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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, April 18, 2008

Imagine Williams Lake update

On April 9 we held our second community vitality session, focused on developing community action. The attendance was less than the initial meeting, but we are optimistic that there was an opportunity for some good discussion and planning. Priority items were identified as:
  • arts and culture centre;
  • youth and community leadership;
  • community sustainability review;
  • a buy local program;
  • First Nations outreach;
  • planning more community wide events;
  • youth outreach;

While some of these ideas have been talked about for some time, and other have existing initiatives started, this was a good opportunity to have community members share their ideas.

We expect to recieve a report on the second session soon.

The project team and steering committee will be reviewing the reports and notes from the sessions in preparation for planning the next steps.

Annual General Meeting June 19

The annual general meeting for the Social Planning Council will be held June 19 from 4-7 pm. Location to be announced at a later date.

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.

To reach our Coordinator Jessica Dunn please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or call 250-243-2126. Our Mailing Address is Box 20045, Williams Lake BC V2G 4R1

To reach the Communites that Care Project Manager Carla Bullinger please email comthatcare@sd27.bc.ca 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