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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 20, 2014

Community Updates (12) – Jun 20, 2014

1) The next Social Planning Council monthly meeting - Jun 23rd
2) Free Events at the Library
3) Aboriginal Day Events- Jun 21 - Parade and activities at Boitanio Park
4) Community Ground Mural Project on Aboriginal Day - Jun 21 - you are invited to paint
5) Punky Lake Wilderness Camp is hosting summer camps
6) Boys & Girls Club - free weekly activities
7) News & Summer programs from the Recreation Complex
8) Reminders - Kidsport Classic Run, Ride don't Hide, and Rooted in Story
a) Kidsport Classic Run - Sunday Jun 22 at 8am
b) CMHA's "Ride Don't Hide" fundraiser - Jun 22
c) Rooted in Story - Jun 21st 2 - 4 pm at Station House Gallery
9) Reminder - City of Williams Lake - notice of annual report
10) Boys & Girls Club - Children's Section @ Street Party - needs volunteers
11) Thompson Rivers University - online survey to support Child & Youth Care pro
12) Letter of Support for ECE Program at TRU- please read below and submit

1) The next Social Planning Council monthly meeting - Jun 23rd
The last Social Planning Council until September is on Monday Jun 23rd from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at City Hall with a light lunch (donations appreciated but not required).

2) Free Events at the Library
Puppet Show - Friday Jun 20th at 10:30 am
Free drop-in puppet show this morning: A Salmon for Simon at the Regional Library. Stories, aboriginal puppets, crafts and more.

A Sea Turtle Story - Friday Jun 27th at 10:30 am
Free drop-in for the National Film Board Story "A Sea Turtle Story" and some turtle crafts.

3) Aboriginal Day Events- Jun 21 - Parade and activities at Boitanio Park
The parade begins between 10 - 10:30 am, with activities to follow in Boitanio park from 11 - 2:30 pm including Punky Lake Wilderness Camp's children's events and Lehal tournament and the Mural Project (see information below).

4) Community Ground Mural Project on Aboriginal Day - Jun 21 - you are invited to paint
Your are invited to Paint! On Saturday June 21st between 11am – 2:30pm Artists Cat Prevette and Joan Gentles will be hosting a community Ground Mural Project at Boitanio Park between the Stage and washrooms on the walk ways. You are invited to come and paint a portion of the mural with colours, designs and pictures that inspire your contributions. The preliminary design will be prepared on the asphalt surface by the artists and CAC volunteers so that on June 21st members of the community can paint a “square’ of the mural.
What: Come Out and Paint When: June 21, 2014 11am - 2:30 pm Where: Boitanio Park at the Aboriginal Day Celebrations!

Hosted by the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake & Area.

5) Punky Lake Wilderness Camp is hosting summer camps
They are hosting a co-ed youth camp at Gavin Lake on July 15, 16, 17th, a Boys only camp out at Punky camp on August 5-8th, and a Hockey camp in Williams Lake on August 28, 29the
For more information on any of the above please visit http://punkylake.com/ or call 250-392-3918

6) 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.

7) Canada Day events in Boitanio Park
From the City of Williams Lake - This year’s Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 is shaping up to be another exciting family event in Boitanio Park!

The festivities will begin at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre at 10 a.m. with the Royal Canadian Legion’s Colour Brigade. Bring a water bottle, picnic blanket and lawn chair to enjoy the entertainment on stage while the children play games with the Boitanio Day Camp staff. Performers include the Williams lake Youth Fiddlers and Perfect Match.

Brush up on your Canadian trivia as questions and prizes will be awarded throughout the event. The entire community is invited to come and enjoy cake for our country’s 147th birthday. The event concludes at 12 p.m.

8) News from the Recreation Complex
Note: The Recreation Complex will be closed on Canada Day, Tuesday July 1st

Summer Day Camp:
It really is this much fun! Join qualified and energetic instructors each action packed week for theme activities including games, field trips, crafts, experiments and so much more. Register your children for one day, one week or the whole summer!

July 2 - Old Fashion Week
July 7 - Around the World Week
July 14 - Camping Week
July 21 - Dinosaur Week
July 28 - H20 SO Cool Week
August 5 - Good Citizen Week
August 11 - Magic Week
August 18 - Science Week
August 25 - Nature, Music and Art Week
Ages: 5 - 12 and must have completed Kindergarten 
July 2 - September 2, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Check out the website @ www.activewilliamslake.com or give them a call @ 250.398.7665 and did you know: Parents receive a reduced rate when using the fitness centre, hot tub, steam room, sauna or swim in the lanes, while their children attend swimming lessons? What a great opportunity to fit in a quick work out!

Mountain Biking Skills Camp:
Join Kelli and Darren from Endless Biking this July and improve your mountain biking skills. These two have been biking professionally, teaching and guiding for year. 

Youth Mountain Biking Skills Camp
Ages: 9 - 14 years
July 7-8, 9:00am-2:00pm
July 9-10, 9:00am-2:00pm

Endless Biking Adult Level 1
July 7-8, 9:00am-2:00pm

Endless Biking Adult Level 2 
July 9-10, 9:00am-2:00pm

9) Reminders - Kidsport Classic Run, Ride don't Hide, and Rooted in Story
a) 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.

b) CMHA's "Ride Don't Hide" fundraiser - Jun 22
Canadian Mental Health Association branches across Canada have pledged to recruit more than 4,500 cyclists on June 22. CMHA’s Cariboo Chilcotin branch has committed to providing 40 of those riders.

All funds raised will be used to support CMHA’s mental health programs and services. “Our vision is mentally healthy people in a healthy society” says Peter Coleridge, National CEO for CMHA. “‘Ride Don’t Hide’ is an ideal way to promote the mental and physical health for.”

Our local Williams Lake branch is hosting the event for the second year in a row and it will take place at the top of the River Valley Trail on Mackenzie Avenue with registration beginning at 12pm. For more information visit www.ridedonthide.com or call 1-800-555-8222. You can reach our local branch at 250-398-8220  or cariboo@cmha.bc.ca

c) Rooted in Story - Jun 21st 2 - 4 pm at Station House Gallery
If you are a teller of tales, tall or true, poetry or prose, traditional or historical, we would like to meet you. Join us for the first meeting of the Williams Lake Storytelling Circle at the Upper Room in the Station House Gallery from 2 - 4 pm on Saturday Jun 21st.

"People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around." (Terry Pratchett)

10) Reminder - City of Williams Lake - notice of annual report
The City will consider the 2013 Annual Report at the regular meeting of Council to be held Tuesday, Jun 24 at 6pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and to present submissions or ask question about the report.

Copies of the Annual Report can be downloaded from www.williamslake.ca in pdf format and will be available at the 24th meeting. For more information please contact Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services at 250-392-1773 or cbouchard@williamslake.ca

11) Boys & Girls Club - Children's Section @ Street Party - needs volunteers
The Boys and Girls Club is organizing the Children’s section for the Stampede Street Party on Saturday June 28.  The Children’s section is huge, covering First Avenue from Red Shreds to Caribou Ski.  Linda Bingham is looking for organizations to set up interactive booths and she also needs up to 30 volunteers.  She needs volunteers for set up from 9:00-11:00 and take down at 4:00, and she also needs volunteers at the various activity stations during the event which is 11:00-4:00.

So far there will be a bouncy castle, face painting, remote control cars, giant games like snakes and ladders, kerplunk, henna. 

If you can help out by volunteering some time or putting up a booth, please contact Linda Bingham directly at linda@bgcwilliamslake.com  or 250-392-5730

12) Thompson Rivers University - online survey to support Child & Youth Care programs
You are strongly encouraged to participate in the online survey being administered by TRU. The survey is by invitation so please send an email to Tanya Pawliuk at tpawliuk@tru.ca and she will forward you the link.  More background information is below.

The TRU School of Social Work and Human Service are investigating the feasibility of a new Child and Youth Care diploma program. We are eager to offer a program that meets the needs of all our community partners and stakeholders.
For this reason, we are asking you to read a definition about Child and Youth Care Practice, and then complete this brief survey which will support us in understanding your agency/organizations interest and needs.

Definition of Child and Youth Care: Child and youth care practitioners work with children, youth and families with complex needs. They can be found in a variety of settings such as group homes and residential treatment centres, hospitals and community mental health clinics, community-based outreach and school-based programs, parent education and family support programs, as well as in private practice and juvenile justice programs.

Child and youth care workers specialize in the development and implementation of therapeutic programs and planned environments and the utilization of daily life events to facilitate change. At the core of all effective child and youth care practice is a focus on the therapeutic relationship; the application of theory and research about human growth and development to promote the optimal physical, psycho-social, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional development of young people towards a healthy and productive adulthood; and a focus on strengths and assets rather than pathology.

13) Letter of Support for ECE Program at TRU- please read below and submit
Dear Community partners:

As you know, housing, transportation, and childcare have been identified as barriers to recruitment, retention, and sustainable growth in nearly every sector in the Cariboo.

Recently, the Williams Lake Human Service Advisory endorsed a recommendation to offer a full time Early Childhood Education diploma program beginning in Fall 2015. Jay Goddard, Human Service Worker Program Coordinator, also recommended that the program be staffed with a full-time limited term faculty (rather than with sessional instructors or through community U which increases the cost).

The TRU-Williams Lake leadership team is presently looking into targeted post-secondary funding available for programs with high employment demand.

To decide in favour of the program, the Provost of TRU needs to be convinced that the community can demonstrate the high employment demand for grads and give some indication that there will be enough students to offer the program locally. The broader the base of community support is, the more likely a favourable result is.

We are asking members of local industries, businesses, and organizations to write letters in support of TRU once again offering an affordable coordinated ECE (with regular tuition), either from a personal or an organizational point of view. The more anecdotal evidence we as a community can supply, the more convincing our argument can be.

Additional points to consider in writing letters:
  • the impact of not having day care spaces and thus limiting opportunities for new professionals
  • the focus of Humans Service on Child and youth care as a laddering opportunity for ECE grads. 

Letters should be addressed to Dr. Ray Sanders, Executive Director, Williams Lake Campus rsanders@tru.ca and Patricia Neufeld Acting Dean, Faculty of Human, Social, and Educational Development pneufeld@tru.ca. If you prefer to mail a letter, the Williams Lake  and Kamloops addresses follow:

Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake
1250 Western Avenue
Williams Lake, BC, Canada
V2G 1H7

Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC, Canada
V2C 0C8

We hope to organize a stakeholder meeting in late 2014 or early 2015 to discuss this issue further. If you would like to be involved, please let Jessica Knodel know by return email or spc-coordinator@xplornet.com.

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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