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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, October 26, 2012

Community Updates – October 26, 2012

Community Updates – October 26, 2012
1) The Social Planning Council AGM is on Monday Nov 5th from 11:30 am – 1 pm (drop-in’s welcome)
Everyone from the community is invited to attend the Williams Lake Social Planning Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday Nov 5th from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Thompson Rivers University (free lunch is included). The event is an open room café-style gathering over lunch to discuss, share, participate, or just learn about initiatives including a) the local Poverty Reduction and Living Wage Campaign, b) Effective Community Collaboration, and c) Retention and Succession; Increasing overall community desirability and reduce “brain drains” and a “silver tsunami”.
The Social Planning Council (SPC) is a facilitative forum to share information, programs, projects, issues and connections between agencies, the City and Citizens. Their mandate is to inform, recognize, and celebrate social developments within Williams Lake and the surrounding Area. They are funded in part by The City of Williams Lake and the United Way. We meet monthly, share information and work together towards common goals. Join us monthly, or just stay informed by email updates or on Face Book (Socialplanning Council). Contact us at 250-243-2126, spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or visit us online at http://socialplanningcouncil.blogspot.ca/
2) For Immediate Release: UNITED WAY HAS $30,000 TO INVEST IN WILLIAMS LAKE
Williams Lake, BC – United Way has a remaining $30,000 to invest in Williams Lake non-profits after investing approximately $60,000 into the community on Monday. Investment decisions are made by the Williams Lake Community Impact Council. There is an opportunity for interested organizations to submit an application for funding up to $15,000 by November 9th.
For more information and to request an application package please contact Melissa Newberry at 250-392-8145 or melissa@unitedwaytnc.ca.
United Way works to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. United Way affects change in three focus areas; all that kids can be, from poverty to possibility and healthy people, strong communities.
For more information please contact:

Melissa Newberry
Community Development Associate – Cariboo
melissa@unitedwaytnc.ca
T. 250-392-8145
3) Communities that Care’s Positive Action Program’s WORD of the WEEK is:
"Success – To feel good about who you are, what you are doing, and how you treat others."
For more information contact Carla Bullinger, Facilitator, Communities that Care in Williams Lake, BC, email: comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca or cell: 250-267-8249
4) Financial Literacy Contest:
Show how you would nurture your tree and use money from it to save, spend, donate, borrow and invest to reach your life goals. Prizes will be given to entries with the healthiest money tree.
Entries must be on a single side of paper (any size). On the back write your name, age and phone number. Submit your entry in sealed envelope in the contest entry box, located at the Cariboo Regional District Library in Williams Lake or 100 Mile House, closing date: Friday 9th November 2012
For more information contact kirsten@caribooliteracy.com, visit www.caribooliteracy.com and stay connected via Facebook.
PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
5) Scout Island Nature Centre & the Young Naturalists Club Presents:
A Scavenger Hunt in the Autumn Woods on Saturday October 27th from 1 – 3 pm at Scout Island Nature Centre. For info on any YNC programs, phone 398-8532 or email j_trelenberg@hotmail.com
6) Recreation Centre’s – upcoming free events
Western Financial Group sponsored FREE SKATE
At the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex

November 4, 2012
2:45pm-4:15pm
7) Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids Campaign:
Cariboo Quality Cleaners and the Salvation Army are one again partnering to assist low income families with winter coats. Applications for "coats for Kids" can be made through the Food Bank throughout the month of November (no appointment necessary). Donations of coats can be made through the Salvation Army - or dropped off at Cariboo Quality Cleaners on 397 Oliver St.
Thursday Nov 1 from 1 – 4 pm, and Friday Nov 30th from 1 – 4 pm at The Salvation Army Family Services at 272 Borland Street. Contact Sabrina Silvey for more information at wlfoodband@shaw.ca or 250-392-2423
8) Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper Campaign:
Applications for Christmas Hampers are being accepted throughout the month of November. Monday to Friday afternoons between 1:00-4:00 pm. No appointments necessary. Hamper distribution Date: December 22nd. This year both food and toy hampers will be distributed out of the Dining Hall at 272 Borland.
Thursday Nov 1 & Nov 30th from 1 – 4pm at the Salvation Army at 272 Borland Street. Contact Sabrina Silvey for more information at wlfoodband@shaw.ca or 250-392-2423. www.wlsalvationarmy.com.
9) As part of the BC Jobs Plan, there will be a Job Fair held at TRU Friday 02 November 2012 from 12pm-7pm for local residents. See below for more information.
Starts: November 2, 2012 at 12:00pm
Ends: November 2, 2012 at 7:00pm
Venue: Thompson Rivers University (Williams Lake Campus) – Williams Lake
At a BC Jobs Fair, you can meet people looking to hire, find information about job opportunities, and get helpful career advice, so that you can find a job that suits you.
Employers: Ainsworth Engineered Canada, Axis Family Resources Ltd., BC Corrections – Adult Custody Division, Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Employment Centre, Chinook Scaffold Systems, Horton Ventures Inc., Industry Training Authority, Investors Group, Ledcor Group, Maple Leaf Loading Ltd, O’Brien Training/ Taylor Professional Driving, Orica Canada Inc., RCMP- recruiting, Retirement Concepts, Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, Teck Resources Ltd., Tolko Industries Ltd., Valard Construction LP, West Fraser
Thompson Rivers University (Williams Lake Campus) – Williams Lake - 1250 Western Ave, Williams Lake, BC V2G 4E4, Canada

Website for full details: www.bcjobsplan.ca/job-fairs
For more info please contact:
Shannon Trott
Case Manager, Horton Ventures

Williams Lake Employment Services
281 First Avenue
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Y7

P: (250) 398-5133 ext. 203
Toll free: 1-866-392-3189
F: (250) 398-5103
E: s.trott@hortonventures.com
10) Reminder - Boys & Girls Club’s Halloween Haunted House
Halloween FUN - Drop by October 27th and 28th 6:00 to 10:00 (if you dare!) (not suitable for little ones)
Boys and Girls Club/ Noopa Youth Centre/ (Across From Safeway)
Food bank donations appreciated. For more info call: (250) 392-5730
11) Reminder - Boys & Girls Club’s Pumpkin Chucking Fundraiser
Don’t know what to do with your Halloween pumpkins… Bring your pumpkin and see how far you can launch it using the trebuchet! Sunday November 4th, 1:00 pm, Cataline Elementary Field.
Fun for the whole family! PRIZES! By donation in support of the Boys and Girls Club. For more info call: (250) 392-5730
12) Online Survey for the Food Policy Council – quick & easy
Here’s the 5 second version, so you can quickly determine whether you're interested in learning more: Below this is the link to a quick, 6 question survey, for those of you who want to consider becoming involved.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q2CKBWF - By completing this short survey, you'll help the WLFPC to create action-groups that work for you, and we thank you in advance for your interest. The WLFPC will gather survey results until the end of October.

13) Please see the latest Newsletter from the CCACS (below):

Friday, October 19, 2012

Community Updates – October 19, 2012

Community Updates – October 19, 2012
1) Social Planning Council Monthly Meeting – Monday Oct 22/12

The monthly SPC meeting is this Monday, October 22 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at City Hall (includes a light lunch). Attached is the agenda and last month’s meeting minutes for your review. Reminder to also come join us for a casual café style meeting over lunch for our Annual General Meeting scheduled for Monday Nov 5th at TRU between 11:30 – 1pm.
2) Communities that Care’s Positive Action Program’s WORD of the WEEK is:
Unique - To be one of a kind

For more information contact Carla Bullinger, Facilitator, Communities that Care in Williams Lake, BC, email: comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca or cell: 250-267-8249
Punky Lake Wilderness Camp presents The 3rd Annual Fright Night Dinner & Live Auction
October 26th • 6 pm at the Gibraltar Room. Please join us for dinner, auction, dance and stay for some fun and ghoulish games!
Family of 5 - $25
Adult - $10 • Youth (13-17) $7
Child (5-12) $5 • Child (0-4) Free
As this is a family event, it will be alcohol and drug free. For more information call Samantha 250-392-3918
3) Public Engagement regarding Sam Ketcham Pool

The new concept for the possible renovation of the Sam Ketcham Pool wants your input. Visit http://www.williamslake.ca/newpool.html for more information and/or to submit your comments.
4) Boys & Girls Club’s Halloween Haunted House
Halloween FUN - Drop by October 27th and 28th 6:00 to 10:00 (if you dare!) (not suitable for little ones)
Boys and Girls Club/ Noopa Youth Centre/ (Across From Safeway).
Food bank donations appreciated. For more info call: (250) 392-5730
5) Boys & Girls Club’s Pumpkin Chucking Fundraiser
Don’t know what to do with your Halloween pumpkins… Bring your pumpkin and see how far you can launch it using the trebuchet! Sunday November 4th, 1:00 pm, Cataline Elementary Field.
Fun for the whole family! PRIZES! By donation in support of the Boys and Girls Club. For more info call: (250) 392-5730
6) Update - Shifting Gears Mountain Biking Event
Hello there,

Just a follow-up to thank you for your help with or Shifting Gears Mountain Biking Event. We raised approximately $7500 dollars towards our programs for kids in our community, and had a lot of fun doing it. Your contribution is greatly appreciated! On behalf of all of us at the Boys and Girls Club, enjoy this short presentation of our day. Please pass this along! http://animoto.com/play/5MQYr9Rg5fskZ8Bf0CxDpA
All the best,

Monica Monica Johnson, Executive Director,
Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake
51 South 4th Avenue
Williams Lake, BC. V2G 1J6
250-392-5730
www.bgcwilliamslake.com
7) Online Survey for the Food Policy Council – quick & easy
Here’s the 5 second version, so you can quickly determine whether you're interested in learning more: Below this is the link to a quick, 6 question survey, for those of you who want to consider becoming involved.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q2CKBWF - By completing this short survey, you'll help the WLFPC to create action-groups that work for you, and we thank you in advance for your interest. The WLFPC will gather survey results until the end of October.
7) Recreation Centre’s – upcoming free events

Girl Guides and Boy Scouts sponsored FREE SKATE
At the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex
October 21, 2012
1:00pm-2:30pm
Western Financial Group sponsored FREE SKATE
At the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex
November 4, 2012
2:45pm-4:15pm

9) First section of fence at the Memory Garden, Saturday, October 27th, 9am

Hello everyone,
If you've driven down Carson Drive in the last few days, you may have noticed that the community has put in the fence posts for the first section of fence at the Memory Garden site, that all of the raised beds have now been placed and filled with soil, and (perhaps most excitingly) that the Garden's welcome sign, designed by WLSS students, is now up. It has been making me immensely happy to see the sign each time I drive down the Carson Drive hill and see it, as it represents the incredible power of the individuals, groups and businesses of WL to cooperate and collaborate in service to the whole community! I know it won't be long before the Memory Garden is a buzzing hub of positive activity benefiting the whole community!

The community support to help us come this far has been amazing, and now your next chance to be a part of the process is on Saturday October 27th, from 9 am until around 1.

We warmly invite everyone and anyone to come help out with the work, which will consist of attaching the fence pickets to the fence. Carpentry experience is not necessary, but please note that each volunteer will need a cordless drill, and that the opportunity to contribute will be very limited for those who do not bring a cordless drill.

Also very useful, but not necessary, to bring will be:
- an extra battery and/or the charger for your cordless drill (without these, you'll be done when your drill battery dies)
- a standard size Robertson drill bit (square head).
- a level
-please put your full name on any tools you bring, to avoid confusion, and so that I can return items to you if they are accidentally left behind -

I will provide instructions to the volunteers at 9am, but please feel free to come and join us when you can, for as long or little as you wish.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Cody Slinn
Food Action Coordinator
WL Food Policy Council
250-392-0294
codyslinn@hotmail.com

Friday, October 12, 2012

Community Updates – October 12, 2012

Community Updates – October 12, 2012

1) Public Engagement regarding Sam Ketcham Pool

The second round of public engagement regarding the Sam Ketcham Pool in Williams Lake will be taking place from Oct. 11 to 13, at several locations around the city. Consultants from Professional Environmental Recreation Consultants Ltd. (PERC) have been contracted to develop the pool feasibility study and will be setting up booths to engage with community members. They will showcase the new concept for the possible renovation of the Sam Ketcham Pool that has been modified based on information gathered during the last round of public consultations this past June.

There are several opportunities to learn more and provide your input:

Kiosks:

Friday Oct. 12
Safeway 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Walmart 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Save on Foods 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Canadian Tire 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Recreation Complex 2 p.m. to 3 p.m

2) Recreation Centre’s - free events

Parents For French sponsored FREE SWIM
At the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex
October 14, 2012
3:30pm-5:30pm

PMT Chartered Accountants sponsored FREE SWIM & ICEBERG
Celebrate Halloween early at the CMRC
October 20, 2012
1:30pm-3:00pm

Girl Guides and Boy Scouts sponsored FREE SKATE
At the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex
October 21, 2012
1:00pm-2:30pm

3) Please Help Support the -Caribou Brain Injury Society
Enjoy an evening of storytelling and pictures as Colin, Wes and Ryan share their voyageur trip to Hobson Lake in Wells Grey Park. A 200 km paddle trip utilizing one of the Caribou’s most legendary portage trails, The Hobson Trail.

Date: Thursday October 25, 2012
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Place: Central Caribou Arts & Cultural Society (old fire hall) - 90 Fourth Avenue North
Tickets ($10) for sale at Red Shred’s and The Hobbit House

4) Communities that Care (CTC) – Positive Action Word of the Week
Attached is Happiness – the Positive Action Word of the Week for October 8, 2012.

Explanation - Positive Action is an evidence based program which is being used in 22 schools across the Cariboo Chilcotin. It is also being used in Strong Start programs, preschools, and some after school programs in Williams Lake. The underlying philosophy of Positive Action is that when we think positive thoughts, we do positive actions, and this helps us feel good about ourselves. It helps build emotional literacy and a common language and framework on how we want to interact with each other. Each week, Positive Action introduces a new word of the week. Our goal is to post the word of the week in as many places as possible in order to wrap the positive message of Positive Action around our children and their families. We appreciate your support in this.

5) Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale – Vendor Information

The Williams Lake Visitor Centre 3rd Annual Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale still has space available for vendors on November 24th. Please Contact the Williams Lake Visitor Centre 250-392-5025 for more info about being a vendor.

6) Studio Gallery Space Available

Delainey's Center Mall has 700sqft of art studio space at the back of the building next to Satya Wellness and Exposed Expressions Tattoo salon. Angie Delainey is currently managing the center along with her best friend and business partner Tricia Hohert. The aim for the building is to create an eclectic culture of arts, wellness, sustainability and self expression. Delainey's Lock and Key is considered the cornerstone of the building, bringing in a wide range of clientele that might not necessarily go to a yoga class, shop in an eco conscious boutique or drop into an art studio. This piece of the puzzle is an essential slice of the pie in regards to exposure. We would love to see a "working art studio" one that is perhaps rented by a group of artists whom want to share the process of creation as well as sell their wares. For more information or if you have an idea please email Angie at info@satyayogastudio.ca or call 305-4422.

7) Council Highlights – October 9

a) Junior Council Sworn In - Acting CAO Geoff Goodall conducted the “Swearing In” of the newly elected Members of Junior Council: Alexandra Dickens, Cody Haley-York, Ivona Ognjanova, Jaspreet Mattu, Nikita Rowat, Ryan LaBossiere & Tanner Nickel.

b) Proclamations

October - Financial Literacy Month
October – Foster Family Month
October 14-20 – Small Business Week
October 15-21 Waste Reduction Week

c) Permissive Tax Exemptions and Permissive Church Tax Exemptions for 2013

Council approved the Permissive Tax Exemptions and Permissive Church Tax Exemptions for 2013, and directed staff to bring forward the necessary bylaws adopting the tax exemptions.

8) End Poverty Day: Student Day of Action, October 17

Students around the province are raising awareness in their schools about the crisis of poverty we’re facing in BC and the urgent need for a poverty reduction plan. We now have over 20 schools throughout BC, from Vancouver to Telegraph Creek. It's not too late to join them and raise your voice on October 17! Register and access the support package at http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/end-poverty-day-student-day-of-action/.

See more updates from the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition in the forwarded email below or visit: http://bcpovertyreduction.ca

Friday, October 5, 2012

Community Updates – October 5, 2012

Community Updates – October 5, 2012
1) HandyDART Expansion in Williams Lake:
The City of Williams Lake and BC Transit are pleased to announce expanded handyDART services in the community. Effective October 1, 2012 an extra 435 service hours (30 minutes per weekday and six hours on Saturdays) will be added to better serve the growing need for custom public transit.
HandyDART service will extended to 5 p.m. from 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and Saturday service from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be added. The project is funded jointly by the City of Williams Lake ($3,500) and BC Transit ($3,900).
“The need for more transit service for our seniors were heard loud and clear during our budget process, and we are pleased that by working with BC Transit, we are able to offer this expanded service,” says Mayor Kerry Cook. “Partnerships such as this are what allow us to be responsive to the community’s needs.”
“HandyDART is a vital service that links our customers to their community,” says BC Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha. “With greater service options, the whole community can benefit.”
BC Transit is proud to promote its fully accessible fleet. The handyDART service is door-to-door and available to qualified riders. BC Transit buses, in regular service in Williams Lake, are equipped with low floors and ramps that accommodate customers with mobility limitations.
For more information on transit service in Williams Lake please consult our website www.bctransit.com/regions/wil or call 250.398.7812.
2) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society (CCACS) NEWS
a) Invitation to Join the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake
The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake AGM is October 17, at 7 pm, and will be held at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. We will be seeking to fill a number of executive positions, these are President, Vice President, and Treasurer. This meeting is open to all interested parties, new members are welcome and encouraged to attend - help keep the Arts Council alive!
b) Christmas Ornament Pottery Class
Saturday, October 13 and 20 with the Cariboo Potters' Guild at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. 9am -12pm for adults with child or 1-4pm for adults only. $30 per person, includes some clay (more clay available for purchase). Register at the Station House Gallery.
c) Central Cariboo Art Route (New deadline is OCTOBER 22nd)
The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, with the support of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and the Cariboo Regional District, are pleased to present an opportunity to be a part of the development of a new and exciting Central Cariboo Art Route. This project is supported financially by the Community Tourism Opportunities (CTO) program under the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, and by Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin.
The Central Cariboo Art Route is an opportunity to develop the arts sector and showcase the region’s artists and artisans. Through a year-round, self-guided tour, locals and visitors alike will have the chance to connect with artists at work and gain a deeper sense of their practice.
Increased market exposure and revenue generated for local artists through direct sales and/or post-visit shipping orders, along with increased visits and sales to local galleries and cafes, has the potential to transform our resource dependent economy to a diversified economy, rich in artistic talent.
Participation is open to artists residing within the Central Cariboo (defined as Williams Lake and CRD Areas ‘D’, ‘E’, and ‘F’) and who open up part of their home or a building on their property to display their art and practice. Non-profit and Business participation, also located within the Central Cariboo, is available to galleries, museums, artist collectives, or commercial spaces primarily focused on displaying local art for artists/artisans. Participation fees allow for the inclusion of a photo or image and a write-up in the 2013 Central Cariboo Art Route brochure, which will be available online and at participants’ studios, galleries, and cafes.

Inclusion is limited to 25 participants for 2013. The Art Route strives for a balanced representation of mediums and locations through the Central Cariboo Region; we cannot guarantee that all applications will be accepted.

All levels of participation allow for the inclusion of a photo or image and a brief write-up in the Arts Route brochure and website. Wording is limited to a title not longer than 8 words, a write-up not longer than 45 words, and contact information and hours of operation not longer than 4 lines.

Participation fees, write-up and images are to be submitted with your application by October 22nd 2012 at 4pm. Application forms are available at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre (90 Fourth Avenue North, Williams Lake), via email from artroute@centralcaribooarts.com.

For more information, please contact:
Maureen LeBourdais, Fraser Basin Council
Central Cariboo Art Route Coordinator
artroute@centralcaribooarts.com
3) Cariboo Regional District Special Event – October 11th
CRD’s Special Event - Evening with the Authors of “Stepping into nature: A guide to the Williams Lake River Valley” takes place on Thursday Oct 11, 7:30 – 9 pm at the Williams Lake Regional Library (Suite A, 180 N. Third Avenue).

“Join us for an exciting conversation with Ordell Steen and Anna Roberts. The presentation will introduce you to the natural world of the Valley, including it’s amazing geological features and the many plant and animal species that can be seen in it’s diverse habitats. Through photographs, stories and descriptions, the authors will show that the Valley is a truly exceptional recreational and nature-viewing resource on the edge of our City. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the Williams Lake Field Naturalists. For more information contact cderksen@cariboord.bc.ca or call 250-392-3351 ext 220”

4) National Film Board Screening – Oct 17th – Pink Ribbons
Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does the money go and what does it actually achieve?
Wednesday Oct 17th - 7pm
FREE screening in the CRDL Williams Lake Branch program room
Suite A, 180 N. Third Ave
Call 250-392-3630 for details or email cderksen@cariboord.bc.ca
Pink Ribbons Inc. Directed by Léa Pool and produced by Ravida Din, Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary from the National Film Board of Canada that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has become obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success.
5) Communities that Care Update
Communities that Care (CTC) is a community based, prevention focused approach to promoting positive, healthy behavior among youth and families. Positive Action is the program that we chose to implement in our community.

“Hi Everyone,

One of our Communities that Care (CTC) strategies this year for expanding Positive Action into the community and workplaces is to post the Positive Action Word of the week in as many places as we can. I have received the word of the week schedule from the school counsellors and will send out the PA word of the week, along with a definition, every Monday (except those weeks when schools are not in session). Please post in your workplaces and offices – in as many places as possible. Thanks. I appreciate your valuable contribution to CTC and Positive Action!” If you would like the word of the week sent directly to your inbox please contact Carla.
October 1, 2012
Positive Action Word of the Week:
Valuable
Precious or of great worth
Carla Bullinger, Facilitator
Communities that Care
Williams Lake, BC
email: comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca
cell: 250-267-8249
6) Williams Lake Food Policy Council – update & survey
The Williams Lake Food Policy Council (WLFPC) is about to start some GREAT new projects and we would love for you to be involved! Here’s the 5 second version, so you can quickly determine whether you're interested in learning more: Below this is the link to a quick, 6 question survey, for those of you who want to consider becoming involved.
WHAT?: The FPC is creating action-groups to work on the many projects that arose from the Community Food Forum. (see question 1 of the survey for a list of projects with description)
WHERE AND WHEN?: action-groups will meet periodically (likely once a month), at a central location in town for 1 hour meetings.
WHO WILL LEAD THE MEETINGS?: The WLFPC Food Action Coordinator will organize and lead meetings.
WHO SHOULD VOLUNTEER?: anyone with a passion to improve our community and at least one hour a month to commit.
WHY?: these projects were envisioned by, and belong to, the community. We want to create an easy, minimal commitment, rewarding way for you to be involved in bringing them to life for the benefit of the whole Cariboo Region while ensuring that the work of the WLFPC reflects the vision and priorities of the community.
By completing this short survey, you'll help the WLFPC to create action-groups that work for you, and we thank you in advance for your interest. We look forward to working with you to better our community!
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q2CKBWF
The WLFPC will gather survey results until the end of October and create action-groups based upon these results. We hope to share our results with the community by mid November. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to create any given action group at this time.
Thanks again for taking this survey and expressing your interest in bettering our community! We look forward to working with you!
7) Women’s Contact Society Update:
October 27 – Diamond Dinner & Auction at the Point Restaurant tickets are $65.00 per person. Diamond draw, live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. Proceed will be invested in programs that address violence, homelessness, food security and early learning.
October 30 – Holiday Card Making with Penny and Close to my Heart 6:30 -8:30 pm at Women’s Contact Society. RSVP by Oct 26. Materials provided, 18 people max. Child minding available.
Zumba Fitness every Monday and Thursday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Women’s Contact Society. Child minding is available on Mondays only. Call to pre-register.
Child Care Provider Networking Nights are the first Wednesday of the month and Workshops are generally the third Wednesday of the month.
The Women’s Contact Society is looking to fill a vacant position in CCRR as a Child Care Consultant.

For more information on any of the above, please call 250-392-4118 or visit the Women’s Contact Society at 301 – 19 N. First Avenue (Above Caribou Ski).
8) Reminder – The Social Planning Council AGM
Everyone from the community is invited to attend the Williams Lake Social Planning Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday Nov 5th from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Thompson Rivers University (free lunch is included). The event is an open room café-style gathering over lunch to discuss, share, participate, or just learn about initiatives including a) the local Poverty Reduction and Living Wage Campaign, b) Effective Community Collaboration, and c) Retention and Succession; Increasing overall community desirability and reduce “brain drains” and a “silver tsunami”.

9) Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Updates

a) The Recreation Centre’s free upcoming events:
Parents For French sponsored FREE SWIM
October 14, 2012
3:30pm-5:30pm
PMT Chartered Accountants sponsored FREE SWIM & ICEBERG
Celebrate Halloween early at the CMRC
October 20, 2012
1:30pm-3:00pm
b) Please see forwarded October newsletter below

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.

To reach our Coordinator Jessica Dunn please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or call 250-243-2126. Our Mailing Address is Box 20045, Williams Lake BC V2G 4R1

To reach the Communites that Care Project Manager Carla Bullinger please email comthatcare@sd27.bc.ca 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