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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, January 9, 2015

Community Updates (11) – Jan 9, 2015



Table of Contents:
1) United Way's Community Investment Funding - applications due Jan 30th
2) Canada Winter Games - Meet the Mascot & Hold the Torch - Jan 15th
3) Potato House Annual General Meeting & Potluck afterwards - Jan 19th
4) Reminder - Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's 2015 Grant Application & Deadlines
5) INDIGENEYEZ - Youth Empowerment Training for Service Providers - Jan 28 & 29th
6) Love the Puddle - share your story & pics
7) Dry Grad Parent/Community Information Night - Jan 13th at 7pm
8) Elder College Registrations - due Jan 14th
9) Boitanio Mall Walking Club - Fridays at 10:15 am
10) City of Williams Lake - online calendar - submit your events
11) Social Planning Council's monthly meeting - Jan 26th at 11:30 am

1) 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/

2) Canada Winter Games - Meet the Mascot & Hold the Torch - Jan 15th
Learn more about the Canada Winter Games taking place in Prince George Feb 13 - 28th and take your picture with the torch and mascot. This event is free, at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex on Jan 15th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Call 250-398-7665 for more details.

3) Potato House Annual General Meeting & Potluck afterwards - Jan 19th
Another year has come and gone and we at the Potato House have enjoyed wonderful community support.  For 2015 we are moving towards improving access to the Potato House for events and public use.  

Join us at the AGM January 19th at 6pm at Scout Island Nature Centre and vote in your Directors for 2015!  We have 6 candidates for directors to fill our board, if you would like to be considered please reply to this email. 

Our AGM will be 30 minutes long.  We need general people and members to attend our AGM to ensure our applications for funding are valid.  

The annual potato house potato dish potluck/people's choice competition will take place immediately after the AGM. Remember membership for 2015 is now due.  $20 individuals, $10 for Seniors and Students.

If you would like a membership form emailed to you please email themaryforbes@gmail.com or call 250-855-8443.

4) Reminder - Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society's 2015 Grant Application & Deadlines
The CCACS for Williams Lake and CRD Areas D, E and F

Project grants are available for non-profit organizations or community groups in Williams Lake and the Central Cariboo (CRD Areas D, E, and F) to support and develop arts and culture within this region. The funding for these grants is courtesy of the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District on the recommendation of the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society (Central Cariboo Arts & Culture function), and is subject to the availability of funds.

The 2015 Grants program is now accepting Project Grant applications with a deadline of January 30, 2015 at 4pm.

Project Grants of between $300 and $2,000 are available for projects which
  • Are new or build creatively on previous work
  • Are likely to increase participation in arts & culture
  • Take place within the Central Cariboo region (Williams Lake and/or CRD Areas D, E, and F)
  • Will be completed by December 31st 2015
  • Include some financial or in-kind contribution by the applicant 
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

5) INDIGENEYEZ - Youth Empowerment Training for Service Providers - Jan 28 & 29th
Brought to you by Ts’ilhqot’in National Government and Denisiqi Services Society, training is being offered on Jan. 28 & 29:  It’s a Youth Empowerment Training for Service Providers facilitated by IndigenEYEZ. 

IndigenzEYEZ programs are informed by the Creative Community Model developed by Partners for Youth Empowerment.  This model uses arts-based social practice to support youth in developing life skills, empathy, and creativity needed to thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Seats are limited and registration is required. Please call Tanya Mores for further information at 250-398-5798.

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

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.

7) Dry Grad Parent/Community Information Night - Jan 13th at 7pm
Being held at Lake City Secondary Williams Lake Campus, Commons Area on Tuesday Jan 13th at 7pm. For more information call Marilyn at 250-302-8423 or marilyn.strohschein@sd27.bc.ca

8) Elder College Registrations - due Jan 14th
Interested citizens over the age of 50 can register in advance on Jan 14th at the Seniors Activity Centre between 1:30 - 2:30 pm for a variety of Elder College courses. Most courses are under $30, but many are free. Please contact the Centre at 250-392-7946 or the College at 250-392-8000 or 1-800-663-4936

9) Boitanio Mall Walking Club - Fridays at 10:15 am
Join others in a 30 minute walk around the mal with coffee afterwards. Everyone, of all levels are welcome!

10) City of Williams Lake - online calendar - submit your events
All local volunteer & non-profit groups are invited to share upcoming events on the calendar at www.williamslake.ca. Now, you are able to directly enter your event information for posting. Calendar events are shared automatically on the City's Facebook page and Twitter feed offering increased exposure for community events. To add an event, click on the "Submit an event" button and follow the instructions.

Note - calendar submissions are reviewed by City staff to ensure they are appropriate, and events by for-profit groups or businesses will not be approved.

11) Social Planning Council's monthly meeting - Jan 26th at 11:30 am
Happy New Year's from the Social Planning Council! Our next monthly meeting is being held on Monday January 26th at 11:30 am at the City of Williams Lake. A reminder, presentation details and agenda will be sent out the week prior to the meeting. We hope to see you there!

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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