We regularly check Peterborough’s Vital Signs.  It’s important to keep track of how we’re doing so we can act when we see hints of trouble or clues about the right time to take a leap forward.  This information helps all of us take better care of our community and the people who live here.

Some of the statistics in Vital Signs might fit nicely with what you know, intuitively, about our community.  Others may come as a surprise, and some may challenge your perceptions of Peterborough, leaving you feeling concerned and asking questions.  These are the signs of our times.  They tell us where we’re at as a community, and they point to the directions we might take in the future.

If you could talk to your friends, family and neighbours about one of those signs, which one would it be?  If you knew that we could change Peterborough’s Vital Signs for the better, would you be ready to play your part?

This fall, we’re asking everyone who calls Peterborough home to have a conversation about our community’s Vital Signs.  We want to talk about the things that really matter, like whether or not kids growing up in Peterborough will want to live here as adults, or how many new jobs in Peterborough are low-paid positions like food service workers, and what it means to have a population that’s growing in the City and shrinking in the County.

These are big topics and we must take the time to understand them if we want to act together.  Join one of the 100 conversations taking place in coffee shops, kitchen tables, community centres and other spots throughout the City and County in October.  It’s a chance to connect with people who share your love for this place, even if they don’t always share your perspective.

Let’s talk about the tough decisions we’re facing and the hopes we have for the future of Peterborough.  Let’s try to listen to each other as if that future depends on it.  Let’s make our commitment to community the defining sign of our times.

Let’s start with a conversation.

Ready to get started?

Get Your Host Kit Play the Vital Conversations Card Game Apply for funding for your conversation Submit your Vital Actions ideas online Print the Vital Actions Form

Sign up to host a conversation

Fill out the form below to let us know when you’re hosting your conversation, and stay connected throughout October.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the point?
    The Community Foundation brings community builders together to create meaningful and lasting change in the City and County of Peterborough. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $1.2 million in grants to the local charities that build community vitality in Peterborough. The Foundation uses the Vital Signs report to understand Peterborough, recognize our community’s strengths and identify where we need to make changes. The information in Vital Signs paints a picture of where we are as a community, but it’s up to us to figure out where we should go from here. As we continue to build our understanding of Peterborough, we must engage in the more challenging – but exciting – task of deciding who we want to be, and what we need to do, together, to get there. The Community Foundation will be using knowledge from Vital Signs and feedback from Vital Conversations to help set priorities for grants to local charities in 2018.
  • Why should I participate?

    Learn more about your community. Some of the statistics in the Vital Signs®® report might fit nicely with what you know, intuitively, about our community. Others may come as a surprise. And there will likely be a few that will challenge your perception of Peterborough, leaving you asking questions and wanting to know more about this place we call home. Vital Conversations is a chance to get to know Peterborough in a deeper way, to see your community from a different angle and to think about what makes this place unique.

    Connect with your neighbours. Community means different things to each of us, and neighbours are simply the people who share your community. Your neighbours might be the people living next door to you, they might be the regulars at your favourite coffee shop, or maybe the folks you play hockey with. We could all benefit from spending some time getting to know our neighbours a little better – it improves our health, makes us happier and safer, and creates helpful networks that we can rely on when we need a hand.

    Help shape the future of your community. Our community is growing and changing in many ways and there is no doubt that Peterborough will look very different ten or twenty years from now. At this critical time, it’s important that we are able to talk about the issues that matter in a productive, meaningful way. Sometimes it’s hard to share our perspectives and ideas in public - because we’re too busy, we’re intimidated by what others might say or think, or maybe we just don’t think our voices matter. Vital Conversations can help us keep the art of conversation alive in Peterborough while supporting the actions we need to take today to create a vital future for our community.

  • How can I get involved?

    Host a Vital Conversation. Anyone can host a Vital Conversation. You invite the guests, and the Community Foundation will provide a kit with everything you need to get your conversation going. Sign up at cfgp.ca/vs/registration or call 705-740-2347.

    Join in on social media. Connect with the Community Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtags #VitalConversations and #VitalPtbo to share your thoughts on how we can build a vital future for Peterborough.

    Stay connected. Subscribe for updates on Vital Signs® statistics and community engagement opportunities in Peterborough and connect to a network of community builders at cfgp.ca/vitalsigns.

  • What is the Community Foundation?
    The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough brings community builders together to create meaningful and lasting change in the City and County of Peterborough. We work with donors and charitable organizations to invest in the people, ideas and activities that build community vitality. Building sustainable community assets through philanthropy, we take a long-term view of our community, and have the staying power needed to address complex issues.
  • What is Vital Signs®?
    Vital Signs® is a snapshot of our community that measures the vitality of Greater Peterborough, identifies needs, strengths and trends, and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life.
  • What is Vital Conversations?
    For the month of October 2017, Vital Conversations will bring friends and neighbours together in the City and County of Peterborough to share a meal and a conversation about our community’s Vital Signs. A Vital Conversation is an easy, fun and meaningful way to learn more about your community, connect with your neighbours and help shape a better future for Peterborough. Anyone can be a Vital Conversations host. You invite the guests, and the Community Foundation will provide a kit with everything you need to get your conversation going. Every conversation will identify actions we can take today to build a better future for Peterborough. Feedback from your conversation will be used to direct the Community Foundation’s 2018 grants to local charities and will be shared with community members and local leaders in the City and County of Peterborough.

For more information

Contact Nicole Gagliardi at the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough
nicole.gagliardi@cfgp.ca | 705-740-2347.

This initiative is a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and the Atkinson Foundation.