Burlington Vital Signs: what do you see in your community?


October 3, 2013

The Burlington Community Foundation’s Vital Signs, 2013

The Burlington Community Foundation is an important community partner. Although not part of or funded by the City, BCF works with all of us—the city and many organizations—to build community vitality. 

This week, BCF released the second edition of Burlington’s Vital Signs – an annual check-up that evaluates Burlington as a place to live, work, and play by identifying trends that are critical to our quality of life. The Vital Signs report offers information that all of us should consider and provides some startling statistics as well as some that we can truly celebrate. Vital Signs, Burlington

The strong research base for the report gives us all confidence in the statistics, and BCF’s investment and care in providing this information for us is valued by Council and City staff.

I am pleased to share with you a guest blog by Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO of The Burlington Community Foundation on the findings in Burlington’s Vital Signs 2013 and encourage you to visit the BCF website to see the report in its entirety.


Burlington Community Foundation’s Vital Signs, 2013

By Colleen Mulholland, President & CEO, Burlington Community Foundation

Burlington Vital Signs Highlights

Colleen Mulholland, Vital Signs

Read more about the Vital Signs report from the Burlington Post

We live in one of the best cities in Canada … but, as the 2nd edition of our Vital Signs report highlights, Burlington is a city of contrasts.

We are a prosperous community with our median household income levels 24% higher than the Ontario average; we have an extremely educated labour pool, amazing cultural opportunities, and remarkable environmental features like our escarpment and waterfront. Yet, there are people struggling in our community in ways that are often unseen, as we drive and walk through our neighbourhoods.
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The Art of Living as a Senior in Burlington

June 21, 2013

June is Senior’ Senior Mayor 1s Month in Ontario, a time to celebrate our seniors and the many ways that they contribute in our community. This year’s theme is “The Art of Living” – to celebrate how seniors have created their own unique approach to living.

Seniors are a very important and significant part of our community. Burlington is an aging city. Between 2006 and 2011 our population increased by 6.9%, while the  percentage of people over 65 increased by 17.2 %  In the next 20 years,  the percentage of residents over age 65 is expected to double. We currently have approximately 8,700 residents over the age of 80 and that number expected to quadruple in the next 20 years.

Our Seniors are valuable assets: as mentors and teachers, community leaders, as caregivers and as volunteers.
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Youth Week…What’s all the buzz about?

May 2, 2013

This week is Youth Week, an international celebration of youth held each year from May 1-7. It is a week of fun, interaction and celebration aimed at building a strong connection between young people and their communities.

Our young people are an important asset to our community and deserve to be recognized. Their contributions and accomplishments need to be acknowledged and celebrated.

The City of Burlington is a Youth Friendly Community and is dedicated to youth engagement. That means we strive to provide meaningful participation and involvement of young people in our community, in various ways.

Thanks to the Burlington Youth Week Committee for inviting me to participate in this year’s Youth Awards and Battle of the Best Contest. Please watch and read more below about Youth Week in Burlington, 2013.

Youth Week…What’s all the buzz about?

Guest Blog Post by Burlington Youth Voice @Burl_YouthVoice

International Youth week runs from May 1 to May 7 and in Burlington, we take the words “Celebrating Youth” to a whole new level!

The Burlington Youth Week steering committee includes youth-friendly community partners. We work hard throughout the year to put together an exciting event line-up during this international celebration.

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Innovate Burlington: Fresh Eyes, Fresh Thinking

April 29, 2013

I recently sat down with Innovate Burlington, a business consultancy of recent college and university graduates, with the objective of creating career opportunities for new graduates, under the mentorship of seasoned business professionals in Burlington.

Watch this video to learn more about the first, successful year of Innovate Burlington with two consultants, Joanne and Jen and read more below.

“Fresh Eyes, Fresh Thinking”

Guest Blog Post, By Innovate Burlington

Today, Burlington is faced with an aging population and a diminishing workforce. Therefore, In 2011, Mayor Rick Goldring and other community partners realized the need to do something to reverse this trend and hold onto the city’s younger demographic. The response cam in the form of Innovate Burlington.
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Guest Blog: My Day with Mayor Goldring

I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with a journalism student from Ryerson – Burlington resident Yara Kashlan. Yara joined me at IMG_2059several events and meetings for the day and I was happy to highlight for her some of the activities taking place in Burlington. This was an opportunity for me to hear another perspective on the city from someone representing the future of Burlington. I invited Yara to be a guest blogger and would like to thank Yara for sharing her insight.


Starting with a meeting at the Royal Botanical Gardens, moving to a groundbreaking at Joseph Brant Hospital, an interview with the Burlington post, and finishing off with an afternoon of meetings – this was a “typical” day in the life of Mayor Rick Goldring. And believe it or not, this was a slow day!

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