Media Release: Vital Connections 2018
The Community Foundation of Whistler and the Whistler Centre for Sustainability are partnering for Vital Connections in the community.
Vital Connections is about ENGAGING, BUILDING and CELEBRATING community.
The partnership brings together the community engagement element of Vital Signs with up to $10,000 in micro-grants that are available through the Resilient Streets program to build and celebrate connections in local neighbourhoods.
We are bringing these together in Vital Connections:
Community members are invited to participate in the 2018 Vital Signs Connect and Engage survey this April and to have conversations with others in the community about how we connect with others. Through a Vital Signs community engagement kit provided, all individuals, groups, and businesses are invited to take part in the collection of community knowledge simply by bringing conversations into their daily routines.
Through Resilient Streets Whistler, neighbourhood blocks, cul de sacs, apartment/strata teams can follow up on their conversations about connections and receive micro-grants from May to September to plan and follow through on events like a block party ‘with a purpose’ or projects such as a community garden or mini-library that support connections and resilience.
Our engage and build programs for 2018 wrap up in the fall with a celebration and the launch of the Vital Signs 2018 report.
What is VITAL SIGNS?
Vitals Signs reports are easy-to-read reports on the vitality of our community. In 2016, for the first Vital Signs report, the Community Foundation of Whistler worked with community members to identify important indicators of community health, and then combined those with feedback on how Whistler is actually doing across 12 areas of community life: Housing, Gap between Rich and Poor, Work, Getting Started in our Community, Health & Wellness, Environment, Getting Around, Safety, Learning, Arts & Culture, Sports & Recreation, and Belonging.
After the 2016 Vital Signs release, community members showed interest in the topic of growth and change. The “Vital Focus — Growth, Change & Belonging” report followed in 2017. Realizing the theme of connections is an important indicator of a healthy Whistler, Vital Signs has decided to extend that theme through to our work in 2018.
Input and feedback from community members is a core element of the Vital Signs process and the generation of each report.
The 2017 and 2016 reports can be found here: /vital-signs/about-vital-signs/
What is RESILIENT STREETS?
Working in collaboration with diverse community partners, the Resilient Streets Whistler program empowers residents to build greater connections and resilience with their immediate neighbours in the places where they live.
The program engages citizens and a wide array of community partners through workshops and a toolkit of activities, support for community champions, and small micro-grants to support citizen-led action in 4 key areas: Gathering & Celebrations; Sharing Economy; Placemaking; Learning Together.
Resilient Streets Whistler is coordinated by the Whistler Centre for Sustainability and funded through a pilot grant provided PlanH that was applied for by the RMOW. Whistler is one of four pilot communities in BC.
Learn more: http://www.whistlercentre.ca/resilient-streets/
For more information, contact:
Vital Signs: Carol Coffey, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Whistler, cell: 604-898-1191 firstname.lastname@example.org
Resilient Streets: Dan Wilson, Planning and Engagement, Whistler Centre for Sustainability, cell 604-966-4457 email@example.com