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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.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

AGM October 19, 2009 - TRU 5:30 pm

The Social Planning Council of Williams Lake invites you to our Annual General Meeting October 19, 2009 at Thompson Rivers University with keynote speaker Seth Klein from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives presenting "A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC" on why BC needs a poverty reduction plan, the ways in which we all pay for poverty, the key components of an effective plan, and why there is nothing inevitable about poverty in a province as wealthy as ours.

Dinner and regular AGM business starts at 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
Seth Klein presents, with questions to follow from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

This event is open to the public and we encourage you to tell others about Keynote Seth Klein presenting in Williams Lake starting at 7pm.

RSVP not required but appreciated to :spc-coordinator@xplornet.com, (1)-250-243-2126

Williams Lake Food Policy Council and Food Action Plan

The Social Planning Council is happy to announce that on July 9, 2009 a formal motion to accept Food Policy Council as a standing subcommittee of the Social Planning Council was passed with unanimous support.

Tatjana Bates (Interior Health, Public Health provided an update on the Food Policy Council’s (FPC) initiatives. Started in September 2006 the FPC has an opportunity for funding to continue their Food Action Plan which includes a year round food cooperative located at the old Petro Canada station. Already the FPC has a Farm to School salad bar which feeds 160 students twice a week, Choices for Youth program, and an upcoming October Festival to showcase and serve food out of the park to people in need.

The Goals of the Food Action Plan include: Increasing Access to local grown food, promoting self sufficiency, promote food security policies, and provide healthy food in support of a viable local food economy.

For more information contact Tatjana at Tatjana.Bates@interiorhealth.ca, 250-302-5010

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