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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 26, 2013

All Candidates Forums

All-candidates Forum

1) Two forums are taking place on Saturday April 27th at Williams Lake Secondary School:

1pm - sponsored by the Williams Lake Seniors Advisory Council
7 pm - sponsored by the Williams Lake Chapter of the Council of Canadians
 
2) On May 1st the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Real Estate Board will host an all candidates assembly.

3) On May 7th at Williams Lake Secondary School - for students from both secondary schools.

Community Updates (11) – Apr 26, 2013



Community Updates (11) – Apr 26, 2013



1) Student Video Showing – St. Joseph Commemorative Project

There will be a public showing of youth and student prepared videos concerning the St. Joseph Mission Residential school Commemorative Project at 7:30 pm Sunday April 28th in the commons room at Williams Lake Secondary School.



2) Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch Multiculturalism Program is proud to present...



Official Book Launch & Open House: Spicing Up the Cariboo provides a glimpse into the rich ethnic diversity of both the Cariboo Chilcotin and the connection between community and kitchen.



Date: Saturday April 27th

Time:  7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Senior Citizens Centre

176 N 4th Avenue Williams Lake



3) Seedy Saturday & celebration of Cariboo Growers and Community Corner Partnership’s 3rd Birthday!!!


Saturday, May 4th 10am -2pm @ the Community Corner parking lot (corner of 3rd and Oliver – where the Cariboo Growers Farmers Coop is!)

Join us on May 4th to start your gardening season off right! Get your local seeds and seedlings and gardening advice from local producers. Enjoy coffee by donation to the Food Policy Council, Free Birthday Cake, live music, kids activities-including seed planting.


For more information please contact. Cody Slinn, Food Action Coordinator, WL Food Policy Council, 250-392-0294 or codyslinn@hotmail.com



4) Child Development Centre’s preschool art show



At the Station House Gallery until the end of April, the CDC’s preschool artwork show is on display in the upper level of the gallery, and each piece is for sale as a fundraiser for the gallery.



5) Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex’s Activities

For more information on any of the events below, please visit www.activewilliamslake.com or call the Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665



a) Tim Horton’s Bike Rodeo – Saturday May 4th

Join the Free community event from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday May 4th at the Canadian Tire Parking lot. Bring your bike & helmet (if you don’t have either, call the complex). There are safety classes too and lots of fun! Contact the Rec Centre to register or for more information at 250-398-7665! Also sponsored in part by United Way’s Success by 6, Red Shreds, Canadian Tire, Youth for Christ, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, the RCMP, and the Boys & Girls Club.



b) McHappy Day is May 8 and to celebrate in our community, McDonalds and KidSport present the McFun Walk/Run on Sunday May 5 with registration starting at 8:30 am at McDonalds (run starts at 9:30 am). Free Egg McMuffin for all participants. Entry fee is $5 for individual or $20 per family.



c) KidSport Classic Run - Jun 23 at Boitanio Park

Start thinking about signing up for this year’s KidSport’s Classic Run!



Mission:  KidSport of Williams Lake & District is a non-profit organization that is part of a national and provincial network of community based volunteer groups whose goal it is to ensure that all kids in need have access to the positive experience of sport and physical activity. We believe that sport and physical activity provides life-long opportunity for self-expression, goal setting, dedication, and positive-thinking and increased self-confidence for kids.



d) Twoonie Swim every Friday from 3 – 5 pm at the Rec Centre



6) Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society



ArtRoute 2013- The Central Cariboo Art Route is a year round, self-guided tour that showcases our region's artists and artisans. By using this interactive guide to help map out your travels through our region, you will have the chance to connect with artists at work and gain a deeper sense of their practice. Visit http://www.centralcaribooarts.com/artroute for more information and a map.



For an extensive list of art events please visit http://www.centralcaribooarts.com/events/



7) Williams Lake Branch Library Book Sale – Apr 30 – May 4

The sale starts Tuesday April 30th and runs until Saturday May 4th in the library program room. Great books, even better prices.



Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10:15-4:00pm (break for lunch) 5:30pm-7:30pm – Friday from 10:15-4:00pm, and Saturday 10:15-1:30pm



8) Multiculturalism open house Café – Pilot Program



The Welcoming Communities Project  from Immigrant & Multiculturalism Services Society in Williams Lake invites the public at 5 pm on May 2nd at the Library to talk, practice speaking English and meeting new people in the process. Everyone is invited!



9) Additional resources – programs and events



a) Looking for help or resources?

Visit www.accesswilliamslake.org for the online community resource database. Search online, or find a printed copy in Williams Lake.



b) For an event calendar that covers events in addition to social planning inititiatives and programs, please visit www.welcometowilliamslake.com



10) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week



The Positive Action Word of the Week is:  Integrity – to do what you say you will do.



For more information please contact: Carla Bullinger, Facilitator, Communities that Care, comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca or 250-267-8249.



11) United Way’s Day of Caring 2013



Applications for a Day of Caring in 2013 are now available at this link.




If you would like to take part in a Day of Caring in 2013 please complete the online application. There is no deadline at this time.

12) Addition to updates: All-candidates Forum

1) Two forums are taking place on Saturday April 27th at Williams Lake Secondary School:

1pm - sponsored by the Williams Lake Seniors Advisory Council
7 pm - sponsored by the Williams Lake Chapter of the Council of Canadians
 
2) On May 1st the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Real Estate Board will host an all candidates assembly.

3) On May 7th at Williams Lake Secondary School - for students from both secondary schools.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Community Updates (8) – Apr 19, 2013



Community Updates (8) – Apr 19, 2013

1) The next SPC meeting is on Apr 22 at 11:30 am – Community Collaboration:

Tatjana Bates from the Williams Lake Food Policy Council will be presenting. The meeting will be held at the Fellowship Hall at 267 Borland Street (next door to the Thrift Store). We will also be offering a short tour of the Salvation Army’s facilities at the end of the meeting.

The Agenda and last month’s minutes for your review are attached, and minutes can also be found on the blog at: http://socialplanningcouncil.blogspot.ca/2013/04/spc-monthly-meeting-minutes-mar-25-2013.html

2) Reminder – Today’s Free Lunch & Documentary Screening Apr 19 at the Chiwid Transition House.

In Honor of Prevention of Violence Against Women Week, Chiwid Transition House and the Children Who Witness Abuse Program is hosting a screening of the documentary film MISS REPRESENTATION

Miss Representation is a documentary film that explores how the media’s misrepresenatations of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence (Please note: This film is not rated and may contain offensive language).

PLACE: Longhouse
DATE: Friday, April 19, 2013
TIME: 11:30 am (screening begins at noon)
FREE event with lunch provided by the Chiwid House

3) Art is your Business Conference is taking place on May 3 – 5th

This conference is designed to help artists and creative business people to grow their business. This weekend event is composed of hands on workshops, discussion groups and lectures, and is being offered by Island Mountain Arts Society in partnership with the CCACS and the Station House Gallery. This conference is made possible with financial support from the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC). For more information and to register please contact Island Mountain Arts at 1-800-442-2787 or email coordinator@imarts.com, or visit www.imarts.com. Leah mentioned that when this conference was held at Wells BC, they expected 20 people but 80 people registered. Reserve your spot today!

4) Early Childhood Activities in Williams Lake – call for more info

StrongStart – 250-398-3839
Rhyme & Story Time – 250-398-3839
Toddler Story Time – 250-392-3630
Preschool Story Time – 250-392-3630
Prenatal Breastfeeding – 250-302-5000
Lil’ People’s Playgroup (formerly Caregivers) – 250-392-4118
Infant Massage/ Pelvic Floor Training – 250-392-4481

5) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week

The Positive Action Word of the Week is:  Truth – Something you can count on.

For more information please contact: Carla Bullinger, Facilitator, Communities that Care, comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca or 250-267-8249.

6) Reminder - Dig into the Dirt this Earth Day – Apr 21 at SINC

Plant a tree for the Earth April 21st 10am-Noon.
Junior Archaeologist Day Camp April 21st 12-3pm

Scout Island’s Family Explorers and Young Naturalists’ Club invite you to join them the Sunday before Earth Day at Scout Island Nature Centre. Starting at 10am dig into the earth to enhance habitat for wildlife. This annual event is always popular so come early to be sure you get a chance to plant. Please wear sensible shoes and gardening gloves.

At noon come to the Nature House and meet special guest Beth Bedard, professor of Archaeology at Thompson Rivers University, who will share her lifetime of adventures from around the world. Make an archaeology sandwich with Young Naturalist Club leader Mary Forbes to see how archaeologists learn about people from the past by studying what they have left behind in the ground. Practice making stone tools using an ancient skill called “flint knapping” and get your hands dirty excavating for artifacts in our special junior archaeologist day camp.

Call Scout Island Nature House if you have questions about this
FREE Family Explorer Event 250.398.8532 or yncwilliamslake@gmail.com

7) Women’s Contact Society (WCS)

The Annual Children’s Festival in Boitanio is coming up on May 26th – the WCS is looking for volunteers to help run this well attended and anticipated Sunday event.

Noon Hour Resource & Education Workshop - “Heart Health”
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Women’s Get Together - “Bike Maintenance”
April 30, 2013
6:30pm to 8:00pm

For more information please call 250-392-4118 or visit the WCS at #301 - 19th S 1st Ave

8) From the United Way – upcoming events

Community Spirit Luncheon: Kamloops
Please join us on Thursday, May 9th for our 2013 Community Spirit Luncheon. Jessica Vliegenhart, a 29-year-old Paraolympian from Kamloops will be the key note speaker and addressing the topics of community and resilience.

Thursday, May 9
12 - 1:15 pm
TRU Mountain Room (Kamloops)
Tickets - $15
RSVP to office@unitedwaytnc.ca or 250-372-9933

BC Youth Week 2013:

The 2013 BC Youth Week is coming up from May 1 - 7, 2013. Events for youth in Kamloops are happening all week long and most of them are free! Please note: Events are still being finalized and more will be added in the coming weeks. Please check back online for further details. If you would like to host an event, please email youth@unitedwaytnc.ca

SPC Monthly Meeting Minutes - Mar 25, 2013



 SPC Monthly Meeting Minutes
Mar 25, 2013 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: City of Williams Lake

In attendance (from sign-in sheet): Ashlee Turatus, Leah Selk, Danica Hughes, Anne Burrill, Rosanna McGregor, Shannon Thom, Jay Goddard, Diana French, Jocelyn Wood and Jessica Knodel

Accept Mins & Agenda:
                                                                                                                                                   
Reviewed meeting minutes from Feb 25, 2013
Reviewed the agenda for Mar 25, 2013 meeting: Addition - Board Update

 

Board Update:


Update from the Board of Directors (Jay Goddard)

·         The Board is meeting again next on April 10th (after a full cycle of subcommittee hosted meetings)
·         The new subcommittee structure is working well
·         The next presentation to City Council is scheduled for May 7th
·         The Board will also review governance and the constitution - if any changes are recommended they will presented before the next AGM for consideration

 

Succession & Retention – open discussion


This is the first meeting hosted by the Succession & Retention committee. The committee presented points developed at the AGM, and opened it up for dialogue. The following are discussions which followed, and their committee recommendations.

AGM Points opened up for discussion:

Building Community Desirability,
Tap into resources & reach out,
Encourage engagement,
Education – build, encourage and promote,
Look at Mine development and it’s impact, and
Pressure City, Industry and Government to plan for and anticipate negative impacts.

Table Discussions focused on the following - see below: a) Increasing Community Desirability, b) Aging Professional Workforce, and c) Potential Impacts of a new Mine

a) Increasing Community Desirability

Arts & Culture is a desirable and attractive feature of a community.  Our area has much of this to offer, and this should be highlighted more to help recruit people to the area.

Reducing Crime – there is still a perception of Williams Lake as having a high crime rate. There were multiple comments on this – a) crime is quite visual and disturbing at times (e.g. people urinating publically, drinking in Boitanio Park), b) crime may be more visual in WL, but not necessarily higher than other communities where it is just more hidden &/or concentrated in areas where people just know to stay away from (e.g. Vancouver’s downtown east side), c) young people often get a bad reputation, without just cause.

Since the 1970’s the question “what do we do with street people” has been asked, and yet nothing has changed since then (same question being asked).

Another observation is that many seniors are choosing to move away, because although steps are being taken to address seniors issues, we are still along way from being senior friendly.

Lots of work and research on these topics has been completed by the City of Williams Lake, and is available for use:

For a copy of the City of Williams Lake Official Community Plan (OCP) visit http://www.williamslake.ca/index.asp?p=1933

Williams Lake Imagine our Future’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning document (ICSP) is available at http://www.williamslake.ca/files/1/doc_OCP_Imagine%20Our%20Future%20ICSP%20Framework%20-%20Final.pdf



Perceptions are not easily changed, but collaboratively at the community level work can be done to address this. People who are easiest to recruit to our area, are those who have lived here before and move back. The Fraser Basin Council is starting “Project Comeback” that will be investigating this population trend.

The Communities that Care (CTC) structure is great – it focuses on upstream prevention, but more downstream work needs to be done. It is unproductive to keep starting new initiatives over & over again that have not been proven to work (e.g. displacement rather than solutions). Quick fix solutions do not address the larger societal conditions that create problems in the first place. This is why community involvement with Social Planning is so important. Many Cities have been able to address similar problems by addressing the larger picture – can Williams Lake? Can these stop &go initiatives be made more effective with better community collaboration?

b) Aging Professional Workforce

“Silver Tsunami” – this succession and retention issue focus on people retiring without enough properly trained staff to take over. Examples - the Cariboo Friendship Society that will see five people retire over the next 5 years, when Interior Health tries to recruit new Doctors a common response is that it’s not safe to raise my family. There are many organizations facing this problem. A comprehensive study of baseline trends in this anticipated trend would greatly help the community plan for the future - Who will be retiring soon, Who will be their successors, What do we offer them, How do we keep and attract new professionals to our area?

Anne Burrill confirmed the Baby Boomers are starting to retire, and within 10 years this impact will be felt (still approximately ten years before the majority start retiring). There is also a negative growth rate in professionals aged 25 – 35. Our community is facing two factors: Mining impacts and Retirees. It also worth noting that mines often are recruiting from the foresty industry (leaving another gap).

Educational opportunities in our area are often “stunted” by low enrollment numbers that is predominately due to our size of population. This factor needs to be considered more when offering courses here – the minimum enrollment requirements should be lowered, and/or groups who want specialized training should pool their participants together to meet these minimums. There is also an expressed desire to have more flexibility (e.g. a few courses a year versus a full time two year program). This lack of professional development opportunities exemplifies the silver tsunami effect because potential successors are not able to get the additional training they require (e.g. a Management skills for Supervisors course by TRU requires 90 students to enroll!)

There is an academic priorities and opportunities committee starting soon at TRU in Kamloops called “Community You”. Jay Goddard will keep the SPC informed. TRU GRIT is another advisory body that at this time is currently raising funds (group of business professionals).  Jay will also be sharing SPC information with them, and an inclusive relationship is one priority.

It is also important to note that the younger generations (especially those in their 30s) would much rather choose employment for 20 hours a week over a full time (40 hrs a week) position. If more organizations offered this type of employment, more people would apply, and more jobs could be filled (2 employees versus 1 = more people employed).

c) Potential Mine Development

Dr. Glen Schmidt’s presentation in Williams Lake (co-hosted by the City of Williams Lake and the SPC) exemplified many potential impacts a mining boom can have on a community. For those who did not see his presentation, it was entitled "The Social Aspects of Rapid Economic Growth" and a .pdf of his accompanying powerpoint is available at:

http://www.unbc.ca/sites/default/files/assets/community_development_institute/speakers_series/social_effects_growth.pdf

It was suggested that City Planners become more involved with the Social Planning aspects of our community (via forecasting) – urban planning, economics and social well being are NOT mutually exclusive. They are inextricably linked with each other.

Housing will be a major concern, but currently the return on investment for rental housing is low, and social housing even lower.

Employment opportunities at mines offer much better pay, and benefits than social service organizations can, and as a consequence, many skilled workers needed in the social service fields are choosing to work at the mine for $40 versus $17 or less. This leaves significant gaps in services that our community needs – especially in times of great economic growth and population booms.

Taseko Mines has unofficially stated during the construction phase (2 years), the workforce of predominately young males will live on site. During the Operations stage, they have stated they will be encouraging the labourers (not the professionals) to work shifts (so more people live in Williams Lake, rather than onsite or in other parts of the world who travel in for their shifts and then leave to go home again.

Recommendations to the Board:

This large and broad topic needs to be studied and investigated more closely. The committee recommends that a research project be undertaken to narrow this topic down for applicatory use and recommendations for our community. The motion was moved.


Roundtable Updates:

Updates are shared via weekly updates. The information below is in addition to these updates.

Shannon Thom (Williams Lake Employment Services/ Horton Ventures)
Continue to send residents looking for employment, and job postings. The phone number is 250-398-5133, visit them online, or stop into the office located next to the Bowling Alley on 1st Avenue).

Anne Burrill (City of Williams Lake)
The lunch and learn series (six week series teaching the Shuswap language that started Jan 25th) was a great success. The City may put this series on again next spring due to the high attendance and interest.  In this course, participants learned some basic Secwepemctsín (Shuswap language), and will developed an understanding and appreciation of the Northern Secwepemc history, governance structures, traditions, customs, membership and the  Treaty process.

St Josephs Commemoration Project (monument in Boitanio Park). A conference (also a follow up workshop with Dr. Brokenleg) will be held on May 16 – 17th at TRU (press releases to follow). There will also be a Truth & Reconciliation meeting will be available over these two days.

Danica Hughes (Councillor, City of Williams Lake)
Danica visited The Food Growers Coop (Cariboo Growers) recently and was very impressed. Danica asked if the City could put a link on their website for this local food venue. Anne Burrill mentioned there have been lots of requests for this. This should be pursued.

It would be nice to see more single parent family connections &/or groups within our Community. Ashlee from the Women’s Contact Society will send some links, and starting new groups is always encouraged.

Leah Selk – Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society (CCACS)
Currently the CCACS is completing grant delegations for 2013

The Diversity Forum in conjunction with the Fraser Basin Council and the Canadian Mental Health Association was very successful, and well attended.

Performances in the Park is taking submissions until May 3rd. Again, this year there will be youth performances at the start of the evening’s entertainment line up.

Local Art Route (self guided tour) has eleven buildings booked – stay tuned for more information.

Art is your Business Conference is taking place on May 3 – 5th. It is designed to help artists and creative business people to grow their business. This weekend event is composed of hands on workshops, discussion groups and lectures, and is being offered by Island Mountain Arts Society in partnership with the CCACS and the Station House Gallery. This conference is made possible with financial support from the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC). For more information and to register please contact Island Mountain Arts at 1-800-442-2787 or email coordinator@imarts.com, or visit www.imarts.com. Leah mentioned that when this conference was held at Wells BC, they expected 20 people but 80 people registered. Reserve your spot today!

Ashlee Turatus – Women’s Contact Society (WCS)
The WCS hosted the 8th annual International Womens Day. Gail Pilgrim gave a speech at the Library on Apr 16th.

The Annual Children’s Festival in Boitanio is coming up on May 26th – the WCS is looking for volunteers to help run this well attended and anticipated Sunday event.

Jocelyn Wood (Interior Health – Mental Health & Additions)
Mental Health & Addictions got accelerated funding for two positions to work with people, including the homeless who have severe mental issues but have no family doctor. For more information please visit the job posting on the interior health website.

Diana French (Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society CCCS)
The CCCS co-hosted Earth Day events at TRU on April 12th. The free swim was well attended and the young students really enjoyed the underground aquifer demonstration tank.

Seniors Advisory Council update – Ross is chairing the Council for Audrey at this time.

Jay Goddard – Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
TRU is looking at blended delivery courses (4 at this time) in the social service area. Some of the course work will be face-to-face and some online. Regarding a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) and Addictions course – people want this course to be offered but there is not enough interest because of how the course is structured. Jay will send out a collaboration request to pursue this option further.


Meeting adjourned – the next meeting (Community Collaboration) will be held on Apr 22/13, from 11:30 am – 1 pm, location TBA.

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.

Reach our Coordinator Jessica Knodel at spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or by calling 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