Why do a Vital Signs report for Powell River?
Powell River’s Vital Signs provides a snapshot of the positive and negative trends on issues that are important to our quality of life. This helps increase our knowledge of key issues that affect our vitality as a community. The report provides a valuable tool for residents, community groups and elected officials to develop innovative ideas that will build a stronger Powell River. Because this is our second report, we are able to see whether patterns and trends are emerging.
Who is included?
This report includes the City of Powell River, the Powell River Regional District (except for Lasqueti Island, which is served by the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation) and the Tla’amin Nation. That’s the same area covered by our School District.
How is the report organized?
The report is divided into 13 broad topics that each contribute to our community’s vitality. Within each topic area sub-topics, called “indicators”, are evaluated. The indicators are based on verified statistics and data from the province, Canada and other reliable sources. The data show where Powell River ranks within the province and Canada and whether there has been improvement or decline from previous years. The report also includes the results of a community survey on the same thirteen topics. In contrast to the data indicators, which measure concrete facts, the survey measures our community’s beliefs and feelings on how we are doing. Together, the indicators and survey give a well-rounded picture of our community.
Who decided what to include in the report?
Powell River Community Foundation consulted with a community advisory group on each of the 13 issue areas. All told, we met and talked with more than 60 representatives of community organizations, business groups, educational institutions and government. We engaged different sectors of the community to make sure that wide-ranging areas of need were considered, to encourage dialogue among different groups, to build community capacity through shared knowledge and collaboration and to inspire joint and individual solutions to recognized challenges. The advisers provided their expertise on a host of subjects to identify trends and help the Foundation to select indicators that are relevant, accurate and comprehensive
The Foundation, government and other groups will use Vital Signs as a guide to help decide how best to support the efforts to keep Powell River a dynamic and vital community. The report is also used to show local and outside funders what are the 2 most important needs for our region.