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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, November 11, 2011

Community Updates

Community Updates – Nov 11, 2011

1) If you were unable to attend the Social Planning Council AGM and Social Development Strategy Input Session in partnership with the City of Williams Lake you can still have your voice heard. To participate online, please email aburrill@williamslake.ca or call 250-392-2311.

2) Municipal Election Kits are still available. View, print or download online at http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/CurrentIssues/MuniKit2011.pdf .

3) CCACS 2012 Grants Available

The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society is making grants available in 2012 for arts and culture in Williams Lake and the Central Cariboo (CRD Areas D, E, F).

Project Grants of between $300 and $2,000 are available for projects which
• Are new or build creatively on previous work
• Increase participation in arts & culture
• Must be completed before December 31, 2012

Operating Grants of up to $3,000 are available to assist registered non-profit arts and culture organizations in developing and enhancing their arts and culture programming.

The deadline for applications is Monday, January16, 2012 at 5pm, and full details, adjudication criteria and application requirements can be obtained by visiting www.centralcaribooarts.com or by request from info@centralcaribooarts.com.

Awards will be made by the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake on the recommendation of the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society

For further information please contact CCACS Coordinator Leah Selk at 778-412-9044 or email info@centralcaribooarts.com

4) Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Funding is available. Schools can apply for up to $3500 and daycares to $2000 to go towards school ground greening and food garden projects across Canada. There are three more deadlines to submit an application for the 2011 – 2012 school year (Dec 2, 2011 March 16, 2012, and Jun 1, 2012). Contact Evergreen at 1-888-426-3138 or email info@evergreen.ca for more information.

5) The Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society invites you to the following workshops.

Grant Applications: A Grantor’s View: November 17, 2011, 6pm – 9pm, at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre with Instructor: Graham Kelsey. Registration: No charge. Please register at 778-412-9044 or info@centralcaribooarts.com. The workshop will introduce commonly made pitfalls in grant applications (e.g. budgeting, project description etc.) Participants will be engaged in working on how to avoid them.

Running Productive Meetings: DATE HAS CHANGED TO JANUARY 12, 2012 6pm – 9pm, at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre with Instructor: Graham Kelsey. Registration: No charge. Please register with the CCACS at 778-412-9044 or email info@centralcaribooarts.com. Participants will learn the basics of preparing, chairing and constructively participating in meetings that are efficient, effective and stimulating.

Building an Artist Portolio: January 21, 2012, 9am – 12:30pm, at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre with Instructor: Cat Fink. Registration: Cost is $20 per individual, or $35 includes registration for “Creating Artist Proposals”. Please register by January 13, 2011. This workshop is on the basics of creating your portfolio.

Creating Artist Proposals: January 21, 2012, 1:30pm – 5pm, at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre with Instructor: Cat Fink. Registration: Cost is $20 per individual, or $35 includes registration for “Building an Artist Portfolio”. Please register by January 13, 2011. This workshop is on the basics of putting together a proposal for entry to group shows, solo shows, and residencies.

To register or for more information please contact Leah Selk, Coordinator , Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, 778-412-9044, info@centralcaribooarts.com

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