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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, February 21, 2014

Community Updates (8) – Feb 21, 2014

1) Social Planning Council's Monthly Meeting - this Monday Feb 24th
2) What is your organization planning over the next month?
3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
4) Project Comeback's - Community Meeting - Feb 24th from 5 - 9 pm
5) Performances in the Park - call for submissions
6) Womens Contact Society  (WCS) - updates below:

a) Honouring Children Workshop
b) Annual Children's Festival Booth
c) Rhyme & Rolls - Interactive Literacy Enhancement
d) Women’s crafting night
e) Just for fun Ladies vocal group
f) International Women’s Day Event

7) Community Engagement Sessions - Cariboo Regional District
8) From the Williams Lake Wanderers Group - March 2014 schedule

1) Social Planning Council's Monthly Meeting - this Monday Feb 24th
Being held at the new Academy of Learning's Williams Lake Campus. Join us for lunch and learn more about the facility at the start of the meeting. Please see the attached agenda and minutes from last month's meeting for your review. Hope to see you there!

2) What is your organization planning over the next month?
If you send us updates (or bring a hardcopy to the monthly meetings) your organizations events & project developments will be distributed to the Social Planning Networks. Do you have a project idea you want to start, need community input, are hosting events or anything else related to community well being just email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com and press send!

3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week for Feb 24th is: Love: To show unconditional caring.

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

4) Project Comeback's - Community Meeting - Feb 24th from 5 - 9 pm
Please find attached a poster about the Project Comeback “reporting and Exploring” Community Meeting on Feb. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Central Cariboo Art Centre (the old fire hall, next to City Hall).

The City of Williams Lake and the BC Rural Network (BCRN) launched Project Comeback in April of 2013. The project is meant to determine barriers to retention of skilled and professional workers, make recommendations for community initiatives and develop a successful local approach to ensure rural communities, specifically Williams Lake, can attract and retain the work force we need to be successful. In the fall of 2013, the City of Williams Lake completed a survey targeting young adults under 35. The results are in and action is required!

We would like to invite you to join other community members at “Project ComeBack Reporting and Exploring” on the evening of February 24th, 2014. We encourage you to bring a friend or a co-worker that may be “new” to the community (moved or returned to Williams Lake in the last five years) and under the age of 35! Join us for dinner, share why you love Williams Lake, explore survey results, brainstorm local project ideas and provide input for the initiation of a local project and action plan!

Please see the poster for more information and how to RSVP. For more information, please contact Anne Burrill at aburrill@williamslake.ca or at 250-392-8480.

5) Performances in the Park - call for submissions
Presented by the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District.

The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society is happy to announce that Performances in the Park, the outdoor free summer concert series, will begin on Thursday, July 3rd at 6:00pm and will continue each Thursday evening at the same time at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Williams Lake’s Boitanio Park until August 21st. Once again, with the support of the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society will be presenting this event under the management of Angela Sommer of Angelkeys Music Studio.

The concert series will feature two acts each week; one at 6pm to showcase performances including youth, theatre, dance, musical and fashion shows, followed by a headline act from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. All acts will be family friendly.

We are currently looking for performers of every type to fill these performances. Application forms can be downloaded from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society’s website http://www.centralcaribooarts.com/events/performancespark.html  or you can also receive an application by emailing Angela Sommer at performances@centralcaribooarts.com

Submissions can be made by mailing or dropping off completed applications to: Performances in the Park, c/o Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, 90 Fourth Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2C6, or by emailing completed forms to performances@centralcaribooarts.com by April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

This well attended, free event, is fun for the whole family and we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in the crowd!

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or for interviews please contact:

Angela Sommer

6) Womens Contact Society  (WCS) - updates below:
For more information on any of the below please contact the WCS at 250-392-4118

a) Women's Contact Society's (WCS) Workshop - Wed Feb 26th. Honouring our Children workshop - Safe Sleep for Babies is being held from 6 - 7:30 pm on Wednesday Feb 26th. For more information contact the WCS at 250-392-4118

b) Annual Children's Festival Booth - pre-registration for May 25th. Reserve your booth for this year's annual Children's Festival in Boitanio Park Sunday May 25th. Call the Womens Contact Society to pre-register your booth at 250-392-4118.

c) Rhyme & Rolls - Interactive Literacy Enhancement on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. At the Women's Contact Society join the weekly Rhyme & Reason interactive sessions on Tuesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am for parents & children ages 0 - 5 years. Call 250-392-4118 for more information.

d) Women’s crafting night – The last Monday of every month – the next one will be on Feb 24th – up-cycling t-shirts

e) Just for fun Ladies vocal group – Fridays 7.30-9.00 PM  United Church (free child minding)

f) International Women’s Day Event - Saturday March 8th 2014 at 5:30 pm at TRU cafeteria - Film Showing MissRepresentation (and light refreshments).

7) Community Engagement Sessions - Cariboo Regional District
Mark your calendars to have your say and join the discussion on the 2014 budget and Financial Plans. In Williams Lake the date is March 1st from 1 - 4 (presentation at 2:30 pm) at the Cariboo Regional Districts Board Room. Visit cariboord.bc.ca, or online at facebook.com/caribooregion or call for more information.

8) From the Williams Lake Wanderers Group - March 2014 schedule
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.

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

By the middle of the month, we have scheduled only walking/hiking in anticipation of Spring!! Check your schedule daily.

March 2014
Tues Mar 4: SPCA snowshoe
Wed Mar 5: Bull Mountain ski
Thurs Mar 6: Mardi Gras walk to Scout Island  (Mardi Gras colours are gold, purple, green: wear your celebration beads!)
Tues Mar 11: Bull Mtn. ski
Wed Mar 12: Borland Creek walk
Thurs Mar 13: Esler Cow Trails snowshoe
Tues Mar 18: River Valley walk
Wed Mar 19: Mission Road walk
Thurs Mar 20: Beacon Road walk
Tues Mar 25: Eagleview Road walk
Wed Mar 26: Signal Point walk
Thurs Feb 27: English Road walk

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

Members' Monthly Breakfast Social: Our no host breakfast get together for conversation & new ideas for outings will be Mar. 11th, at 8 am at Denny's.

Club contacts: Bette McLennan 250-392-6423, Gail Peterson 250-392-4705 and Joanne Wright 250-398-7624

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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