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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, September 20, 2013

Community Updates (9) – September 20, 2013

Community Updates (9) – September 20, 2013

1) The next Social Planning Council Meeting is on Sept 23, 2013

The next SPC meeting is being held at the IMSS building located at…. 118C N 1st Avenue. The meeting this month will begin at 11:45 am (rather than 11:30). Come join us for lunch. The agenda for Monday's meeting is:

Lunch & Welcome to the IMSS office

Accept last month's Minutes & today's Agenda*

Fall SPC Plans & Priorities

AGM Planning

Safe Harbour Program Workshop

Roundtable Updates

*Meeting minutes from the last meeting & Monday's agenda are attached to this email.

2) September Celebration at Xatśūll Heritage Village - this Saturday

Xatśūll Heritage Village is hosting it's third cultural event of the 2013 season this Saturday, Sept 21/13 - you are invited to enjoy traditional cultural activities including: Story telling, traditional arts and crafts, guided tours, workshops and traditional local food. 11 am - doors open, arts & crafts tables, 12 pm - lunch, and 1 pm - performances, tours and workshops.

The village is located right on the Fraser River. From Williams Lake, head north on Hwy 97. After 35 km follow the signs and turn left off the highway. Admission by donation.

For more info visit xatsullheritagevillage.com or call Miriam at 250-989-2311.

3) Staying Alive: Battle for Life Concert & Gathering - Sept 25th

The Williams Lake & Area Suicide and Sudden Death Committee is hosting their annual event in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Staying Alive: Battle for Life Concert & Gathering will take place on September 25, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. 

It begins at Boitano Park (Ringwood Theatre) with a Moment of Silence at the Memory Tree, in remembrance of the people who died by suicide.

We will walk from the park to Lake City Senior Secondary Carson Campus, where local youth will provide entertainment, interweaved with informative skits for suicide prevention.

Everyone is welcome!! Please join us and pass on the information. To learn more please contact Bettina Schoen at 250-305-4420 or bettina.schoen@cmhawl.org

4) From the Communities that Care table - Positive Action Program launch

Monday, September 23, is the launch of Positive Action for the 2013-2014 school year! 

Here’s some background information for those of you new to Positive Action:

a) It’s an evidence based program sponsored by Communities that Care,

b) Its universal philosophy is that you feel good about yourself when you do positive actions, ie. When you think positive thoughts, you do positive actions, and you feel good about yourself.  Positive Action lessons help children build these skills so that it becomes a way of thinking and doing, and

c) It’s fun, interactive, and easily incorporated into the classroom and other settings.

Next week, you will find the Positive Action Word of the Week in your inbox.  All the lessons during that week focus on this word and give children and youth a deeper understanding of what it means.

You can help promote Positive Action and the Word of Week by posting it in your schools, organizations, in public spaces, or using it to engage in dialogue.  When our children see us using it, it reinforces the positive lessons and actions they are learning.

If you are interested in learning more about Positive Action and how you could use it in your setting, let me know. Carla Bullinger - 250-267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

5) Walk for Harmony - Tues Oct 8/13

Celebrate Multiculturalism by supporting the Walk for Harmony on Tuesday Oct 8/13. The event starts at the end of Western Avenue at the Coast Fraser Inn parking lot at 10:45 am with the unveiling of the Celebrating Diversity Mural Project. Then at 11:35 am join the walk to eliminate racism down Carson Drive to Boitanio Park for refreshments. For more info contact Marilyn or Tom from the Canadian Mental Health Association at 250-302-9119, or Maureen at the Fraser Basin Council at 250-392-1400.

6) Williams Lake Employment Services Job Fair

Williams Lake Job Fair 2013 - Oct 9 & 10th at the Gibralter Room at the Recreation Complex from 10 am - 3 pm - Everyone is Welcome!

This is an opportunity for you to meet potential employers, a chance to drop off resumes and research career goals. Featuring employer exhibit booths, guest speakers, and lots of prizes to give away. Lots to learn and experience.

For more information please contact Yvonne at 250-398-7137 or 250-267-5552 or email sage_funk@hotmail.com.

7) Volunteer Needed - English Tutor

English Language Services for Adults (Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society) needs a volunteer to work with a student who is unable to attend class. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, this student will stay at IMSS after class ends at 11:30 and work on class work he missed on Monday and Tuesday. He needs a volunteer to make sure he understands the exercises, give him feedback on his work, and to encourage him to engage in conversation.

If you are interested contact Susan at IMSS (118C N.1st Ave); ph:778-412-2999; email: susan@imss.ca

8) Cariboo Regional District Library Events

a) Author Event: Samuel Blondahl, Wednesday September  25, 7pm - Library Programme Room

We are pleased to present Cariboo author and artist Samuel Blondahl. Mr. Blondahl resides in the South Cariboo and spent his formative years in the 100 Mile House Area. Samuel attended the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, graduating in 2009 with a diploma in Game Art and Design. Examples of his art can be found on his website www.blondahl.ca. We invite you to meet Mr. Blondahl and enjoy a very interesting presentation featuring his art and writing. Mr. Blondahl’s recently published books include Mercury and Mercury: War, the first two books of his compelling science fiction series, The Anahita Chronicles.

b) Red Cedar Book Club - starts in October. Every other Thursday. 3:30-4:30pm.

c) National Film Board Screening*: The People of the Kattawapiskak River

Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m. –  Williams Lake Longhouse

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary The People of the Kattawapiskak River exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help. With the Idle No More movement making front page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis.

* The viewpoints and opinions expressed in these presentations are strictly those of the producers and may not reflect those of the Cariboo Regional District Board of Directors, staff or volunteers.

For more information on any of these events and programs please contact The Cariboo Regional District Library Williams Lake Branch, 250-392-3630 or www.facebook.com/williamslakelibrary

9) Reminder - 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   

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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