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VitalSigns Committee Meeting
Date: October 5, 2010 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm local time Location: GAI Boardroom Attendees: Committee Members Denise English Ron Oszust Lynne Romano Holly Magoon Nola Milum Devin Solberg Ryan Watmough Krys Sikora Regrets: Laurel Fisher Karen Cathcart Deadlin es Discussion Item Call to Order: 2:00 pm by Denise Resolution/Act ion

1. Approval of Agenda - applications for new members 2. Approval of Minutes – Aug 30, 2010
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3. Evening debrief - Positive to and try - Ron: no comments - Denise E: liked the enthusiasm, disappointed by the turnout - Ryan: like the new faces, - Lynne: rich conversation, would have liked to see more, new people; need to identify gaps first, move meeting to a nonmeal time - Holly: away at meeting - Nola: pleasantly surprised at some of the new faces; may have missed the explanation of the Open Space Forum, we can better define the limits of the discussion. - Devin: will come back to him 4. Results and distribution of results - Lynne presented the notes from the meeting - A table was started, which will be completed by the subcommittee and used to determine what we’ll present to the Public at the next meeting - Vital Signs Goals: 1. To measure the health of community 2. To provide accessible information
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3. To engage community 4. To encourage action on issues Novemb er 15t
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Next steps - Determine how to get ‘community engagement’ - What demographics need to be represented? - Directly engage business, youth, non-profits, schools, health experts http://goldenandareaavitalsigns2011.blogspot.com

1. Denise will contact Leanne and find out how to ‘engage the community’, target the demographics, and the sequence of events 2. Ryan to publish news release 3. Lynne & Co. to complete table below by November 1st 4. Committee to read all documents on the VS Blog

Next Meeting: November 15th, 4:30pm @ GAI Boardroom Adjournment: 3:30 pm

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Example: Issue Areas & Indicators - Look to 2010 Reports and BaseCamp for ‘new’ indicators Which indicators are community foundations measuring? Each community chooses its own indicators, but every year there are a set of common issue areas and core indicators that all foundations include in their reports and upon which Community Foundations of Canada bases its national report. Community foundations consult with a wide range of local groups to ensure their indicators capture their area's unique issues and attributes. For instance this set of core indicators may include: •Violent crime rate •Aboriginal high school completion rates •Youth unemployment rate •Birth weights

Vital Signs issue area Safety Health Learning Housing Getting Started Arts and Culture Environment Work Belonging and Leadership

Vital Signs 2009 indicator Violent Crime Rate Incidence of Low Birth Weight Aboriginal High School Completion Rates Gross Income Shelter Ratio Youth Unemployment Rate Earnings for Professional Occupations in Arts/Culture Household Recycling Rate Employment Rate Charitable Donations

The Gap Between Rich and Poor Total Income

How is Vital Signs different from other indicator initiatives? There are a variety of indicator initiatives across Canada. Some track specific issues at a local level, such as a police board monitoring crime levels. Others analyze national data from a particular perspective, such as sustainability. All play an important role in helping us better understand our communities. Vital Signs builds on existing initiatives in four valuable ways: •Collate broad range of data. Community foundations develop a distinctly broad picture of the community using relevant national data and identifying local research on a wide range of subject areas. •Engage the community: Vital Signs reflects the community because it involves the community at every level, from determining the report's indicators and exploring research sources, to assigning grades. •Create a national report: Because community foundations across Canada are participating in this project we are able to provide Canadians with a national snapshot of the issues that are critical to the vitality of our country and our communities. By linking data, stories and expert insight from communities across the country, CFC hopes to engage Canadians in a deeper discussion about national trends and to explore issues that are key to our shared success in the future. •Publish research you can read! Community foundations are committed to publishing a readerfriendly document that appeals to a wide range of readers looking for a snapshot of quality of life and of community vitality.

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Table: Using 2009 & 2010 VS Indicators Public Consultation Input from September 23, 2010

Discussion Points Equity gap between rich & poor Funding Democratic Deficit/ Dislocation of government Youth engagement Diversity respect for differing views Employment Healthy business Communicatio n Expectations Marketing Golden to the world Transportation Project completion Community apathy/engag ement

VS Indicator 1 Gap between rich & poor

VS Indicator 2 Work

Research & Key Contacts

Metric/Stat/Dat a Set

Next Steps

Belonging & Leadership Environment Work Work

Getting started

Learning

Getting around Work

Safety

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