On October 2, 2007, Waterloo Region’s Vital Signs was released amongst much anticipation and excitement.
On October 2, 2007, Waterloo Region's Vital Signs was released amongst much anticipation and excitement. The report told a story of a rapidly growing community that should celebrate its many accomplishments. It also drew attention to some surprising challenges. To find out where our community excels and where we need to take a closer look, visit www.wrvitalsigns.ca
During its first year, Vital Signs has been successful in raising public awareness about issues critical to the health of our community. It has been exciting to learn that some organizations are already using Vital Signs in their own planning and environmental scans. This learning has also impacted the way The KWCF looks at its own grant making. A grant task force was established and is currently developing a process to use Vital Signs as the framework for Community Fund grants. Funding will be available for strategic granting within the four issue areas that emerged from Vital Signs.
As a knowledge resource, we are interested in shining a spotlight on community vitality and trends in our Region, to educate ourselves and help others understand where opportunities lie. While we know we won't be leading the charge at every community table, we hope to encourage collaborations and partnerships, and engage others to help make a difference in our community, now and in the future.