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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 4, 2013

Community Updates (11) – October 4, 2013




Community Updates (11) – October 4, 2013


1) Connect Parents Group - starts Oct 8

This series of workshops focuses on enhancing the building blocks of attachment, improving parent's abilities to reflect before acting and adjust their feelings to respond constructively to conflicts. The series of free ten 1 hour sessions is delivered over 10 weeks. There is no charge but pre-registration is required. Food and refreshments are provided. The next program starts on Oct 8 until Dec 10 on Tuesday's from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Contact Sheila Cohen at the Canadian Mental Health Association at 250-305-4887 for more information.

2) Williams Lake Employment Services Job Fair - Oct 9 & 10th

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.

3) 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.

4) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week

The PA word for the week of September 30 is: Self-Concept – How you think and feel about yourself.

Students learn that positive choices and positive actions make us feel good about ourselves, so we develop a positive self-concept. Conversely, negative choices and negative actions create a negative self-concept.  Students also learn that factors such as families and friends influence our self-concept.

The lessons include skits, stories, and activities that reinforce positive thoughts and actions as well  as provide opportunities to flip negative thoughts into positive ones.  We can help children acquire these skills by modeling them ourselves and helping them when they need some extra practice.

A Happy Circle is definitely a much nicer place in which to spend time with oneself, family and friends.

For more information contact Carla Bullinger - Cell: (250) 267-8249 or email: comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

5) Communities that Care Meeting - October 15 from 1:00-3:00 at the Long House.

Mary Thomas will chair this meeting. Our guest will be Kalika Moody. If you would like to get involved, please contact Carla Bullinger at (250) 267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

6) Women's Contact Society's - Diamond Dinner Fundraiser

Proceeds from the annual WCS event on Oct 26/13 will go towards the Good Food Box Program and for Children's programming at the Child Development Centre (CDC). Woodland's Jewellers support the event in the year of it's 80th anniversary and up for raffle is a 35 point white Canadian Diamond valued at $1950 and Geoff Bourdon will be contribute $1200 worth of designing and making a piece of jewellery to set the diamond. This elegant event raises awareness for both the WCS & CDC and there is a limit of 110 tickets for the dinner. Contact the WCS at  250-392-4118 for more information.
 

7) Punky Lake Wilderness Camp's Drumming  - Beginners & Learning for Youth 

Where: TRU Gathering Place every 2 weeks, Tuesday (starting Oct 1, 2013)

Time: 6 pm to 8pm

Free to anyone who wants to learn to drum or learn new songs.  You may bring your own hand drum.  We do have a round drum that is open to anyone. For more information please visit http://punkylake.com/events/ or contact their office at 250-392-3918 or email admin@tsilhqotin.ca

8) Speed Skating Club in Williams Lake

This sport, as rewarding as hockey, includes a lot of speed and power. Free skates are available if required and the trips are always optional. For more information please visit www.wlspeedskating.com

9) Boys and Girls Club – Coats for Kids

The BGC in Williams Lake is collecting winter gear for kids.  Drop off any toques, mitts, coats, etc at the Boys and Girls Club (across the street from Safeway).

10) Recreation Complex News

Whether you are new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, four months old or 84 years old, the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex has something for you.  A few programs that start in October are highlighted below but to understand the full scope of our programs pick up an Active Living Guild which is available at the Complex, at various locations around town, and online at activewilliamaslake.com or call 250-398-7665

a) Bronze Medallion Training:

This challenging course is the first step to becoming a lifeguard. It includes instruction in lifesaving skills, water rescue and first aid including CPR-B. Bronze Star or 13 years of age are the pre-requisites for this course.

October 21-25, 3:30-7:30pm
$185.00 for five classes

b) Free Grade 5 Initiative:

This affordable recreation program, offered by the CMRC, allows grade five students free access to the Recreation Complex including swimming ad skating. The child must live within the Williams Lake taxation area or have a valid Access Pass. Bring a birth certificate and proof of address when registering for their pass. Card is valid from Sept 2013 - June 2014

c) Free Swim - Oct 4 from 1:30 - 4 pm

Come and enjoy a free swim at the Sam Ketcham Pool. This event is sponsored by Choices for Life.

d) Open over Thanksgiving weekend: Saturday Oct 12th swimming lessons are scheduled as usual, and on Monday Oct 14th hours are from 12 - 1:30 pm (rec swim plus 3 lanes) and from 1:30 - 3:30 everybody welcome swim. The fitness centre will be open from 12 - 3:30 pm.

e) Follow Healthy Living Tips on Facebook at https://www/facebook.com/pages/Cariboo-Memorial-Recreation-Complex/147840115912

11) 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. http://www.nfb.ca/film/people_of_kattawapiskak_river/

* 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.

All FREE screenings are in the CRDL Williams Lake Branch program room (Suite A, 180 N. Third Ave). 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

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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