Victoria receives its third annual report card: Housing is by far our greatest concern

    VICTORIA, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - The Victoria Foundation released its third
annual Vital Signs report earlier today and the results speak to life in the
capital region.
    "Key findings of this year's Vital Signs indicate that Victorians are
concerned with gaps in our social safety net, and as such are donating more to
groups such as the United Way," said Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra
    "Vital Signs tells us that our economy is strong - we have a high rate of
employment and tourism and retail sales revenue were up in 2007. However,
housing is by far our greatest concern," she said. "In addition to
homelessness, housing affordability and availability, and the ability to earn
a living wage are major issues facing Victorians."
    Victoria's Vital Signs provides a snapshot of the issues that face our
region today, transforming facts and figures and public perceptions into a
reader-friendly report. More than 800 citizens in the region participated in
an online survey to grade Victoria's Vital Signs on a 5-point scale.
    "Vital Signs has helped us to identify community needs, support our
donors' wishes and fundamentally change the way we do business," said Chuck
Burkett, Chair of the Victoria Foundation Board of Directors. "It has impacted
the Foundation and the community in ways we never anticipated."
    For instance, as a result of Victoria's Vital Signs, eight organizations
are partnering together to conduct a well-being survey that will result in a
Happiness Index for Greater Victoria. Ten thousand people are being invited to
participate in a survey on a series of measurements that will come together to
define our overall well-being and satisfaction with life.
    The Vital Signs report is part of a nation-wide initiative, coordinated
by Community Foundations of Canada. Fourteen other community foundations
across Canada also released local Vital Signs report cards today.
    The report, as well as an expanded version with additional indicators and
full source information and links, is available at:
    The Well-being Survey/Happiness Index Backgrounder is available at:

For further information:

For further information: Shannon Drew-Burrows, Director of
Communications, Victoria Foundation, (250) 381-5532 ext. No. 227, (250)
516-7288 (cell),

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