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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, January 31, 2014

Community Updates (10) – Jan 31, 2014



1) School District No. 27 - Policy Review - send your feedback online
2) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
3) Enjoy Family Fest - Sunday Feb 2 from 10:00-2:00 at Marie Sharpe School
4) Computer Literacy - Seniors & Youth
5) BC Schizophrenia Society - group sessions begin Feb 8
6) Diabetes info session - Tuesday Feb 4th
7) Ready Set Learn - it's free & fun
8) Classroom Space needed
9) Tea & Tissues - Grief recovery group
10) Help Lake City Secondary win the People's Choice Award on YouTube! 


1) School District No. 27 - Policy Review - send your feedback online
The Board of Education, at its meeting on 10 December 2013, reviewed the Community Use of Facilities and Grounds policy.  A notice of motion has been made to adopt the revised policy at the 25 February 2014 open meeting of the Board.  The Board is seeking public input or comment on the proposed policy.  Feedback is open until the 17 February 2014.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UseOfFacilitiesPolicy

If you would like a hard-copy (paper copy) of any of the documentation, contact Connee Newberry, Executive Assistant, either by e-mail or phone 250-398-3833.

2) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week for Feb 3rd is: Actions: What you do or cause to happen.

If you would like more background information about Positive Action please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

3) Enjoy Family Fest - Sunday Feb 2 from 10:00-2:00 at Marie Sharpe School
CCPL is celebrating Reach a Reader and Family Literacy Week which is culminating in our Family Fest event on February 2 at Marie Sharpe School.  This free and very popular family event will have even more interactive stations than in previous years including: music station; composting demos; puppet shows; story time; art station; free books; face painting; entertainment; refreshments and more!

4) Computer Literacy - Seniors & Youth
Students are teaching seniors basic computer (& cell phone) skills. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Claire at 250-398-4173

5) BC Schizophrenia Society - group sessions begin Feb 8
Williams Lake is hosting the next group of ten sessions starting Feb 8th from 10 am - 12:30 pm - pre-registration is required. Call 250-392-5553 or email  bcsswl@bcss.org

6) Diabetes info session - Tuesday Feb 4th
Diabetes and your heart is the topic of the lunch time session on Feb 4th at the Women's Contact Society from 12 - 1 pm. Reservations are required today so please call 250-392-4118 to reserve your seat.

7) Ready Set Learn - it's free & fun
Watch for this program beginning in February. It is an opportunity for preschoolers and their parents or care givers to visit their future school for fun activities and tips for early learning. For details contact the school, call 250-398-3839 or visit www.sd27.bc.ca

8) Classroom Space needed
Bev Currie-Mclean, the lead instructor for the Office Admin Program offered by the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is looking for a classroom or room that she can use teach a class in Williams Lake for a maximum of twenty students. NVIT is able to pay for this space. If you have such a space you can contact Bev directly at 250-378-3384.

9) Tea & Tissues - Grief recovery group
Bring life back into focus with the grief recovery group, "Tea and Tissues" 
on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month in the Fireside Room,
782 9th Ave North, (starting February 19th) at 5:30 pm for 1 hour.  For more
information call John 398-5642.

10) Help Lake City Secondary win the People's Choice Award on YouTube! 
Over the past months, Miss. Black's grade 12 Marketing class went under a process to create a Junior Achievement company. Through hard work, and asking for seed money from a variety of local companies, we raised enough money to purchase a product. That product was, gourmet fortune cookies. All of the net proceeds will be going to the Boys and Girls Club's after school program. They applied for a chance to go to the Junior Achievement Innovation Jam in Vancouver, which only 20 schools in BC can attend if selected to go. We were chosen! Now it was our job to represent Williams Lake and the Cariboo Region.

In 1 hour, we had to construct a green idea that could possibly change our world. Lake City Secondary thought of a way to filter CO2 gas that would normally be pumped into our atmosphere. Our Facebook page Cariboo Cookies. The close off date for voting is Feb.21, 2014. To vote, "like" our YouTube Video. This is the link that will take you directly to our video: http://youtube/5yAR0LcC33o


These updates have been forwarded by the Social Planning Council. For more information please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or call 250-243-2126. The SPC would like to thank the United Way and City of Williams Lake for their funding support.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Community Updates (13) – Jan 24, 2014



Please see below for the following updates from around the community:
 
1) The next Social Planning Council Meeting - Monday Jan 27th  at 12pm
2) Deadline Reminder - Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's - Project Grants
3) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week
4) Elder College Registration - Jan 29th final date
5) CCPL celebrates Family Literacy Week - Jan 26th - Feb 1st
6) Cariboo Regional Library Film showing - Amour on Jan 29th at 7 pm
7) Family Skating Day - Jan 29th from 4 - 7 pm at Sugar Cane
8) Star Party - ­Free Family Event at SINC this Saturday Jan 25th from 6-8 pm
9) Accessibility Committee Meetings - open to all
10) “Healthy Bite” Monthly Vegetarian Club - starts Jan 26th at 6pm 
11) Reminder - Film Showing: The Muskwa-Kechika: B.C.'s Working Wilderness
12) Enjoy Family Fest - Sunday Feb 2 from 10:00-2:00 at Marie Sharpe School
13) Looking for resources, contact information, programs or other services in Williams Lake?


1) The next Social Planning Council Meeting - Monday Jan 27th  at 12pm
The next Social Planning Council meeting is on Monday January 27th from 12 - 1:30 pm at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) with a presentation about the new TRU on-campus Medical Clinic (agenda is attached).



Membership Renewals for Social Planning Council are also now being accepted. Thank-you for your participation.



2) Deadline Reminder - Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's - Project Grants

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



3) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week

The Positive Action word of the week for January 20th is: Thoughts: Ideas that result from thinking.



This brings us back to the Positive Action Thoughts-Actions-Feelings circle. I’m attaching a visual – many of you will have already seen this – that depicts how positive thoughts lead to positive actions, which lead to positive feelings, and these feelings lead back to positive thoughts.



When we feel good about ourselves, we have a positive self-concept.  Positive Action lessons give students skills for managing and improving their self-concept.  It provides opportunities and practice for developing personal potential, responsibility, understanding, social skills, and techniques for creative problem solving.



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



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



4) Elder College Registration - Jan 29th final date

The last registration for the spring semester will be 1:30 - 2:30 pm on Wednesday Jan 29th at the Seniors Activity Centre. Spaces are still available in many classes ad most courses cost $30 or less.



5) CCPL celebrates Family Literacy Week - Jan 26th - Feb 1st

Celebrate literacy activities with your friends and family. Look for library activities and other community programs. Try to learn a new word, recipe, activity and have fun. Pick up a copy of the Williams Lake Tribune Newspaper to learn more about  Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL). Sponsored byKiwanis Club books for Babies project and the Tribune. Visit www.caribooliteracy.com for more information.



6) Cariboo Regional Library Film showing - Amour on Jan 29th at 7 pm

Wed Jan 29th at 7pm - Directed by Michael Haneke & won Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (Austria).


Three other nominations including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, and Original Screenplay.


Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.



7) Family Skating Day - Jan 29th from 4 - 7 pm at Sugar Cane

Family skate taking place on Jan. 29 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sugar Cane ice rink (near the gymnasium). Free for everyone and if you come as a whole family there are prizes to be won! Contact Carol Archie for more info at 296-3507 ext 101 or Kyle ext 111.



8) Star Party - ­Free Family Event at SINC this Saturday Jan 25th from 6-8 pm
Local Astronomers will guide this evening of star gazing for all levels.  Bring your telescope if you have one, if not a pair of binoculars can show an amazing amount of detail.  Dress warmly for laying in the snow (or on the ground) with gloves, mittens, hat and no headlamps or flashlights please to protect our night vision.  This event is weather dependant, if very cold or overcast the event will be moved indoors. Call 398 8532 or email yncwilliamslake@gmail.com with any questions.



9) Accessibility Committee Meetings - open to all

The City's Accessibility Committee meets monthly on the first Tuesday at noon at City Hall and is always open to the public.



10) “Healthy Bite” Monthly Vegetarian Club - starts Jan 26th at 6pm 

This monthly vegetarian Supper Club that begins this Sunday, January 26th, at 6pm. The food-and-fun event will promote interest in health and nutrition.  At each session there will be a brief presentation or activity - no reservations needed and friends are welcome!   It’s Potluck Plus - entrance fee is a large vegetarian dish to share with others, and the recipe.  Recipes will be copied and shared each evening.  Supper will be served in the Fellowship Room at 782 N 9th Ave.  For more info phone 778-412-5279.



11) Reminder - Film Showing: The Muskwa-Kechika: B.C.'s Working Wilderness
Monday, January 27, 7:30 pm, Scout Island Nature House

The magnificent Muskwa-Kechika Management Area in northern British Columbia  includes  Parks  and  Protected  Areas  where  resource  extraction  is prohibited,  and  management  zones  where  resource extraction  may  occur.  We will present a half-hour DVD describing this unique approach to natural resource management in B.C.    Afterwards, Cathy  Koot  will  share  a  few  slides  from  a  trip  she  took  with  fellow naturalists to some of the very sites shown in the film



For more information please contact Sue Hemphill at 250-398-8532



12) Enjoy Family Fest - Sunday Feb 2 from 10:00-2:00 at Marie Sharpe School

CCPL is celebrating Reach a Reader and Family Literacy Week which is culminating in our Family Fest event on February 2 at Marie Sharpe School.  This free and very popular family event will have even more interactive stations than in previous years including: music station; composting demos; puppet shows; story time; art station; free books; face painting; entertainment; refreshments and more!



13) Looking for resources, contact information, programs or other services in Williams Lake?

Visit - www.accesswilliamslake.org

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