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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.



Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Reminder Feb 22 Community Focus Group

UPCOMING REMINDER:

The Social Planning Council is holding a Community Focus Group for the online community resource web page which will connect residents and non-profits with each other to enhance the accessibility of programs and services available to residents. Monday, Feb 22, 11:30 am – 2pm (lunch) at City Hall (rsvp appreciated but NOT required). Call 250-243-2126 or email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com for more info. This is to determine how our local website will be setup – everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, February 1, 2010

December 10, 2009 Meeting Highlights

Three updates from our December 10, 2009 meeting

1) Online Community Resource Database update:

The website developers have now begun working on the site design which will include a community calendar option (3 –4 months period) and they anticipate early to mid January for design completion.

The success of a project like this is entirely dependent on the involvement of the host community and the team will spend a day connecting with agencies to get more input at an upcoming Focus Group scheduled for February 22, 2010 11:30 – 2:00 pm at City Hall.

After that, we will continue to connect online to receive new entries and updates, year round, while also annually completing a full, proactive update, making phone contact with each and every program administrator to ensure all listings continue to be current.

For more information please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com

2) CTC Update:

Anne Burrill, Rob Smith, and new Project Manager Carrie Sundahl are in Anahim Lake today for Community Action Plan training. Williams Lake training will begin next week at TRU.

Creating a Community Action plan is the next step of the project. Using the data collected from the Community Assessment survey, this action plan will address the gaps in programming as identified by survey results. The question “What do we do now” is the goal of the Action Plan (timeline goal of March 31).

There are plans to hold a community forum to further include the general public towards the public release of the Community Assessment Report.

3) TRU Human Service Diploma student presentation:

Community Resources – 179 students Isabella Kreis and Megan Peach presented a summary of the project entitled “Me to We” which helps individuals find meaning in a material world in a positive and socially responsible way.

Their project involves bringing Inspirational Speaker Spencer West to Williams Lake Secondary School the morning of February 22, 2010

Spencer West’s speech focuses on: anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, overcoming obstacles, and the message that anyone can make a difference.

His recent presentation to more than 60K from GM Place in Vancouver (with Live Online Feed from Vancouver - Toronto) involving the Dalai Lama was very successful. Please visit the following webpage for more information http://www.metowe.com/speakers/SpencerWest/

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