troubling
- Consumption of fruits and vegetables is lacking
- Elderly poverty rates have increased
We encourage you to find out more about your community and get involved in creating change. Only by increasing our knowledge and working together can we build a stronger, more vital community.
Visit www.vitalsigns.ca for more information. The website hosts three years' worth of data - much more than what is used in the reports - and past Vital Signs have been archived for your convenience.
We hope that you will be able to join us for the 2010 launch of Waterloo Region's Vital Signs in October!
"We live in one of the safest communities in Canada and the Waterloo Regional Police Service is committed to developing community partnerships to improve safety and the quality of life for all people. Waterloo Region's Vital Signs provides us with a tremendous opportunity to measure our success as a community. The report's qualitative and quantitative performance indicators present us with benchmarks that reflect the quality of life in our community, which helps guide us on the path to building a safer and healthier Waterloo Region."
- Chief Matthew A. Torigian, Waterloo Regional Police Service
"The Waterloo Region's Vital Signs report has provided valuable insights into our Region's strengths and challenges. The report has helped the community focus on significant issues (such as health and well-being, immigrant employment, and arts and culture) and has inspired many diverse organizations to take action on these issues."
- Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Waterloo
"Vital Signs has raised the consciousness of our community. It has, in a collaborative way, identified the issues that are central to our welfare...issues that are often tough to talk about but so essential to do so. And talking about it helps us all to have the courage to do something about it."
- Roger Farwell, Partner, The Walter Fedy Partnership