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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, May 16, 2014

Community Update (11) - May 16, 2014



1) Next SPC Meeting is on Monday, May 26th at Glass Slippers Boutique 11:30 am - 1 pm
2) Grad is almost upon us - Glass Slippers Boutique is taking donations & looking for volunteers
3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
4) Station House Gallery - May 2 - 31st
5) McDonald’s Bicycle Rodeo - May 27th from 4pm - 7 pm
6) Bike to Work Week - May 26 - Jun 1
7) Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin - Garage Sale May 25th
8) Reminder - Go Mountain Biking with the Boys & Girls Club
9) Reminder Women's Contact Society's Annual Children’s Festival - May 25th in Boitanio Park

10) artsVest BC for the Central Cariboo

11) Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament - Cariboo Brain Injury Society - June 7th

1) Next SPC Meeting is on Monday, May 26th at Glass Slippers Boutique 11:30 am - 1 pm
Next Monday, May 26th the Social Planning Council will hear from Hospice during lunch, at the Glass Slippers Boutique (see next entry below for more info on the Boutique). By donation to Hospice, get Memory Seeds to plant, and if you have any donations for the Boutique please bring them with you. At this meeting we will discuss a community action plan from Community Living BC (an attachment regarding this plan will be sent out with the agenda next week). We hope to see you there.

2) Grad is almost upon us - Glass Slippers Boutique is taking donations & looking for volunteers
Boutique Description: Helps graduates with low income attend their festivities. Loans prom dresses, arranges tux rentals; possible support with grad fees, hair appointments, or other grad expenses. Contact Lora at 250-267-1467 or email lora.fairbrother@sd27.bc.ca for more information or if you want to volunteer.

We are always looking for all items but this year men's wear, men's black shoes, bow ties, white shirts. Ladies jewellery, tiaras, would be most appreciated. And SPONSOR A GRAD (see below). we need funds to rent tuxedos, I am finding this year most difficult with receiving monetary donations. A mannequin or tow would also be great if we can find any. And volunteers for the Boutique day in early June.
Sponsor a Grad - help with a tux rental or those perfect shoes - buy a salon certificate and help make a memorable moment. Boys & Girls Club Charity number available upon request. Contact Lora at the Club for more info at 250-392-5730.
3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of May 19th is: Forgiveness: To give up anger and resentment.

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) Station House Gallery - May 2 - 31st
Main Gallery: Sea to Sky (Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay), and at the Upper Gallery: The Creative Path (School District 27's Making Connections Program). Visit both exhibits from May 2 - 31st.

5) McDonald’s Bicycle Rodeo - May 27th from 4pm - 7 pm
Bicycle Safety will be the theme for the McDonald’s Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, May 3rd from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Canadian Tire parking lot. We encourage families to pre-register for this FREE event by calling the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665.

This year the McDonald’s Bicycle Rodeo committee is teaming up with the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society who in partnership with Red Shred’s Bike and Board Shed is offering gently used bicycles for anyone that doesn’t own a bike.  Anyone needing a used bicycle can call the Conservation Society at 250-398-7929 and ask for Brianna van de Wijngaard.

The Bike Rodeo promotes safe bicycle riding habits which will reduce accidents involving children. The event is free and offers many interactive activities for children.

A course with a series of eight safety stations will give children the opportunity to learn correct riding skills. A safety inspection of the bicycle is the first stop on the course. Professionals will also check the child’s bike helmet to make sure it fits well and is being worn properly.

The remaining bike safety stations will focus on riding techniques and skills. Children will be asked to ride through established courses of figure eights, circles, and parallel lines. The emphasis for children at this event is to learn how to control their bicycle. All children who can ride tricycles or bicycles are encouraged to attend.  Bring your bicycle and helmet along.   You must register for this free program by calling the Cariboo Memorial Complex at 250-398-7665.

Sponsors of this event are: McDonald’s, Success by Six, United Way, Canadian Tire, the Brain Injury Society, Community Policing, Red Shreds, Boys and Girls Club, Youth for Christ, and the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.  Contact Suzanne Cochrane or Denise Skarra at 250-398-7665 or visit activewilliamslake.com for more information.

6) Bike to Work Week - May 26 - Jun 1
Hosted by WL Cycling club. Visit www.biketowork.ca/williams-lake for more information.

7) Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin - Garage Sale May 25th
Sunday, May 25th from 10 am to 3 pm at 113 North 4th Ave. For more information please email mccwl@uniserve.com.

8) Reminder - Go Mountain Biking with the Boys & Girls Club
From May 12 - Jul 1st (summer schedule will be announced later) the Boys & Girls Club is hosting free guided mountain bike rides for children & youth ages 7-18. Equipment is provided if needed to explore some of the best trails in the Cariboo (please bring water). Beginner/Intermediate level rides (suggested ages 7-11) take place on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, and Intermediate/Advanced level rides (suggested ages 12 - 18) take place Mondays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Contact Linda for more information at 250-392-5730 or email linda@bgcwilliamslake.com

9) Reminder Women's Contact Society's Annual Children’s Festival - May 25th in Boitanio Park
The annual Children’s Festival organized by the Women’s Contact Society is on Sunday May 25th in Boitanio Park from 10 am – 3 pm.  Craft booths, picnic sports, local talent performances, free activities, door prizes and more. Contact the Women's Contact Society to get involved or for more information please call 250-392-4118.

10) artsVest BC for the Central Cariboo

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.

To register visit http://artsvestbcwilliamslake.eventbrite.ca/ or for more information please visit http://www.artsvest.com/artsvest%E2%84%A2-b-c/

11) Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament - Cariboo Brain Injury Society - June 7th
Golf Tournament: Groups of two and if you don't have a partner show up and we will match you up with someone, or golf on your own as a single (fee of $15 per person or $25 a couple). Mini Golf Tournament: Anyone can play however prizes will only be given out to children 0-12 (fee of $5) Fun for all ages, and many prizes to win. June 7th at Bell-E-Acres from 10am - 3:30 pm (awards at 4pm). For more information please contact Courtney at 250-392-7772

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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