Nanaimo’s Vital Signs® 2014 Released

The Nanaimo Foundation, alongside twenty-seven other community foundations across Canada launched their ‪Vital Signs‬ reports on October 7th, 2014!

Nanaimo’s Vital Signs® is a community check-up that evaluates our city as a place to live, learn, work and grow. Measuring the health of our city, this report assigns grades in a number of areas that are critical to Nanaimo’s growth and vitality. Information included in this report has been gathered in cooperation with numerous sources that are researching and collecting data on Nanaimo.


Download Nanaimo’s 2014 Vital Signs Report

Nanaimo Foundation Featured in Community Foundations of Canada Ad Campaign

The foundation of my community starts with you and me — and the Nanaimo Foundation!

We are honoured to have the opportunity to be one of twelve communities across Canada, recently featured in Community Foundations of Canada‘s national awareness campaign ‘Community Makes You. You Make Your Community’!

Here’s a peek of the campaign that features our chairman Ted Carson. Special thanks to Dirk Heydemann of Heydemann Art of Photography for taking such a great photo!

This campaign celebrates the 191 community foundations across Canada, and the way communities shape who we are and the role that individuals like you play in making your community a better place to live, work and play. ‪#‎YouMakeYourCommunity‬

Keep your eyes peeled for this print in bus shelters and local publications!

Nanaimo Vital Signs Project Launched to Track Cityʼs Quality of Life

Nanaimo, BC – May 26, 2014 – The Nanaimo Foundation, the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI), and the City of Nanaimo are partnering to produce Nanaimoʼs first ever Vital Signs report.

“This project—tested by community foundations across the country—is an important tool that allows us to engage with the community in order to increase our understanding of Nanaimoʼs issues and trends and what our key priorities should be going forward,” said Tim Mawdsley, Director of Vital Signs with the Nanaimo Foundation.

Sponsored by Island Savings and supported by Vancouver Island University, this community checkup
will identify Nanaimoʼs strengths and highlight areas in need of attention.

“This kind of annual check-up is an essential tool for starting conversations in Nanaimo about the most pressing issues—and greatest opportunities—facing residents today,” said Randy Bertsch, Chief Operations Officer with Island Savings. “As a result, it will no doubt guide Island Savingsʼ ongoing investment program in Central Island communities.”

Information in the report will be gathered from a variety of sources, including surveys, roundtables, and census data. The results will be compiled and presented in a reader-friendly, easy-to-use format to help increase understanding of how the community is doing and where it is heading.

“It can track economic and environmental trends, health, learning, safety, and a number of other factors that all contribute to social issues,” said John Horn, Social Planner, City of Nanaimo.

Signy Madden, Executive Director of UWCNVI, said “Partnering on Vital Signs is such a win/win for our donors and the community as a whole. United Way already tracks issues and invests in 33 effective programs in the Central Island this year, but we have wanted to combine our findings with others producing local data. Better data means more informed ways to tackle pressing social issues and to help galvanize community investment.”

The Vital Signs publication is part of a national initiative that was launched in 2006 by the Community Foundations of Canada. This is the first time the Vital Signs research will be conducted in Nanaimo, and the report plays a key role in the Nanaimo Foundationʼs strategic plan to increase its community development contributions.

Nanaimoʼs inaugural Vital Signs publication will be made available to the public on October 7th, 2014. For more information, contact the Nanaimo Foundation at 250-753-1124 or visit

Photo Names – Left to Right
Tom Harris (Director, Nanaimo Foundation), Randy Bertsch (Chief Operating Officer Island Savings), Signy Madden (Executive Director, United Way), Tim Mawdsley (Chair, Nanaimo Foundation), Don Bonner (Chair, United Way)

Nanaimo Foundation Donates $50,000 to Nanaimo Hospice.


Nanaimo, BC – February 5, 2014 – The Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, a local non-profit that provides compassionate care and support to those in the last stages of living, recently received a $50,000.00 donation from the Nanaimo Foundation towards their Expand the Heart of Hospice campaign.

“Hospice is deeply grateful for the support that the Nanaimo Foundations has provided through their donation,” said Wendy Pratt, Nanaimo Hospice Executive Director. “Because of groups like this, we are now able to offer a beautiful new resource to our community that houses our programs and provides a safe and welcoming space for those who reach out to Hospice for support.”

“The Foundation’s major role is connecting and sharing, making our community better”, said Ted Carson, Chairman, Nanaimo Foundation. “This is only made possible due to the generosity of the citizens of Nanaimo leaving legacies and endowments to the Nanaimo Foundation. We are proud to support Nanaimo Hospice, and appreciate that they have been serving our community for over 30 years, giving compassionate care.”

Photo: [L-R] Tim Mawdsley, Director, Nanaimo Foundation
Wendy Pratt, Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Hospice Society
Jocelyn Matwe, Communications Director, Nanaimo Foundation
Daniel Martinez, Development Director, Nanaimo Foundation


Nanaimo Foundation Donates $50,000 to Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society

Nanaimo Foundation Donates $50,000 Towards Eden Gardens

Nanaimo, BC – October 24, 2013 – The Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society, a local non-profit society which cares for nearly 100 Nanaimo residents with advanced dementia, recently received a $50,000.00 donation from the Nanaimo Foundation towards the construction of “Eden Gardens,” a new care facility that will be built at 1917 Northfield Road.

“The new building project will enhance the Elders’ living space,” said Janeane Coutu, Nanaimo Travellers Lodge board director. “It will create an environment that embodies and fosters caring, interacting with other living things, spontaneity, and joyful moments.”

“Our role in the community is to connect and share with people who care,” said Ted Carson, Chairman, Nanaimo Foundation. “This significant donation will help Elders with dementia who need around the clock health care. We are happy to have helped in this project.”

Photo [L-R] – Robert Grose, Director, Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society
Carolina Ponsford, Manager of Programs, Training and Development, NTLS
George Hanson, Grants Director, Nanaimo Foundation
Caroline Kavanagh, Co-Administrator/Director of Care, NTLS
Ken Bibby, Co-Administrator/Business Manager, NTLS
Daniel Martinez, Development Director, Nanaimo Foundation