Abbotsford Community Foundation holds ‘Vital Signs’ survey

Local residents can have their say on five different issues.

Abbotsford residents can have their say on five key community issues by completing the 2014 Vital Signs online survey.  The five topics include:  arts and culture, crime and safety, employment, environment and transportation.

“Last year we focused on other issues including housing, education, health care, poverty, food security and community engagement and belonging,” said Susan McAlevy, executive director of the Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF).

This year, by surveying these other five topics, ACF will have completed all of the core Vital Signs issue areas examined by other community foundations across Canada for their communities, McAlevy explained.

The 2014 Vital Signs report will be carried in The News in early October in time for municipal election discussions and have the info in both the 2013 and 2014 Vital Signs reports raised at all-candidate gatherings, said McAlevy.

“By participating in the survey, residents will be helping our community define the areas it sees as key to Abbotsford’s future,” she added.  “Do we need better bus service?  More cultural and artistic offerings in our community?  More support for the jobless and more actions to reduce pollution?  These are the types of questions we are asking. The candidates’ answers to these questions will define the vision they have for our community.”

As part of the Chamber of Commerce’s Abbotsford 2020 initiative, the foundation has introduced a new element in this year’s survey, providing participants with an opportunity to share their “bold” ideas on any of these five topic areas.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Abbotsford. Those who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win an iPad mini.  Visit the Foundation’s website at or to take the survey.

For more information contact Susan McAlevy at 604-850-3755 or