About Vital Conversations

The Community Foundation uses Vital Signs 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.

During the month of October 2017, more than 100 Vital Conversations brought friends and neighbours together in the Peterborough region to share a meal and a conversation about Greater Peterborough’s Vital Signs.  Everyday people stepped up as leaders to invite the guests, plan the meal and host the conversation using the Vital Conversations Card Game, a tool designed to guide interesting discussions where you share perspectives, ask hard questions and make suggestions for building a stronger community.

More than 700 people brought Vital Conversations to life in the Peterborough area, with participants from across the region, including Curve Lake First Nation, Apsley, Douro, Lakefield, Ennismore, Otonabee, Indian River, Buckhorn and the City of Peterborough.  People of all ages took part, from teenagers to octogenarians, representing the diversity of the community and including people of different abilities, those living on low-incomes, individuals identifying as LGBTTQ2+, newcomers, immigrants, and different faith groups.

See the results from Vital Conversations
Learn more about the Vital Conversations initiative
Check out the Vital Conversations card game

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.


The Vital Conversations Card Game by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough in collaboration with the Atkinson Foundation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Based on a work at http://cfgp.ca/vitalsigns/vital-conversations/. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at cfgp.ca.


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