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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, February 13, 2015

Community Updates (12) - Feb 13, 2015



1) Daybreak Rotary's 24th Annual Book Sale Feb 15 - 28th
2) Eating Disorder, Emotions and Emotion Focused Family Therapy - free sessions Feb 15 & 16th
3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
4) Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) - Citizenship Sessions
5) Patients as Partners/ Patient Voices Network - info session on Feb 18th
6) Tropical Tween Night at the Rec Centre - Thurs Feb 19
7) Pro-D Day events at the Recreation Complex - Friday Feb 20th
8) Anxiety - The Facts Workshop: 12:30 – 2:00pm Tuesday, February 17
9) Reminder - Mental Health Services Gap Analysis Survey results at the CRD
10) Mark the calendar - Presentation by Community Futures on Feb 23rd
11) Big  Brother and Big Sisters Mentoring Program - make a difference today
12) Educational Assistant & Community Support Program at TRU in Williams Lake

1) 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.

2) Eating Disorder, Emotions and Emotion Focused Family Therapy - free sessions Feb 15 & 16th
Presented by Natasha Files – Three Story Clinic.

For Professionals - Sunday, February 15   9am-4pm
For Caregivers - Monday, February 16   9am-4pm (clinician observers welcome at caregivers workshop)

Where? At City Hall Chambers (450 Mart Street).

Description: Research suggest that recovery from an eating disorder is more likely when caregivers are involved in specific ways.  Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is an innovative treatment model that was developed to train families to support their loved one through the recovery of an eating disorder.  Along with offering tangible skills for doctors/therapist/professionals to support parents/spouses/adult family members to fully engage in the process (by learning to be recovery and emotion coaches), EFFT balances empathy and compassion with firm limits that support symptom interruption, relationship repair, and behavioral changes.

Skills you will leave with:  Participants will become equipped with a deeper understanding of physical implications, emotion basics, meal support, and the nuts and bolts of supporting someone through the recovery of an eating disorder.

The events are free, but you must register. Call 250-398-8220 ext 2040 or email Janice.breck@cmhawl.org

3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of Feb 16, 2015 is: Feelings: Emotions such as anger fear, love and empathy.

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

4) Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) - Citizenship Sessions
Sharon Taylor provides free monthly sessions discussing the process of applying for Canadian Citizenship, as well as preparing people to take the Citizenship test in the future. Sessions are interactive, fun, and open to all who are considering citizenship in the next two years. Please contact sharont@imss.ca for more information.

Monday Feb 16th (and Monday Mar 16th) at 9:30am and Thursdays Feb 18 (and Thursday Mar 19th) at 6:00 pm.

All workshops are free and open to everyone regardless of immigration status. However, people with permanent resident status will be asked to provide some documentation in order that we can continue to receive funding and serve the Williams Lake community.

To register email info.wl@imss.ca or call 778-412-2999. You can also visit Facebook: IMSSWL, www.imss.ca or on Twitter: @WelcomeWL for more information.

5) Patients as Partners/ Patient Voices Network - info session on Feb 18th
Are you interested in working collaboratively to improve BC's health care system? A free information session is being held in Williams Lake on Wednesday Feb 18th from 12 - 4pm (free lunch provided).

Join a network of patients, families and caregivers who are using their experiences to influence positive change in BC's health care system. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to collaborate with health care providers and decision makers around how health care services are delivered.

To get involved or to learn more, please contact the Engagement Liason for Interior Health, Jacquelyne Foidart at jfoidart@impactbc.ca or 1-888-742-1772 ext 353 or visit www.patientsaspartners.ca/volunteer

6) Tropical Tween Night at the Rec Centre - Thurs Feb 19
From 7 - 9 pm for ages 8 - 12 enjoy games, activities and challenges (regular rates apply, free with Grade 5 Pass.

7) Pro-D Day events at the Recreation Complex - Friday Feb 20th
TWOONIE skate from 11 am - 12:30 pm and fun in the pool (with the iceberg!) from 1:30 - 3 pm or...

Join the larger "Dash, Splash & Crash" from 11 am - 5pm. Beginning with a public skate and then pizza lunch, hop into the pool in the afternoon before watching a movie in the Gibraltar room. Remember to bring a pair of skates, a helmet, bathing suit, towel water bottle and some snacks. Twenty dollars for each child. To register call 250-398-7665.

8) Anxiety - The Facts Workshop: 12:30 – 2:00pm Tuesday, February 17
Everyone feels anxious sometimes, but sometimes you may want to ask for help... how do you know?

Join Bettina Egert from CMHA-Cariboo Chilcotin to talk about the symptoms of anxiety, and some coping strategies. This free workshop is open to everyone and is being held at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society office located at 118C N. 1st Avenue in Williams Lake.

9) Reminder - Mental Health Services Gap Analysis Survey results at the CRD
You are invited to attend a presentation/discussion of the: "Central and South Cariboo  Mental Health Services Gaps Analysis" on:

Feb 18th at the CRD Board Meeting at 11:30 am
Feb 19th at the South Cariboo Recreation Centre in 100 Mile House from 12 - 1 pm
Feb 26th at the CRD Boardroom in Williams Lake from 12 - 1pm

Bring your lunch to the presentations and forward your questions to Kimberly Vance-Lundsbye at 250-706-3143 or kimberlylundsbye@hotmail.com

10) Mark the calendar - Presentation by Community Futures on Feb 23rd
At the next Social Planning Council meeting on Monday Feb 23rd at 11:30 am, Larry Stranberg from Community Futures will be presenting survey data on the subject below:

"The Cariboo Chilcotin area is experiencing many challenges when looking at the retention of small business in the region.  One of the primary reasons is that a significant percentage of small business owners are of the "baby-boomer" generation.  A survey conducted by our office (January 2011) of small business owners in our service area showed that..."

Please join us for lunch and the survey results. Also at this next meeting, Darrell Garceau from the City of Williams Lake will be joining us can address any questions you may have. We hope to see you there. This month the meeting will be at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society located at the old Firehall next to the City.

11) Big  Brother and Big Sisters Mentoring Program - make a difference today
"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen,  a push in the right direction."

The Mentoring program provides girls and young women and boys and young men with a role model and a friend to talk to and share the experiences of growing up. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and mentee, it is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by our experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Brothers Mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of a few hours each and a minimum of 1 year commitment.

The program strives to do the following:

Provide a role model and a friend for girls and young women.
Promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with family and peers.
Instil trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions.
Encourage leadership skills and independent thinking.

Above all... make a difference while having fun!

Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at 250-398-8391 or visit www.bbswlake.com for more information.

12) Educational Assistant & Community Support Program at TRU in Williams Lake
New block/blended delivery model! Get started on your career early by taking courses in a Block/Blended Model, a mixture of classroom and online learning.

The Educational Assistant & Community Support program is an employment ready certificate program which prepares stdents for careers that provide support to children and/or adults with exceptionalities. Graduates help these individuals learn educationa, social, vocations, recreational and personal life skills. Opportunities exist for jobs such as school support worker, group home workers, life skills coach, and respite care workers.

HUMS 1640 Course Schedule - March 16 - 20th (9 am - 12 pm) and March 17th (1 -4 pm) with a follow up class on May 2nd (9am - 3pm). Course costs $456.48/course.

Contact the Admissions Office for more information at 250-392-8020 or visit tru.ca/williamslake

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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