Vital Signs survey important for well being of community

Lynn McIntyre, Executive Director of Perth and District Community Foundation, addresses Committee of the Whole June 13.
Posted on: June 15, 2017

Sally Smith
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

We need to know the nuances, know the similarities and the differences in our communities,” said Lynn McIntyre, executive director of Perth and District Community Foundation (PDCF) while speaking at Perth Committee of the Whole June 13. The foundation wants to know whats going on within the purview of its area – Town of Perth, Drummond/North Elmsley, Tay Valley and Lanark Highlands.

McIntyre explained that the foundation is doing this through a Vital Signs survey. Its a report card for our communities, how well were doing in relation to other communities, what needs to be improved,and who has the greatest need. We know the quantitative, he adds. We need the qualitativethrough anecdotes.

The Vital Signs survey is the first to be done of its type in Lanark County, and McIntyre cautions there may be stuff we dont want to talk aboutlike transportation issues, or issues related to youth and mental health. Or even, does every small community need a hospital or a school (especially facing the issues of declining enrollment.) We need to show, he continues, that even though were small and rural we can be cost effective. We can help decision makers make right decisions.

The narrative from individuals provides emotion but emotion doesnt carry much weight at Queens Park.PDCF needs hard data to show how important some of these issues are to our small communities, he concluded.

The Vital Signs survey will measure community well being and identify areas for improvement. It could take as little as 10 minutes to fill out; it can be found online at www.pdcf.ca, paper copies can be picked up or dropped off at any library in Lanark County, and if there are questions, call Jeff Kohl at 613-200-0655 or email him at jkohl@storm.ca.