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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, April 27, 2012

Community Updates – Apr 27, 2012

Community Updates – Apr 27, 2012


1) Update on the National Crime Prevention Centre’s (NCPC) Youth Gang Prevention Fund Project – please see the attached letter of intent and application fund provided to the SPC from Nancy Gale.
2) Bike Registration - The City of Williams Lake encourages all bicycle owners to register their bicycles in its Bike Protection Program. Bicycle owners can complete a registration form including a photograph of their bicycle. The owner retains the information, and in the event the bike is lost or stolen, he or she can bring the form to City Bylaw Services. This will assist the bylaw department in identifying bikes and owners, reuniting owners with lost or stolen bicycles. Registration forms are available at www.wiliiamslake.ca, City Hall and local bicycle stores. There is no fee for the Bike Protection Program.
“Bicycles are a high theft item in Williams Lake, and the City wants to reduce thefts,” says Councillor Laurie Walters, Chair of the City’s Community Services Committee. “By registering your bike, you can increase the chances of having your missing or stolen bike returned to you.”
A City representative will be in attendance at a bike rodeo May 13, 2012 at the Canadian Tire parking lot from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to help owners register their bicycles.
In addition, the City will assist with registrations again at the Pedal by the Puddle June 10th, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Gun-A-Noot Trail, near the old Williams Lake Airport. For more information, please contact the City at 250-392-2311.
3) Communities that Care presents RAP Training (Response Ability Pathways) Through the Circle of Courage Institute
REGISTRATION
When: May 23rd & 24th , 2012
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 p.m
Where: TBA
The Circle of Courage® has piloted an innovative curriculum which offers "basic training" for all who deal with challenging children and youth. Response Ability Pathways®, or simply RAP, provides essential strength-based strategies for all who deal with young persons in family, school, or community.
Response Abilities Pathways (RAP) is based on the Circle of Courage Model. It looks at resilience and positive youth development based on the universal needs of children (ie. Belonging, Mastery, Independence & Generosity). RAP teaches those who work with youth how to look beyond the outside child to the inside child and provides a guideline utilizing a process called Connect, Clarify and Restore. RAP outlines easy strategies to use to help connect with youth and build rapport.
How:

Two members from each of our Community Board partner organizations are invited to attend this excellent – and free! – training event. You must attend both days and be able to participate for the entire day.
To register email Carla ASAP at comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca Put RAP Registration in the subject line. For more information on RAP including a workshop outline visit http://www.circleofcourageinstitute.org/

4) Come Celebrate Multiculturalism by supporting the International Day for the Elimination of Racism on Tuesday, May 8th 2012
Event starts at Boitanio Park at 11:30 am with a walk through town ending at Spirit Square for ethnic refreshments.
For more information call Marilyn Livingston or Tom Salley Multicultural Coordinator 250 302 9119 at the Canadian Mental Health Association - Cariboo Chilcotin Branch
5) Update from the Regional Library

Tuesday April 24, 4pm: Make your own duct tape wallet – Youth Advisory Council – free event for youths 13-18

Wednesday April 25, 7pm: Wiebo’s War National Film Board Screening

May 1-5, 10am-4:30pm: LIBRARY BOOK SALE! Volunteers needed. Call 250-392-3630 or come to the front desk for details.

6) Reminder - On Saturday April 28th, the Boys and Girls Club is hosting a free community education workshop. Entitled, "Are you a Prepared Parent? Have you had the talk yet?”, the workshop will be led by certified Sexual Health Educator and local Outreach Nurse Patti Murphy.

The aim of the workshop is to encourage parents to be askable adults and provide them with the resources required to do so. Topics covered will include: being an askable parent, building healthy relationships, what is age-appropriate discussion, negotiation, healthy decision-making, creating dialogue with teens, and current information on sexually transmitted infections (STI’s.)
The Forum is planned to run from 1:00pm-3:30 pm, seating is limited, and no registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. Location is Thompson Rivers University on Western Avenue, Room 1254. For more information phone Sally, Prevention Worker at 250-392-5730 or email prevention@noopa.org
About the presenter: Patti Murphy is a Certified Sexual Health Educator whose focus is on providing practical, current, and appropriate information for children, teens, and parents. With fifteen years of Community Health nursing experience in the Cariboo, Patti not only understands the pressures that children and teens feel; and appreciates the issues their parents face. She blends her knowledge as a sexual health educator with her nursing experience to create a reliable, safe and lighthearted learning environment for all. Passionate about increasing awareness in our communities regarding healthy sexuality through all stages of life. Patti is guided by her gentle spirit and values the importance of family, as a loving mother and grandmother.
7) Reminder – Seedy Saturday is on May 5th at Herb Gardner Park (in front of City Hall). Grow your own food this year with seeds from around the Cariboo.
8) The next SPC meeting is on May 27th from 11:30 am – 1 pm at City Hall.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Next SPC Monthly Meeting

The next SPC monthly meeting is Monday, Apr 23 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the City of Williams Lake (downstairs boardroom).

We will be setting priorities and action items and encourage your participation.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Community Updates April 13, 2012

1) Authors Fair: The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce is Hosting a Authors' Fair this Saturday April 14th from 10 – 3 pm at 1660 South Broadway. Come on Down and Meet the Local Authors! For more information Contact the Williams Lake Visitor Centre 250-392-5025.

2) April 21st Earth Day events at TRU

Morning: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium 9:30 – 12:30 pm http://www.changingthedream.ca/

Afternoon: Sustainability Forum from 1:30 – 4 pm - Learn about what sustainable projects are already happening in Williams Lake and let your voice be heard by participating at a discussion table.

Evening: Earth Day Extravaganza at TRU starts at 4:30 pm - The evening sponsored by the STEW Magazine will feature dinner & music, open mic, local arts, music and dance performances.

3) City of Williams Lake Junior Council is hosting a Youth Engagement Workshop on April 26th from 1 – 4 pm – Do you work with Youth? Want to involve youth in your organization? Highlights: Learn the youth engagement model, Identify in what ways young people are currently engaged, Learn barriers to youth engagement, Learn tools to become an ally, and Practice learned tools. To register, please contact Anne Burrill at 250-392-8480 or aburrill@williamslake.ca

4) On Saturday April 28th, the Boys and Girls Club is hosting a free community education workshop. Entitled, "Are you a Prepared Parent? Have you had the talk yet?”, the workshop will be led by certified Sexual Health Educator and local Outreach Nurse Patti Murphy.

The aim of the workshop is to encourage parents to be askable adults and provide them with the resources required to do so. Topics covered will include: being an askable parent, building healthy relationships, what is age-appropriate discussion, negotiation, healthy decision-making, creating dialogue with teens, and current information on sexually transmitted infections (STI’s.)

The Forum is planned to run from 1:00pm-3:30 pm, seating is limited, and no registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. Location is Thompson Rivers University on Western Avenue, Room 1254. For more information phone Sally, Prevention Worker at 250-392-5730 or email prevention@noopa.org

About the presenter: Patti Murphy is a Certified Sexual Health Educator whose focus is on providing practical, current, and appropriate information for children, teens, and parents. With fifteen years of Community Health nursing experience in the Cariboo, Patti not only understands the pressures that children and teens feel; and appreciates the issues their parents face. She blends her knowledge as a sexual health educator with her nursing experience to create a reliable, safe and lighthearted learning environment for all. Passionate about increasing awareness in our communities regarding healthy sexuality through all stages of life. Patti is guided by her gentle spirit and values the importance of family, as a loving mother and grandmother.

5) Update from the Recreation Complex - We are very happy that the pool is now up and running, as we have lots of events for summer taking place in and around the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

All of the staff at the Complex would like to thank you for your patience while we resolved the issue with the pool and took the necessary steps to repair it.

For a full list of programs that are now being offered through the complex, view the Spring & Summer 2012 Active Living Guide that was published on March 23rd. If you did not receive a guide in the Tribune's Weekender, you can pick up a copy at the CMRC or view it online at www.activewilliamslake.com.

6) The City of Williams Lake proclaimed April 26th as Pay it forward Day, and National Public Works Week May 20 – 26th. Visit www.payitforwardday.com or https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=229501883727397 for more information. On Apr 26th do something nice for someone.

7) To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Holistic Addiction Treatment Program’s Recovery Day Program, please call of email 250-305-2492 or wladdictions@shaw.ca

8) United Way’s Day of Caring® is a community initiative designed to foster a sense of caring through volunteerism. It is not a fund-raising event, but an opportunity for volunteers to undertake worthwhile projects for non-profit organizations. United Way matches business groups with non-profit organizations to paint, landscape, make food hampers or build a fence all while learning about the programs and services the organization has to offer. Last year we completed 35 Days of Caring® throughout the Thompson Nicola Cariboo Region with 415 volunteers totaling over 2250 volunteer hours. This year will be better than ever!If you would like to register to do a Day of Caring® with your organization or business or you are a community partner who would like to apply for a Day of Caring® to happen at your organization please email office@unitedwaytnc.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