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2015 Vital Signs Progress Report – Moving Forward Together

The County Community Foundation released its 2015 Vital Signs Progress Report at the Bloomfield Town Hall on June 8th.  Hosted by Board President Joan Pennefather and Board Member Brian Beiles, work on three priorities:  getting around, food security and learning were covered.

Quantitative and qualitative data, including community survey results and anecdotes, on how Prince Edward County is doing in these priority areas was presented, along with reasons why the community should care about these areas in the first place.  A summary of new and existing programs that currently support transportation, food security and learning and new initiatives that are being developed by working groups was provided.

The Getting Around Working Group is in the process of developing a one-stop directory to help people locate transportation options available to help them reach their destination or connect with community services.

The Food Security Working Group has been working collaboratively to develop a system of supports that work.  The Fresh for All grow-a-row program is one of many examples of the community working together to share fresh food.  The Hub Family & Child Centre’s Children’s Garden teaches children and parents how to grow and share fresh food.

It was announced that the Learning Working Group has received a grant to develop Safe Places & Spaces, a multi-services network of stakeholders to “engage, encourage and support youth to reach their potential and at least to graduate high school.”

An electronic copy of the report can be downloaded HERE.  Hard copies are now available at the County Community Foundation office in Suite 103 of the Edward Building, 280 Picton Main Street.  Please call ahead 613-476-7901 x218 if you’d like to pick up several copies.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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