Nanaimo Residents Asked to Speak Up in Second Vital Signs® Survey

Nanaimo, BC – June 22, 2015 – The Nanaimo Foundation is once again asking residents to grade ten critical issue areas relating to quality of life in the Harbour City. This survey provides critical data to the Vital Signs® report, an annual community check-up conducted by the Foundation.

“After the great success of our first Vital Signs report in 2014, we are very excited to be moving forward with another publication this year,” said Tim Mawdsley, Director of Vital Signs with the Nanaimo Foundation. “The information gathered from this survey is an integral part of the final report, and we encourage everyone to participate and share the link with their various networks.”

The Vital Signs® report, presented through a partnership with the Nanaimo Foundation, the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI), the City of Nanaimo, and Island Savings, helps identify Nanaimo’s strengths and highlights areas in need of attention. Information for the report is gathered through a variety of sources, and the results are compiled and presented in a reader-friendly, easy-to-use format to help understand how the community is doing and where it is heading.

Non-profit organizations, civic leaders, individual donors, and citizens can all improve the direction of their volunteerism, business practices, granting, policy-making, and charitable giving, according to Nanaimo Foundation Chairman Ted Carson. “We use the Vital Signs report as a key element in our community development contributions.”

Nanaimo’s Vital Signs Survey will run through until August. Individuals, community groups, local business owners, and students are invited to participate. To complete the survey, please visit Results from the 2015 Vital Signs® survey and related research will be made available to the public on October 6th, 2015.


Nanaimo Foundation

Since 1982, the Nanaimo Foundation has been connecting visionary donors with causes that truly matter. Every year, with our donors, we help fund capital projects and pilot projects—large and small—in support of areas such as arts and culture, education, children and youth, environment, animal welfare, community health and social development. We collaborate with other charities and non-profits to provide funding for innovative projects to solve larger community issues.

Island Savings

Island Savings is the fastest-growing financial institution based on Vancouver Island. For over 60 years, Island Savings has offered a complete range of products and services and has contributed to the financial and economic well-being of our members, employees and communities. By investing in local businesses and supporting community organizations, we’re working to make the Islands an even better place to live.

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

Since 1958, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) has been mobilizing collective action to strengthen our community’s social support network so that every person has access to the help they need during a crisis and for the long term. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of thousands of community heroes, this year UWCNVI invested in 50 charities and 60 programs in the Central Island, Comox Valley and Campbell River.