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Access Williams Lake - This is a free, regularly updated directory connecting residents of Williams Lake and Area with a wide variety of not-for-profit resources. This directory is a project of the SPC in partnership with the TNC United Way. Additional funding support was received by the Social Development Working group of CCBAC.

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What is The Social Planning Council?

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, December 19, 2014

Community Updates (18) – Dec 19, 2014



Table of Contents:

1) Happy Holidays from the Social Planning Council
2) Register now for the Library's Armchair Travel Series - next show is Jan 8th
3) United Way's Community Investment Funding - applications due Jan 30th
4) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
5) Warm Clothing Drive - Friday Dec 19th from 9am - 5pm
6) Free Public Skate - Dec 21st from 1 - 2:30 pm
7) Noopa Youth Drop-in Centres - Christmas Dinner Monday Dec 22nd
8) Miocene Christmas Eve Alert - Santa is coming by this Christmas Eve
9) Family Fun day at Bull Mountain - Sunday Jan 4th from 1 - 3pm
10) Warm Glow Concert - Saturday Dec 20th at 6:30 pm
11) Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree - until Dec 23rd
12) Operation Red Nose - get a ride home in your own vehicle
13) Annual Christmas Sale at the Recreation Complex - until Dec 24th
14) CMHA's Women's Spirituality Circle's Winter Solstice Celebration - Dec 21st
15) Reminder - Council accepting applications for Heritage & Accessibility Committees.
16) Reminder - Council Now accepting Nominations for Certificate of Merit Award
17) www.accesswilliamslake.org - looking for community resources?
18) Reminder - Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's Grant Writing Workshop - Jan 8th

1) Happy Holidays from the Social Planning Council
The Social Planning Council would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Thank-you to everyone who makes Williams Lake a wonderful place to live, work and play. Our office will be closed for the Holidays and will re-open on Monday Jan 5th. Remember to call Operation Red Nose this season if you are unable to drive your own car home safely - for further information please call 250-392-2222.

2) Register now for the Library's Armchair Travel Series - next show is Jan 8th
There are six presentation lined up for this next series. The first presentation is on Jan 8th at 6:30 pm - Rita Seibert kicks of the series with Yangtze tour in China. More information about subsequent presentations will follow in the new year. Contact the branch directly for more information at wlake@cariboord.bc.ca or call 250-392-3630.

3) United Way's Community Investment Funding - applications due Jan 30th
United Way provides funding to strengthen the network of services and capacity of non-profits to achieve meaningful, long-term improvements in quality of life in the community by addressing not just the symptoms of problems but also the root causes.

Our Community Investment process is open to receive applications from non-profits with charitable status as of December 1st, 2014 throughout the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region. The deadline for applications will be January 30th, 2015. The application is available only on-line at www.investingincommunity.ca.

For Youth Initiative Grants, please visit http://www.investingincommunity.ca/yig/

The Social Planning Council would like to thank the United Way for it's funding support!

4) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of Jan 5, 2015 is: Decisions: To think about the choices and pick the best one.

If you would like more background information about Positive Action please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

5) Warm Clothing Drive - Friday Dec 19th from 9am - 5pm
Sutton-Cariboo Realty's warm & fuzzy open house goes on until today at 5pm to collect warm winter clothing for people in need. Donations of gently used boots, coats, gloves, toques, and blankets for all ages can be dropped off at 232 B North Third Ave. You can also drop off non perishable foods items that will be donated to the Salvation Army.

6) Free Public Skate - Dec 21st from 1 - 2:30 pm
Free Public Skate - Dec 21st from 1 - 2:30 pm at the Recreation Complex - sponsored by Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies. Call the Complex for more information at 250-398-7665.

7) Noopa Youth Drop-in Centres - Christmas Dinner Monday Dec 22nd
NOOPA's Christmas dinner is on Monday the 22nd and all youth between the ages of 13-18 are welcome. We will be serving turkey and ham with all the fixings as well as handing stocking to youth in attendance.  Our goal is to have dinner served at 5:30. For more information please contact Linda at the Boys & Girls Club at 250-392-5730 or visit ww.bgcwilliamslake.com

"Noopa" is a place for youth ages 13-18 to 'hang out'. All youth welcome. Free meals, shower, laundry, tv, internet, pool table, foosball, guitars and piano. Monday to Thursday 3pm - 8pm and Fridays 4pm - 10pm.

8) Miocene Christmas Eve Alert - Santa is coming by this Christmas Eve
Santa will be travelling through the Miocene Fire Protection District on the 24th starting at 4pm (first stop is at the cattle guard on the Spokin Lake Road and will then travel down the road (and all side roads heading to the Horsefly Road with a quick stop at the Miocene Community Club. Then towards Allpress Road including all side roads, finally onto Rose Drive with his last stop down Branch Drive. The Community Club will be serving hot chocolate to keep everyone warm!

9) Family Fun day at Bull Mountain - Sunday Jan 4th from 1 - 3pm
Skiers of all abilities are invited to try free cross country ski lessons and ride the trails for free during Family Fun Day. For more information please contact Sean Donahue at 250-398-6135.

10) Warm Glow Concert - Saturday Dec 20th at 6:30 pm
The Williams Lake SDA Church's Christmas concert starts at 6:30 this Saturday at the Adventist Church located at 782 Ninth Ave North - call 250-398-5642 for further information. Refreshments will follow the show, and everyone is invited to attend this family friendly event.

11) Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree - until Dec 23rd
The Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree will be setup at Canadian Tire, the Tribune and Advisor, and the Salvation Army. The giving tree has tags on it for a girl or boy and their age who are in need this Christmas. Gifts can be dropped off with a tag at the Salvation Army's donation box next to their service counter until Tuesday Dec 23rd.

12) Operation Red Nose - get a ride home in your own vehicle
As an alternative to a taxi this holiday season, call Operation Red Nose and they can drive your car home for you. Call 250-392-2222 for all the details. Make safety a priority.

13) Annual Christmas Sale at the Recreation Complex - until Dec 24th
Save 25% until Dec 24th when you purchase groups of ten drop-in passes.

14) CMHA's Women's Spirituality Circle's Winter Solstice Celebration - Dec 21st
The Canadian Mental Health Association Multiculturalism Program and Women's Spirituality Circle invite you to Winter Solstice Celebration.

Illuminate the darkness with food, friends, music and dance!

Date: Sunday December 21
Time: 2 - 5 pm
Location: Thompson River University Cafeteria
Donations of non perishable food welcome.

For more information call Marilyn Livingston 250 302 9119 or Margaret-Anne Enders 250 305 4426

15) Reminder -  Council accepting applications for Heritage and Accessibility Advisory Committees

The City of Williams Lake is currently accepting applications for positions on the Heritage Advisory Committee and the Accessibility Advisory Committee until Jan 9, 2015

Applications must include name, address, home and work telephone numbers, together with an outline of the reasons for your interest in serving on the committee. A Striking Committee of Council will consider all applications.

To submit your application, or for more information about advisory committees, contact Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services, at 250-392-1773 or cbouchard@williamslake.ca.

16) Reminder - Council Now Accepting Nominations for Certificate of Merit Award

City Council is now accepting nominations for 2014 Certificate of Merit Awards to recognize any citizen of the City of Williams Lake or the fringe area of the city that has accomplished an achievement that brings national or international fame to the City of Williams Lake during 2014. Their achievements will be recognized by City Council meeting in early 2015.

To nominate an individual, provide his or her name and a short resume of their contributions for council to consider. Nominations can be dropped off at City Hall by Jan.9, 2015. For more information, contact Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services, at 250-392-1773 or cbouchard@williamslake.ca.

17) www.accesswilliamslake.org - looking for community resources?
Looking for an address, phone number, program or organization? Visit the online resource database for Williams Lake at www.accesswilliamslake.org

18) Reminder - Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's 2015 Grant Writing Workshop
GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP
January 8th, 2014, 6pm – 8pm, at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre
Instructor: Graham Kelsey
This is a free workshop – Register by January 6th with Leah at
778-412-9044 or info@centralcaribooarts.com (Pre-reading is required).

The workshop will introduce commonly made pitfalls in grant applications (e.g. budgeting, project description, etc). It will be focused on the CCACS Project Grant application which is due Jan 30, 2015

FURTHER INFORMATION: Applicants, specifically new applicants, are encouraged to contact CCACS before filling out the application. For further information on this program, contact CCACS Executive Director Leah Selk at:

Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society
90 Fourth Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC  V2G 2C6
Telephone:
778-412-9044
Email: 
info@centralcaribooarts.com
Web:
www.centralcaribooarts.com

Friday, December 12, 2014

Community Updates (18) – Dec 12, 2014



Table of Contents:

1) The SPC thanks everyone for another productive year
2) Operation Red Nose - get a ride home in your own vehicle
3) Annual Christmas Sale at the Recreation Complex - until Dec 24th
4) Child Development Centre's 9th Annual Christmas Wish breakfast - Dec 16th
5) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week - "Curious"
6) Free Computer help - Thursday's from 10am - 12 pm @ the Library
7) Love the Puddle - share your story & pics
8) Community Engagement Survey - available online
9) My DAD matters - Train the Trainer opportunity
10) Changing Directions - Thursdays from 2 - 3 pm at Skyline
11) St. Peter's Sing & Ring - Sunday Dec 14th
12) CMHA's Women's Spirituality Circle's Winter Solstice Celebration - Dec 21st
13) Is your community group looking for affordable facilities?
14) Annual Christmas Concert - Dec 20th at 6:30 pm
15) Council accepting applications for Heritage & Accessibility Advisory Committees
16) Council now accepting nominations for Certificate of Merit Award
17) Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association - Dinner Dec 12th at 6pm
18) Christmas Food and Toy Drive - donate this Saturday and get a prize envelope.

1) The SPC thanks everyone for another productive year
Thank-you to everyone for making this another productive year.  Memberships are also due for renewal. Send us an email or give us a call.

The new SPC Board of Directors for the 2014 - 2015 year:

Carla Bullinger, Chair
Diane Wright, Vice Chair
Rosanna McGregor, Treasurer
Janice Fichtner, Secretary
Bruce Mack, Director
Matt Neufeld, Director
Shannon Thom, Director
Kourtney Cook, Director, and
Anne Burrill (appointed)

Please note, the SPC office will be closed over the holidays so send your event & project notices to be distributed in next week's updates.

The next SPC monthly meeting will be held on Monday January 26th at 11:30 am - location TBA.

2) Operation Red Nose - get a ride home in your own vehicle
As an alternative to a taxi this holiday season, call Operation Red Nose and they can drive your car home for you. Call 250-392-2222 for all the details. Make safety a priority.

3) Annual Christmas Sale at the Recreation Complex - until Dec 24th
Save 25% until Dec 24th when you purchase groups of ten drop-in passes.

4) Child Development Centre's 9th Annual Christmas Wish breakfast - Dec 16th
The annual  Christmas Wish buffet Breakfast on Dec 16th from 6 - 10 am at the Ramada. These meals help countless local families who cannot afford to buy gifts for their children. The cost of the breakfast is either cash donation or a new unwrapped child's toy. To sponsor a meal(s), please stop by the CDC at 690 N 2nd Ave or call 250-392-4481 with any further questions.

5) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week - "Curious"
The Positive Action word of the week of Nov 25th is Curious: Eager to learn how and why things happen.

If you would like more background information about Positive Action please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

6) Free Computer help - Thursday's from 10am - 12 pm @ the Library
The Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) is offering free computer help for laptops, tablets, Ipad's, e-readers and cell phones. Phone 250-392-3630 to register.

For more info on the CCPL visit www.caribooliteracy.com.

7) Love the Puddle - share your story & pics
http://www.williamslake.ca/652/Love-the-Puddle

Williams Lake is blessed with spectacular backcountry and cultural amenities. With an honest, free-rein lifestyle, Williams Lake is referred to by those familiar with the community as Willy's Puddle or simply the Puddle

Residents and visitors enjoy our varied playgrounds at facilities like nature and recreation centres, cowboy museums, art galleries, or in their hip waders, kayaks, on mountain bikes, and yes, even on the back of a horse.

This page of our website is  all about sharing how people Love the Puddle. Send us your stories, pictures or videos to help us showcase the countless ways to fall in love with this amazing community.  Tell us about your favourite people, clubs, facilities you enjoy, or simply how you best like to experience our big outdoors.

Williams Lake is a wonderful city that we want to showcase. So, whether you're a resident who was born and raised here, or you've visited and had a great time here; please let us know why you Love the Puddle.

Share the Love!  Please send us an email with a photograph, video link, or your story about a place, facility, person, favourite activity or whatever it is that you love about ​Williams Lake topuddle@williamslake.ca.

8) Community Engagement Survey - available online
If you missed the community engagement lunch last week don’t worry! There is still time to have input in this important process. Click on the link below and complete the survey; it should only take 15-20 minutes to compete. If you send me an email before January 23, 2015 stating you competed the survey your name will be added into a draw to win one of two $100 fuel cards for Petro Canada.

As part of the Community Needs Assessment, the information gathered from this survey is being used to inform BC’s Regional Plan which aims to increase participation of Aboriginal people in the economy  This could include; going to school, getting training, looking for work, and finding and keeping a job.

For more information please call Barb at the Friendship Society at 250-398-0983.

Welcome to the Survey! http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/aew1/copy-urban-aboriginal-job-survey/

Urban Aboriginal People in BC's Job Market and Economy: A Planning Survey is a collaborative project of the Provincial Coordination Team, made up of: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Métis Nation BC, BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, and Union of BC Municipalities.

9) My DAD matters - Train the Trainer opportunity
From the Communities that Care table - Beulah went to a conference and listened to a panel of young fathers and some of the challenges they faced. She was very inspired with their stories and is interested in having a conversation to see if the community would be interested in a Train the Trainer session that is taking place in Vancouver and/or possibly Prince George.  This full day workshop provides tools needed to engage fathers and to facilitate father involvement networking in the community.  There is a possibility to either have a trainer come up or have a couple of people go down.  Workshops are taking place in February 16 & 17.  A number of people have expressed interest in this www.mydad.ca .  Contact Beulah for more information: manager@womenscontact.org

10) Changing Directions - Thursdays from 2 - 3 pm at Skyline
From the Communities that Care table: Thursdays from 2:00 -3:00 at Skyline, Michael facilitates a group for young men that support aboriginal youth between the ages12-18. Wrap around approach.  They work with a maximum of 10 youth each.  Part of the program is to have the youth identify supports in the school, in the community, etc.

You can do referrals through the website www.changingdirections.ca (it's easy).

11) St. Peter's Sing & Ring - Sunday Dec 14th
Bring a bell and ring & sing along with a wonderful selection of Christmas music on Sunday Dec 14th starting at 3pm at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Carson Drive in Williams Lake.

12) CMHA's Women's Spirituality Circle's Winter Solstice Celebration - Dec 21st
The Canadian Mental Health Association Multiculturalism Program and Women's Spirituality Circle invite you to Winter Solstice Celebration.

Illuminate the darkness with food, friends, music and dance!

Date: Sunday December 21
Time: 2 - 5 pm
Location: Thompson River University Cafeteria
Donations of non perishable food welcome.

For more information call Marilyn Livingston 250 302 9119 or Margaret-Anne Enders 250 305 4426

13) Is your community group looking for affordable facilities?
If you are looking for space to host your community group activities through School District No 27, please view the brochure on their website at http://www.sd27.bc.ca/community-use-of-schools/

Subject to the availability of facilities for educational purposes, the Board of Education will make school facilities available for public use on a basis that provides priority to youth activities or other activities that give support to activities that enhance community needs and services. 

The SPC is collecting feedback from organizations who are unable to find affordable recreation facilities - email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com

14) Annual Christmas Concert - Dec 20th at 6:30 pm
You are invited to the “The Warm Glow of Christmas!”  This annual holiday event features various musicians from the Cariboo.  An offering for the poor will be taken up.  Refreshments to follow the program -- feel free to bring a plate of goodies!  This event takes place at the Adventist Church at 782 9th Ave N., in Williams Lake.  For more information please call 250-398-5642.

15) Council accepting applications for Heritage and Accessibility Advisory Committees

The City of Williams Lake is currently accepting applications for positions on the Heritage Advisory Committee and the Accessibility Advisory Committee.
The Heritage Advisory Committee’s purpose is to investigate any matters pertaining to heritage conservation, and provide Council with recommendations on heritage matters. Members serve for a two year term.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee’s mission is to remove physical and social barriers so that persons with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community life. Members are
appointed for a one year term.

Applications must include name, address, home and work telephone numbers, together with an outline of the reasons for your interest in serving on the committee. A Striking Committee of Council will consider all applications.
Application deadline is Jan. 9, 2015. To submit your application, or for more information about advisory committees, contact Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services, at 250-392-1773 or cbouchard@williamslake.ca.

16) Council Now Accepting Nominations for Certificate of Merit Award

Williams Lake is the hometown of Rick Hansen, Carey Price, and many others who have achieved national or international recognition for their achievements, and the City of Williams Lake would like to recognize those individuals.

City Council is now accepting nominations for 2014 Certificate of Merit Awards to recognize any citizen of the City of Williams Lake or the fringe area of the city that has accomplished an achievement that brings national or international fame to the City of Williams Lake during 2014. Their achievements will be recognized by City Council meeting in early 2015.
To nominate an individual, provide his or her name and a short resume of their contributions for council to consider. Nominations can be dropped off at City Hall by Jan.9, 2015. For more information, contact Cindy Bouchard, Manager of Legislative Services, at 250-392-1773 or cbouchard@williamslake.ca.

17) Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association - Dinner Dec 12th at 6pm
Tonight at 6pm, join the Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association for their annual Christmas dinner at the St. Andrews United Church at 1000 Huckvale Place. Doors open at 5pm - please bring a potluck style dish. Santa will arrive after dinner so if you have a child to register, please call 250-392-4428.

18) Christmas Food and Toy Drive - donate this Saturday and get a prize envelope.
With all proceeds going to the Salvation Army food bank, bring a new toy or non-perishable food item to the Tribune office on Saturday Dec 13th from 10:30 am - 1pm at 188 North 1st Avenue. Gifts will be exchanged for a prize envelope from our gift tree that has gift certificates from local businesses.

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.

Reach our Coordinator Jessica Knodel at spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or by calling 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