Media Advisory - Calgarians grade the city in Calgary's first Vital Signs report card



    CALGARY, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Calgary Foundation will release its inaugural
Vital Signs report card - a citizen's report aimed at measuring Calgary's
overall quality of life - at a news conference tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2
from 10 - 11:30 am.

    
    -   Outdoor Resource Centre: 1111 Memorial Drive NW (at the southwest
        corner of Memorial Drive and 10th Street NW)
    -   Key members of Calgary's Vital Signs team will be in attendance
    -   Coffee and an array of international foods will be provided
    -   Complimentary parking

    Calgary's Vital Signs provides a clear snapshot of the issues that face us
today, examining 12 key issue areas from the environment to housing and health
- transforming facts and figures and public perceptions into a reader-friendly
format.

    Did you know?

    -   Calgary has the highest Composite Learning Index in the country
    -   Calgary's current Ecological Footprint is 9.86 hectares per person.
        If people around the world had Calgary's Ecological Footprint, it
        would take five Earth-sized planets to support all of us
    -   Over two million people attended arts and cultural events last year
    -   Even with high levels of education immigrants face barriers to
        employment and are earning only 55.8% of the average income of non-
        immigrant population

    The reader-friendly report tracks quality of life in 12 key areas
    including:

    -   Getting Started   - Safety             -  Health and Wellness
    -   Housing           - Arts and Culture   -  Gap Between Rich and Poor
    -   Environment       - Diversity          -  Liveable/Walkable City
    -   Learning          - Work               -  Belonging and Leadership
    

    More than 600 Calgarians participated in an online survey that graded the
12 key issue areas based on a group of five to six indicators per issue area.
Each of the 65 indicators and each overall key issue area received a letter
grade.

    Established in 1955, The Calgary Foundation assists donors in creating a
giving and caring community by applying its resources, expertise and
leadership, in partnership with others, to identify needs and address issues
in the Calgary and area community. With over 800 Endowment Funds established,
the Foundation strengthens the charitable sector in the areas of Arts &
Heritage, Human Services, Education, Environment, Health and Neighbourhoods
through knowledgeable 360 degree grant making.

    You can find even more: www.calgaryvitalsigns.ca.





For further information:

For further information: The Calgary Foundation Media Contact: Jennifer
Gray, Research, Engagement & Communications, Tel: (403) 802-7700 ext. 7757,
Cell: (403) 891-6562, e: vitalsigns@thecalgaryfoundation.org or
jenngray@shaw.ca

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