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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, February 28, 2014

Community Updates (11) - February 28, 2014

1) Reminder - Community Engagement Sessions - Cariboo Regional District

Have your say and join the discussion. 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.

2) Free Family Skate - Sunday Mar 2nd from 2:45 - 4:15 pm

Sponsored by the Williams Lake Lions Club

3) Survey Input Appreciated - Accessibility Committee's wheelchair accessible taxi feasibility

Increasing taxi services for people with accessibility issues is an endeavor that requires information on how many people need it, would use it and how often. Your input is greatly valued so please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WLtaxisurvey or fill out a hardcopy available at City Hall and the Recreation Complex until March 31/14

4) Alzheimer Society - Workshops - begin March 11th from 9 am - 5 pm

A five session series for family members who are caring for a person with dementia and covers: Understanding Dementia, Understanding Communication, Understanding behavior, Planning for the future and self-care for caregivers.  Tuesday March 11th from 9 am - 5 pm at the Williams Lake Seniors Village Education room (basement) by donation. Pre-registration is required - call Elizabeth at 250-305-3191 or email ejelks@retirementconcepts.com

5) Cariboo Regional District Library - events for March 2014

Toddlers Too (& Caregivers): Drop-in. Improve literacy skills as we learn letters, words, numbers, colours, sharing and singing with books, puppets and interactive activities to encourage learning. March 5th & 26th from 10:30 - 11 am

Baby & Me (& Caregivers): Drop-in. Learn about language right from birth with or “just right for baby time” as we use songs, board books, nursery rhymes, letter knowledge and new technology to explore pre-literacy skills together. March 5th & 26th from 11:15 - 11:40 am

All ages themed storytime: Drop-in. More stories, puppets, songs, poems and crafts based on seasonal theme.  Children under three must be accompanied by an adult. March 7th from 10:30 - 11:15 am, and Mar 28th from 10:15 - 11:45 am

Teen Drop-in Nights - Just for youth aged 14 to 18. March 4th & 25th from 6 - 8 pm (Note - volunteers (especially males) are needed for these - please contact the Library for more information).

Meet the Author Event - Come meet Sigmund Brower of Nashville.  Acclaimed author of books for children, young adults and adults.  Everyone Welcome. March 6th from 3:30 - 5:30 pm

For more information on any of these events please call 250-392-3630 or email wlake@cariboord.bc.ca

6) "Parenting is Tough... we have a Class for That" Program

This Child Development Centre program offers participants a non judgmental and interactive environment in which to explore parenting strategies. This course also offers individuals exposure to various community supports and offers interaction with Child & Youth Care and other parenting professionals. This program encourages and supports feedback and values the perspectives of all participants. Five week course offering - Tuesdays from 10 am - 12 pm  with an option ongoing portion that will take place bi-weekly. Contact Coleen Onofrechuck for more information at 250-392-4481 ext 208.

7) Child Development Centre's Infant Development Programs - services for children up to age 36 months Services for children up to age 36 months provide education and support to encourage overall development and include:

-Infant Massage (up to 8 months of age)

-Rockin Baby Tunes (up to 18 months)

-Rockin Toddler Tunes (over 18 months and can also include their younger siblings)

-Pre-Natal Class for expecting mothers (this class is lead by registered Nurses and there is an $80 fee - if you or someone you know is unable to afford this program please contact the Development Centre). For more information contact Colleen at 250-392-4481 ext 208.

8) Good Food Box - service from the Womens Contact Society

Join up, tell a friend or donate to someone you know (or don't know). This program delivers a box of fresh produce once a month in two sizes $10 or $15 with delivery the third Monday of every month (you must place your order by the 2nd Wednesday of the month). Call the Women's Contact Society for more information at 250-392-4118

9) Be Wild this Spring Break at Scout Island Nature Centre - Mar 19 - 21

Nature Exploring and Art in Nature for Ages 6-13 from March 19-21 - Don't sit at home bored ---Join us for the Spring Break Program that will have you outside exploring, playing games and having adventures every day.  Join us between 9:30-3:00 each day.
We will be outdoors as much as possible actively exploring and playing. Each day will be different, so you will want to be part of the fun all three days: Spring birds, Animal tracks, Signs of spring, Carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores using skulls and more, Using microscopes, You feed the Nature House animals, and Finding Art in nature

The cost is $25 a day. Call 398 8532 or shemphill@netbistro.com to register.

10) Boys & Girls Club's afterschool's Spring Break Program - taking reservations

Spots arre filling up quickly so please contact the club for more information at 250-392-5730.

11) Seedy Saturday - May 10th - call for vendors

Our 6th Annual Seedy Saturday is approaching and the Williams Lake Food Policy Council is looking for interested vendors!

ANYONE selling or trading seeds, seedlings - BOTH veggie and flowers, homegrown flower arrangements etc. please attend as a vendor! We are also looking for people selling/trading natural garden amendments (ex. manure), as well as information tables on growing/raising your own food/flowers. To sum up, if it relates to growing/raising your own food and flowers, we want you as a vendor. If you are unsure if you fit the criteria, please do not hesitate to ask.

When: Saturday - May 10th from 10 am - 2 pm (setup starts at 9 am)

Where: Memory Garden Community Garden on Carson Drive.

Details: Bring your own table & tent (if you do not have access, please let me know 1 week prior to the event so I can help make arrangements for you.

We chose to hold Seedy Saturday in the Community Garden this year to celebrate and draw attention to this beautiful new community space. Many years of hard work have been invested into the garden, and the Food Policy Council is proud to showcase it's achievements!  We are also looking forward to being able to hold a number of hands-on growing demonstrations as we will all be in the garden;  growers, producers and other gardening experts will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate techniques first hand.

If you would like to be a vendor or have any questions, please RSVP to this email, call the phone number below, or visit us on Facebook: facbook.com/WLFPC

Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone at this exciting event to open our Gardening Season!

Michelle Daymond, Food Action Coordinator

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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