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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, July 26, 2013

Community Updates (7) – Jul 26, 2013

Community Updates (7) – Jul 26, 2013

1) Junior Council Members Needed
Local High School students interested in offering their ideas for the City and learning about local government are invited to apply for a Junior Council term for 2013 – 2014. Comprised of students in grades 10 – 12 this is an opportunity to participate in the process of local government and enhancing life for youth in the City. Interested students are asked to submit an application explaining why they are interested and why they think they would be a good choice.

Application forms are available at City Hall, school offices, from a current Junior Council member or online at www.williamslake.ca - include your name, address, phone number, school & grade (as of Sept 2013). Send or drop applications off at City Hall by August 2nd to: Junior Council Applications, City of Williams Lake, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake BC, V2G 4E5.

2) Performances in the Park – Thursdays until Aug 22/13

On Thursday Aug 1st…

6pm – Eagle Spirit Band
7pm –Jordan Holmes

For a full schedule of upcoming performances please visit http://www.centralcaribooarts.com/events/performances.html

Performances in the Park is presented by the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society, the CRD and the City of Williams Lake.

3) SINC’s Paddle the Puddle
Scout Island Nature Centre & Field Naturalists invite you to “Paddle the Puddle” on Monday Jul 29th from 6:30 – 8 pm. People of all ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult and participants must bring their own life jackets. For more info please call 250-398-8532 or email scoutisland@midbc.ca

4) EUREkA Science Camp

EUREkA Science Camp – Aug 6 – 9 from 9 am – 4pm – explore chemistry, biology, physics and engineering through interactive experiments, exploration and games. Camp costs $169 and takes place at TRU. Register by Jul 26 – call 250-398-7665

5) Williams Lake Kidney Walk – Aug 25th
The Kidney Foundation is hosting it’s annual Kidney Walk in Williams Lake on Sunday Aug 25th. The walk raises funds for critical programs and services for British Columbians affected by Kidney disease. The walk also helps raise awareness about the seriousness of this disease and highlights the importance of organ donations. Thousands participate and volunteer each year. The event also features live entertainment, prizes, fundraising BBQ’s, silent auctions and more.

Kidney disease is serious and has no cure. It is both under-recognized and undetectable in it’s early stages. For more info please call 1-800-567-8112 ext 228 or williamslakewalk@kidney.bc.ca

6) Salvation Army Updates (2)

a) You Are Invited -  In combination with Booth University College studies, The Salvation Army in Williams Lake  is holding a workshop designed to learn about Inspirational Leadership and what it looks like when put into practice. Inspiring leadership engages people’s hearts and minds. It grows out of relationships that are trusting, supportive, challenging and provocative.  Inspirational leaders bring out the best in people; they balance the needs and interests of their employees, volunteers, customers, clients, community members, and their organization. They lead by example and they demonstrate integrity. We strive to have leaders spring up from any and all people.

The Salvation Army wants to discover and share as much as we can about Inspirational Leadership in our community, and what you expect or want to see from your leaders. We respect your experiences, your expertise and your opinions and want to take the time to learn more about them.   The finished report on the info gathered from this session and other like it throughout the province will be compiled and evaluated.    This document then can then be shared with all participants.

You are invited to join us on Monday August 19 th  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall at the Williams Lake Salvation Army  at 267 Borland street for a wonderful day of enlightenment and discovery.

Please RSVP by August 12 2013 (lunch & refreshments will be served). For more information contact Claudine at Claudine_kadonaga@salvationarmy.org or call 250-392-2423

b) Community Kitchen – upcoming activities

Thursday Aug 1 from 1 – 3 pm, or 7 – 9 pm learn how to make cabbage rolls and perogies. There is a $5 registration fee and you get to take home a family dinner.

Thursday Aug 8 from 1- 3pm or 7 – 9 pm learn about “What do I do with Oatmeal?”. No fee but bring your own oats and take home containers to bring home oatmeal cookies, muffins, and blueberry crisp.

To register for a class call 250-392-2423 – classes are held at 272 Borland Street.

7) Tour de Cariboo – Sept 7
Williams Lake Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) are inviting anyone interested in signing up for this year’s 21st annual Tour de Cariboo bike ride from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake. To register contact BBBS at 250-398-8391 or register online at www.bbcwlake.com – pledges can also be collected online.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Community Updates (13) – Jul 12, 2013

Community Updates (13) – Jul 12, 2013

1) Taseko Invites you to learn more – Monday Jul 15/13
Taseko will be presenting a more detailed response to the questions put forth to Taseko from the April 22nd SPC meeting.  You are invited to attend the Taseko office on Monday July 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Lunch will also be served.  Hope to see you there. For more information please contact Krista Niquidet at 250-392-3100 or KNiquidet@tasekomines.com

172 2nd Avenue North - Suite 301
Williams Lake, B.C.
V2G 1Z6

2) Memory Map Project looking for community input – Heritage Advisory Committee
The City of Williams Lake Heritage Advisory Committee is looking for community input for its new Memory Map: A Project to Build A Collective Memory of the Past. There is so much history and untold stories about the history of our City and region. Do you have photos you would like to share? Artifacts you think are important to our history? Take pictures of items with history or share a copy of an old letter. Over the next few months the memory map is touring the community – for more information about events please contact Chris Hutton at 250-392-1770, email heritage@williamslake.ca or check out facebook by liking Williams Lake Heritage Advisory Committee.

3) Performances in the Park – Thursdays until Aug 22/13

On Thursday July 18th

6pm – Williams Lake Youth Fiddlers & Friends: mesmerizing young fiddlers and beautiful singers
7pm – When the Walls Bend: High-energy, up tempo and spacey electro funk rock

For a full schedule of upcoming performances please visit http://www.centralcaribooarts.com/events/performances.html

Performances in the Park is presented by the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society, the CRD and the City of Williams Lake.

4) Magic and Ventriloquist free kid’s show – Sat Jul 13 at 11 am

Free show featuring Neale Bacon and his Crazy Critters will be at the Williams Lake Library on Saturday July 13th at 11 am. Bacon is a full time BC based ventriloquist who works with the BC Library Association to create a show centred around that year’s Summer Reading Club theme. This year’s theme is “Up, up and Away”. Laugh a little this Saturday morning at the Library.

5) Arts on the Fly Musical Festival – July 12 – 13th

The 8th annual festival in beautiful downtown Horsefly is coming up on July 12 and 13! Join us for an amazing diversity of music, workshops, local food and wares vendors, a kids zone with arts & crafts all day Saturday, and generally all round good times in the company of great folks.

When is the festival?
Friday July 12 - 6:30 pm until late
Saturday July 13 - 12pm until late

Where can I get advance tickets?
www.artsonthefly.com/tickets.html or in Williams Lake: Bean Counter Bistro & Café, In Horsefly: Clarke's General Store - Adults $45 weekend pass; Youth/Seniors $35 weekend pass (goes up to $50/$40 at the festival gate). Kids 12 and under are free!

Who's playing? Just a few of the performers include the Company B Jazz Band, DRUMHAND, The F-Holes, High Society, Kunda, My Favorite Tragedy, The Rakish Angles, Samson's Delilah, Scott Cook, and local faves Sam & Rowan, Marin Patenaude, and Pharis & Jason Romero.

Where do we stay? Beautiful camping, local B&Bs and motel:

Need more info? Want to get involved? We need folks to volunteer, house performers and advertise in the festival program. Call 250-620-0552. For a full festival schedule and performer lineup, check out www.artsonthefly.com.

6) Kidzone at Arts on the Fly – Jul 13 at 2 pm
For ages 6 and up – join us for a nature walk and artplay. To register or for more info please call 250-398-8532 or email scoutisland@midbc.ca

7) Dr. Kathy Martin from UBC presents at Scout Island Nature Centre – Jul 15 at 7:30pm
Dr. Martin from UBC will give a free talk at SINC on her studies of cavity nesting birds from Riske Creek to South America and Africa. To register or for more info please call 250-398-8532 or email scoutisland@midbc.ca

8) Operation Smile Yard Sale – looking for donations
Operation Smile is looking for donations for their upcoming yard sale. Items must be clean and in good condition. For more info and for an address to drop off donations please call Bernadette at 250-305-1165. The yard sale will take place on Saturday July 27th from 9 am – 4pm at 212 – 1427 Dog Creek Rd. Kendell Acres (one day only).

9) News from the Recreation Complex

a) Don’t miss Iceberg fun days – Jul 17, 31, & Aug 14th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm

b) EUREkA Science Camp – Aug 6 – 9 from 9 am – 4pm – explore chemistry, biology, physics and engineering through interactive experiments, exploration and games. Camp costs $169 and takes place at TRU. Register by Jul 26 – call 250-398-7665

c) Paddle & Snack – Jul 25 from 5:30 – 9 pm at Chimney Lake – Mark Savard Red Shred’s owner will guide this evening paddle. Snacks available and canoes and kayaks can be borrowed from Red Shred’s for a donation to the Williams Lake & Area KidSport Chapter. Boats can be booked through the Recreation Complex – basic paddling skills are necessary. Event costs $25. For more information contact the Complex at 250-398-7665.

10) Fish Lake Alliance – Fundraiser at Limelight Theatre – Fri Jul 19 at 7 pm
Fish Lake Alliance is holding a fundraiser to help bring expert witnesses to town for the New Prosperity environmental hearings, and want all our allies to come dance with us to Drum & Bell Tower on Friday, July 19. Doors open at 6:00, Action starts at 7:00.

We'll have a Silent Auction, Dessert Auction and some fun surprises. So far we have B&B, home and cabin stays, firewood, carpentry services, vegetable basket and some great artwork. We welcome more auction items! Please send a private message through facebook to Jenny Noble.

11) Materials Needed to continue expansion of Williams Lake Community Gardens

The Community Gardens in Williams Lake are THRIVING, with all of our beds being used, and demand for many more. The Food Policy Council still has big plans to expand, and we need your help with materials. We are looking for:

Landscaping bricks
Wood chips
Greenhouses, and
Volunteers (individuals, businesses or organizations) for our work bees.

If you can help with any of these things, please contact Cody, Food Action Coordinator for the Food Policy Council via

12) Local Food in Williams Lake “expands” – Cariboo Growers now open Wednesdays!

Cariboo Growers local Farmer’s Co-op on the corner of 3rd & Oliver Street downtown Williams Lake is opening another day for the season. From now until Thanksgiving the Coop is also open Wednesdays from 11 am – 6pm.

The not-for-profit Coop is open year-round. Current hours: T, W & Fri 11am – 6pm and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Call 778-412-COOP for more information.

13) SPC Community Updates
Please continue to send your community updates to the SPC for distribution. Over the summer holidays updates will continue bi-weekly. Remember to visit www.accesswilliamslake.ca when looking for help or resources and to be sure your organization is listed and kept up to date. Printed copies are also available around the community.

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