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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 4, 2014

Community Updates - Apr 4, 2014



1) Annual Nutrition Fun Run - Sunday Apr 6th at 11 am
2) Punky Lake Beginners Drum Group
3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week (Cooperation)
4) 2014 KidSport Grant Application Guidelines
5) Williams Lake Film Club - Apr 8th at 7pm - "Dirty Wars"
6) Scout Island Nature Centre - 2014 fundraising banquet's "Ocean Wonders" Apr 11th
7) Workshop - Eat Local All Winter presented by Mackin Creek Farm on Apr 17th
8) Community Employment Action Plan (CAEP)- looking for employees?
9) Prevention of Violence Against Women Week - Apr 13 - 19th
10 Good Neighbour Bylaw Draft - send your feedback
11) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - April 2014 schedule of events
12) Northern BC Citizen Series Webinars - Apr 24th from 1:30 - 3:30 pm

1) Annual Nutrition Fun Run - Sunday Apr 6th at 11 am
Join us at the Cariboo Memorial Complex for this fun 5 km Walk/Run to celebrate spring. Prizes and complimentary refreshments at 12 pm. BYOB (bring your own water bottle). For more inform call the Complex at 250-398-7665. Brought to you by The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and Interior Health.

2) Punky LakeBeginners Drum Group
Come out & learn to drum or learn new songs. Free to join every second Tuesday starting Apr 8th. Doors open at 6pm and ends at 8pm at the Denisiqi Service Society at 253 - 4th Ave North. Feel free to drum on Punky Lake's round drum or bring your hand drums. Contact Bruce for more information at 250-392-3918

3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of Apr 7th is: Cooperation: To work with others for a common purpose.

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) Williams Lake Film Club - Apr 8th at 7pm - "Dirty Wars"
The film Dirty Wars is a chilling battle cry for the soul and conscience of an America few of us know exists. Tuesday Apr 8th at 7pm in the Gibralter Room (doors open at 6:30 pm). General admission $9, Members $8, Seniors & students $6

6) Scout Island Nature Centre - 2014 fundraising banquet's "Ocean Wonders" Apr 11th
Join guest speaker Jackie Hildering (teacher, diver, underwater photographer and whale researcher) presents "The Marine Detective" at St. Andrews United Church Hall at 6pm (dinner is at 6:30pm). Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for ages 16 and under. Available from Williams Lake Field Naturalists, SINC and The Open Book.

7) 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.

8) Community Employment Action Plan (CAEP)- looking for employees?
Through the CAEP, Community Living BC is working with individuals, families and community partners to increase understanding of the benefits of hiring adults with developmental disabilities and to increase employment.

More and more people who live with the label of a developmental disability are wanting to work. Research shows that 98% work safer, stay on the job 5x longer, have 86% greater attendance records, create 20% higher productivity and 80% of consumers prefer to support businesses with diverse workforces.

Contact the Williams Lake office of the Association for Community Living at 250-398-8677 or email wlaclworks@gmail.com or visit www.wlacl.org for more information

9) 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.

10 Good Neighbour Bylaw Draft - send your feedback
The SPC has been asked to provide comments and feedback to the City of Williams Lake regarding the draft Good Neighour Bylaw. Please see the attachment and send your feedback and comments to the Social Planning Council for submission to the City of Williams Lake at spc-coordinator@xplornet.com.

11) Williams Lake Wanderers Group - April 2014 schedule of events
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.

We have optimistically scheduled bike rides in April, but will be dependent on weather/road conditions. Check your schedule daily.

Tues Apr. 1 – Scout Island walk
Wed Apr. 2 –  River Valley walk
Thurs Apr. 3 - Mission Road walk 
Tues Apr. 8 –  Soda Creek Road bike
Wed Apr. 9 –  Mission Road walk
Thurs Apr. 10 – Signal Point powerline walk
Tues Apr. 15 -  Chimney Lake Road bike
Wed Apr. 16 –  River valley walk
Thurs Apr. 17  -  Fox Mtn. Roads walk
Tues Apr. 22 – Earth Day garbage pickup walk
Wed Apr. 23 – Dairy Fields walk
Thurs Apr. 24 – Mission Road bike
Tues Apr. 29 – Fraser River walk
Wed Apr. 30 – Chimney Estates walk

All of these activities are subject to change according to weather conditions, so keep an eye on your email/Facebook. Monthly Breakfast Social: Our no host breakfast get together for conversation & new ideas for outings will be Apr. 8th, at 8 am at Dog 'n Suds. Club contacts: Bette McLennan 250-392-6423, Gail Peterson 250-392-4705 and Joanne Wright 250-398-7624

12) 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".

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.

Anne Burrill at the City of Williams Lake will be participating and if you would like to join the discussion please email her at aburrill@williamslake.ca or call 250-392-2311 as pre-registration is required.

More information is available online at http://bchealthycommunities.ca/res/download.php?id=1160

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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