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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, November 29, 2013

Community Updates (11) – November 29, 2013

1) Reminder -  Memory Tree Celebrations - Dec 1/13 from 3 - 4:30pm
2) Third Annual - Earth Friendly Holiday event - Nov 29 & 30th
3) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week
4) Reminder - Event Hosting Grant Deadline - Nov 30th
5) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - December Activities
6) Women's Contact Society Events
7) Literacy Photo Contest - Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL)
8) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's - Fall Newsletter
9) Pet Photos with Santa - Nov 30th
10) New Free Playgroup - Nesika & Chilcotin Road Schools
11) SPC Memberships are due

1) Reminder -  Memory Tree Celebrations - Dec 1/13 from 3 - 4:30pm

WHAT: Williams Lake Hospice Society Memory Tree Celebration to commemorate and celebrate those we have loved and lost
WHEN: Sunday, December 1st, 3pm-4:30pm
WHERE: City of Williams Lake chambers and lobby

HOW: donate in memory of a lost loved one, and commemorate them with an ornament on our Memory Tree. Donations and ornaments available through the WL Hospice Society main office (9am-12pm m-f), or in front of Save On Foods from 10am-6pm, November 18th-30th.

CONTACT:  517-6th Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC  #392.5430 or cchospice@telus.net

2) Third Annual - Earth Friendly Holiday event - Nov 29 & 30th

Join in this free family event held at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society (the old Firehall next to the City) on Friday Nov 29 from  6 - 9 pm, and on Saturday Nov 30th from 11 am - 2 pm  to make natural wreaths and swgas, bark art, birch bark critter houses, pine cone angels, ornaments made from recycled materials, bird feeders, clay ornaments, pressed cards and music. Bring bits of nature (dried flowers etc.) or just your enthusiasm!

3) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week

The word of the week for Dec 2nd is:  Challenge: A task that calls for special effort.

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

4) Reminder - Event Hosting Grant Deadline - Nov 30th

The purpose of the Event Hosting Grant is to provide the stimulus and seed money to assist local non-profit organizations to bid, host, develop, grow, market and administer new events in the City of Williams Lake.

A little information about the grant, contact information as well as links to the application and the Event Hosting Policy are available on their website. Please read the policy carefully to ensure that your organization and your event are eligible. Contact the Complex at 250.398.7665 for more information

5) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - December Activities

This group has been formed for people of all ages to engage in activities that provide physical health and appreciation of the natural world. We support a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere where one can seek physical fitness at a pace suitable to the individual. We welcome new members at any time.

Membership: There is an annual fee of  $10 person.  A membership card will be issued. Group activity information will be sent to members via email, posted at the Cariboo Memorial Complex and on Facebook,  as well as on the activewilliamslake.com site.

Club contacts:
Bette McLennan                 250 392 6423
Gail Peterson                       250 392 4705
Joanne Wright                    250 3987624

December  Group Activities
For all activities: Meet at the front door of Cariboo Memorial Complex for carpooling and a prompt departure at 9:30 am. Most activities are just out of town and require most of the morning. Each activity will have a leader. All fitness levels are welcome. Activities will not proceed if the weather is really inclement. The schedule is subject to last minute changes due to weather conditions, so check email/Facebook regularly.

Tuesdays – snowshoeing
Wednesdays – walking
Thursdays – cross country skiing or walking (these walks will not be planned ahead)

Tues. Dec 3: Gunanoot Trails Snowshoe – moderate
Wed. Dec 4: Scout Island Walk - level
Thurs. Dec 5: Beacon Road Ski – level
Tues. Dec 10: Russet Bluff Snowshoe – moderate/challenging
Wed. Dec 11:  River Valley Walk - level
Thurs. Dec 12: Anderson Road Ski– level
Tues. Dec 17: Anderson Road Snowshoe – level
Wed. Dec 18: Snap Trail Walk – level
Thurs. Dec 19 : Bull Mountain Ski - moderate
Tues. Dec 31: Eagleview Walk - moderate
Wed. Jan 1: Scout Island Walk - special for Polar Bear swim
Thurs. Jan 2: Bull Mountain Ski - moderate

6) Women's Contact Society Events
Noon Hour Resource & Education Workshop - Tuesday Dec 3rd from 12 - 1 pm: Emotional Health

Purple Ribbon Campaign - Dec 1 - 10th - Wear a purple ribbon and say NO to violence against women

7) Literacy Photo Contest - Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL)
Take your best shot and win valuable prizes (digital photo or film). Guidelines: 1) All photos must represent people (any age) involved with reading or writing activities, 2) Photo info must include names of people in the photo, 3) One winner from each category (adult - taken by someone 18+ years, child - taken by up to age 17, and random draw from all entries). 4) All photos will be posted in the CCPL website at www.caribooliteracy.com, 5) Prizes will be awarded by CCPL and published in the 100 Mile House Free Press.

Email photos to Melody by Dec 17th or email melodynewcombe@gmail.com or mail to: PO Box 48, 108 Mile Ranch, BC V0K 2Z0. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club Books for Babies project and the Williams Lake Tribune.

8) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's - Fall Newsletter

2014 CCACS Project Grants:

Project grants are available for non-profit organizations or community groups in Williams Lake and the Central Cariboo (CRD Areas D, E, and F) to support and develop arts and culture within this region. The funding for these grants is courtesy of the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District (Central Cariboo Arts & Culture function), subject to the availability of funds.

Project Grants of between $300 and $2,000 are available for projects which:
a) Are new or build creatively on previous work, b) Are likely to increase participation in arts & culture, c) Take place within the Central Cariboo region (Williams Lake and/or CRD Areas D, E, and F) and d) Will be completed by December 31, 2014

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4pm, and full details, adjudication criteria and application requirements can be obtained by visiting www.centralcaribooarts.com or by request from info@centralcaribooarts.com (mailto:info@centralcaribooarts.com) .

Grant Writing Workshop - Jan 8th, 2014, 6pm – 8pm, at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre with Instructor: Graham Kelsey

This is a free workshop – Register by January 6^th with the CCACS at 778-412-9044 or info@centralcaribooarts.com

The workshop will introduce commonly made pitfalls in grant applications (e.g. budgeting, project description, etc). It will be focused on the CCACS Project Grant application.

For further information please contact CCACS Coordinator Leah Selk at 778-412-9044 or email info@centralcaribooarts.com (mailto:info@centralcaribooarts.com)

Please visit the following link for much more information, opportunities and activities featured in the CCACS fall newsletter:

http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4bec4e96608908765cb86b0a0&id=3f86ec0b56&e=469b2f0bad

9) Pet Photos with Santa - Nov 30th
Support your local SPCA this weekend. From 9 am - 3 pm at the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital (306 North Broadway - back door). $15 for one 5x7 photo - professional photography donated by About Face Photography.

10) New Free Playgroup - Nesika & Chilcotin Road Schools
New, fun & free this weekly playgroup for parents/caregivers to attend with their children (ages 0 - 5) from 10 - 11:30 am on Wednesday's at Nesika or from 10 - 11:30 am on Thursdays at Chilcotin Road (no preregistration required). Call the schools or 250-398-3839 for more information.

11) SPC Memberships are due
Membership is not required to participate but your support helps make the SPC possible. Please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or call 250-243-2126 for a membership form.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Community Updates (12) – November 22, 2013


1) Monday's Presentation - Preparing for the Next Boom: The Implications of Labour Mobility hosted at the Social Planning Council's AGM Nov 25, 2013


Join researchers Laura Ryser & Greg Halseth from the University of Northern British Columbia and Sean Markey from Simon Fraser University at the Social Planning Council's AGM this Monday Nov 25th from 11:30 am - 1 pm at the City of Williams.



Presentation Outline: Preparing for the Next Boom: The Implications of Labour Mobility (PowerPoint presentation is attached for you to preview).

         Background

         Study results

         Key labour mobility issues in Williams Lake

         Policy implications



Everyone is invited - there will be lunch. Also attached is last year's AGM minutes, and Monday's agenda for your review.



2) Memory Tree Celebrations - Dec 1/13 from 3 - 4:30pm



WHAT: Williams Lake Hospice Society Memory Tree Celebration to commemorate and celebrate those we have loved and lost



WHEN: Sunday, December 1st, 3pm-4:30pm



WHERE: City of Williams Lake chambers and lobby



HOW: donate in memory of a lost loved one, and commemorate them with an ornament on our Memory Tree. Donations and ornaments available through the WL Hospice Society main office (9am-12pm m-f), or in front of Save On Foods from 10am-6pm, November 18th-30th.



CONTACT:  517-6th Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC  #392.5430 or cchospice@telus.net



3) 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. Come on down and check out what the local crafters have to offer! Find honey, alpaca products, wood crafted products, Christmas decorations, jewellery, knitted items, local books and much more. There will also be great drink specials at the coffee shop. 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



4) Annual Medieval Market at Columneetza Secondary - Nov 22 - 23rd



Come to Columneetza on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm for crafts, food, and more for the annual Medieval Market.



5) TRY-IT grant from ParticipACTION - free sampling of Recreation Programs - Nov 25 - 29th.



The City of Williams Lake has received a TRY-IT grant from ParticipACTION to provide a sampling of active living programs for everyone from Preschoolers to Seniors during the week of November 25th to November 29th.  These unique programs are provided for free and you don’t have to register. For more information please contact the Recreation Complex.



Available programs to try are: Preschool Skating (35 years), Mom and Toddler Yoga, 55+ Strength Training, Dance Express (912 years), Little Sneakers (34 years), Tai Chi, TriSport (45 years), and Belly Dancing



6) Women's Spirituality Planning Event - Dec 5th from 5:30 - 8 pm



How do women experience the Sacred in daily life? Margaret Anne Enders at CMHA received Embrace BC funding to put on a Women's Spirituality event - it will take place over two days at the end of March, and we are interested in finding women from a variety of spiritual backgrounds to take part in the planning. Planning session - open to all women interested in spirituality.



December 5, 2013  5:30 – 8:00 pm

CMHA #51 4th Avenue South, Williams Lake

Call Margaret-Anne at 305-4426 for more information.


7) Third Annual - Earth Friendly Holiday event - Nov 29 & 30th



Join in this free family event held at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society (the old Firehall next to the City) on Friday Nov 29 from  6 - 9 pm, and on Saturday Nov 30th from 11 am - 2 pm  to make natural wreaths and swgas, bark art, birch bark critter houses, pine cone angels, ornaments made from recycled materials, bird feeders, clay ornaments, pressed cards and music. Bring bits of nature (dried flowers etc.) or just your enthusiasm!



8) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week



In keeping with the unit on physical and intellectural positive actions, the word of the week is:  Wellness: To be totally healthy in mind, body, and feelings.



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



9) Reminder - Event Hosting Grant Deadline - Nov 30th



The purpose of the Event Hosting Grant is to provide the stimulus and seed money to assist local non-profit organizations to bid, host, develop, grow, market and administer new events in the City of Williams Lake.



A little information about the grant, contact information as well as links to the application and the Event Hosting Policy are available on their website. Please read the policy carefully to ensure that your organization and your event are eligible. Contact the Complex at 250.398.7665 for more information



10) The Museum's annual Christmas Tea & Bake Sale - Dec 7th



Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin annual Christmas Tea and Bake Sale in the museum 113 North 4th Ave.  December 7th,  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



11) The 2013/2014 Deryck Thomson Award - Call for Nominations



The Deryck Thomson Award is sponsored by the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) in honour of Deryck Thomson - a founding Director of SPARC BC and a leader in community social planning in BC.



Do you know an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to social planning or social justice in British Columbia? The Deryck Thomson Award was established by the SPARC BC Board of Directors to recognize individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution in advancing social planning and social justice in BC.



Building or enhancing community capacity and community well-being and supporting innovation that has contributed to positive change for people and communities;

Advocating for equity, fairness, and dignity for all through inclusion, integrity and learning;



Advancing initiatives or policies that: Integrate social, cultural, economic and environmental planning, decision-making and action;  Advocate for improved social policies and programs;  Ensure that those who are most affected by decisions have a voice in determining and implementing policies and programs that impact them

and their families; Raise public awareness and consciousness about the importance of

social and community well-being.



You can get the Nomination Form at www.sparc.bc.ca or call Alla Timofeyeva at (604) 718-7735. Please complete the Nomination Form and return it by mail to  SPARC BC 4445 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, BC V5G 0A7 by December 31, 2013.  



12) City Encourages Feedback on Proposed Residential Parking Change

In order to increase the effectiveness of snow removal in residential areas, the City of Williams Lake is proposing to align snow removal with the garbage and recycling pickup schedule, and restrict parking streets for a 24 hour period the day preceding the scheduled garbage pickup (i.e. if an area has garbage pickup on a Tuesday, street parking is not permitted on Monday.) Vehicles parked on the street interfere with the proper cleanup of snow, and those found doing so will be towed.



This change would limit the impact on most residential areas to only one set day a week, and allow snow removal crews to have these areas completely cleaned so that the garbage containers can be placed on the street for the day of their pickup. Snow plowing will continue to be done as needed.



A public forum on the proposed changes will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 450 Mart Street. All residents are encouraged to attend to learn about the proposed change and to provide feedback.



The City welcomes all comments on the proposed change. Comments can be e-mailed to bylawenforcement@williamslake.ca, or written comments can be dropped off at City Hall, 450 Mart Street.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Reminder - SPC Annual General Meeting



The Social Planning Council's internet is unavailable today due to extreme weather conditions. I have been asked to post this for the Coordinator. Regular updates will resume next week. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Reminder:

Community Development Institute of UNBC visits Williams Lake Nov 23

At the Social Planning Council's AGM on Monday Nov 25 from 11:30 am - 1 pm at the City of Williams Lake hear from Laura Reyser from the Community Development Institute and discuss Poverty Reduction, Succession & Retention as well as Economic Development Issues affecting our community. She will discuss data collected from our local community and give concrete examples from other communities facing similar challenges such as Kitimat, McKenzie and Peace River. Everyone is invited - there will be lunch.



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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.

To reach our Coordinator Jessica Dunn please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or call 250-243-2126. Our Mailing Address is Box 20045, Williams Lake BC V2G 4R1

To reach the Communites that Care Project Manager Carla Bullinger please email comthatcare@sd27.bc.ca 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