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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.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Community Updates – Feb 17, 2012

1) Dr. Martin Brokenleg’s: Creating a Positive Youth Culture: Recommended for all who work with and care for youth:

When: 9:00am - 3:00pm March 2, 2012
Location: Williams Lake Campus, Gymnasium
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free (but please register)

Dr. Martin Brokenleg consults worldwide and serves as the Dean of the Circle of Courage Institute. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School. He is an Emeritus Professor and was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of Native American Theology and Ministries at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was Professor of Native American studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also been a director of The Neighborhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counselor. Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, and South Africa. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe practicing the culture of his Lakota people.

Dr. Brokenleg’s topics will include:
Creating a Positive Youth Culture/Growing Your Own Kids
Mobilizing the Community
Community Talking Circle

Lunch provided for registered youth and students - RSVP Required.Child-minding for children ages 4 and up will be provided for registeredparticipants - RSVP Required. To register email eventswl@tru.ca or fax 250-392-4984. Registration Form available online at http://events.tru.ca/event/2012/dr-martin-brokenleg

2) Dr. Glen Schmidt is coming to Williams Lake on March 15th to discuss The Social Aspects of Economic Growth. This free speaker series is presented by The City of Williams Lake, The Social Planning Council and The Community Development Institute at UNBC.

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall Williams Lake
Cost: Free
Poster: Attached – please print up a copy for your organization.

ABSTRACT: Dr. Glen Schmidt, Associate Professor, Acting Chair
School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia

The present economic downturn lends a sense of urgency and importance to encouraging growth and development. Even in good economic times one would be hard pressed to find political and community leaders opposed to new opportunities that create employment and enhance community viability. However, growth and development does not happen without social cost. The influx of workers, rapid population growth, localized inflation, pressure on infrastructure, and bifurcation factors create tension and raise issues that are not always considered as communities plan for significant growth. It is important to be aware of these costs and the potential effect on the social fabric of communities.

A professor with 17 years of experience at UNBC, Dr. Schmidt has served in various roles at the School of Social Work including: Field Director, BSW Coordinator, MSW Coordinator, and Program Chair. Glen has continued to be involved in direct practice on a part-time basis. He works primarily in the area of mental health and employee assistance. He is a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) in the Province of British Columbia.

For information please contact:
Anne Burrill at aburrill@williamslake.ca 250-392-8480 or
Jessica Knodel at spc-coordinator@xplornet.com

3) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society:

BC Arts and Culture Week - Funding available:
Mark your calendars for BC Arts and Culture Week scheduled to take place from Sunday, April 22 to Saturday, April 28. Thanks to funding support from the BC Arts Council, ArtsBC will once again offer a limited number of grants to assist community and regional arts councils with their BC Arts and Culture Week initiatives. Applications are available on the ArtsBC website with a deadline of Friday, February 24, 2012.
The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation: Cultural and Creative Arts
The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation has provided funding to the cultural and creative arts communities of British Columbia since its inception in 1955. Eligible disciplines include: the visual arts, theatre, music, dance, festivals, heritage organizations, community arts councils, arts education, media arts, and libraries, particularly in smaller communities. Information is available on the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation website, with a deadline of February 28, 2012.

Canadian Heritage: Building Communities through Arts and Heritage:
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. The Program will increase opportunities, through festivals and other events and projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. Funding is available through three separate components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and The Legacy Fund. Information is available on the Canadian Heritage website with a deadline of Sunday, April 1, 2012.

Arts in Education Council of BC Fund:
The Arts in Education Council of BC Fund offers small grants or awards to pay the fees of teachers, artists or other individuals presenting workshops, clinics or seminars designed to increase the appreciation of the arts and professional development of teachers in BC schools.
Small grants of up to $500 are awarded to organizations to assist in the presentation of professional development workshops, clinics or seminars designed to increase the appreciation of the arts for teachers in BC schools especially at the elementary level. Information is available on the ArtStarts website with deadlines of April 6 and October 5, 2012.

Canadian Heritage: Canadian Arts Presentation Fund:
The objective of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) is to give Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. The CAPF recognizes that arts presenters are key partners in achieving this objective by providing financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series, as well as their support organizations. Funding is available through two components: Programming Component and Development Component. Information is available on the Canadian Heritage website, with a deadline of April 30, 2012 for applicants with activities starting between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012.

Webinar on Audiences, Markets and Engagement in the Performing Arts
The Performing Arts Alliance is presenting an exciting webinar for performing arts managers and marketers. Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2-3pm (ET) Presenter: Kelly Hill, President, Hill Strategies ResearchRegistration is free for members of a Performing Arts Alliance association (Canadian Dance Assembly, CAPACOA, Opera.ca, Orchestras Canada, PACT). Registration is $25.00 + HST for all other participants.

This webinar will highlight key information on performing arts audiences, marketing and engagement, with an emphasis on research findings that performing arts managers and marketers can apply to their day-to-day work in the sector. The presentation will include information about performing arts attendance, consumer spending, audience motivations and audience engagement. The goal of the session is to leave participants with relevant data that can help them increase the efficiency of their marketing, fundraising and communication endeavors, as well as inspiring participants to find new ways of reaching audiences and sponsors.

Beginner Drawing Classes
March 2, 6:30 - 8:30pm, March 3, 10am - 3pm, and March 4, 10am - 3pm at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre, Cost is $60, all proceeds to the Cariboo Arts Society, Supplies: pencil and paper - your choice

Contact: Anne Kohut, 250-392-6020 or email annekohut@live.caRegister your name before February 17th. Pay on site Friday, March 2nd (cash or cheque to Cariboo Arts Society)

After School Art Classes at the Station House Gallery
The classes run Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with two classes each day. The first class is from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm and the second is from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Classes will be taught by Instructor Rachel Walker. Topics will be exploration of color, light, and shadow, and how to "see" like an artist. For $150.00 including materials, through ten classes, students will create original paintings, working with watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, and mixed media, and even be introduced to master artists. Rachel is very flexible in regards to the ten classes, so if one is missed, it can be made up for later on - punch cards of 10 classes are $150.

Contact Diane at the Station House for more info - 250.392.6113 or diane@stationhousegallery.com


ARTS FEST 2012 - Regional Juried Art Show - April 27, 2012 – May 25, 2012 Deadline: March 15, 2012 Application information is available on the CIRAC website

COMMUNITY ROOTS: Inspirations from the Potato House
Submit your artwork inspired by 49 Borland Street in Williams Lake and the past, present, and future of the Potato House Project. Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Station House Gallery from July 6 - September 1, 2012. Deadline: May 31, 2012 Application forms are available on the Potato House Project website.

Call for Exhibition Proposals for 2013
The Station House Gallery is seeking submissions (individuals or groups) to submit proposals for the 2013 exhibition year. Deadline: August 31, 2012. More information is available on the Station House Gallery website.

OTHER NEWS: Amendments to the BC Society Act
The BC Society Act outlines the rules that govern BC's more than 26,000 societies. As defined by the province, the Act is the statute that provides "rules for the registration and corporate governance of not-for-profit entities." The BC Government has proposed amendments which could affect your organization, and is offering two in-person sessions (Vancouver and Victoria) and one 'virtual' session. These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn more about the proposed amendments from Ministry of Finance officials, and help you to consider the comments you may wish to send to the Ministry of Finance by their submission deadline of April 30, 2012. Ministry of Finance policy and legislation specialists will be available to answer questions. Virtual - Conference Call: Thursday, February 16th from 2pm - 4pm (contact the CCACS)

Send written feedback by April 30th, in electronic form to Ministry of Finance via fcsp@gov.bc.ca with "Comments - Society Act Discussion Paper" in the subject line of your email. If you wish to send comments in paper format, please direct them to: Finance and Corporate Sector Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance, PO Box 9418 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9V1

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Community Updates - Feb 3, 2012

Presentation March 15th with the Social Planning Council & City of Williams Lake:

Save the date… Glen Schmidt from UNBC is coming to Williams Lake on Mar 15 from 6 – 8 pm to present “The Social Aspects of Rapid Economic Growth”. This presentation describes how inextricable linked economic growth and social development are. Everyone is invited and his presentation is brought to you for free by the Social Planning Council and the City of Williams Lake. More information will be sent out shortly.

Womens Contact Society:

Womens Conference - The Womens Contact Society in partnership with TRU is hosting a Womens Conference at TRU on Saturday Mar 10 from 8 – 4:30 pm. The focus of this particular conference is for women who own homebased businesses and how to run them most effectively. Some topics include dealing with difficult people, personal budgeting, women and leadership, stress managements and marketing strategies. There is also a keynote speaker discussing women and stress. The cost is $50/person (with subsidies available for those with limited incomes) and includes lunch and child minding . If you register by Feb 20th you get an early bird price. Please contact the Womens Contact Society for more information.

International Womens Day - On March 9th the Womens Contact Society is hosting their annual dinner to celebrate. This dinner is taking place at TRU and you can get more information by calling the Womens Contact Society.

“Set for Success” is a new Program which provides professional clothing for women looking to join the workforce. This program is donation based and there are lots of clothing already available. If you know someone who could use this program, please tell them about it.

On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Salvation Army there is a Womens only fitness program with Ellen Paynton and is free of charge.

On the last Tuesday of each month there is a monthly womens get -together that is free of charge and child minding is provided.

Emotional Health Day lunch is on Feb 7th from 12 – 1 pm at the Contact Society.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy:

The “reach a reader” campaign - was a successful event that raised over $1500 – thank-you to everyone who participated.

The first Aboriginal Empowerment Gathering was a well attended and successful event. To learn about future gatherings please contact Janette Moller at 250-392-8161 partnerassistedlearning@gmail.com or June Striegler 250-392-8130 jstriegler@shaw.ca

Family Fest 2012 is this Sunday Feb 5th from 10 am – 2 pm at Marie Sharpe School Gym. This community event is put on by Success By 6 and the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy to celebrate families and supporting lifelong literacy. These events are free and everyone is welcome. There will be games, crafts and puppets, face painting, balloons, storytelling, bookwalk, book swap, door prizes and more. Snacks and drinks provided.

Council of Canadians Next Meeting – Friday Feb 3rd at 10 am (today)

The venue for the Council of Canadian's meeting with David Williams from Friends of Nemiah (a strategizing session regarding Prosperity Mines proposal ) has been changed from the library to the TNG board room at 253 4th Ave. N. Visit http://www.williamslakecouncilofcanadians.ca/CofC/Home.html for more information.

Enterprising Non-Profits Workshop with the United Way

United Way and the City of Kamloops are co-hosting a FREE workshop on Tuesday, March 27th from 9-4:30pm on Enterprising Non-Profits (ENP). Please see the attached poster. You will need to register with ENP – see link on poster. There are only 35 spots so register soon. Please contact Danalee Coates for more information at danalee@unitedwaytnc.ca or call 250-372-9933.

Salvation Army Family Services Update: by Claudine Kadonaga

The Addictions Program at the Salvation Army is starting; two counselors hired for February St and program development under way. The first intensive 60 day rotation is slated to commence April St and will have space for twelve to fifteen clients. For the first year (during the development stage) the Intensive Addictions Day Program will have no client user fees, and will operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 PM with some evening and weekend supports.

The Outpatient Addictions Day Program is a holistic treatment for drug and alcohol dependency and includes; Psycho-educational programming & group , One-to-one counseling, Spiritual Development, Volunteer Component, Fitness Component, Creative Arts Component, Peer interaction. Clients can be self referred or sent to us through other agencies. An intake appointment will be made and assessment and treatment plan drawn. Client will either be admitted into the Out Patient Day Program or referred to a residential treatment program.

The Fitness Room is open to anyone free of charge Monday to Friday during regular drop-in hours. Fitness instructor Ellen Painting teaches Yoga and Strength classes Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 AM. We are looking for other instructors who would be willing to donate one hour a week to offer group classes in Aerobics, self defense, etc. We will be hiring Ellen to teach a group instructor's course to any volunteers who will then donate time to teach classes.

Renovations of building to meet the BC Building code was completed this weekend.... Funds for the Kitchen renovation have been secured and we hope to have a fully commercial kitchen before the summer.

An entry Level 'Kitchen Prep' course will be offered free of charge to clients. Four spaces available each month and is operated through the Soup Kitchen. The course will run for four weeks and students will be taught food safe, receive instruction and hands-on experience in the use of small and large commercial kitchen appliances, develop dependability and good work ethics. Upon successful completion of the one month training, participants will receive a certificate of completion and a letter of reference that can be utilized when applying for a job in the food industry.

TRUE has been approached regarding a partnership for education operating out of the newly renovated commercial kitchen in the fall. Possibilities are Camp Cook course, Chef's course, or a full Culinary Arts program where students prepare a four course meal and then offer the public the opportunity of an evening of fancy dining.

The Food Bank is well stocked through the generous donations of the public. We also have received three shipments from the Canada Food Bank Association. We have a surplus and currently have a skid of each: Diapers, Formula, Life Style Cookies, and Crackers: Plus boxes of Bran Muffin Mix, Chocolates, and Teddy Grahms. The Food Bank would like to share with any agency that can utilize or distribute these products. Also available are paper towels and bleach for any agency that could use these in their facility. Please call Sabrina at 250-392-2423 to place an order. She will assemble the product and have it ready for pick up when requested. If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible. The excess product is currently sitting in the kitchen, the area that will soon become the new walk-in Freezer/Fridge. For more information please email claudine_kadonaga@can.salvationarmy.org.

Boys and Girls Club:

It’s time for our Annual General Meeting and Celebration. As always, our AGM’s dispense with the “business” aspects quickly so that we can quickly move along to the celebration of our year. This year, we will be acknowledging our appreciation to the many youth and adult volunteers who are key to the fabric of our organization. The AGM is on Feb 15th at 5:30 pm (light dinner included). Please RSVP (so we make sure we have enough food! ) to: isher@noopa.org or call 250-392-5730.Thank you, and we hope to see you, Monica Johnson

Full day Programming - There is space available for full day programs for non-instructional teaching days this school year. The goal is to provide an extended learning opportunity and exposure to new and fun activities. Please contact the Club for more information.

Healthy Choices Healthy Food – There will soon be opportunities at the Club for youth to learn about food and nutrition and how to cook these foods up. Bryce from New World Café comes and teaches cooking classes!

Mobile Medical Clinic – Progress has been made towards converting the old Noopa bus into an operational mobile medical clinic for the community. More details will be forwarded as this project progresses.

The Latest from BC Statistics:

The latest report on the Inequality Gap from BC Stats is attached for you to read & distribute.

Child Development Centre:

The Child Development Centre provides no-cost infant massage classes and pelvic floor training sessions. Registration is required and please bring 2 bath towels and extra diapers. These classes are taking place on the following Tuesdays Feb 7, 14, 21, and 28th 2012 from 10:30 – 11:30 am at 540 Borland Street (3rd floor). Contact the Public Health office at 250-305-5000 for more info or to register.

The Skills Plus Program at TRU:

This program has received funding to continue their skills building program. There is space available in this program which will focus on basic computer training and has time schedules designed to fit around those will full time employment including the mines. This is a 65 hour program and for more information please contact Betty Turatus at bturatus@tru.ca

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