Thriving or Critical?

    Vital Signs to take the Pulse of our City

    CALGARY, June 17 /CNW/ - Calgary is at a critical point in its history,
with unparalleled prosperity and opportunities, bringing challenges and
increasing the importance of taking the pulse of our community so we can
better respond.
    The Calgary Foundation invites informed, interested and involved
Calgarians to be citizen graders for Calgary's 2008 Vital Signs report.
Signing up is simple - just visit
    Calgary's Vital Signs was launched in 2007 by The Calgary Foundation as a
catalyst for community awareness, dialogue and action. Part of this initiative
is an annual report card that looks at important indicators and provides
Calgarians with the opportunity to have their say by "grading" Calgary's
quality of life. The key issue areas are:

    - Learning                           - Work
    - Safety                             - Housing
    - Health & Wellness                  - Environment
    - Arts & Culture                     - Belonging and Leadership
    - Gap Between Rich & Poor            - Sustainable City
    - Getting Started                    - Valuing Diversity

    Vital Signs is part of a nationally coordinated initiative of community
foundations across Canada. In 2008, Vital Signs reports will be published in
Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Sudbury, Ontario's
Waterloo region, Guelph-Wellington, London, Oakville, Ottawa, Montréal,
Toronto, Fredericton and Saint John. One facet of the initiative is the Vital
Signs report, to be released in the Calgary Herald on October 7, 2008.

    About The Calgary Foundation - The Calgary Foundation, established in
1955, facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections
between donors and community organizations for the long term benefit of
Calgary and surrounding area.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Huestis, Communications Coordinator, The
Calgary Foundation, (403) 802-7716,

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