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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.

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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, August 29, 2014

Community Updates (15) – Aug 29, 2014



1) Do you have questions for the Mayoral Candidates?
2) Is your organization experiencing a rise facility fee charges? Community feedback is being sought.
3) Calculating the Living Wage: webinar for local communities coming September 9th
4) Big Brothers Big Sister's Annual "Tour de Cariboo" - Sept 6th
5) Boitanio Mall - Club Days - Fall Sign-up are underway
6) Free Library Event - Evening with Author & Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars
7) Williams Lake Harvest Fair - Sept 6 & 7th
8) Literacy & Math Tutoring - available for students grades 1 - 7
9) Chickadee Early Childhood & Learning Centre - open house on Saturday Aug 30th
10) Suicide Awareness & Prevention Workshop - Sept 4th
11) Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy - free programs & services
12) RCMP Regiment Ball - Sept 20th - ticket are going fast
13) Annual General Meeting - Williams Lake Hospice Society - Sept 10th
14) Annual Pool Shut Down - closed from Aug 18th - Sept 7th
15) Reminder - The 2014 Art Walk and Sale - ends Sept 6th

1) Do you have questions for the Mayoral Candidates?
City Council Elections for the City of Williams Lake are coming up. Do you have questions you want to ask the candidates? As always, you can have your voice heard via the Social Planning Council. We are going to prepare a set of questions, forward them to the candidates for their response, and then publish their answers. You can submit your questions completely anonymously via https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKZN6NC. At the next Social Planning Council monthly lunch meeting on Monday Sept 22nd, we will be discussing this further. Everyone is welcome.

2) Is your organization experiencing a rise facility fee charges? Community feedback is being sought.
We want to hear from you. Are you experiencing changes in facility usage fees for your service club? Either way we would like to hear from you. Send us an email with your observations, personal experience &/or anecdotal comments. Please include the name of the organization experiencing changes, and please know that your personal information will be kept anonymous. Send your comments to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com.

3) Calculating the Living Wage: webinar for local communities coming September 9th
Save the date!  Tuesday, September 9th from noon to 1 pm (PDT) by webinar – please share this announcement.

The Living Wage for Families Campaign has received more than three dozen requests from communities around BC (and across western Canada) asking how the local living wage can be calculated.  To help the living wage movement grow, you are invited  to  join us for a free one-hour webinar on how the Living Wage for Families calculates the annual living wage, and to learn how you can adopt this methodology to use in your own community. 

Iglika Ivanova of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC Office) will walk through the data required to develop a local table of family expenses and show how to use the living wage calculation spreadsheet to calculate the living wage in your community; Iglika does the annual calculation for the Metro Vancouver living wage.

Adrienne Montani of First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition and Catherine Ludgate of the Living Wage for Families Campaign (employer recognition) will provide a history of the Campaign and some suggestions for how to find a local host to make the annual calculations;  First Call is the host for the Living Wage for Families Campaign.

To register for the webinar, please send an email to info@livingwageforfamilies.ca, with "webinar" in the subject line.  We'll send information on how to connect to the webinar, closer to the dates.

4) Big Brothers Big Sister's Annual "Tour de Cariboo" - Sept 6th
Are you ready? Set your next fitness challenge on the Tour de Cariboo, a 76 km bike ride from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake. 76km a bit much for you? Split it up with friends and family and form a relay team. There are absolutely no rules for the team. Make up your own with as few or many riders as you like. Ride a little ride alot - challenge yourself.

To learn more visit www.bbswlake.com or call 250-398-8391

5) Boitanio Mall - Club Days - Fall Sign-up are underway
On September 6th from 10 am - 2 pm is Clubs Day. To book your organizations free space, call Jeanette at 250-392-4169

Registration for service clubs are now underway. Some of them include:
Shogun Martial Arts - 250-392-2280
Williams Lake Swim Club - 250-303-1199
Williams Lake Skating Club - 250-392-4312
Cariboo Bowling clubs - www.cariboobowl.com
Boys & Girls Club "KidZone" after school child care - 250-392-5730
Gymnastics Club - 250-398-7331
Williams Lake Curling - 250-392-4636

6) Free Library Event - Evening with Author & Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars
Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars will be at the Williams Lake Branch to present and speak about her book, They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School. It is the first full-length memoir to be published out of St. Joseph's Mission at Williams Lake, BC, and tells of three generations of women who attended the school, interweaving the personal histories of her grandmother and her mother with her own.  Sellars candidly documents the emotional and physical trauma she experienced, and gives insight on her own journey toward healing.

Date: Tuesday Sept 9th
Time: 7pm
Location: Williams Lake Branch, Cariboo Regional District Library
Contact person: Caroline Derksen
Contact email/phone number: 250-392-3630

7) Williams Lake Harvest Fair - Sept 6 & 7th
The 38th Annual Williams Lake Harvest Fair is next Saturday & Sunday, Sept 6  - 7th at the Stampede Park. The Harvest Fair is not in the business of profit. The sole purpose of the fair is to encourage the development of arts & crafts, home arts, gardening, livestock etc. The Harvest Fair Board consists of volunteers who work year round for no gain other than the personal satisfaction of staging a community fair. Your participation and attendance to make this fair a success is greatly appreciated.

Want to enter your submission?
Want to enter the Pet Parade, Cut Flower, Floral Art, Potted Plants, Vegetables, Farm, Field & Orchard Produce, Canning & Preserves, Home Baking Needlework & Sewing, Quilting, Knitting & Crochet, Little Britches Rodeo Finals, Senior Citizens, Arts & Crafts, Children, Homemade Beer & Wine, Photography, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs, Poultry, Harvest Ranch Rodeo, Livestock, Sheep, 4H Competition, Goats, Gymkhana, Spinning & Weaving,  and other Special Prize Classes. Submit your entry in person to the Reception desk at City Hall or at the Tribune Office.

Entry deadlines (vary by category) is Sept 3 & 4th. Visit wlharvestfair.ca or pick up brochures available around town for more entry and category details. Brochures are available at Save On Foods, Beaver Valley Feeds, Tourist Info Ctr, Seniors Centre, WL Vet Clinic, Animal Care Hospital, Fabricland, Total Pet, The Tribune, City Hall, Safeway and at Cariboo GM.

8) Literacy & Math Tutoring - available for students grades 1 - 7
The Williams Lake Learning Disabilities Association in partnership with the Child Deelopment Centr offers tutoring for students (grades 1 - 7) in literacy and math. If your child needs help please contact Sydney Wolstenholme at 250-392-4481 or the CDC at 690 Second Ave. N.

9) Chickadee Early Childhood & Learning Centre - open house on Saturday Aug 30th
The Chickadee Early Childhood & Learning Centre is hosting an open house an registration this Saturday Aug 30th from 1 - 4 pm at the Miocene Hall, Horsefly Road. For more info call Claire at 250-296-3265. Imaginative play based learning - Inspired by Waldorf Education.

10) Suicide Awareness & Prevention Workshop - Sept 4th
The Canadian Mental Health Association presents a suicide Awareness & Prevention Workshop on September 4th. Did you know approximately 11 people will die by suicide in Canada today and for each death by suicide it has been estimated that the lives of 7 - 10 bereaved survivors are profoundly affected.

What: Be part of the Conversation. Learn Myths, Warning Signs and ways you can help.
Location: Central CAriboo Arts & Culture Society (former Fire Hall)
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Cost: Free

For more information contact the CMHA - Cariboo Chilcotin Branch at 51 Fourth Ave S., 250-398-8220 ext 2020 or 2040 or visit www.cariboo.cmha.bc.ca

Crisis Line - 1-888-353-2273

11) Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy - free programs & services
There are many free programs & services available through the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy. Promoting lifelong learning for all ages, they offer help with reading, writing, math, free computer classes and more. Become a Life Long Learner - visit www.caribooliteracy.com or contact Melody Newcombe at 250-945-4199 or mel@caribooliteracy.com, or Janette Moller at 250-392-8161.

12) RCMP Regiment Ball - Sept 20th - ticket are going fast
The Williams Lake RCMP would like to invite the public to attend the 2014 Regiment Ball on Saturday Sept 20th. There will be a formal dinner, live auction, and dance floor with music from March Hare. Tickets are $80 each and there is limited seats available. Contact Crystal at 250-392-8695 or stop by the detachment to get your tickets. All proceeds from the ball will go to the Moncton Fallen Members Fund.

13) Annual General Meeting - Williams Lake Hospice Society - Sept 10th
All members and prospective members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting for the WL Hospice Society on Wednesday Sept 10th at 6pm in the Education room of the Deni House.

14) Annual Pool Shut Down - closed from Aug 18th - Sept 7th
The annual pool shutdown ends September 7th. On another note, the new Active Living Guide is now available. Hardcopies are being sent out, and are always available at the Recreation Complex at 525 Proctor Street, or online at www.activewilliamslake.com. Call 250-398-7665 for more information.

15) Reminder - The 2014 Art Walk and Sale - ends Sept 6th
Until Sept 6th view great art, prizes, entertainment and exercise. The art walk runs Aug. 7 to Sept. 6 and features the work of 52 artists paired with local businesses for display.  All types of art is represented on the walk including oils, water colours, pencil drawings, pottery, acrylics, weaving, photography, airbrush art, quilting, carving, jewellery, doll making and more. Visit locations downtown to learn more.

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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