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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 10, 2014

Community Updates (14) – Jan 10, 2014




1) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's - Project Grants Reminder
2) United Way's Youth Initiative Grant funds available
3) Tsilhqot'in Restorative Justice Program  - Peacemaking Circle Training
4) Cariboo Ski Touring Club - Free Ski Day & Open house - Jan 12/14
5) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week
6) Film Showing: The Muskwa-Kechika: B.C.'s Working Wilderness
7) Potato House's Annual General Meeting - Jan 20th
8) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - January 2014 Activities
9) Women's Contact Society is offering Pediatric First Aid on Jan 25th
10) Making Connections - Women Supporting Women Group (Womans Contact Society & AXIS Family Resources) - starts Jan 17th
11) Recreation Complex -Free swim - Jan 18th from 6:30 - 8 pm
12) Youth Probation Volunteer Opportunity - Guidelines
13) The next Social Planning Council Meeting - Monday Jan 27th  at 12pm
14) Looking for resources, contact information, programs or other services in Williams Lake? 


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

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

2) United Way's Youth Initiative Grant funds available

Do you have an idea for a project that will make your community a better place? Youth Initiative Grants were created to support projects developed by youth for youth (25 years and younger).   Sponsored in part by Telus, and Interior Savings.

The mission of United Way is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. Youth Initiative Grant applicants are encouraged to align their projects with one of our 3 focus areas. The 3 focus areas are: 1) All that kids can be, 2) Poverty to possibility, and 3) String Communities. For more information on these focus areas, please visit http://www.unitedwaytnc.ca/

The Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way’s Youth Club reviews all applications. Decisions will be made at the end of January 2014. Grant cheques will be presented to successful applicants in February of 2014. For more info please contact Melissa Newberry at melissa@unitedwaytnc.com or call 250-392-8145
Please submit this application no later than Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 12:00pm to:
Attn: Youth Initiative Grants
Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way
177 Victoria Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 1Z4

Phone: 250-372-9933
Fax: 250-372-5926

3) Tsilhqot'in Restorative Justice Program  - Peacemaking Circle Training

Date: January 31 to February 2, 2014
Location: Thompson Rivers University– Williams Lake, BC
Room # TBA

This workshop is facilitated by Carolyn Charleyboy. Space is Limited, only the first 20 applicants will be accepted. $100 to Register & includes: Course Materials Lunch & Refreshments

Register by January 22, 2013
Contact Sharmon Alphonse for a Registration Package– admin@tsilhqotin.ca  or call 250-392-3918

You are invited to an intensive three-day workshop to learn about Peacemaking Circles. The Circle process is used for many purposes, including dialogue, problem solving, conflict resolution, healing, and community building. Circles are used successfully in a variety of settings, such as schools, workplaces and the justice system.

Participants of this training will learn about and experience the fundamentals of Peacemaking Circles, including:  foundational values & the philosophy of circle practice, structure of circle process & circle facilitation skills.

4) Cariboo Ski Touring Club - Free Ski Day & Open house - Jan 12/14

This Sunday the Cariboo Ski Touring Club presents it's open house starting at 10 am at the Hallis Lake Lodge near Quesnel. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free ski lessons, ski rentals and free ski pass. There will also be a twoonie pancake breakfast. Please visit http://www.caribooski.ca/special-events.html or contact Ron at 250-992-2855 for more information.

5) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week

The Positive Action word of the week for January 13th is: Talent: A natural ability that can be developed

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

6) 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 or visit http://www.scoutislandnaturecentre.ca or http://www.williamslakefieldnaturalists.ca

7)
Potato House's Annual General Meeting - Jan 20th

It's that time of year again! The Potato House invites you to join us for our annual general meeting at 5pm on January 20th at the Scout Island Nature Centre.

At 5pm let us all dine together in a potato themed potluck. Following will be a brief AGM and a slide show presentation of Marin's grand adventure down the mighty Fraser River. All are welcome! 

Please join us and renew your membership or become a new member!

The Potato House relies and thrives on community support. Over the past few seasons we have grown exponentially and are looking forward to an even more constructive and inspiring year and hope that you join us in this journey toward a more sustainable and vibrant community.

Mark your calendars for Jan 20th at 5 pm at SINC (unless you have one of our Community Events Calendars already, in that case it's already marked)! Calendars are available around town including at the Cariboo Growers Farmer's Co-op and Dandelion Living.

8) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - January 2014 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 and Joanne Wright 250 3987624

To join this group, come about 9:15 am to the Cariboo Memorial Complex on a Tues., Wed., or Thursday. We always begin our outings from there, so you can fill out a membership form and pay your $10 annual fee. We leave at 9:30 am. Once you're a member, you will receive emails with schedule and schedule changes. Schedules and updates are also on Facebook.

For the month of January we will usually be walking on Tuesdays, cross-skiing on Wednesdays and snowshoeing on Thursdays.

Wed., Jan. 1 – Bull Mtn. ski
Thurs., Jan.2 – Sawmill Lake snowshoe
Tues., Jan.7 – Borland Creek walk
Wed., Jan.8 – Bull Mtn. under the lights at 5:30 pm.
Thurs., Jan.9 – Bonds Lake snowshoe
Tues., Jan. 14 – River Valley walk
Wed., Jan. 15 – Fox Mtn. ski
Thurs., Jan. 16 – Esler Old Cabin snowshoe
Tues., Jan. 21 – Mission Road walk
Wed., Jan.22 - Bull Mtn. ski
Thurs., Jan. 23 – Beacon Road Meadow snowshoe
Tues., Jan. 28 – Snakes and Ladders walk
Wed., Jan. 29 – Frost Creek Power line ski
Thurs., Jan. 30 – Anderson Road snowshoe

All of these activities are subject to change according to weather conditions, so keep an eye on your email/Facebook.

9) Women's Contact Society is offering Pediatric First Aid on Jan 25th

Women's Contact Society is offering Pediatric First Aid is being offered January 25, 2014. There are a few spaces available. Please come into the office to book your spot!!!

10) Making Connections - Women Supporting Women Group (Women's Contact Society & AXIS Family Resources) - starts Jan 17th

This group is for women who are experiencing or who have experienced violence. Join us anytime and drop ins are welcome. Meet Kelly & Gina every Friday in the AXIS family resources boardroom at 12 noon starting Friday Jan 17th. For registration please call Gina at 250-392-4118 or email counsellor@womenscontact.org or Kelly at 250-392-1000 ext 220 or email kelly.therrien@axis.bc.ca or visit http://www.womenscontact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Early-Years-Activity-Page-January-2014.pdf

11) Recreation Complex -Free swim - Jan 18th from 6:30 - 8 pm

Sponsored by the Williams Lake Lions Club - enjoy a free swim at the complex from 6:30 - 8 pm on Saturday January 18th.

12) Youth Probation Volunteer Opportunity - Guidelines

Please contact Cary Ryan, Youth Probation Officer, at 250-398-4678 or Cary. Ryan@gov.bc.ca to discuss possible volunteer opportunities (see below for more information).
  
Volunteer opportunities for young people involved in the youth justice system need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If needed, we are able to provide supervision for our youth during volunteer opportunities, either by ourselves, or by our colleagues at the Child Development Centre and Punky Lake.

We typically have a few youth on our caseload at all times who are required to complete community volunteer hours, however, there are occasions we do not.

The ideal opportunities for our youth are ones that:
Enable our youth to build relationships with positive role models in the community, and connect them with pro-social activities and community organizations.

Enable our youth to reinvest themselves in their community, i.e.; physically creating or doing something meaningful they can be proud of.

Unsuitable types of volunteer opportunities:

Anything that would require our youth to undergo a criminal record check.

Anything that would involve our youth working one-to-one unsupervised with members of a vulnerable population; i.e.; children, seniors, mentally challenged, etc.

Boundaries working with our youth; Cannot always be relied on, may decide, despite their court order, not to engage and complete hours. May cancel last minute without notice and behavioral challenges.

Please contact Cary Ryan, Youth Probation Officer, at 250-398-4678 or Cary. Ryan@gov.bc.ca to discuss possible volunteer opportunities.

13) The next Social Planning Council Meeting - Monday Jan 27th  at 12pm

Our next Social Planning Council meeting will be on Monday January 27th from 12 - 1:30 pm at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) with a presentation from nurses at the new TRU Medical Clinic.

Membership Renewals for Social Planning Council are due. Attached to the weekly email is a membership form to fill out and mail back (or bring to a SPC meeting).

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

Visit - www.accesswilliamslake.org

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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