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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, April 25, 2014

Community Updates (13) – Apr 25, 2014



1) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - this Monday Apr 28 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
2) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
3) Walk for Wildlife - free family event Apr 26th from 1 - 3pm at SINC
4) Junior Council's Volunteer Fair on Apr 30th from 11am - 12:30 pm
5) Reminder - "Don't ask me how I caught it! Ask me how I'm doing" presentation on Apr 28th
6) Restorative Justice Training - May 12 - 15th, 2014
7) Volunteers needed - Helping Seniors Remain Independent
8) The Art of Reconciliation Event - Monday May 12/14
9) Free Sponsorship Workshop and Funding Program Information Session - May 21/14

10) Aboriginal Service Innovations - Early Years: Call for Applications

11) Grief Recovery - drop-in support group
12) Healthy Bite - Vegetarian Supper Club - 6:00 pm the last Sunday of each month
13) “All About Jesus”  May 2-10 with Lee Venden

1) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - this Monday Apr 28 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
At this Monday's monthly SPC meeting, Carrie Sundahl will present on the Better at Home Program. Come learn more about the local program that offers support services to assist seniors with simple non-medical day-to-day tasks so they can continue to live independently in their own homes and stay connected to their communities. 

The meeting is being held at the Interior Health office (located in the office building across the road from Boitanio Park). Light lunch will be provided (donations appreciated but not required). Take the elevator to the 3rd floor and reception will show you the way.

Attached is the meeting agenda and last month's meeting will be available at the meeting. See you Monday!

2) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of Apr 28th is: Integrity: To do what you say you will do.

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) Walk for Wildlife - free family event Apr 26th from 1 - 3pm at SINC
The Williams Lake Field Naturalists and Young Naturalists Club present a FREE family event. All families are welcome; kids need to bring an adult.

The Walk for Wildlife is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside for a walk and experience the wildlife and natural spaces in their backyards. Wildlife Biologist Becky Cadsand will lead a discussion and walk to look at different habitat niches.  We’ll be citizen scientists and enter all our sightings into the Canadian Wildlife Federation database. Of course no explorer day is complete without some games!

Saturday April 26, from 1:00-3:00pm
Scout Island Nature Centre
Info: 398-8532  or J_Trelenberg@hotmail.com

4) Junior Council's Volunteer Fair on Apr 30th from 11am - 12:30 pm
Junior Council would like to invite you to participate in their volunteer fair being held at Lake City Secondary, Williams Lake Campus on April 30th from 11:00 until 12:30. This fair presents the opportunity to connect youth with local organizations in need of volunteers.

The fair will continue through lunch hour allowing all students to have the chance to see what is offered and door-prizes and draws to encourage students to participate. Furthermore, Junior Council has invited the media to maximize your exposure.

For more information please e-mail juniorcouncil@williamslake.ca or call Anne Burill at the City of Williams Lake at 250-392-2311

5) Reminder - "Don't ask me how I caught it! Ask me how I'm doing" presentation on Apr 28th
April 28th from 9am - 12pm at the Salvation Army Drop-in Centre - everyone is welcome - information session and movie with lunch and snacks provided.

No community is too small, or too remote for hepatitis C and everyone deserves HCV information, confidential testing, treatment and support. The needs of someone living with hepatitis C are like the needs of the rest of the community - Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. Northern and remote communities are at increased HCV risk due to stigma and isolation, uncertain testing will be confidential, distance from treatment centres, lack of peer support, fear of disclosure consequences, inability to access transplant services and lack of accessible information.

For more information and details please contact the Hepatitis C Education & Prevention Society's Cheryl Reitz at 250-360-4068 or 250-882-6024 or cherylreitz.hepcbc@gmail.com or visit www.hepcbc.ca

6) Restorative Justice Training - May 12 - 15th, 2014
Punky Lake is sponsoring a Restorative Justice Training in Schools May 12-15 (from 9 - 4 pm) in Tl’etinqoz-T’in Community.  This is an opportunity to join in a conversation to explore how restorative justice can positively affect school culture and assist all members of the school community when they cause harm to each other.

The training is free of charge.  Anyone who works in schools or mature youth. For more information please contact the co-trainers Carolyn Charleyboy at cjcharle@yahoo.ca, or Samantha-Jo Dick at sdick@tsilhqotin.ca. To register contact Sharmon Alphonse at 250-392-3918 or admin@tsilhoqotin.ca or The Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society office at 250-392-3918.

7) Volunteers needed - Helping Seniors Remain Independent
Through the Williams Lake Better at Home program we will be offering support services to assist seniors with simple non-medical day-to-day tasks so they can continue to live independently in their own homes and stay connected to their communities. 

Can You Help? Williams Lake Better at Home needs volunteers to provide: Transportation to medical appointments, Light housekeeping, Minor home repairs, Snow Shoveling, Light yard work, Grocery shopping and Friendly Visiting

If you feel you have the skills, energy and time to volunteer, we would like to hear from you, as you can make a positive difference for seniors and your community.
Let's help turn compassion into action! Contact Us Today. Phone: (778)412-2430 email betterathome-wl@shaw.ca or stop by the office, we are located at 176 N 4th Ave in the Williams Lake & District Seniors Activity Centre – office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00am till 12:00pm

8) The Art of Reconciliation Event - Monday May 12/14
First Nations and non-First Nations artists in the Cariboo Chilcotin are invited to a workshop to explore the topic of Reconciliation. Artists who participate in the workshop will be invited to create a piece of art in any medium for a show at the Station House Gallery in September 2014.
This event is taking place at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre and registration in advance is required for this event. For more information, please contact Anne Burrill at 250-392-8480 or aburrill@williamslake.ca

9) Free Sponsorship Workshop and Funding Program Information Session - May 21/14
Free Sponsorship Workshop and Funding Program Information Session. Presented in partnership with the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.
Location: Central Cariboo Arts Centre, Williams Lake, BC
Date: Wednesday, May 21st, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m.

artsVest is a matching grant and training program that helps to spark business partnership with arts, culture and heritage organizations. We are looking to deliver the program in 2014/15 in the Central Cariboo. You must attend the info session and workshop in order to be eligible to apply for funds.

The workshop provides valuable tools to help small and mid-sized cultural organizations and groups secure and nurture long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses. The info session provides critical information about successfully completing the application.

We welcome more than one person from each group so please forward this email on to your fellow workers, artists, and board members.

In the meantime, for further information please visit our web page (http://centralcaribooarts.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4bec4e96608908765cb86b0a0&id=ba87f0fc3d&e=469b2f0bad) .

10) Aboriginal Service Innovations - Early Years: Call for Applications

Posted on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Family Services

Good afternoon,
 
The Ministry of Children and Family Development has posted a Call for Applications titled Aboriginal Service Innovations – Early Years on BCBID under Request for Submissions #ON-002496, and the following is the link to the BCBID website opening page: http://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca/open.dll/welcome  where prospective applicants can search for the opportunity under #ON-002496. The closing date for the Call for Applications is May 7, 2014. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact procurement@gov.bc.ca, or (250) 387- 5954. Attention: Susan E. Rivet Application # ASIEY2014.  Please click here for an update and feel free to distribute to your networks. 

Thank you.
 
Sent on behalf of Policy and Provincial Services by: Client Relations Branch
Office of the Deputy Minister
Ministry of Children and Family Development

11) Grief Recovery - drop-in support group
A casual drop-in support group that takes place the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Williams Lake SDA Church located at 782 - 9th Ave North. Call 250-392-6598 for more information or to learn more. Next sessions are May 7, and 21st.

12) Healthy Bite - Vegetarian Supper Club - 6:00 pm the last Sunday of each month
Join us at 6:00 pm on the last Sunday of each month at the Williams Lake SDA Church located at 782 - 9th Ave North. Please bring one dish to share, and the recipe! Next suppers are on April 27 and May 25th. Call  250-392-6598 for more information or to learn more.

13) “All About Jesus”  May 2-10 with Lee Venden
How to have a positive relationship with Jesus! Begins 6:30 pm May 2nd at  782 9th Ave North (The Williams Lake SDA Church).  Call Rita Corbett at 250-392-6598 for info or any questions you have.


The Social Planning Council  would like to thank Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way, and the City of Williams Lake for their funding support.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Community Updates (13) – Apr 11, 2014


1) Salvation Army - Volunteers and donations needed
2) Williams Lake Community Policing - volunteers needed
3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
4) 2014 KidSport Grant Application Guidelines
5) Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way - job posting
6) Reminder- Northern BC Citizen Series Webinars - Apr 24th from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
7) Junior Council is hosting Volunteer Fair on Apr 30th from 11am - 12:30 pm
8) "Don't ask me how I caught it! Ask me how I'm doing" presentations on Hepatitis C on Apr 24th & 28th
9) Reminder - Workshop - Eat Local All Winter presented by Mackin Creek Farm on Apr 17th
10) Prevention of Violence Against Women Week - Apr 13 - 19th
11) Let's talk about a Living Wage
12) City marks 85 years with huge community celebration May 3/14
13) Join the City online - Facebook, twitter and YouTube

1) Salvation Army - Volunteers and donations needed
The Salvation Army needs reliable volunteers for the drop-in centre to serve coffee and run the counter, organize crib and pool tournaments, clean-up and more. The Centre is open Mon - Fri from 9am - 4pm. Please stop by and ask for Melissa for an application at 270 Borland Street (across the street from the Library next to the Credit Union) or call 250-392-2429 for more information.

The Salvation Army's food bank is in desperate need of protein - canned pasta, beans, tuna, salmon and ham. Please drop off or call Sabrina with any questions at 250-392-2429.

2) Williams Lake Community Policing - volunteers needed
"Neighbours helping neighbours" - for more information and to get involved please call 250-392-8701 leave your name and number and someone will get back to you.

3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of Apr 15th is: Self-Honesty: To tell yourself the truth.

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) 2014 KidSport Grant Application Guidelines
KidSport is a community based sport funding program established in 1993 by Sport BC. KidSport provides  grants for children ages 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice. There are 40 community  chapters in BC and over 175 chapters across Canada. KidSport works to fulfill its mission of eliminating the financial barriers to sport participation, ‘So ALL Kids Can Play!’ For more information, please visit  www.kidsport.bc.ca

Applications for the Williams Lake Area are available online at:
http://www.activewilliamslake.com/activeindex.asp?p=691

5) Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way - job posting
Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way is looking for a Resource Development Associate located in Williams Lake.  This position is an integral part of a strong team based in Kamloops, who inspire people to come together to make a lasting difference in our communities.

The successful candidate will possess:
Ability to successfully negotiate, motivate and inspire others; Strong communication and  presentation skills; Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills; Self- motivated and has the ability to work independently; Ability to meet and exceed goals and objectives; Computer literacy; 1-3 yrs experience  in fundraising, marketing, communications or combination; Community Development Experience an asset; Access to a vehicle for work purposes and the ability for limited travel and flexibility.

Education/Experience/ Knowledge:
Post -Secondary Education in a business related discipline or an equivalent  combination  of education and experience.

Please apply with a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director brenda@unitedwaytnc.ca by Friday April 25th.

This is a permanent part time position- 20 hours per week. United Way thanks all interested applicants but only those invited for an interview will be contacted. 

6) Reminder- Northern BC Citizen Series Webinars - Apr 24th from 1:30 - 3:30 pm
"Too Much of a Good Thing? Social Impacts of Rapid Industrial Growth in Rural Communities" - register by Monday Apr 14th

Building on last year's May 2013 webinar, join us for this session which looks more closely at the social, economic and cultural impacts of rapid industrial development on communities.

If you would like to join the discussion please email Anne Burril no later than Monday Apr 14th at aburrill@williamslake.ca or call 250-392-2311 as pre-registration is required - http://bchealthycommunities.ca/event/4128/view

More information is available online at http://bchealthycommunities.ca/res/download.php?id=1160 and you can also contact Angela at angela@bchealthycommunities.ca or 250-387-4470

7) Junior Council is hosting Volunteer Fair on Apr 30th from 11am - 12:30 pm
Dear Community Organizations,

Junior Council would like to invite your organization to participate in our volunteer fair held at Lake City Secondary, Williams Lake Campus on April 30th from 11:00 until 12:30. This fair is meant to give you an opportunity to connect youth with local organizations in need of volunteers.

We are working with the school to enable students to be excused from class in order to attend the fair. The fair will also continue through lunch hour allowing all students to have the chance to see what is offered. We are providing door-prizes and draws to encourage students to participate. Any incentives or prizes at your table that you wish to contribute are welcome. Furthermore, we will be inviting the media to maximize your exposure. Table and chairs will also be provided.

If this is of interest, to your organization please fill out the registration form (request form from Anne at aburrill@williamslake.ca) by April 15 and submit it to Anne Burrill at City Hall or e-mail to juniorcouncil@williamslake.ca.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Williams Lake Junior Council

8) "Don't ask me how I caught it! Ask me how I'm doing" presentations on Apr 24th & 28th
No community is too small, or too remote for hepatitis C and everyone deserves HCV information, confidential testing, treatment and support. The needs of someone living with hepatitis C are like the needs of the rest of the community - Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual.

Hepatitis C is a major cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplant and liver failure. Following successful treatment, life-threatening complications may be prevented. Liver damage can be reversed if stopped in time.

Northern and remote communities are at increased HCV risk due to stigma and isolation, uncertain testing will be confidential, distance from treatment centres, lack of peer support, fear of disclosure consequences, inability to access transplant services and lack of accessible information.

Upcoming presentations: Apr 24th 9:30 - 10:30 am for community health representatives, and on April 28th from 9am - 12pm at the Salvation Army Drop-in Centre - everyone is welcome - information session and movie with lunch and snacks provided.

For more information and details please contact the Hepatitis C Education & Prevention Society's Cheryl Reitz at 250-360-4068 or 250-882-6024 or cherylreitz.hepcbc@gmail.com or visit www.hepcbc.ca

9) Reminder - Workshop - Eat Local All Winter presented by Mackin Creek Farm on Apr 17th
Mackin Creek Farm will share tips and techniques for storing food for the winter including drying, root cellaring, freezing and canning. This workshop will illustrate how you save money by buying or growing vegetables in season and how to enjoy local food all winter. Thursday Apr 17th from 7 - 9 pm at the Gibralter Room (16 years and over).  $25 and to register call the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665.

10) Prevention of Violence Against Women Week - Apr 13 - 19th
You may feel it is none of your business, however it could be a matter of life or death. Violence is everyone's business, it isn't a private matter when someone is being hurt. Contact the Womens Contact Society at 250-392-4118 to get involved.

11) Let's talk about a Living Wage
Living Wage discussions are taking place globally. Living Wage Canada recently held discussions and the attached .pdf has more information about what was discussed, links to the presentation and discussions, and more general information for those interested.

12) City marks 85 years with huge community celebration May 3/14
The whole community is invited to join in the free family-oriented festivities. The main event is on May 3rd in beautiful Boitanio Park and in Rink 2 of the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. The schedule is below.

Boitanio Park
8:30 - 10:30 am Lions Club breakfast fundraiser
10:30 am - 1:30 pm Family Activities - wagon rides, potato sack races and more

Recreation Complex
1:30 - 4:30 pm - Carnival hosted by Maranatha School
5:00 pm - Rotary Club Fundraiser Community dinner
7:00 pm - Birthday cake
7:30 - 10:30 pm - Family dance with live performances

13) Join the City online - Facebook, twitter and YouTube
These social media sites will feature media releases, upcoming meetings of council, and other information updates and video reminders. Please note - neither staff nor elected officials can respond or act on requests for service via social media outlets.

www.facebook.com/CityWilliamsLake
www.twitter.com/#!/CityWL (@CityWL) or
www.youtube.com/user/CityWL

If you have suggestions or questions please email admin@williamslake.ca

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