High River quality of life survey launched

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By Kassidy Christensen


Our High River and the Town of High River have launched the 2018 Vital Signs survey to the community.

The survey runs May 14 to June 4 and all High River residents are encouraged to participate.

A report will be shared in October 2018, according to an Our High River media release.

Kalie Mosig, community capacity catalyst with Our High River, said the survey will measure the overall quality of life in the community.

“This is a full flagship survey. We're measuring the eight different key indicator areas of quality of life," Mosig said.

These include environment, lifelong learning, safety and security, expression, connection, livability, thriving populations and health and wellbeing, she added.

Information will be collected from businesses, agencies and community members to see how the community has changed since 2016, Mosig stated in the release.

“We are also looking to identify what our community currently would like to prioritize and celebrate,” Mosig is quoted as saying.

She explained Vital Signs has been utilized for three consecutive years and is intended to be a “shared measurement tool.”

“…The town, Our High River, (or) community agencies can use it, all the groups that are looking towards bettering our community,” she said.

She said the general grade from the 2016 Vital Signs was a “B.”

According to the 2016 Vital Signs report, 571 people responded.

A 2017 survey focusing on business and economy had 627 respondents, Mosig said.

Mosig said community groups can partake in Vital Signs by speaking with the Community Foundations of Canada, the organization that co-ordinates the survey at a national level.

“That gives you access to different pieces of data and information that are collected on a national scale,” Mosig explained, adding some include census and Canada’s National Household Survey data.

“We try to go out as much as we can and talk to local agencies, local community groups, town departments, and actually get stats and data from High River,” she said.

Mosig said, with this year’s survey, they reviewed sources of pride and priorities among respondents from the 2016 survey and what questions to ask to see any potential changes in those areas.

“There are some standard questions we've kept so we can also continue to measure that change,” Mosig said.

The survey is anonymous and takes about 30 minutes to complete, Mosig said.

It can be found online at or Print copies are available at the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) office in the Charles Clark Medical Centre.

“If anybody does want print copies or would love to take them out to a community group that they're a part of … you can let me know …” Mosig said.

For more information, Mosig said she can be contacted by email at or by phone at 403-603-3560. People can also send a message through the Our High River Facebook page, she added.

“Participants who complete the survey can enter to win one of five $50 gift certificates to a local business of their choice,” as stated in the release.




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