Existing and new businesses in our community are a vital and enriching thread in the economic, social, and cultural fabric of our region. We would like to express particular recognition and gratitude to the many businesses that have embraced the opportunity to help create a vibrant, caring community for all, specifically the sponsors whose generosity makes production and promotion of the 2020 Victoria’s Vital Signs report possible.
Our thanks also go to all the individuals and organizations that helped to create this report, including those that provided data, took our survey, or helped guide and support the project, including our board and staff at the Victoria Foundation.
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During these challenging times, information is more important than ever as we work collectively to support our communities in a meaningful way.
The Vital Signs report plays a critical role in helping us to understand our unique community needs, and Coast Capital is honoured once again to partner with the Victoria Foundation on this crucial initiative.
Vital Signs enriches our understanding of the issues our neighbours care about most. In particular, we are pleased to support the work that comes as a result of this report. Each year, we have been proud to work with the Victoria Foundation to host Youth Vital Conversations, through which youth have come together for their voices to be heard and to work collaboratively to identify opportunities to create meaningful impact.
Over the years, youth have focused these Vital Conversations on mental health, volunteerism, and most recently, on youth financial wellbeing. At a time when Canadians continue to struggle with financial independence and the country’s average household debt level is at an all-time high, Coast Capital knows it is imperative to encourage youth to have open conversations about what financial wellbeing means to them and how they can navigate this changing economy. This year, youth participants enthusiastically led discussion topics around finances in the new economy, the changing rental market, virtual postsecondary options, employment reskilling, the realities of virtual work, saving for the future, and affordable housing options. Through these panels and conversations, relationships have been formed and connections have been made, and we’ve been witness to collaborative steps toward creative solutions.
The Vital Signs initiative makes a tangible difference to the future of our local community by providing meaningful data on key indicators, informing the planning and goals of local community and business leaders toward a healthier, stronger community. It provides us with deeper insights into the communities where we live and play and gives us the opportunity to hear from the youth who will be impacted by our actions for decades to come.
When we stand together, when we explore these issues together, we are stronger. This will be particularly important as we all continue to build back better with a focus on inclusion, resilience, and sustainability in a post-pandemic economy.
Thank you to everyone at the Victoria Foundation for your hard work and leadership and for your continued partnership as we work towards a greater and a brighter future.