Vital Signs reports use community knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities – gathering data and sparking conversation about significant social and economic trends to tell the story of how our community is faring in key quality-of-life areas. Vital Signs reports are launched the first week of October each year.
Abbotsford Community Foundation produced its first Vital Signs Report in 2013 looking at issues including poverty, youth employment, food security, health and education. The following year, the Foundation examined areas that included work and economy, arts and culture, transportation and the environment.
Abbotsford Vital Signs Reports can be reviewed by clicking the links below.
Highlights of the recent report include:
- Safety is the #1 concern for Abbotsford (52%) and Fraser East (50%), compared to BC (35%) and Canada (30%).
- 47% of Abbotsford/Fraser East respondents ranked Reducing Use of Illegal Drugs as their #1 priority in identifying solutions for improving safety, compared to only 33% of respondents across BC.
- 44% in Abbotsford and 39% in Fraser East chose Reducing Levels of Gang Violence as their #2 priority in identifying solutions for improving safety, compared to only 25% province wide.
- When asked “Do you feel safe walking in your neighborhood after dark?”, 68% of Abbotsford residents said “yes”, compared to 78% across BC. The main concern was a violent attack (26%), compared to the province at 19%.
Vital Conversations 2017
In May of 2017, Abbotsford Community Foundation and Abbotsford Community Development Council invited members of the community to come together in world café style format for a Vital Conversation concerning four key social issues: Homelessness, Poverty, Diversity and Parenting, as they relate to emerging issues in our community like the fentanyl crisis and gang violence.
The Abbotsford Community Development Council (ACDC) is made up of senior representatives from the following organizations: Abbotsford Community Services, Abbotsford Community Foundation, Abbotsford Police Department, Abbotsford School District, City of Abbotsford, Fraser Health, Mennonite Central Committee, Ministry of Children and Family Development, United Way of the Fraser Valley, University of the Fraser Valley.
The Council created a Vital Conversation document containing research on the four issues with a goal of proposing actions that can be taken locally through the sharing of knowledge and resources, supporting actions already underway, proposing that local research be undertaken and, advocating for action at the municipal, provincial or federal level. Please click on the link below to read the 2017 summary report.
To read the BC report as well as regional reports, including Fraser East, please visit www.vancouverfoundationvitalsigns.ca.
Community Foundations of Canada recently recently released its national survey “Arts & Belonging”.
Community Foundations of Canada and the True Sport Foundation also produced a special report in 2015 on Sport and Belonging.