EDITORIAL: Are we healthy, wealthy, wise?

Take the survey throughout the month of May at www.albernifoundation.ca or pick up a hard copy at the library at Echo Centre.

We’ve heard Port Alberni is the Worst Place to Live. We’ve heard it’s the Heart of Vancouver Island. We’ve heard all the complaints about what’s wrong, and the counter arguments about what is right.

Now, the Alberni Valley Community Foundation is trying to find a way to collate all that information into one place: a Vital Signs report to take the collective pulse of the city.

The first order of business is asking members of the public to fill out a survey covering 10 areas such as housing, the gap between rich and poor, belonging and leadership, health, safety and learning.

Critics may say this is ‘just another survey, why should I fill it out’, but we disagree.

Here is a chance for us all to have a say on what we really think about the Alberni Valley; what is acceptable, what is not; what is working well and what needs work.

The result will be a compilation of data from various sources, all pulled into one location, and available for a multitude of groups to use.

Community foundations typically use the results to help them gauge where best to focus their charitable giving. In the AVCF’s case, they also wanted a community-based project to honour their 20th anniversary.

The report will be released in October. It is hoped the report will be a good discussion piece on what our city really looks like.

Take the survey throughout the month of May at www.albernifoundation.ca (click on the Vital Signs link) or pick up a hard copy at the library at Echo Centre, 4255 Wallace St.

— Alberni Valley News

Just Posted

Husky Gas Station robbed on Third Avenue

Port Alberni RCMP still searching for suspect

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Port Alberni care homes benefit from funding to purchase new safety equipment

Echo Village and Fir Park Village will be receiving $32,500 each

Uchucklesaht Tribe purchases former Redford School

Property will be a “multi-use building” similar to The Thunderbird

VIDEO: Stan Lee leaves posthumous message for his fans

Marvel Comics’ co-creator died on Monday at the age of 95

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Police probe several allegations of sex assault at Toronto school

Police say they have learned of other incidents of alleged assault and sexual assault

B.C. referendum ballot count jumps to 18% returned, Elections B.C. says

New count adds ballots received, but not screened for authenticity

Dead killer whale discovered on Nootka Island

“This is very concerning to our people.”

Most Read