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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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Job Opportunity - Living Wage Project

Funds granted by the Social Development Working Group (SDWG) of CCBAC, to the SPC to administer a research project to calculating the Living Wage for the Williams Lake area have been received. We are actively looking to fill the position to complete this project (see description below).

The Social Planning Council of Williams Lake and Area is seeking an individual to complete a Living Wage & Poverty Reduction research project to produce a useful working document for social service agencies and levels of City government to use in future social planning initiatives. Responsible to the Board of Directors of the Social Planning Council while receiving support/research supervision, this is a contract position for 200 hours at $20/hour to be completed by September 30, 2010. Please submit resumes to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or by mail to Box 20045, Williams Lake B.C. V2G 4R1 on or before July 1, 2010.

May 13 & 14th Workshops were a Success

More than 160 community members attended the May 13 & 14th Mark Totten Workshops held in Williams Lake.

The Mark Totten Presentations were direct and engaging. He is an expert on at risk youth and gang involvement and his presentation focused on getting people educated with prevention program goals. A key lesson he taught is that “[if we keep doing the same thing, things won’t change]”. The goal of his presentations was to move the CTC process forward and he helped achieve this goal. With teachers, parent, CDC staff, health nurses among the crowd his message was well heard. More people want to join in the CTC process and by September there will be programs in place.

Positive outcomes included an increase in community involvement, a better understanding of EB programs and the CTC project, a strong partnership with the School District and increased knowledge on the screening and selection process for implementing EB programs into our community.

Mark Totten commented while visiting Williams Lake that our community is much further along than many communities on addressing these issues, and in the amount of service coordination that takes place between our local organizations.

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