Last Tuesday morning was a momentus occasion for Prince Edward County. After several months of research and planning, the County Community Foundation launched its first Vital Signs report which is a unique snapshot of community successes and challenges based on local statistical and anecdotal data. This was one of twenty-six Vital Signs reports released across the country in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada. Twenty-four local data sources, including the CYSN Report Card 2013, are attributed in the Prince Edward report. The United Way Quinte Community Conversations, which took place earlier this year, also contributed data.
The report identifies a rich heritage and culture as a strength which has created a strong sense of belonging and leadership in the County. Areas of concern include “accessible, affordable health care, the lack of relevent skills and employment opportuniites, and affordable, safe and appropriate housing.” “A gap between rich and poor is evident here” is stated several times throughout the report. A high level of food insecurity and low Early Development Instrument (EDI) scores are highlighted.
Vital Signs is a Call to Action to individuals, groups, organizations, politicians, etc. to encourage dialogue, collaboration and community action that supports positive change. To download a copy of the Vital Signs report, please visit http://countycommunityfoundation.ca/vital-sign-s14.php