Community Foundation wants to take Burlington’s pulse; roll up your sleeves.

By Colleen Mulholland, Executive Director, Burlington Community Foundation

BURLINGTON, ON  August 28, 2012   Over the past two decades, I’ve seen a lot of positive change in our community. Our city has grown up, from being ‘that place between Oakville and Hamilton’ to being recognized as the second best place to live in Canada.

As a long-time resident, I love to talk about our great city and show people why it’s such an amazing place to live, work and play. Recently, on a perfect blue sky and fluffy white cloud day, I introduced a friend to our lovely waterfront.

Having lived in Toronto’s Harbourfront community for a decade, she’s passionate about water views. So it was truly great to watch her take in and admire our slice of Lake Ontario. A patio afternoon overlooking the water also reminded me why it’s so important to take time to relax, slow down and take in the simple beauty of a summer’s day.

Taking time to take stock is important. And that’s why I’m so excited the Burlington Community Foundation has launched our first-ever Vital Signs initiative.

Burlington Community Foundation wants to take the pulse of the community. They’d like your input on their initial survey. Closes August 31st.

Vital Signs® is a community check-up that takes stock of the vitality of our community by identifying trends in areas that are critical to our quality of life. In 2011, 22 communities across Canada — from Okanagan, B.C. to Nova Scotia — issued Vital Signs® report cards as part of a nationwide community foundation movement to take the pulse of local communities.

Our report will be a factual check-up of key indicators.

Colleen Mullholland looks forward to the release of the Burlington Community Foundations Vital Signs report to the community – due October 2nd.

Using information from local agencies, business and government leaders and community members, as well as relevant and critical statistical data, we’re looking at the gap between rich and poor, health and wellness, arts and culture, the environment and much more.

To ensure we’re also drawing feedback from the broadest possible range of residents, we’ve posted six questions about living and/or working in Burlington on our website. The survey is live until August 31, so I encourage you to take part, spread the word and encourage your friends and neighbours to also get involved.

Our 2012 Vital Signs® report, which will launch on Oct. 2, will provide all of us who live, work and play in Burlington with a deeper and more thoughtful understanding of current issues as well as identify where support is most needed across our city.

We hope Vital Signs® will get people talking, inspire more to take action and help us build an even better city we can all take great pride in.

Visit to complete our resident survey and learn more about our 2012 Vital Signs® report.

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