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What is The Social Planning Council?
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.
attendance: Larry Stranberg, Shannon Thom,
Anne Burrill, Ashlee Hyde, Barb Jones, Bree Odd, Krista Harvey, Charlotte
Smith, Rosanna McGregor, Jon Jackson, Beth VeenKamp, Walt Cobb, Sheila Boehm
and Janice Breck. Regrets: Jessica Dunn, Diane Wright, Bruce Mack and Carla
Agenda and Minutes:
Review meeting agenda for January 28,
Larry requested lunch and learn
workshops and cyber insurance topics be added to agenda.
MOTION to accept agenda with additional
topics – motion was seconded, all in favour, motion CARRIED
Review meeting minutes from October 22,
MOTION to accept minutes as presented –
motion was seconded, all in favour, motion CARRIED
Topic:Recruitment and retention of
staff, management, board members, and volunteer positions in the community.
Boomers are getting older and retiring.
Shannon stated facility managers with
2-3 years leadership training have moved into higher potions.
Larry is interested in knowing what
other organizations are doing differently since the evacuation. Community
Futures now has a plan B and have laptops for grab and go moments to
manage contacts and clients payments.Calls were forwarded to the Abbotsford office who were able to
connect clients with staff. Not all organizations have a plan B.
Horton Ventures staff used Facebook to
keep everyone connected until all staff returned.
Anne added there are lots recent leadership
vacancies in agencies. These transitions interrupt the community networks
and we need to rebuild connections, and key voices are no longer at the
table. Continuity is important for ongoing collaboration.
Beth discussed the marketing and promoting
of the livability of the community. The first thing people see when the
google Williams Lake are the crime stats. We need to push negative stories
down and highlight positive aspects of where we work, live and play.
Enhance community representation.
Walt shared the City is having problems
with recruiting paid positions, not just volunteer positions. Rosanna
stated this is a provincial wide trend not just happening in our
year bachelor programs,ECEor professional support courses are not
available in the community. The cost of advertising in newspaper is not
worth it, we have to network differently to reach people. Employers really
need to work at promoting what they have offer.
Beth suggested using the newspaper as a
back door way to talk about the community and write in a collective way
about job vacancies.The fact that
WL is central and affordable is an attractive feature.
Bree discussed the challenges the
university has in offering courses due to not having enough students to
bring a course here.How do we
recruit people who also want an education here? Walt stated with
technology today there is no reason not to have instructors. Students have
signed up for courses only to have them pulled due to low enrolment and
students lose a year in starting their education because of it. Okanogan
University has a 4 semester wait list for ECE.
Horton Ventures is sending people out
for leadership training. Most leadership training is very expensive for
Anne, there is a need for this type of training
(e.g. the Adaptive Leadership training was filled up quickly).Could we look at surveying agencies to
see if there is a cohort that might be interested in leadership development
so we could do some shared training?
Partner with physicians who do a great
job advertising the lifestyle of Williams Lake. Rosanna – they not only
need to sell to the physician but also their spouse and must include other
aspects of the community such as the arts. Walt – it is an excellent
opportunity to send a consistent message about Williams Lake. Beth -
software being looked at. Larry -joint advertising would be better for promoting Williams lake.
Shannon - Lack of social support, immigrants are not supported.
RosannaECE wages are built into the new daycare contract to pay $25/hr.
ECE workers need to be paid for what they're worth; children are a
Child care subsidy rates have been
increased. Partnering with SD27 to get kids volunteer hours so students can
get the requirements for ECE programs. TRU/SD27 does not have the dual
credit program yet for ECE or Care Aids. Now called “Youth Train in Trades
Advertise living wage. Rosanna- there is challenge in balancing wages already
built into contracts and the business realities of economic development
aspects for CFS.
Beth - stickers available for business
owners advertising they pay living wage.We need to make good noise for Williams Lake, a competitive
advantage is that wages are higher here.
Anne, this is probably suitable for a LMP
Labour Market Partnership, or JCP Job Creation Partnership funding to do a
living wage project. Provincial program can get business certified and it
included benefits. Determined that $15.44/hr based on a family of 4 with 2
people working full time is a living wage. New Child Care subsidy is a
game changer people can afford to work but now cannot find daycare spots. Rosanna - Not just about
poverty reduction, it is about job re-entry.
Ensuring daycare spots will stimulate economy and encourage people back
into the work force.
The WHAT WORKS: Community Summit on
Designing Employment Solutions for Williams Lake is February 26thto help employers with recruitment and
retention of employees and to bring community support agencies and
employers together to bridge the gap between employers and people looking
for work. We have a shallow labour pool and people are missing skills. The
Summit is bringing people together to tackle this program. Kristi Fairholm
Mader is the keynote speaker. There are posters for employers and the
community, please send both out. Also, Anyone who wants more access to
local data i.e. Stats Canada, Consumer Data, etc. can contact Anne about an
opportunity to join a Data Consortium to get access. Multiple partners
will be needed to access data but it would be at a significantly reduced
cost from the one off purchases people are likely doing now. Having access
to data is important for proposal, grants and for measuring success at a
That Care Update:
started in the CTC facilitator position in January and is busy researching
the history and content of CTC. Anne and Barb facilitated the Youth
Engagement Tool kit presentation to school counselors and leadership
teachers at Columneetza and is developing a workplan for Feb-Apr.
Larry Stranberg: It's not if you
get hacked, its when. It is the risk of doing business in this day and age and
cyber insurance is now an important consideration for businesses. Regular
business insurance will not cover breaches in privacy from being hacked. Cyber
insurance is expensive so 27 Community Futures have combined coverage to share
Lunch and Learn: Over the next
few weeks topics will be presented by a new law firm wanting to promote their business.
First session held Feb 21st from 12-1pm on employee law and human
rights. Once you register on line you will be emailed link to login. You
can watch live from your personal computer and email your questions or watch
from the Community Futures Board room.
Shannon Thom, Horton Ventures –
Their contract has been successfully renewed for April 1st, to
include Quesnel, 100 Mile House and west towards Bella Coola. Quesnel area is
new to the contract.
Anne Burrill (many hats) -Housing First has been successful in keeping
participants housed and continues with some new funding through Red Cross. Currently
have a case load of 14 people who are stable and doing well. It continues to be
very challenging to find housing as the vacancy rate is extremely low and rents
have risen significantly.
Ashlee Hyde, United Way – is
going to present the positive ticking program at the next Chamber meeting.
United Way purchased a poverty simulation which will held in Williams Lake April 12th and joint hosted with Thrive.Participants will be given a scenario to work
through which will take 3 hours. Cory Hirch will be presenting at the WL campus
on February 19that 9 am on anxiety and depression. United way
funding applications are open in March.
Jon Jackson, Red
Cross - still working with people who have lost homes in the 2017 wildfires.
Many people are still stuck in limbo and their team is needing to get proactive
and creative in finding supports. Red Cross is connecting with those beneficiaries of the 2018 fires.
Funding for 2018 fires is not a great as the 2017 fires, less people were
impacted. The Community Partnership Programs are coming to an end with a Feb 1st
Beth Veenkamp, City of Williams
Lake – Acknowledged all of Anne's hard work. WL is participating in a plan to
support immigrants moving to the community. If you have any questions call
Beth. If you love data take a look at the WL economic report look on the City's
website. Beth recommends checking out the Northern development initiative
report at https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/state-of-the-north/
Janice Breck, CMHA – The Association
has lost some funding and is working to raise 30,000 - 50,000 dollars. One
fundraiser is the sale of chocolate strawberries for Valentines day with RBC
donating staff time to assist. With United Way and Red Cross funding there is
not longer a wait list for counselling services and Walk in Wednesdays is still
available. Bell is launching a campaign called “Lets Talk 2019”aimed at reducing stigma around mental
health. Check out https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day
Walt Cobb, Mayor of Williams Lake
– Attending SPC as an observer today. The topics discussed here today are the
same topics discussed at the monthly leadership meetings with the school board,
industry and hospitals leaders. All levels of housing across the board are
needed. Vacancy rates are 2% (which might as well be 0%).The flood at Glen Arbour had 14 seniors
displaced and fortunately insurance covered up to $10 000/person for
displacement. A young professionals group has started in Williams Lake helping
make social connections between young professionals.
Sheila Boehm, City of Williams Lake
-new to SPC representing City Council,
there is lots happening in the City and wants to be involved. Was part of CTC
many years ago.
Bree Odd, United Way
– Is working on new website for SPC.Just
found out that each of the Community Wellness Managers has some funding to take
train the trainer courses. If anyone has ideas of what train the trainer
courses the community might benefit from let us know and we will try to find
Krista Harvey, Boy
and Girls Club – They are preparing to celebrate their25th anniversary in the community. The independent living position
has been filled and B&G Club is currently fully staffed.
Rosanna McGregor, CFS -The Canadian Housing Renewal Association is
hosting a conference in VictoriaApril
2-4th.It is an amazing
event that covers all aspects of housing and to get a better idea of what is
happening on the National scene.Last
year the conference was in Halifax so it is a great opportunity to be able to
attend this conferencein Victoria. The
Overdose Working Group in partnership with IH reviewed overdose stats and
determined the results do not show the actual number of overdose, only those
reported at the hospital.If you
consider the actual numbers we are in real crisis mode in how to support
communities with overdoses. What is happening in bigger centres will happen
here in a trickle down affect. There is on going work with the 10 year
Aboriginal Wellness Plan. CFS coming up on its 50 year anniversary in the
community.Eagles Nest was flooded Nov
20thand residents and staff
have been displaced since. CFS is still dealing with insurance companies and
the process is slow (6000 gal min came out of the water main below the shut off
and flooded the whole main floor causing a bigger structural issue).
There are non-profit
workshops available through Vantage Point in Vancouver, and local discussions are
taking place right now about offering a workshop (1 or 2 days) with various
topics relevant to non-profit leaders/senior staff & boards, to empower
organizations with this knowledge that is often difficult to obtain.
The Social Planning Council
has been asked to get your personal feedback on topics you would find useful
and/or are interested in learning more about (e.g. board governance,
leadership, capacity building). Please see the list of available workshops and
simple participation instructions below.
Staff Engagement: Building a Culture of Passion
Please participate in one of the following ways:
a) Send your preferences and/or
feedback by email to email@example.com (or reply to this email if
you receive them directly to your inbox), or
b) Attend the next monthly
SPC Meeting on Monday, February 25th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm to learn more and
provide your feedback in person
Kathie from Community Futures
will be at the next SPC meeting to chat about this more.
2) The next Social Planning Council Meeting - Mon Feb 25th
The next Social Planning
Council of Williams Lake and Area is being held on Monday, Feb 25th from 11:30
am - 1:00 pm in the Community Futures Board room downtown Williams Lake. Join
us over lunch for always interesting
discussions, a chance to network with others, and time to share your thoughts at
the SPC table. A reminder and agenda will be sent out the Friday before. Mark
your calendars and bring a friend!
3) CTC & Positive Action:
Word of the Week The
Positive Action word of the week is Happiness: To feel good about who you are and what you do.
If you would like more background information about The Communities That Care (CTC)
Program, Positive Action or the word of
the week, please contact Barb Jones, CTC Facilitator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 250-305-4838
4) Register Now! What WORKS: Designing Employment Solutions - Feb 26th
Employers are struggling to find and keep good employees. Many job
seekers are struggling to find and maintain employment. Employers want and need
to recruit and retain employees and current and prospective employees want to
find employment that meets their needs. Jobs are there, people are looking for
(or hoping for) work, but too often the two are not connecting.
This event will bring together employers and community services to focus
on finding solutions.
Inspired by keynote speaker Kristi Fairholm Mader, who will share
creative solutions to employment challenges, and by a panel of local success
stories, we will tackle the following questions with a goal of designing
tangible local solutions for implementation:
How can we help employers better understand the
capabilities, aspirations and challenges of employees so they can attract
and keep them as employees?
How can we help employees better understand the
requirements of the employer, the challenges they (employee) may have in
meeting those requirements, so they can get and keep that job?
5) Regional Workshops - Free to not-for-profits & businesses
affected by the 2017 wildfires
In Williams Lake, the
following workshops are being offered:
Occupational First Aid Level
1 @ TRU Feb 19th from 8am - 5pm (note: there is a waiting list started)
Transportation Endorsement @
TRU Feb 20th from 8am - 5pm
WHIMIS @ TRU Feb 21 from 1 -
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
@ TRU Feb 22nd from 8am - 5pm
Tax Help for Small Business @
Community Futures in Williams Lake Feb 27th from 9am - 12pm
To register for these workshops: Go to www.cfwildfire.ca/workshops or call
250-392-3626 - seating is limited.
There is also online training free for businesses and
Lunch 'n Learn - Review employment
laws surrounding Human Rights issues with Employment Lawyer Paula Krawus Feb
21st from 12 - 1pm
Marketing & Sales - Right
on Target Feb 11th from 1 - 4pm
Business Operations - Your
Pathway to Success Feb 22nd from 8:30 - 12pm
Financial Management - In the
Black Feb 25th from 1 - 4:30pm
To register for this online training: Go to www.cfwildfire.ca/workshops and once you
register a website link and login will be emailed to you the day before.
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
7) 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.
centralcaribooarts.com/performances-in-the-park for more information or to
apply today - deadline is Mar 2, 2019.
8) Anime Club Open House - Boys
& Girl Club Feb 11th
on Monday, February 11th from 3 - 5 pm for
the new program ANIME CLUB program that will begin tentatively on March 4th
afterschool on Mondays. Come for the snacks, stay for the fun. The Boys and
Girls Club is looking for community input for their new Anime Club.
this onto everyone you know that might be interested in joining in. There
is NO cost to the program and we are very excited to have this option for
children/youth in the community. If you
have any further questions please don’t hesitate in contacting the club.
Deana Conde Garza
Girls Club of Williams Lake & District
Lake, BC V2G 1J6
392-5730 ext #204
9) A Free Family Event - Great Backyard Bird
Count Feb 17
The Williams Lake
Field Naturalists Presents: A Free Family Event - Great Backyard Bird Count.
Learn to identify
those fascinating feathered visitors with local birding expert Cathy Koot and
Environmental Educators Kim Zalay and Bill Gilroy. Short ID introduction with
frozen and stuffed specimens to compare with bird books. Count birds at the
Nature House feeders and play a game to learn about the different types of
beaks that birds have.
17 from 1pm to 3pm
Scout Island Nature
If you cannot come
to this event, you can still be a citizen scientist by counting birds at your
feeders from February 15 – 18 and submitting you findings at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/
Help create a
real-time snapshot of where the birds are!
10) Volunteers Wanted - Williams
Lake Community Council for Restorative Justice
To make a difference in your community
consider taking the first step towards becoming a Restorative Justice
Dates: March 7th, Thursday (5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m); March 8th, Friday (5:30-9:30
p.m.); March 9th, Saturday (10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
Pioneer Complex: 351 Hodgson Road
more information please contact Sandra Hawkins:
11) Not sure about your English Skills? Free Language
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 email@example.com or drop into the CCPL office at 118 C North
First Ave in Williams Lake. Visit www.caribooliteracy.com for more information.
12) 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
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).
13) LEAP! Course - 8 week Local Entrepreneurship
The Local Entrepreneurship
Accelerator Program (LEAP!) is an 8-week business course for aspiring business
owners in the Cariboo Chilcotin region
looking to make additional income or start a new career.
It is a partnership with three Community Futures offices (Ashcroft,
Williams Lake and Quesnel) and SFU.This
is a pilot project for SFU in rural BC.The program has been done in a few major centres but now for the first
time in rural BC.There will be 12
individuals total being picked for this program.
This program is for people who are passionate, action-oriented and
committed to seeing their idea through. You do not have to have experience; you
just need an entrepreneurial spirit.
During the program participants will identify a need in their community,
test and refine their business idea to fill the need, explore revenue streams
and profitability, crystallize community and social benefits, and begin
marketing their product or services.
Classes meet one night a
week, and are taught remotely by SFU instructors. If you are interested in
applying, contact Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 250-392-3626, Deadline to apply is
LEAP! will run throughout April and May 2019 – for eight (8) weeks, one
evening each week.The ‘Class Day’ will
be determined by the majority of the successful applicant’s availability.
Here’s how it works:
1) Complete and submit the application form.
2) Email or drop off the completed form at Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin.
If you require a hard-copy of the application, drop by our offices to pick one
3) We will contact you to let you know if you have made the shortlist.
3) If you are selected, we’ll meet, and you’ll learn about our program
and you can tell us about yourself and your business.
4) We will then decide on our final Candidates and invite you to attend
if you are selected.
A successful applicant is not someone with the perfect business idea,
but rather someone who is aware of a meaningful need in our community, and has
an idea for a business which could fill that need. Being resourceful and
determined is more important than business experience!
The registration cost is only $100 per participant as Community Futures Cariboo
Chilcotin will be funding 90% of the cost of the program for promising
entrepreneurial leaders. Deadline is
Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin
266 Oliver Street, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1M1
14) Sponsor & Donation Request: TRU Williams Lake
The eighth annual Thompson
Rivers University Williams Lake and TRU Grit Gala is taking place on Saturday
April 27th 2019. This is their primary fundraising event with the theme this
year being "Masquerade Ball". They invite us all to support them in
the following ways, which enables the Gala to raise funds for TRU Williams Lake
scholarships and bursaries.
Please consider supporting in
the following ways:
-Sponsorship, or private
-Live Auction item, or
-Silent Auction item
For more information on
sponsorship opportunities, questions or concerns please contact the Gala Chair,
Nancy Giesbrecht at 250-302-1052.
More details and tickets for
the event can be found online at tru.ca/williamslake/gala
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
email@example.com for more information!
These updates have been provided by the Social Planning Council of Williams Lake and Area.