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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, January 16, 2015

Community Updates (13) - January 16, 2015

Table of Contents:
1) Williams Lake Wanderers - January 2015
2) Keys to Our Children's Future: Teach, Guide and Lead Workshops
3) Winter Wellness Family Gathering - Feb 12th
4) Call For Performers 2015 for Performance in the Park series.
5) CRD's Sub-Regional Budget Sessions
6) Daybreak Rotary's 24th Annual Book Sale Feb 15 - 28th
7) Free Family Astronomy at Scout Island - Sat Jan 24th from 6pm-8pm
8) United Way's Community Investment Funding - applications due Jan 30th
9) Reminder - Potato House AGM & Potluck afterwards - Jan 19th
10) Reminder - CCACS 2015 Grant Applications due Jan 30th
11) Social Planning Council's monthly meeting - Jan 26th at 11:30 am
12) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week - "Talent"
13) Community Events Calendar - Green Gazette free Listings
14) TNG's Exploring the Path to Wellness Project - survey due Jan 20th

1) Williams Lake Wanderers - January 2015
To join this group, come about 10:30 am to the Cariboo Memorial Complex on a Tues., Wed., or Thursday. We always begin our outings from there, so you can fill out a membership form and pay your $10 annual fee. We leave at 10:45 am. Once you're a member, you will receive emails with schedule and schedule changes. Schedules and updates are also on Facebook.

Whether we walk or snowshoe will depend on the amount of snow at the time, so, perhaps, bring snowshoes along if in doubt.

Tues. Jan. 20 –  Cow Trail walk/snowshoe( possibly with Ken Day) (Esler)
Wed. Jan. 21 – Bull Mtn. ski under the lights at 5:30 pm. (hot beverages included)
Thurs. Jan. 22 – Pulver Meadow walk/snowshoe ( off airport road)
Tues. Jan.27 -  River Valley walk
Wed. Jan. 28 – Bull Mountain snowshoe and potluck ( extended time)
Thurs. Jan. 29 – Williams Lake ski

* Each time we go to Bull Mountain, there is a $10 charge unless you're already a member of the Cross Country Ski Club.

All of these activities are subject to change acording to weather conditions, so keep an eye on your email/Facebook.

2) Keys to Our Children's Future: Teach, Guide and Lead Workshops
Williams Lake Indian Band - at Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium

Jan 27, 2015 - 8:30 - 3:30 pm
Elder Abuse Presentation - Provided by Victim Services and Women’s Contact Society
Living your Potential - Provided by Ciel Patenaude
Financial Elder Abuse - Provided by Financial Institution
ScamsAwareness - Provided by RCMP

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:30 - 3:30 pm
Different ways to interact or play with your child - Provided by Women’s Contact Society
Roll Over Simulator provided by RCMP
Teddy Bear to Puppet - Provided by Women’s Contact Society

Feb 12, 2015
Aboriginal Gang Presentation - Provided by RCMP
Social Media Safety - Provided by RCMP (Sam Nakatsu)
Emotional Intelligence provided by Ciel Patenaude
Relationship Boundaries Workshop - Provided by Women’s Contact Society
Human Trafficking - Provided by RCMP (Dave Dickson) and Women’s Contact Society

For more information, please email Roxanne.Stobie@williamslakeband.ca

3) Winter Wellness Family Gathering - Feb 12th
Scheduled for Feb 12th at Denisiqi Services Society - strengthening the circle of support around families. Meet your community service providers, entertainment and door prizes and lunch for everybody.

"Please note that we are calling all service providers and people who would like to sell their arts and crafts at the event (no table charge) to come and participate in our event. We will have an area specifically for service provider booths and another area for people to sell their arts and crafts. Anyone interested will have to book their tables ahead to insure a spot for that day. We will also have entertainment and food, so come and join us."

Marilyn Charleyboy
Restoring Balance Program Coordinator
Denisiqi Services Society
240B North Mackenzie Avnenue
Williams Lake BC, V2G 1N6
Phone 250 392-6500 Ext. 239

4) CRD's Sub-Regional Budget Sessions
Have your say and join the discussion. In Williams Lake on Jan 29th at the Cariboo Regional District Board room at 5pm. Call 250-392-3351 or visit cariboord.ca for further information. If you are unable to attend you can pre-register for the webinar by emailing communications@cariboord.ca

5) Daybreak Rotary's 24th Annual Book Sale Feb 15 - 28th
Giant used book sale in the upper level of Boitanio Mall. Donations are greatly appreciated with collection bins at: Safeway, Save-on Foods, Western Financial, Boitanio Mall entrance the 150 Mile House Centre or call 250-392-4498 for pickups.

6) Free Family Astronomy at Scout Island - Sat Jan 24th from 6pm-8pm
Saturday, January 24th at 6pm join local community astronomers Steve and Lynn Capling at the Scout Island Nature House for stories and stargazing until 8pm. There will have plenty of stellar stuff to gander at with your naked eye, binoculars or with a telescope. If the weather outside is inappropriate for stargazing, the event will be moved indoors with games and activities.

Everyone and all ages are welcome - no registration is required. Bring: Warm clothes (and gloves!), Binoculars (Scout Island have some available to borrow), lawn chairs or something to lay down on. Please do NOT bring a flashlight or headlamps.

A very large telescope is provided but you are welcome to bring along your own, more
telescopes make this event even better! Call Scout Island Nature House if you have questions about this special event call 250.398.8532 or email themaryforbes@gmail.com

7) 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/

8) Potato House Annual General Meeting & Potluck afterwards - Jan 19th
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. 

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.

9) Reminder - CCACS 2015 Grant Applications due Jan 30th by 4pm
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 subject to the availability of funds.

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 778-412-9044 or info@centralcaribooarts.com or visit www.centralcaribooarts.com

10) Social Planning Council's monthly meeting - Jan 26th at 11:30 am
Our next monthly meeting is being held on Monday January 26th at 11:30 am at the City of Williams Lake. Lunch and a presentation by Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy and the upcoming Literacy Week. We hope to see you there!

11) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week - "Talent"
The Positive Action word of the week of Jan 19th is Talent: A natural ability that can be developed.

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

12) Community Events Calendar - Green Gazette free Listings
Send in your green events, meetings, and community activities for February & March by Sept 24th to be included in the upcoming issue of TheGreenGazette. Please keep listings to a couple of sentences max per entry and in the following order: Date, event description, where, time of day, contact info. 
Contact Lisa Bland (Publisher and Editor in Chief)  for further information at lisa@thegreengazette.ca or call 250-620-3419 or visit www.thegreengazette.ca

13) TNG's Exploring the Path to Wellness Project - survey due Jan 20th
This will help create 10 year wellness plan for the Chilcotin communities. Each community did a survey and mental health and substance use was identified as areas to focus on. This survey is 11 questions and when you finish it please email it back to Tanya Mores, Mental Health Navigator at TNG by email at tmores@tsilhqotin.ca or call 250-392-3918 for further information.

Key Wellness Informant Interviews - Partners and Stakeholders please answer the following and submit your responses by Jan 20th

  • What mental health and substance use services do you provide?
  • What geographical area do you serve?
  • Are you able to provide services directly in the Tsilhqotin communities of Tl’etinqox (Anaham), Xeni Gwet’in ( Nemiah) , Tsi Deldel ( Redstone),  Tl’esqox (Toosey), ?Esdilah ( Alexandria) , Yunesitin ( Stone)?
  • If you are able to travel to our communities, what services can you provide?
  • If not, do you provide services to the rural and remote communities from Williams Lake as a central location?
  • Are there any practices you have developed or found helpful to address barriers of travel for our community members that live in remote communities to access your service?
  • Do you are your staff receive formal training in trauma informed practice? If so, please share what training your program has adopted.
  • Do you or your employer support any form of cultural competency training and if so please share with us the title of the training? Is this training a voluntary or mandatory condition of employment?
  • Are there any services or staff support you as a program or agency can provide to contribute to a collaborative response to a rural and remote community following a crisis such as a suicide? 
  • Would your program or agency like to learn more about the medicine wheel and traditional practices that promote wellness and healing?
  • Would your agency be open to a presentation on Tsilhqotinculture, our historical experience and our plans for growth as a nation?

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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