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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, 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:

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.twitter.com/#!/CityWL (@CityWL) or

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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