Winkler’s Vital Signs is a community check-up that measures the vitality of our community and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life. Through Winkler’s Vital Signs, the Winkler Community Foundation grows understanding of resident priorities and identifies areas of need within the community. We work with an advisory committee to build community input on our reporting, to guide our work with local stakeholders, and to mobilize action on the findings. In the coming years, we will host “Vital Conversations” to invite community dialogue on those priorities identified through our research.
Community collaboration is at the core of developing the Vital Signs report. To develop the 2018 community survey, we consulted with dozens of local stakeholders to ensure that the content would respond meaningfully to local issues. We thank our project partners and funders for their valuable input and support for this project: City of Winkler, RM of Stanley, Winkler Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures – Heartland, Lode King/Triple E, FB Industries, Profuzion Studio and Thomas Sill Foundation.
The findings of this survey will be presented alongside local data and secondary research in our public report to be published for release October 2018.
In 2012, the Winkler Community Foundation developed its first Vital Signs® report to deepen understanding of the issues that affect our quality of life, and to encourage the community engagement that makes our community a great place to live. A snapshot of our community, Vital Signs® celebrated our successes and identified some key concerns, highlighting areas of real need in our city. Winkler residents responded to a community survey, assigning grades to six issue-areas. Each statistic, each number, and each anecdote told a valuable story about what creates a sense of place and home for residents of Winkler and the surrounding area. The published report paired primary and secondary data to develop a picture of where we sit relative to other communities in Manitoba and across Canada. Additionally, our report included supporting facts (“Did You Know?) and action items (“What You Can Do”).
The report was well-received and used by various sectors of the community including business, immigration, education, health, real estate and the arts to shape their programming and decision-making. It is this positive feedback that generated the demand for another Vital Signs report to be developed in 2018.