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What is The Social Planning Council?

Activities:

o Monthly Meetings: Attend meetings with guest speakers from within the community &/or presentations at each meeting. We currently meet the fourth Monday of every month (excluding summer) at City Hall with light lunch by donation.

o Facebook & Email Group: Utilize the network on Facebook. Start discussions, learn about & share upcoming community events, projects and meetings. If you don’t use Facebook, then join the email network instead.

o Inform City Council: The SPC provides reports to City Council regularly and the City keeps the SPC informed. Use the network and have your voices heard.



Strategic Direction of the Social Planning Council of Williams Lake & Area:

o Poverty Reduction and the local Living Wage Campaign.

o Community Collaboration and Networking.

o Retention and Succession of residents within the Area.



Community Social Planning:

o Supports communities in building an integrated approach to complex problems that take into account social, economic, and environmental concerns.

o Maximizes the effectiveness of often scarce resources by working to reduce duplication, overlap and competition.

o Provides an ongoing forum for communication, coordination and conflict resolution.



Friday, January 11, 2019

Community Updates (15) - Jan 11, 2019

Table of Contents:
1) The next SPC Meeting - interesting topic see below
2) Saturday Jan 12th (tomorrow) - Free Family Film Matinee at the Library
3) Interested in Nature Kindergarten? - mandatory meetings for parents
4) Canada Summer Jobs - funding opportunity (closes Jan 25, 2019)
5) THRIVE Williams Lake - Poverty Game Changer Event  Follow-up
6) Upcoming Free Workshop - Level 1 FoodSafe
7) Sip and Swap - a Waste Wise Shopping Spree! Jan 23rd at 4 pm
8) Salvation Army - needs volunteers for kitchen
9) Local CCACS Grants - Applications being accepted
10) Coda! Teen Choir - free for ages 9 - 17 (Jan 10 - Apr 11, 2019)
11) Annual Family Fest - Sunday Jan 27th from 10 - 2pm
12) Call for Performers - deadline Mar 2, 2019
13) Not sure about your English Skills? Free Language instruction classes
14) Citizens on Patrol (COP) - looking for volunteers
15) CDC looking for volunteers for Swim Program

Please visit http://cm.pn/43pk or see below for the above updates

1) The next SPC Meeting - interesting topic see below
The SPC meetings are intended to encourage dialogue on subjects that are relevant to the current needs of our unique community. Recently the subject of succession planning  for senior management positions has arisen within many local organizations and this is the subject of the discussion at  the next SPC meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019 beginning at 11:30 am at Community Futures in downtown Williams Lake (note - there are many public parking spots, and lots within the close vicinity).

The discussion will last approximately 45 minutes with other SPC agenda items afterwards - please join for part of, or the whole meeting. There will be free coffee, tea and light lunch available (donations accepted but not required - receipts provided upon request). If you plan to attend and have dietary restrictions please send an email at least a week prior to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or leave a message at 250-243-2126. Hope to see you there - these meetings are open to everyone.

2) Saturday Jan 12th (tomorrow) - Free Family Film Matinee at the Library
Free Family Film Matinee at the Library in Williams Lake on Saturday, Jan 12th at 2:00 pm in the Programme Room. Refreshments and snacks included. The film being show is the Princess Bride. Call 250-392-3630 for more information. Library is Suite A - 180 N 3rd Avenue in Williams Lake (open Tues - Thur 10 am - 8 pm, and Fri - Sat from 10 am - 5 pm).

3) Interested in Nature Kindergarten? - mandatory meetings for parents
Do you know of a child who would thrive in a nature kindergarten? Let them know about SD 27's Scout Island Nature Kindergarten. Interested parents must attend the MANDATORY meeting Tuesday Jan. 15 (at nature house) at 6:30 pm or or Thursday Jan 17 (at Marie Sharpe) at 6:30 pm to learn about the kindergarten and receive the registration forms in order to be eligible to register their child for September 2019. Enrollment will be limited - for detailed program information visit www.sd27.bc.ca/outdoor-education/nature-kindergarten/

4) Canada Summer Jobs - funding opportunity (closes Jan 25, 2019)
The Call for Proposals for Canada Summer Jobs 2019 program is now open. Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It delivers funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. Providing support to Indigenous organizations is a priority of this program, so I encourage you to distribute this information to the members of your communities, students and colleagues within your organization. There is no longer a requirement for the person to be in school. Additional information on the program and application process can be found below:

LOOKING FOR HELP THIS SUMMER?
WHY NOT HIRE A STUDENT?
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR WAGES IS AVAILABLE!
The 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is from December 17, 2018 to January 25, 2019.

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available at www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs<https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job.html>. You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.

We encourage you to submit your 2019 application online. By doing so, you will benefit from a fast, easy-to-use, and secure way of applying. There are two systems available to enable you to apply online:

  1.  Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS):<https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/gcos.html> If you already have a GCOS account, please use this online platform to submit an online application; or
  2.  CSJ online<https://srv212.services.gc.ca/ihst/Questionnaire.aspx?sid=a6b040a0-c6ab-438e-889b-7cb3ec8e7171&lc=eng&iffsappid=EEC-CSJ&iffssid=bcd144df-ac43-4385-bfb4-c868fd9d1aa7> application form.

For more information:
Click: www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs<https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job.html>
Call: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS: 1-800-926-9105)

5) THRIVE Williams Lake - Poverty Game Changer Event  Follow-up
Hello all,

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Poverty Game Changers event on December 6. We had almost 60 people attend and engage in a lively discussion about the challenges and opportunities for change in our community. This was more than a one day event, it was the beginning of a process of working together to change the conditions that contribute to and keep people struggling in our community. I’m attaching the event summary report – it’s a reminder of what we did and a snapshot for those who couldn’t attend. I also have transcribed the flipchart notes so if you are interested in more details, please let me know and I can send them along, or send the ones for a specific topic you are interested in.

We generated some ideas for moving forward, so if there’s anything you are particularly interested in staying connected to or following up on, please be in touch. I’m hoping many of these will gain some traction in the coming weeks and months.

All the best,

Anne Burrill, Project Lead
Thrive Community Poverty Reduction Project
250.267.7211

6) Upcoming Free Workshop - Level 1 FoodSafe
With support from the Wildfire Business Transition Program , your local Community Futures is offering FREE Food Safe - Level 1 training to businesses and not-for profits. This upcoming FREE workshop takes place in Williams Lake on January 22, 2019 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the Pioneer Complex (351 Hodgson Road).

To register: Please go to our website http://www.cfwildfire.ca/workshops/ to register. For more information contact kathie@cfdccariboo.com or call Community Futures at 250-392-3626.

 Sponsored by Western Economic  Diversification and Red Cross.

7) Sip and Swap - a Waste Wise Shopping Spree! Jan 23rd at 4 pm
The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society is getting very excited about this! Indeed, the Waste Wise clothing swap is at 4pm on January 23rd at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. Folks can drop off their clothing and accessories donations any time after 4pm at the centre, then the swapping will not start until 5pm. No limits, no holds, all fun! Please note: accepting gently used, clean donations ONLY (anything past its prime can go to the textiles recycling bin at the transfer station).

Free to attend (drinks and snacks included) - Open to men, women and kids. All leftovers will go to charity.  If you need to arrange to drop off your donations before the swap, please give us a call to discuss at 250-398-7929 or email wastewise@ccconserv.org

Visit https://www.facebook.com/CCCSociety/ or https://www.ccconserv.org/ more details.

8) Salvation Army - needs volunteers for kitchen
The Salvation Army in Williams Lake is looking for volunteers to help run the kitchen for various tasks and times Mon - Fri (or even Tues & Fri mornings from 9 - 10:30 am) Please contact the Salvation Army at 250-392-2423

9) Local CCACS Grants - Applications being accepted
The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society's next round of grant funding is now open.

Support Grants for activities taking place between July 1 - Dec 31, 2019 - the deadline to apply is May 30, 2019

Project Grants for projects taking place between Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2019 - the deadline to apply is Jan 31, 2019.

Visit centralcaribooarts.com/grants for more information

10) Coda! Teen Choir - free for ages 9 - 17 (Jan 10 - Apr 11, 2019)
The Junior Cadet Society received a generous grant from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society which allows them to partner with Angelkeys Music Studio to offer Coda! Teen Choir which is free of charge for anyone ages 9 - 17 to join.

Coda! Teen Choir takes place at St. Peters Anglican Church at 549 Carson Drive in Williams Lake on Thursdays from 6:30 - 7:15 pm from Jan 10th - Apr 11, 2019

There is no charge to participate during this session (dates above). Please contact Angela Sommer at www.angelkeys.ca or angelkeys11@gmail.com for more information!

11) Annual Family Fest - Sunday Jan 27th from 10 - 2pm
This annual Family Festival takes place on Sunday, January 27th from 10 am until 2:00 pm in the Gibraltar Room at the Cariboo Memorial Complex in Williams Lake.

This event features: Puppet show, Story telling, Door prizes, Free snacks, RC Car Racing, Book walk, Hands on fun & interactive learning, and Music!

Made possible by Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy, Strong Start, Interior Health, Success by Six, Pregnancy Outreach, Women's Contact Society, Child Development Centre, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Scout Island Nature Centre, Lionesses & great team of local volunteers.

12) Call for Performers - deadline Mar 2, 2019
Performances in the Park is accepting applications for local, regional and international acts for the 2019 Performances in the Park weekly free outdoor summer music and talent event held at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake.

Performance in the Park takes place every Thursday evening through July and August.

Go to centralcaribooarts.com/performances-in-the-park for more information or to apply today - deadline is Mar 2, 2019.

13) Not sure about your English Skills? Free Language instruction classes
The CCPL has free language instruction for newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program classes for all levels. Free child minding is available. For more information about LINC call 250-945-4199, email susan@caribooliteracy.com or drop into the CCPL office at 118 C North First Ave in Williams Lake. Visit www.caribooliteracy.com for more information.

14) Citizens on Patrol (COP) - looking for volunteers
COP is looking for volunteers, over the age of 19 (must pass a criminal records check)  to patrol the community, record suspicious events and report to the RCMP. COP also requires office volunteers to perform data entry, general office work, communicate information to members and to coordinate patrols.

If you wish to assist the RCMP in making our community a better place to live call Dave Dickson at 250-392-8701 or Bob McIntosh at 250-305-1041 or 250-303-1428.

Everyone is invited to attend Community Policing meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at their office in Williams Lake (downtown corner of 3rd & Oliver Street).

15) CDC looking for volunteers for Swim Program
The Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre is looking for volunteers for their swim program that takes place Wednesday afternoons. Contact Paige or Valerie for more information at 250-392-4481.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Community Updates (20) - Nov 23, 2018


Table of Contents:
1) Social Planning Council OPEN HOUSE Nov 26 - 10:30 - 2:30 pm

2) Medieval Market - Nov 24 & 25th

3) The 12th Annual Cowboy Christmas Trade Show and Concert - Sat Nov 24th

4) Cataline Christmas Craft Fair - this weekend Nov 24th & 25th

5) "Find your Fit" Tour (employment exploration) for students Nov 29th*
*NOTE: Location has changed to: Gibraltar Room at the Recreation Complex (525 Proctor)

6) Williams Lake Hospice's 23rd Annual - Memory Tree Celebration Dec 2nd

7) Recreation Complex - Snow is in the Air this month

8) The 21st Annual Free Yuletide Dinner - Wed Dec 5th from 4 - 7 pm

9) Free Annual Earth Friendly Holiday Event - Fri & Sat Nov 30th & Dec 1st

10) Winter Lights Festival & Parade - Sat Dec 1st Downtown Williams Lake

11) Pet Photos with Santa - SPCA Fundraiser Dec 1st

12) Cariboo Hobby Con 2018 - Dec 8th at Columneetza Secondary

13) The 13th Annual Christmas Wish Breakfast - Wed Dec 12th

14) Civil Forfeiture Grants Now Available - deadline Dec 14th

15) Free Lunch & Learn Series - Nov 29th

16) Three Events - Boys & Girls Club Open House, AGM and Glass Slipper Annual Sale

17) Free Session: Poverty Game Changers - You are invited! Dec 6th from 9am - 2pm

18) Red Cross Community Partnerships Program Application Deadline February 1, 2019

19) Operation Red Nose - "Keeping you safe for the Holidays!"

20) Voting begins Nov 25th - Festival of Trees (donation to local charities)



Please visit http://cm.pn/41bl for the above updates!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Community Updates (9) - Oct 19, 2018


Table of Contents:

1) Monthly SPC Meeting - Mon Oct 22 at 11:30 am

NOTE - Change in location this month

2) GET out to VOTE tomorrow - Sat Oct 20, 2018

a) City of Williams Lake Election & Voting Information

b) Cariboo Regional District (CRD) 2018 Election & Voting Information

c) School District Board of Trustee Elections

3) Take our 5 minute SURVEY - please submit your feedback to the SPC

4) SPC OPEN HOUSE (& AGM) Nov 26 - 10:30 - 2:00 pm

5) Language Instruction Classes for Newcomers to Canada

6) Professional Development Training Oct 29-30 (9am - 4:30 pm)

7) THRIVE Williams Lake wants to hear from community members

8) Winter Lights Parade - Register today

9) "Find your Fit" Tour (employment exploration) for students Nov 29th




Please visit http://cm.pn/3z6o for the updates listed above.

Contact Us

The Social Planning Council is made up of volunteers from the community. Many of us work in social services agencies or also volunteer for other organizations.

Our Mailing Address is Box 20045, Williams Lake BC V2G 4R1

To reach the Society Coordinator Jessica Dunn please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or call 250-243-2126

To reach the Communities that Care Project Manager Carla Bullinger please email carla@caribooliteracy.com or call 250-267-8249

To reach the THRIVE Williams Lake Project Manager Anne Burrill please email anne@changemakerconsulting.ca or call 250-267-7211

To reach the current SPC Chair Larry Stranberg please email happytrails@cfdccariboo.com or call 250-392-3626