The Vital Signs report, put out by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, is now available online. (Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen website image)

The Vital Signs report, put out by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, is now available online. (Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen website image)

South Okanagan Similkameen Vital Signs report now available online

Report shows job loss, mental health and housing are still pressing issues in the region

Vital Signs, a report about the well-being of communities within the area served by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, has gone online.

“The report is a really useful tool for organizations and charities, for municipalities and for volunteers to learn about issues in our community that need addressing,” said Sarah Trudeau, manager of grants and community initiatives with the community foundation. “We’re thrilled that by going online, more people will be able to find up-to-date information exactly when they need it.”

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The report contains information about all of the communities in the South Okanagan Similkameen, along with graphs relating to the data and maps outlining where the data is coming from. The online data platform, found at okanagan-similkameen-vital-signs.tracking-progress.org is easy-to-navigate, and is organized around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

“By using the SDGs, we can make direct links to the issues we are facing locally and how we can start to address them together globally, especially through the Foundation’s work in granting,” Trudeau said.

She said mental health and job loss are highlighted in the latest round of data. Access to housing remains the biggest issue in communities in the region.

“By understanding local areas of need, we can help individuals give back to their community. It also helps the foundation determine the many types of projects, programs and events that we will fund to make our community a better place to live,” Trudeau said.

The community foundation’s website at www.cfso.net has information about the Vital Signs program as well as a How To video on the Vital Signs Platform.

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