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The fifth annual Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs will be made public on October 4, 2011, but the Community Foundation needs to hear what Hatters think of their city first.

Each year the Community Foundation publishes Vital Signs which looks at various components of life in Medicine Hat including Health & Wellness, Housing, Learning and Safety to name a few.

Residents are asked to go online to and give their opinion on selected statements. These responses will be collected anonymously and collated in order to give a final grade, which will be published in the October publication. Residents have until Friday, August 26 to complete the survey.

We encourage all “Hatters” to participate in the survey and have their opinions heard.

Important note to media: the content of the survey is embargoed for publication until October 4, 2011.

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Tuesday August 9, 2011

Join us at the Brooks Campus for our Fall Grants Seminar. The deadline for Grant Submissions is September 15th. The Seminar will help you to ensure your application is completed properly.

When: Tuesday August 9 from noon – 1 PM

Where: Brooks Campus, Room 111a

Please RSVP to or call 403-527-9038 to confirm your attendance.

Will Planning Seminar

Dis-Inherit the Taxman

How to write your last will & restament to avoid estate taxes. Redirect your tax dollars way from CRA to charitable causes that matter to you!

Todd O’Relly, Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities and Les S. Scholly, Lawyer – Pritchard and Company, LLP will take you through a comparison based approach to reducing your overall estate tax bill through giving to your community.

When: May 24th at 7PM
Where: Terrace Room, Chinnook Village – 2801 – 13th Ave SE, Medicine Hat

The even is free, so invite your friends, family and colleagues.

RSVP by May 20th to or call 403-527-9038.

Proudly supported by RBC Dominion Securities and Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta has kicked off the Vital Signs project!

Express Your View

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta are accepting grant applications for spring 2011 grants.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on March 15, 2011. Organizations must hold a charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency or be a qualified donee under the terms of the Income Tax Act. The Community Foundation awards grants for charitable activities in the arts, education, social services, the environment, health, culture, recreation or any project that will maintain or improve the quality of life in Southeastern Alberta.

During 2010 the Community Foundation was able to make 133 charitable grants to 74 different organizations for a total of $211,802.00.

“We are pleased to give grants to qualified organization in Southeastern Alberta,” said executive director Mike Christie.

Community Foundation donations are held forever and carefully invested, with the principal of the donation never being spent. The interest earned on donations is then used to give grants to community charities.

The grants committee of the Community Foundation will review the spring grant applications and notify recipients in May. Grants will then be handed out to the chosen organizations at the annual Founder’s Day Picnic in June 2011.

To assist in the grant application process, the Community Foundation will host a “Grant Application Workshop” for all interested parties, Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 12:00pm at the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce.

The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta has a large service area. Qualified organizations are welcome to apply for funds. For more information on eligibility or to receive an application, groups may visit or call the Community Foundation office at (403) 527-9038.

For more information, please contact Mike Christie at (403) 527-9038.

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The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta released the fourth annual 2010 Vital Signs report, giving Hatters more insight into their community.

The reader-friendly report card tracks and grades Medicine Hat’s quality of life in key areas such as the gap between rich and poor, health, housing, and the environment – transforming local facts and figures into a user-friendly comprehensive report.

“Vital Signs is truly a community publication,” said Les Erickson, chair of the Community Foundation and chair of the Foundation’s community leadership committee. “From the people who provide us with their local statistics to the hundreds of people who spend time grading the indicators, this report is certainly all about Medicine Hat.”

Vital Signs is used year-round by the Community Foundation to assist in its grant giving and community leadership activities, Erickson said.

“The information and knowledge this publication provides enables us to be better grant-makers. Additionally, it positively affects our community leadership functions and we can therefore impact the community on a greater level.”

This year’s report shows that, while Hatters have a stronger sense of community belonging than most Albertans, we have higher physician claim rates for mental illnesses. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Community Foundation luncheon “A Community Conversation” will discuss Vital Signs 2010

Medicine Hat’s annual community report card will be released on Tuesday, October 5 but it’s time to get tickets to take part in the discussion.

The Community Foundation will hold its annual “A Community Conversation” on Thursday, October 7 at a luncheon in Chinook Village’s Terrace Room. The event, which goes from 12-1:30 PM, will feature a panel of local media figures discussing their personal highlights of the report. Hatters attending the event will also have a chance to review and evaluate the report with those in attendance.

“Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs 2010 will inspire intriguing community conversation at this luncheon,” said Community Foundation executive director Mike Christie. “The fact that this is an election year will make the discussion even more stimulating. This year’s report has many statistics that will particularly interest our local candidates for election.”

Tickets for the luncheon are $20 each and include a hot lunch. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Community Foundation office at 430-6th Ave. SE, Room 104 during office hours of 8:30-4:30 (closed at lunch). For other ticketing options, please call the office at (403) 527-9038. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

On June 23, 2010 the Community Foundation announced the Flood Relief 2010 Fund, in support of those affected by the devastating flooding in Medicine Hat, Irvine and Cypress County. Since then the outpouring of community support from individuals, families and businesses has been tremendous.

Most recently the local accounting firm of Johnston Morrison Hunter & Co LLP presented a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to directly support those affected by the flood. This brings the total amount of the fund to nearly $45,000. “JMH is and always has been very involved in our community in our 94 years in Medicine Hat and area. Like many other Hatters, our staff and partners were looking for a way to create an impact that would benefit the most people and we know that the Community Foundation has the capability to ensure this will happen,” says partner Kelly Byers.

Community Foundation executive director Mike Christie highlighted: “We are not a charity that makes knee jerk decisions, we carefully assess what the needs are and how we can best meet those needs with the funds we have available. The municipalities, the Canadian Red Cross and numerous other agencies dealt with the immediate needs, the Disaster Recovery Program is the entity that should provide the bulk of the recovery program and the purpose of the Community Foundation’s funds is to support the medium and long term effects, which can be overlooked. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

The fourth annual Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs will be made public on October 5, but the Community Foundation needs to hear what Hatters think of their city first.

The report is well known for its sunshine symbols of how residents feel about each indicator. Residents are asked to go online to and give grades to each statement. These responses will be collected anonymously and collated to give the Foundation a final sunshine grade, which will be published in the October publication. Residents have until Wednesday, August 18 to complete the survey.

For the first time the Community Foundation will have a section dedicated to youth issues. Because of this, youth are particularly encouraged to complete the survey. For more information, please contact the Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta at (403) 527-9038 or

‘Hatters now have a chance to be featured in our annual community report card, the 2010 Vital Signs.

The report, which will be released on October 5, 2010, features graded indicators to give the community an indication on quality of life in Medicine Hat. The full colour feature will have several categories, which may include: youth; gap between rich and poor; safety; health; learning, housing; getting started; arts, culture and recreation; environment; work; belonging and leadership; getting around; and economy.

Local photographers are asked to submit any photographs that may fit in to such categories. Photographers chosen will be recognized in the publication’s credits. Subjects of the photos are asked to sign a waiver form prior to publication.

Photographs should be less than seven megabytes and can be emailed to or dropped off at the Community Foundation office: room 104, 430-6th Ave. SE. Deadline is July 31, 2010.

Please be aware that only a limited number of photographs will be chosen, but we thank you for all submissions.

Last year’s report can be viewed through the Foundation’s website at For more information, please call (403) 527-9038, email or join the Community Foundation’s Facebook group.



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