Vital Signs

Vital Signs uses local knowledge to measure the vitality of a community and support action towards improving collective quality of life. Local data gathered through the program is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level. Because the global pandemic has changed our world, the CRCF postponed Vital Signs 2020 and is now gathering data to release Vital Signs 2022 this Fall.

Complete our online community survey and make sure your voice is included in the data by visiting

Campbell River’s VitalSigns® Photo Contest 2022


Community foundations provide a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals. You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to your community foundation. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law. You can support the issues and organizations you care about the most, all through your community foundation.


Campbell River’s Vital Signs®

Campbell River’s Vital Signs® report is a community check-up through which the Campbell River Community Foundation (CRCF) measures the vitality of greater Campbell River, identifies trends, and examines distinct issue areas that are critical to quality of life in our community.

Campbell River’s Vital Signs® provides objective, quantifiable measurements from reputable, recognized, and public sources. The report informs the community on quality of life issues and inspires actions to address them by public policymakers, private and social sector decision-makers, private philanthropists, and community members.


Photo Contest

The Campbell River Community Foundation is excited to host a photography contest during May and June 2022. Submissions for Campbell River’s Vital Signs contest should be based on how you view quality of life in greater Campbell River.


Types of Images Sought

The primary purpose of the images is to support the presentation of information in Campbell River’s Vital Signs®, though the images may also be used in any complimentary CRCF publications or websites.


The images should:

  • Show both the strengths and weaknesses in our community.
  • Be realistic – neither overly idealistic nor excessively gloomy.
  • Ideally, portray citizens taking action to improve quality of life in the community.
  • Reflect the diversity of Campbell River: cultural, economic, social, etc.


Some examples to consider: cultural events, volunteering, the natural environment, sporting events, neighborhoods, service, non-profit, or hobby groups, transportation, learning, construction, housing, safety, business, etc.


Although we have provided examples, please don’t let these limit your creativity.

Submission Guidelines

By submitting your photographic image (the “image”) you hereby irrevocably grant the following nonexclusive rights and release us from any liability in connection therewith:

  1. a) the right to reproduce the image electronically, and any use on the internet, including the Campbell River Community Foundation website and social media
  2. b) the right to reproduce the work, with appropriate credit in CRCF publications.


All entries are to be delivered electronically to


Deadline for entry: Thursday, June 30 by 4:30 p.m. No late entries accepted.
Winners will be notified in July 2022.



Special recognition will be given to first, second, and third place winners at Campbell River’s Vital Signs® launch in October 2022.

Winning submissions will be used in Campbell River’s Vital Signs® report.

A prize of $100 will be awarded to the first place finisher, $75 to the second place finisher, and $50 to the third place finisher.

For more information:

Craig Gillis, Campbell River Community Foundation Past Chair and Vital Signs Committee Chair



Strength & Awareness

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life. More than 65 communities in Canada and around the world are using Vital Signs to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.

The purpose of Vital Signs is to examine and raise awareness of the strengths and challenges facing the community of Campbell River. Outcomes of the project will guide and support solutions that will be a catalyst in sustaining and improving our quality of life.

The report includes Campbell River’s census area, and in addition to data collection and detailed statistical analysis, the Community Foundation has engaged the community in a consultative process that invited the inclusion of local opinions and information. Issue areas included are Arts & Culture, Belonging & Leadership, Children & Youth, Environment, Gap Between Rich & Poor, Getting Started in the Community, Health, Housing, Learning, Safety, Seniors and Work.

Since it was founded in 1990, the Campbell River Community Foundation has reached over $2 million in permanent endowment funds and has supported many local non-profit organizations and local initiatives in the City of Campbell River and area served by School District 72.

Want to Donate?

Be a part of our Community! Follow us on Social Media.