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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, June 6, 2014

Community Updates (10) - Jun 6, 2014

1) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
2) Free event at Scout Island Nature Centre - Jun 11th
3) Library Film Screening - Hi-Ho Mistahey, Jun 13rd at 7pm
4) Volunteers needed - Helping Seniors Remain Independent
5) Boys & Girls Club - free weekly activities
6) Williams Lake Employment Services - Work BC Service Centre
7) Hospice Society fundraiser - "Memory Seeds": plant some wildflowers for a loved one
8) Old Time Jubilee with Fiddle Champion Scott Woods - Sunday Jun 8th
9) Reminder - Kidsport Classic Run - Sunday Jun 22 at 8am
10) Stew Magazine - community events calendar

1) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of Jun 9th is: Potential: The power to 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

2) Free event at Scout Island Nature Centre - Jun 11th
Come help a Chinook salmon fry begin its long journey to the sea.  Come see the new creatures in our ocean tank.  What better way to honour the importance of our river systems and the miraculous flow of life.  Wednesday June 11 from 7-8:30 pm at Scout Island Nature House - free admission.

3) Library Film Screening - Hi-Ho Mistahey, Jun 13rd at 7pm
On Friday night June 13rd at the Williams Lake Longhouse (access via the Stampede Grounds) attend this free film screening of Hi-Ho Mistahey* directed by Alanis Obomsawin. In this feature-length documentary, Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually brings Shannen's Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

*The viewpoints and opinions expressed in these presentations are strictly those of the producers and may not reflect those of the Cariboo Regional District Board of Directors, staff or volunteers.

For more information please call 250-392-3630 or email wlake@cariboord.bc.ca or visit www.cln.bc.ca

4) 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, 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

5) Boys & Girls Club - free weekly activities
a) Baseball for ages 6 - 12 until August 27th on Tuesday's from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Kiwanis Park
b) Mountain Biking Program - two levels: 1) Intermediate/Advanced (suggested ages 12 - 18) on Mondays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, and 2) Beginner/Intermediate (suggested ages 7  - 11) on Thursday's from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.

6) Williams Lake Employment Services - Work BC Service Centre
Drop by or call  Williams Lake Employment services - anyone living in BC who is  unemployed, or currently employed who is looking for employment services. There is a self serve area with computers and fax machines and anything else you may need to look for work.

The Employment Program of BC operates Work BC Employment Services Centres where anyone that is looking for work that is legally entitled to work in BC can access support to assist them return to the work force. This service is available to all British Columbia residents where they can receive assistance with job search through a series of workshops or individual employment counselling. Williams Lake Employment Services (Horton Ventures Inc.) is a Work BC Employment Services Center and delivers the Employment Program of British Columbia, which is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. Visit www.hortonventures.com or call 250-398-5133 for more information.

7) Hospice Society fundraiser - "Memory Seeds": plant some wildflowers for a loved one
The Hospice Society is offering (by donation) beautiful memory seeds that are in numerous shapes that are designed to be placed on the ground so year after year wildflowers will bloom in memory of a loved one. They are available around town (in wooden box displays) including Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op and the Bean Counter Coffee Shop. Call Hospice at 250-392-5430 for more information or to learn about how to volunteer.

8) Old Time Jubilee with Fiddle Champion Scott Woods - Sunday Jun 8th
This Sunday at the Williams Lake Elks Hall at 2pm  - Old Time Jubilee: An authentic live tribute to one of the most popular TV shows in Canadian History. Tickets are available by phone at 1-855-726-8896 (Visa & MC accepted) or in person at The Open Book store at 247 Oliver Street (cash only). Visit www.scottwoods.ca or call 1-855-SCOTTWOODS for more information.

9) Reminder - Kidsport Classic Run - Sunday Jun 22 at 8am
The annual Kidsport Classic Run is being held on Jun 22nd at 8 am starting in Boitanio Park. It is a 1/2 marathon, relay and 10 km walk or run in support of the local Kidsport Chapter which provides local grants for children ages 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice.

Run Categories: 18 or under, 19 - 39 years, 40-59 years and 60+ years of age.
Relay Categories: Elementary students, High School students, 19 -39 years, 40-59 years of age, Corporate or Family (runners may participate on only one relay team and teams may consist of 2, 3 or 4 runners).

Fees which include a free 2014 Dri-Fit shirt are $15/youth and $30 for adults. Entry forms are available online at www.activewilliamslake.com and for more information please contact the Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665.

10) Stew Magazine - community events calendar
As the Editor and Publisher of The Stew Magazine I would love to advertise any of your community events in the events section of our paper. We are a monthly Arts, Entertainment, and Leisure magazine and try to cover as much as we can about what it happening in the Cariboo. I know it can be hard to get information out there and we would love to be able to help.  The deadline for submissions is the 21st of the month for anything going into the next months issue. Our goal is to try to get people out into the community and enjoying new things to do and see.  So if you have anything please feel free to send it on to me. 

Have a great day,
Christa Smith 
The Stew Magazine Publisher and Editor

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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