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Foundation to release Vital Signs report

The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta will launch its 2018 Vital Signs report on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Vital Signs is an annual report that uses local data and sources to evaluate living conditions and identify areas of need throughout Southwestern Alberta.
“Since we started Vital Signs back in 2013, we have worked increasingly to put our Vital Signs findings to work for us,” Community Foundation executive director Charleen Davidson said. “Initially, it began as a way to show our donors areas of need in our community. As we’ve grown over these past six years, Vital Signs has grown alongside us. Now, it informs our donors and our two main granting programs.”
Vital Signs uses local data and indicators to look at quality of life in six areas: community connections; cultural life; environment; healthy communities; life-long learning; and living standards.
“Because the information and sources are specific to southwestern Alberta, we’re able to provide a unique view of our region, one that’s inclusive, interesting, and informative to anyone living in our corner of the province,” Davidson said.
Past Vital Signs reports have covered topics including women’s emergency shelters, food bank use, homelessness, the opioid crisis, libraries and museums, high school completion rates, parks and open spaces, and various fairs and festivals.
“One of the strengths of the publication is that it always addresses pressing local issues and current events,” Davidson said. “And that is what makes it so vital.”
This year’s publication takes a look at topics such as reconciliation, renewable energy, supervised consumption sites, food production, and statistics related to rural crime rates.
A launch event is planned for Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Foundation office, Unit 50, 1202 Second Ave. S., Lethbridge. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.
The report will also be available on-line at Vital Signs is an initiative of Community Foundations of Canada.