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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.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Vote in the upcoming elections on Nov 15th


The Social Planning Council encourages everyone to vote in the following elections. Resources to help you get informed and ready to vote are below.

City of Williams Lake Local Government Elections for Mayor and Councillors
The 2014 City of Williams Lake Local Government Election will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Marie Sharpe Elementary School Gymnasium, located at 260 Cameron Street, Williams Lake, BC.  See Election Calendar at www.williamslake.ca for additional voting opportunities.

List of candidates and more contact info can be found online at http://www.williamslake.ca/562/Election-2014

Contact Cindy Bouchard, Chief Election Officer for the City of Williams Lake at cbouchard@williamslake.ca or 250-392-1773

Cariboo Regional District Elections
The Cariboo Regional District has general mandates to provide essential services to rural residents; represent all residents, including those inside municipal boundaries, on issues of regional concern; represent all residents in sub-regional areas delivering joint services in partnership with the municipal areas.

Areas with upcoming elections on Nov 15th and the candidates can be viewed online at http://www.cariboord.bc.ca/resources/elections

For more information please contact Alice Johnston at ajohnstone@cariboord.ca or 250-392-3351 or toll free at 1-800-665-1636

CRD Referendums on Sam Ketchum Pool & Handydart contribution - see below
More information for both items can be found below and on the Cariboo Regional Districts webpage at http://www.cariboord.ca/news/referenda or contact the CRD directly at 250-392-3351.

1) Central Cariboo Pool Renovation & Update Assent Voting
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, qualified electors within the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services Area will be voting on the following question:

Are you in favour of the Cariboo Regional District adopting Bylaws 4906 and 4907, which will authorize the borrowing of up to $10 million over 20 years and increase the Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services annual taxation limit to a maximum of the greater of $3,500,000 or $1.98/$1,000 of assessed value of land and improvements, to provide for the upgrade and renovation of the pool and amenities at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex?

(Based on 2014 assessed values, the estimated annual cost to undertake this borrowing and operate the upgraded pool translates to a residential tax rate increase of approximately $40/$100,000. The new taxation limit for recreation services of $3,500,000 translates to a residential tax rate of $148/$100,000 of the net taxable assessed value of land and improvements).

For more information on the Sam Ketchum pool referendum please contact the Cariboo Regional District's Manager of Community Services at 250-392-3351 or the City of Williams Lake, Director of Community Services 250-392-1786 or view the FAQ online www.cariboord.bc.ca/uploads/271/FAQ-pdf

2) North Cariboo Handydart Contribution Requisition Increase Assent Voting
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, qualified electors within the North Cariboo HandyDART Transit Service Area will be voting on the following question:

Are you in favour of the adoption of Bylaw No. 4917, which would increase the maximum annual taxation for a contribution toward the cost of HandyDART transit services in rural areas to the greater of $70,000 or an amount raised by applying a tax rate of $0.07233/$1,000 to the net taxable value of land and improvements in the service area?

(Based on 2014 assessed values, this translates to a maximum residential rate of $7.03/$100,000 to the net taxable assessed value of improvements).

For more information please contact the Cariboo Regional District office at 250-392-3351.

School District No. 27 Trustee Elections
For more information on the elections please visit http://www.sd27.bc.ca/trustee-elections/

Please contact Chief Election Officer Mr. Kevin Futcher or Deputy Chief Election Officer  Ms. Connee Newberry at 250-398-3833 or connee.newberry@sd27.bc.ca

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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