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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, November 1, 2013

Community Updates (10) – November 1, 2013

Community Updates (10) – November 1, 2013
1) TRU Health Centre - Primary Health Clinic
2) Williams Lake Museum and Historical Society Annual General Meeting Reminder
3) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - For fitness, fun and friendship
4) Artists & Potters Annual Sale - Nov 1 & 2nd
5) Community Arts Council AGM - Tues Nov 5th at 6 pm
6) Crisis Line Training - Canadian Mental Health Association
7) A Nature Writing Adventure - At Scout Island Nature Centre
8) Regional Library - Fall Children’s Programming
9) Call For Donations - gardening supplies for Seniors Village
10) Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale - Nov 23rd from 10am - 3pm

1) TRU Health Centre - Primary Health Clinic

The TRU Health Centre is led by Family Nurse Practitioner Sandi Lachapelle. It is the first University Health Centre that is run by a Nurse Practitioner.

The Health Centre will offer drop in sexual health services such as:

STI Testing & Treatment
Contraception counselling & prescribing
IUD Insertion
Pregnancy testing & counselling

Drop in appointments for urgent concerns such as:

Minor acute injuries
Minor acute illnesses such as sore throat or other infections requiring treatment
Flu Shot
Forms & testing (such as TB testing)

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm (closed for lunch hour)
1250 Western Avenue - Room 1318 - (250) 392-8033

Call to book an appointment: 250-392-8033

2) Williams Lake Museum and Historical Society Annual General Meeting Reminder

Williams Lake Museum and Historical Society's AGM is on Nov 4th at 2:00 p.m. in the museum  - 113 North 4th Ave. Everyone Welcome. Email Pat at mccwl@uniserve.com for more information.

3) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - For fitness, fun and friendship

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 website.

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

November Club Activities:
Tuesday and Thursday Walking: Meet at the front door of Cariboo Memorial Complex for carpooling and a prompt departure at 9:30 am. Most hikes are just out of town and require most of the morning. Each walk will have a leader; sometimes two for slower and faster paced walkers. Walks will not proceed if the weather is really inclement.

Tues., Nov. 5Th: Anderson Road Walk – level, 2 hours.
Thurs., Nov. 7Th: Box Trail Walk – moderate, 2.5 hrs.
Tues., Nov. 12: Valley Rim Walk – moderate, 2 hrs.
Thurs., Nov. 14Th: River Valley Walk – level, 3 hrs.
Tues., Nov. 19th Pulver Meadow Walk – level, 2 hours
Thurs., Nov. 21st Borland Creek Walk – level, 2 hours
Tues., Nov 26th Borland Creek Walk - 2 hours
Thur., Nov 28th Fox Mountain Rim Walk - moderate, 2 hours.

Once there is enough snow, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing schedules will be available.

4) Artists & Potters Annual Sale - Nov 1 & 2nd
Local artists and potters host their annual sale this weekend. Display will be setup at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society Centre (the old Firehall next to the City) from 12 - 7pm on Friday Nov 1 and from 10am - 4 pm on Saturday Nov 2nd.

5) Community Arts Council AGM - Tues Nov 5th at 6 pm
Come to the Community Arts Council AGM at the Arts Building (old Firehall). Call Sharon at 250-392-5671 for more information.

6) Crisis Line Training - Canadian Mental Health Association
Training starts Nov 15th and if you are interested please call Janice at 250-398-8220 ext 2040 or Penny ext 2031 or drop by the Central Interior Community Service building at 51 - 4th Ave S. (across from Safeway). Visit www.cariboo.cmha.bc.ca for application forms.

7) A Nature Writing Adventure - At Scout Island Nature Centre
November 13, 14, and 15  1pm-4pm: Children  aged 7-14 are welcome to join us for a no-pressure exploration of writing about what we see, feel and discover while playing in nature. Cost is $10 per session or $25 for all three.

Anne Theresa White has been mentoring young writers in the community for several years, and her daily walks at the Nature Centre feed her creative spirit. She has even written a magical children'
s book set there. She and staff naturalist, Paula Laita, will combine nature walks and outdoor games  with writing activities to nurture kids’ expressive potential.
Group size is limited, so be sure to register early by phoning 398-8532
or emailing shemphill@midbc.com

8) Regional Library - Fall Children’s Programming

Baby & Me: Caregiver & Babies - pregnancy up to 18 months. Preregistration preferred but drop-ins welcome:
Babies learn about language right from birth, join us Wednesdays for a “just right for baby time” as we use songs, nursery rhymes, letter knowledge and new technology to explore pre-literacy skills together. Wednesdays, 10:05am-10:25am

Toddlers Too: Caregivers & Toddlers. Drop-in:
Have fun reading, sharing and singing as we improve our literacy skills with special puppets and interactive activities to encourage our learning. Wednesdays, 10:30am-11:00am

Friday Story Fun Time. Parent stays to help out if child is under 3 years of age. Drop-in:
Join us on Friday mornings for puppets, singing, silly songs, rhymes, interactive books, themed story days and a craft. Fridays, 10:30am-11:15am

Wii Gaming - for children 8+;
Wednesdays, 3:30- 4:30
Free. Register at desk by 4:00pm Tuesday

9) Call For Donations - gardening supplies for Seniors Village

Our local SPIN farmer (=Small Plot INtensive: a gardener who uses others' land to farm on, and gives them a portion of the produce in payment) is going to be farming at the WL seniors village, providing food to the center. She's looking for some supplies for the project, and I'm passing them on to you, in the hopes that you'll have something on the list that you can donate for her. If you have any of these supplies, you can contact Brianna at 778-961-0600, or at
www.puddleproduce.ca  - thank-you, Cody Slinn, Food Policy Council

Irrigation: garden hoses, soaker hoses, sprinklers, Y valves and manifolds, timers

Fencing: plastic or wire deer fencing, lumber, electric fence posts (metal)

Tools: any garden tools (shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, hoes etc), cordless drills (loan for fence and wash station construction)

Greenhouse Supplies: PVC or EMT (electrical conduit) - must be 10' or longer, rebar, plywood or 1X6 lumber, fans/space heaters

Wash Station: chicken wire, old counter tops, large sinks, lumber, roofing (corrugated plastic or similar)

10) 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

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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