Windsor-Essex’s 2020 Vital Signs Report Released
Windsor-Essex’s 2020 Vital Signs® Report has been released to the community. While the report reflects a consistency in grades within most areas this year, it shows our community thinks we are doing OK when it comes to the quality of life in Windsor-Essex.
“This has been a challenging year for everyone… I believe that our community can learn from this crisis experience and make progress in the 17 sustainable development goal areas highlighted in the report. ….. I feel the annual report objectively considers people’s perceptions about the vitality of our community and its annual nature means we have longitudinal data on the journey we’ve taken. Congratulations to the WECF on the launch of the 2020 Vital Signs Report and for their leadership and hard work on the release of this report.” – Justin Falconer, CEO, Workforce WindsorEssex.
“This is the eighth Vital Signs® Report that the WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF) has released to the community, enabling us to track trends overtime. Stated Lisa Kolody, Executive Director. “The Vital Signs® Report outlines where the needs and strengths are in Windsor-Essex, what the community priorities are, and it helps us determine where we can have the greatest impact locally. We hope the 2020 Vital Signs® Report informs and inspires dialogue and collaboration to further our collective efforts.” – Lisa Kolody
The WECF has added the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the report. If Vital Signs® is Windsor-Essex’s annual community checkup then the SDGs are a worldwide physical exam established as part of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030. The WECF encourages readers to review each topic while considering these goals and to determine for themselves how Windsor-Essex can achieve each outcome.
Some of the top priorities identified in Vital Signs® 2020 include:
- Providing a living wage to employees;
- Improving access to mental health programs and services;
- Improving the affordability of housing;
- Improving Affordability of post-secondary education
Vital Signs® is a community resource that builds knowledge, informs grant making, and identifies strategic priorities. Find out what makes Windsor-Essex a great place to live, work, play and grow. This is the eighth year the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has published a Vital Signs® Report.
Vital Signs® is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and supports action towards improving our quality of life. Started by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001, today over 40 communities across Canada and around the world use Vital Signs® to mobilize the power of community knowledge for local impact.
The WindsorEssex Community Foundation, originally founded in 1983 as Heritage Windsor, is a perpetual community trust for philanthropic purposes. It exists to manage donors’ legacy funds and make grants to support local community programs. Through grant making activities, the WECF is able to establish partnerships to assist a broad range of community organizations.