What is Vital Conversations?

Vital Conversations is an event sponsored by the Foundation to understand the community’s needs and priorities from the people that live on Bowen Island. These insights then guide the Foundation’s work for community granting. The first Vital Conversations was held in 2014 and a second exchange in 2017. For each of these events, approximately 60 Bowen Islanders with diverse opinions came together for three and a half hours for discussions centered around four questions:

  • When you picture a strong community, what stands out in your mind?
  • What is Bowen doing well?
  • Where does Bowen have opportunities for improvement within our community?
  • What are possible solutions and actions for these improvement opportunities?

Based on the discussions and stories from the Bowen Island Community Foundation’s 2017 Vital Conversations, we were able to see a clear picture of the Bowen Island we want to be:

Bowen Island is our community, our home. It is a place of safety and belonging. A place where the young learn from the old and the old learn from the young.
On Bowen we encourage and accept everyone; all are respected, all voices heard. Our differences make us stronger.
Here, all have options for secure and affordable shelter. Our vulnerable are safe and warm. Those who work on Bowen, can live on Bowen.
On Bowen everyone has convenient and timely access to on-island healthcare, professional resources and services when we need them.
Bowen is a place where the protection of our natural environment—our greatest asset—is carefully considered in every decision we make. We live harmoniously and in concert with Mother Nature.
Bowen is a role model for green living, bringing positive change into the world.
Bowen is a place where the community gathers frequently with friends and neighbours, giving us the opportunity to share our stories and strengthen our bonds, surrounded by support and caring.
On Bowen we collectively take responsibility for raising the next generation with strong values and dreams.
Bowen is a place where we give back. Do our part. Are involved. A place where we are all united in our efforts to do and be the best we can.
Bowen Island is our community. It is our home.

Download a copy of the 2017 Vital Conversations Report.

Download a copy of the 2014 Vital Conversations Report.