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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, May 25, 2012

Community Updates May 25th 2012

Community Updates – May 25, 2012

1) The annual Williams Lake Children’s Festival is on Sunday May 27th in Boitanio Park from 10 am – 3 pm. Bring the whole family for sun, fun and entertainment.

2) The Williams Lake SPCA invites you to shop for or donate household items, clothing, tools, toys and furniture for their annual garage sale on May 26th in the Save on Foods parking lot from 9 am – 2 pm. Every dollar raised stays at the local shelter for animal care and treatment. Items can be dropped off at the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital or the SPCA shelter before the day of the sale.

3) The next SPC monthly meeting is Monday May 28th from 11:30 am – 1 pm at City Hall (lunch provided). Come to discuss and develop strategies around Poverty Reduction and the Living Wage Campaign within Williams Lake.

4) At the Library on Wednesday May 30th starting at 7pm, watch the NFB film screening of “The Hole Story” and post film discussions. The Hole Story explores environmental concerns and mining operations. Check out a preview at http://www.onf-nfb.gc.ca/eng/collection/film/?id=58735

5) Kids Running for Kids Garage Sale Fundraiser is on Tuesday May 29th from 9 am – 2 pm at Mountview Elementary School. This event is raising funds for the Childrens Hospital, and you can still rent a table or donate items to the Kids table. Hot dogs, drinks, coffee and chips will also be available for sale. Contact Carrie at 250-392-7449 or email carrieknow@shaw.ca for more information.

6) Accessibility Awards - A reminder that Friday is the last day to submit nominations for the Williams Lake Accessibility Advisory Committee’s Accessibility Award of Merit. The committee invites the public to nominate groups or businesses that have made a significant contribution to improve accessibility within the City of Williams Lake. Awards will be announced during a Council meeting in June.

Award Nomination Guidelines:

• Businesses nominated must be located within the City of Williams Lake boundaries.

• Individuals could live outside the boundaries, but must provide a service to the citizens of Williams Lake.

• Individuals, Organizations and Businesses are eligible for nominations.

Nomination Guidelines:

• The nominee has demonstrated a commitment to increase accessibility above and beyond what is required by law or regulation.

• The nominee has improved accessibility for persons with disabilities and/or special needs.

• The business, individual or group being nominated must have provided a service for the people of Williams Lake.

• The nominator must provide strong evidence in support of the nominee’s contribution and/or commitment. Letters of support will enhance the nomination.

• Nominators can submit more than one nomination.

• Nominators cannot nominate themselves.

• Improvements or contributions should have occurred in the past two years.

• Accessibility photographs would be useful to the Selection Committee.

Nomination forms can be found online at www.williamslake.ca, or the attached nomination from can be completed and forwarded to the Williams Lake Accessibility Advisory Committee at:

Williams Lake Accessibility Advisory Committee
c/o Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex
525 Proctor Street, Williams Lake, BC V2G 4J1
Email: acail@williamslake.ca
Fax: 250.398.7884

7) The Rivershed Society of BC is hosting its annual Rivershed Forum at Gavin Lake the first weekend in June. This Forum draws participants from throughout the Fraser River Basin. The agenda, registration form & other particulars are posted on rivershed.com. Of particular interest to local participants will be a Saturday am session which focuses on the benefits of local organizations partnering with the Rivershed Society in the hosting of a candidate for the Sustainable Living Leadership Program, an annual 3 week trip down the Fraser River where the participants develop a project to take back to their community. More info is available about the SLLP on the website.
Feel free to attend the whole Forum, or just come for the morning session & have lunch for a donation towards the food. We'd love to have your input!! If you're coming just for the morning session, please indicate that somewhere on the registration form.
8) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society update is available by email.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Community Updates - May 4, 2012

Community Updates – May 4th

1) Seedy Saturday May 5th - tomorrow at Herb Gardner Park on Oliver Street starting at 10 am is Seedy Saturday - a grassroots celebration of seeds, plants, food and community hosted by the Williams Lake Food Policy Council in partnership with the Oliver Street Market. Swap, sell, trade, buy locally grown and saved seeds and seedlings and bedding plants for your garden – everything is GMO free. Later in the day from 2- 4 pm at the Cariboo Lodge Garden (Borland & 4th Ave) come to the open house/work party to beautify the site and get beds ready for planting.

2) Walk for Harmony May 8th - Come Celebrate Multiculturalism by supporting the International Day for the Elimination of Racism on Tuesday, May 8th 2012 with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Walk for Harmony. The Event starts at Boitanio Park at 11:30 am with a walk through town ending at Spirit Square for ethnic refreshments. Posters created by local students are being displayed by local businesses on the walk’s route, so come & show your support. For more info contact Marilyn Livingston or Tom Salley at 250-302-9119

3) Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex’s KidSport Classic Run - taking place on June 24, KidSport™ is a community based sport-funding program established in 1993 and provides grants for children ages 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice. There are over 35 community chapters in BC and over 175 chapters across Canada, including here in Williams Lake. On Jun 24th the Cariboo Memorial Complex is holding the Kidsport Classic Run. Funds raised goes towards fulfilling its mission of eliminating the financial barriers to sport participation, ‘So ALL Kids Can Play!’ For more information, please visit www.kidsport.ca or activewilliamslake.com.

In Williams Lake on Sunday Jun 24th from 8 – 11:30 am, the run will follow a scenic tour around the lake and meander back to Boitanio Park. 1/2 Marathon, 10 km Walk/Run and 2 - 4 member relay are the distances. Students cost $10 and $25 for adults.

WHY KIDSPORT? By providing kids with an opportunity to participate in sport programs, KidSport encourages:

• developing early physical activity habits that will help increase the probability that kids will remain active in adulthood

• getting kids active in sport programs when they are young to develop a strong and healthy community for the future

• helping to create these opportunities for sport participation and playing a significant role in supporting many under-represented families in Canada facing economic obstacles

4) Williams Lake Fire Department’s open house is May 6th – the community is invited and the whole family can come meet the members of their local fire department, enjoy a hot dog barbecue, check out the fire trucks and the fire hall, and learn about safety in the Safety House. There will also be other games and activities at the event, beginning at 10 a.m.

At noon, firefighters from the Williams Lake Department and other regional departments will compete in the firefighter challenge. The firefighters will also wash cars in their famous “rinse cycle.”

5) Salvation Army Programs - The Salvation Army has a number of programs available for residents in Williams Lake. Brochures and posters with more information are available including: Intensive Addictions Recovery Day Program, SOS (Women’s Skills of Success), Fitness Centre, Women Self Awareness Workshop, and Day Programs. Please call Community Services at 250-305-2492 or stop by the Salvation Army at 272 Borland Street for more info.

6) Next SPC meeting date correction – Monday May 28th from 11:30 am – 1 pm at City Hall.

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