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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, August 23, 2013

Community Updates (9) – Aug 23, 2013

Community Updates (9) – Aug 23, 2013

1) Orange Shirt Day – Sept 30/13

Orange Shirt Day will be on September 30th in Williams Lake, and thoughout the Cariboo Regional District, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and wellbeing, and as an affirmation of the commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.  “Every Child Matters” orange shirt buttons will be distributed throughout the month of September, with  a ceremony in Boitanio Park at 11 am. 

Other activities are still in the planning stages.  To get involved, the next planning meeting is August 29th, in the CRD library meeting room. The planning committee includes representatives from CRD, municipalities, First Nations and SD27.

For more information and to “like” the page please visit https://www.facebook.com/orangeshirtdayeverychildmatters/info or contact Joan at 250-243-2261 or jsorley@cariboord.bc.ca

2) Central Cariboo Grant for Assistance Application – deadline Sept 30
On an annual bases, the City of Williams Lake and the CRD Electoral Areas D, E & F jointly provide Grants for Assistance to local non-profit organizations for projects, activities and events that strengthen and enhance the well being of the community, promote volunteerism and support the goals and priorities of the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District.

Application forms may be picked up and submitted to the City of Williams Lake, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake V2G 1N3 or at the CRD, Suite D, 180 N. 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake V2G 2A4

3) Request for Expression of Interest: Integrated Network Support Model – Early Implementation Sites

From the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD)

The purpose of this Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) is to identify communities interested in becoming one of the five Early Implementation Sites (EIS) to implement, test and refine the Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities (STADD) Integrated Support Network Model. This is an exciting opportunity to come together as a community to enhance support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and create a more inclusive community. This opportunity enables your community to proactively shape and contribute to integrated support.

For more information please contact Shirley Dickerson at the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) at 250-395-5512.

4) 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

5) Central Cariboo Hospice Palliative Care Society’s AGM – Sept 4 at 6pm

On Wednesday Sept 4 at 6pm at Deni House 517 N. 6th Ave – refreshments and a light meal will be provided. Please RSVP to 250-392-5430. If you are not attending the AGM, you may choose to vote via ballot which will be sent to the membership in advance.

6) News From the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society


a) The Station House Gallery: Call for Exhibition Proposals for 2014 

The Station House Gallery invites artists (individuals or groups) to submit proposals for the 2014 Exhibition year. For more information and submission guidelines please email curator@stationhousegallery.com or call the Station House Gallery. Deadline: August 31, 2013
 

b) Cariboo Welcome Fair

Saturday, September 28, from 2pm to 4pm, Thompson Rivers University and Welcoming Communities Williams Lake plan to fill the gym at TRU for the Cariboo Welcome Fair, a free, family-friendly event. Newcomers to the region will learn about services and organizations that can help them make connections in the community.

Local businesses and community organizations, as well as health, education, and government organizations, are invited to book a table in order to present information and answer questions about the work they do in the community. Local arts and volunteer groups may wish to have sign-up sheets for future events and workshops.

There will be door prizes, food vendors, and a children’s activity area with music and story-telling. Most importantly, there will be local people on hand who live, work, and play in the community to share information, make suggestions, and offer practical help.

The Cariboo Welcome Fair is an opportunity for the community to get to know what is available to make everyone feel at home in the Cariboo. Table bookings and entry to the fair are free to all.

This event, and the work of the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society in Williams Lake, is made possible by grants from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, through the Welcome BC program.

For more information, contact Sharon Taylor at IMSS – Williams Lake 778-412-2999 sharont@imss.ca   

c) Call for Submissions: Cariboo Mountain Bike Film Festival

In Partnership with the Williams Lake Community Arts Council and the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium will host the first amateur Cariboo Mountain Bike Film Festival this season. This festival will challenge all riders and artists alike to create the best short mountain bike film in the region.

The http://www.ridethecariboo.ca/film-festival web page will provide participants with the rules and guidelines for film festival entires. All entries must be submitted electronically through this web site no later than September 5th, 2013. Winning films will be selected for a Premier sceening on Friday Sept 15th.

d) Introduction to Non-Profit Management with Dr. Graham Kelsey

This free course is designed to introduce students to the areas of responsibility of managers of non-profit organizations; intended to provide a broad overview of the management challenges of the non-profit sector.

The course consists of ten modules:
1. Non-Profits: The Purveyors of Common Decency
2. Board Governance: The First Step in Non-Profit Management
3. Strategic Management for Non-Profits: Management for the Better
4. Financial Management in the Non-Profit Sector
5. Strategic Management of Human Resources: People are the Best Resource
6. Fundraising and Resource Development
7. Marketing and Public Relations: Putting your Best Foot Forward
8. Program Evaluation for the Non-Profit sector: Measuring up to the Challenge
9. Leading and Managing in the Non-Profit sector
10. Volunteer Management: Treating your Volunteers as a Valuable Resource

Text Materials - A package of reading materials for each module will be supplied in electronic format. Students are encouraged to seek out further material as their interests develop.

Learning and Teaching Methods - The course will use lectures, in-class discussion, case analyses and individual and team projects. It is expected that students will undertake regular individual preparation for each class.

Fee: One tuition-free seat is available per Non-Profit organization. To request more than one seat, please call 250-392-8010 to check for availability. Fee for general public, not representing a Non-Profit organization $400

Dates: Sep 18-Dec 11, 2013, Wednesdays, 6-9pm
At: Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus

If your organization is interested in this valuable training, please call 250-392-8010 before September 11 (check for availability after this date).

7) Williams Lake’s SPCA’s Paws for a Cause
Registration starts at 9 am in Boitanio Park on Sept 15th with the first walk out at 10 am. To register for the event or to learn more visit spca.bc.ca

8) Reminder -  Tour de Cariboo is on 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.

9) Terry Fox Run – Sept 15th

On Sunday Sept 15 at 9 am, starting at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is the annual Terry Fox Run. The 5 or 10 km route are suitable for bikes, rollerblades, wheelchairs, strollers and dogs on a leash are also welcome.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Community Updates (13) – Aug 9, 2013



Community Updates (13) – Aug 9, 2013

1) Literacy Fun Day at Bell-E-Acres – Sunday Aug 11
From 10 am – 2 pm this Sunday the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) is hosting a Family Fun day at Bell-E-Acres in Williams Lake. Events include par 3 golf, mini golf, putting & chipping contests, story tent, crafts, activities, face painting and bingo. There will be plenty of food and prizes to be awarded.

Everyone is welcome to attend and is encouraged to bring the whole family. This event is to promote literacy throughout our community.

2) Xats’ull Heritage Village August Celebration – Aug 11th
Xats’ull Heritage Village is hosting it’s annual August celebration this Sunday. Come to the village to celebrate in partnership with the Rivershed Society of BC. Everyone is invited to meet the team travelling the length of the Fraser River and to enjoy traditional cultural activities including story telling, arts and crafts, guided tours of the Village, workshops and traditional local food – pit cooking.

3) Boys & Girls Club’s Street Party – Aug 13th from 5 – 9 pm
Enjoy free activities, free food and lots of fun for the whole family on Tuesday August 13th starting at 5 pm. Enjoy the Bouncy Castle, remote control car course, graffiti wall, prizes,  face & nail painting, crafts, and a youth versus RCMP officers water fight! For more information please call 250-392-5730 (location 17 S.4th Ave – across from Safeway).

4) Art Walk Tour begins – Aug 9th
Art Walk organizers and artists will be celebrating the start of Art Walk by meeting at About Face Photography at 11:45 am. They will then be given a guided tour of the first 18 stops in the Art Walk by Mary Forbes. Everyone is welcome to join.

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

This year’s line-up for Performances in the Park summer concert series rocks!  Get your lawn chairs ready and prepare for a musical celebration for the whole family every Thursday night in Boitanio Park.

On Thursday Aug 15th…
6pm – Robyn Ferguson & Oren Barter
7pm –Brett Wildeman

On Thursday Aug 22nd
6 pm – Rowan, Lylie & Sam
7 pm – My Wife’s Quartet

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.

6) Fresh Air Film’s Outdoor Movie Night – Boitanio Park Aug 15

Epic is the next movie to be played for free outdoors in Boitanio Park on Aug 15th starting at dusk (pre show activities start at 7pm). Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. Fresh Air films is brought to you by FORTIS BC.

7) Tsilhquot’in hosts Annual Gathering – Aug 20 – 21st
The 23rd annual Tsilhquot’in Nation Gathering is being held on Tuesday Aug 20 and Wednesday Aug 21st at the Chilco Ranch in Hanceville, BC (south side of the Chilcotin Bridge). This is a family event open to everyone including non First Nations. This even attracts approximately 500 people showcasing Tsilhquot’in culture and traditions including entertainment and children’s activities over two days. The Yunesit’in Government invites you to participate and attend. For more info contact Rhoda Petal at 250-394-4295 or email rpetal@yunesitin.ca

8) Call for Artists – Branding the City with Art

Artists and designers are invited to submit up to three entries for a juried competition for the design of banners. Up to four successful designs will be digitally printed on high-quality outdoor banners to be displayed across the City. There is a $150 prize and a flag of the print for each selected art piece. Submission guidelines and application forms are available at http://www.centralcaribooarts.com/news or for more information contact Liliana at 250-303-2873 or email williamslakearts@gmail.com

9) Cops for Cancer BBQ – Friday Aug 16th
At the Williams Lake & District Credit Union from 11 am – 2 pm. All proceeds from the BBQ go to Cops for Cancer Tour de North.

10) Playground Equipment Fund Raiser – Aug 17th
From 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday Aug 17th the Cariboo Adventist Academy is holding a Car Wash & Hotdog sale in the parking lot of All About Hair Studio located at 68A N. Broadway to raise funds for playground equipment.

11) 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.

12) Salvation Army Updates
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.

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) Looking for: 1) Volunteers for teaching crafts Mondays from 1 – 2:30 pm (supplies provied). Please contact Melissa at the drop-in 250-305-2492, 2) Person to teach community kitchen classes at the Salvation Army. This position is approximately 10 – 12 hours a week. For more information please contact the Salvation Army.

13) Cariboo Chilcotin Early Years Conference at TRU on Oct 4 & 5th

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 1st annual Cariboo Chilcotin
Early Years Conference. The conference is co-hosted by 100 Mile House CCRR & Williams Lake CCRR in partnership with Success by 6 and Children First. Our planning committee has worked very hard to ensure this will be an
educational and fun event.

Our goal for this conference is to inspire you, encourage you and support you in your journey as an Early Years Educator. We have put together an amazing program that will provide professional development opportunities for all who work with young
children and families.

This is our first Cariboo Chilcotin Early Years Conference and we are excited to invite you to come and be inspired, encouraged and supported.

Brought to you by 100 Mile House CCRR & Williams Lake CCRR – Registration package and more information is available by contacting the Women’s Contact Society at 250-392-4118.

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