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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, October 11, 2013

Community Updates (12) – October 11, 2013

1) Women's Contact Society's AGM & Open House- Oct 21/13

The Women's Contact Society would like to invite everyone on Monday October 21, 2013, to our Open House  from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and our Annual General Meeting at 6:00 pm please RSVP for the AGM by October 16, 2013 to 250-392-4118.

2) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week

The Positive Action Word for next week, Oct. 7 is: Valuable: Precious or of great worth

Positive Action lessons will show students that  they are valuable and can be good friends to themselves. For more information contact Carla Bullinger - Cell: (250) 267-8249 or email: comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

3) The Call for Applications 2013 for the United Way Community Fund: Williams Lake

Application process begins Monday, October 7th, 2013 – Friday, November 1st, 2013 – online applications will be available on October 8th, 2013

Online applications only! The .pdf documents are for reference only. **Please note that Appendix A is for the organization’s budget and Appendix B is for a project or program budget.

A few things to note while filling out the form;

When you first access the form it will say 14% complete – this number actually indicates the amount of the form you have been shown, not the amount completed

We highly recommend you also save your answers in a word document in case of unexpected problems such as power surges

The form will not save half completed pages so when you are working on your application please make sure you have all mandatory answers on the page filled out before saving.

If you are not able to complete it DO NOT exit the page or it will not save the answers you have completed 

Please make sure to hit “save and continue” at the bottom of each page before exiting the page or your answers will not be saved

Please note that you cannot put the $ sign in boxes requesting figures – numbers and decimals only

Any questions can be directed to me via email or phone. I can help applicants with the content and/or using the online system. Notices will also go out in newspapers in the area. Please distribute widely.

Best regards,

4) Williams Lake Field Naturalists - Fall Social and Supper Oct/18 6pm

All are welcome at the Naturalists’ Fall  Social  and  Potluck  Supper being held at Scout Island Nature Centre.   We will be sharing a meal and stories about our favorite summer adventures.   It’s a great way to meet the Naturalists and even consider becoming a member.  You don’t have to be a member to come to this event.

Following dinner, new members, Paula Laita and Jon Gaztelumendi from Basque Country in Northern Spain will share some of their experiences.  Spain  has  a  wide  range  of  ecosystems  and  landscapes  due  to  its variation  in  the  local  geography  and  topography, and  the  diverse  climates  present  in  many  regions. The  proximity  of  the  different habitats, especially in migration corridors, leads to a rich mixture of bird species.

Bring a dish to share and be ready to enjoy good conversation and a short trip to Spain

Sue Hemphill
Scout Island Nature Centre
Environmental Educator
1305A Borland Rd
Williams Lake BC V2G 5K5
250 398 8532
or 620 3498

5) Tolko Industries, Women's Contact Society, Social Planning Council, Communities that Care and IMSS (Williams Lake Branch) are pleased to bring AMSSA's Safe Harbour training to Williams Lake.

"Safe Harbour: Respect for All is a long-standing AMSSA program that puts vision into action: creating opportunities for storefront businesses, institutions, agencies, and municipalities to celebrate our differences, helping to create safer, more welcoming communities that support diversity and reject discrimination. Safe Harbour is a commitment to diversity that helps increase the resilience of organizations by increasing their community profile as diversity leaders." AMSSA Safe Harbour website

At least one representative from each organization wishing to become a Safe Harbour site should take the Certification Training.

October 29, 2013 from 9:30am to 12:00pm for Certification Training
October 29, 2013 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm for Train-the-Trainer workshop

Location: Committee Room, School District No. 27 at 350 North 2nd Avenue, Williams Lake, BC  V2G1Z9

A two-hour interactive Safe Harbour: Respect for All certification workshop includes: a) Discussion and activities related to stereotyping, bias, power & privilege, b) Scenarios related to exclusion, marginalization, discrimination, c) Activities related to intercultural competence, d) Critical reflection of inclusive policies and procedures, e) The Business Case for Diversity, f) Practical tips on creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace and community, and g) Next Steps

Workshop Outcomes: a) Increased awareness of the various dimensions of diversity that exist in your workplace and community and the groups who may be targeted for marginalization, racism and hate, b) Critical reflection and enhanced understanding of stereotyping, bias and privilege, c) Preparedness to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace

After taking the Certification Workshop and signing the agreement on behalf of their organization, participants will be given material to share with their colleagues, as well as a Safe Harbour door sign to indicate to the community that their workplace values diversity and promises to provide a safe and respectful environment.

If you are interested in participating in the Train-the-Trainer workshop, you must take the morning’s Certification workshop as well. The attached brochure has more details. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon.

Feel free to pass this information to others who may be interested.

To pre-register, please contact Sharon at IMSS: email sharont@imss.ca or phone 778-412-2999. Spaces are limited.

6) National Film Board Screening*: Buying Sex

Thursday, October 24, 7 p.m. –  Library Program Room
Directed by Teresa MacInnes and Kent Nason

Timely and wise, this important documentary about the state of prostitution laws in Canada is a revelation. Those laws, forged in the 19th century, are now being challenged by both pro-prostitution and anti-prostitution forces, with no  evident consensus about which way forward is either best or likely. Buying Sex carefully guides the viewer through a wide spectrum of disagreement, exploring the many points of view in this age-old yet contemporary debate. 

* 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

7) Cariboo Regional District Library  - Author Event Oct 25/13

Author Event: Jerry Haigh Wednesday October  25, 7pm - Library Programme Room

Jerry Haigh, the author, and wildlife vet will be here at the library on Wednesday October 23. Haigh’s career as a wildlife veterinarian and storyteller has taken him to many countries for work on a wide range of species. He enjoys relating stories about the wild animal work. His writings weave African and other folktales into accounts of his own experiences with animals. Previous books include Wrestling With Rhinos: The Adventures of A Glasgow Vet in Kenya (ECW 2002). This was followed by The Trouble with Lions: A Glasgow Vet in Africa (UAP 2007). Then came Of Moose and Men: A Wildlife Vet’s Pursuit of the World’s Largest Deer (ECW 2012).

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

8) Baseball Tournament Raises Funds for KidSport
The annual Ryan Schonke Memorial Baseball tournament has provided the Williams Lake chapter of KidSport $21,500 in financial support over the past six years.  This year the donation is for $2,000.

KidSport provides funds to cover the cost of sport registration for kids who might not otherwise get the chance to play sports.  The statistics are clear: a child involved in sport is likely to be a better student, is less likely to be a burden to the social justice system and will develop lifelong physical activity habits which reduce health care costs. The benefits to the child are immeasurable.

Mark Bremner organizes this memorial ball tournament every year as a tribute to his friend Ryan Schonke.  Ryan was born and raised in Williams Lake and was passionate about sports and children. Ryan was killed in a car accident 13 years ago.  The Ball Tournament is held in Likely one week before the BC Day long weekend.

“The support of the local businesses is the largest factor in the tournament’s success,” Bremner says.

More information on KidSport is available at www.activewilliamslake.com or by contacting Denise Skarra at 250-398-7665.  Funds are always welcome and tax receipts will be distributed. 

9) The Quesnel & District Child Development Centre -  annual Variety Show Fundraiser Oct 25/13

The Quesnel & District Child Development Centre is holding their annual Variety Show Fundraiser on Saturday, October 26th from 11-3 at the CDC in Quesnel (300-488 McLean Street). The entertainment this year includes: Doug Koyama, Jodi Ballinger and her troop of puppets, a magic show by Ronald McDonald, belly dancers, local children’s entertainer Bruce Birch, and the talented staff of the CDC. 

Come by to donate to a great local cause, participate in some fun family friendly entertainment, eat lunch, have your face painted and enter our basket draws! For more information please contact Heidi at 250 992 2481 or heidik@quesnelcdc.com!

10) The Clean Bin Project - Thursday Oct 17/13 at 7pm

Free film event: Jenny Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin go head to head in a comedic competition to live zero waste for an entire year. This multiple award winning, festival favourite shares moments of humour, struggle, and hope in the cinematic and creatively executed story of a couple who ask the question “What can an individual do?” Described as a combination of An Inconvenient Truth and Super Size Me, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations, and captivating interviews with TED lecturers Chris Jordan and Captain Charles Moore. A fun and inspiring call to environmental action that speaks to crowds of all ages http://cleanbinproject.com/the-film/

11) Fright Night Carnival - Oct 30/13

Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society's Fright Night CArnival is being held Wednesday Oct 30th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Gibralter Room in Williams Lake. At 6 pm there is a costume contest and stay for a fun filled evening of carnival booths and a concession stand. Carnival Booth Vendor are all free, and admission is by donation. If you would like to bring a carnival booth to fright night, please contact Sharmon Alphonse at 250-392-3918.

12) Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale - Nov 23rd from 10am - 3pm

The Williams Lake & District Visitor Centre is hosting their 4th Annual Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale. For more info or to register a table call the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce office at 250-392-5025 or email visitors@telus.net

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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