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What is The Social Planning Council?


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, March 6, 2015

Community Updates (11) - Mar 6, 2015

Table of Contents:
1) Spring Break Activities at the Recreation Complex
2) International Women's Day - Celebration at TRU tonight Mar 6th
3) Performances in the Park - call for Performers 2015
4) TRU Gala 2015 - Guys & Dolls - Sat Mar 28th
5) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - Monday Mar 23rd - CRD presents
6) Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) - Citizenship Sessions
7) Williams Lake Wanderers - March Schedule
8) Positive Action Parenting Workshop - Mar 10 - 12th at Marie Sharpe
9) Free Tumble & Play - Saturdays - extended until Mar 28th
10) Advance notice - BBBS of Williams Lake annual themed "Bowl of Kid Sake"
11) Advance notice - Williams Lake Cultural Round Table - May 14th from 4:30 - 7:30 pm

1) Spring Break Activities at the Recreation Complex
Fun Spring Break Days at the Pool:
Everyone Welcome Swims from 1:30 - 5pm (regular drop-in rates apply) - call 250-398-7665 for more information.

Mar 9 - Pirate Day
Mar 10 - Sport Day
Mar 11 - Iceberg Day
Mar 12 - Survivor Day
Mar 13 - Relay Day
Mar 16 - Tropical Day
Mar 17 -  Water War Day (bring your own water gun)
Mar 18 - Iceberg Day
Mar 19 - Target Day
Mar 20 - Inflatable Day (all inflatable toys will be in the water, and bring your own too).

Spring Break Day Camp Available:
Offering fully licensed child care from 8am - 5pm weekdays for both weeks of spring break. Cost is $32 per day - please contact the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665 to register.

Public (and Laser) Skates during spring break:
Regular Public Skates Tuesday's  Mar 10 & 17th from 11am - 12:30 pm... and the popular LAZER skates are back for spring break Thursdays March 12 & 19th (regular rates apply). Contact the Complex for more info at 250-398-7665.

2) International Women's Day - Celebration at TRU tonight Mar 6th
The Women's Contact Society is hosting their annual celebration of International Women's Day this evening, Mar 6th at TRU. Appetizers start at 5pm, Women with Heart Award at 5:10 pm, and Presenters start at 5:30 pm. Free admission and everyone is welcome to attend. "Paint it Purple" and "Make it Happen".

3) Performances in the Park - call for Performers 2015
The Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society (CCACS) is happy to announce that the free summer concert series, "Performances in the Park" will begin on Thursday Jul 2 at 6:00 pm and will continue each week at the same time and day in Boitanio Park until Aug 20th. Once again this is with support of the City and CRD and management by Angela Sommer.

The CCACS is looking for performers to fill the slots in the following categories: music performers, and additional performance by youth, theatre, dance, musical and fashion shows. All acts will be family friendly!

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or for interviews please contact Angela at performance@centralcaribooarts.com or call 250-305-4784.

4) TRU Gala 2015 - Guys & Dolls - Sat Mar 28th
Join us for an evening of elegance and jazz to help support TRU scholarships and Awards on Saturday March 28th at the Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake Auditorium. Cocktails start at 6pm, dinner at 7pm, Dance at 9pm. Live & Silent Auctions with music by Brandon Isaak & The Twisters. Fundraiser costs $120/person or $960/table of eight. Tickets may be purchased at TRU or to resere your table or
seats visit: tru.ca/williamslake

5) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - Monday Mar 23rd at the City
Next Social Planning Council Meeting - Monday Mar 23rd at 11 am at the City of Williams Lake. Presenter is the Cariboo Regioal District on the survey results from the "Central and South Cariboo  Mental Health Services Gaps Analysis"

6) Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) - Citizenship Sessions
Friday March 20th from 12 pm - 2 pm learn about changes to Federal programs for temporary workers family reunification, spousal sponsorship and immigration applications.

IMSS also 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. Next sessions are on Monday Mar 16th at 9:30am and Thursday Feb 18 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.

7) Williams Lake Wanderers - March Schedule
To join this group, come about 9:15 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 9:30 am. Once you're a member, you will receive emails with schedule and schedule changes. Schedules and updates are also on Facebook.

 By the middle of the month, we have scheduled only walking/hiking in anticipation of Spring!! Check your schedule daily.

Tues. Mar. 3 – English Road walk ( Highway 20)
Wed. Mar. 4–  Bull Mountain ski
Thurs, Mar. 5 –  Moon Road walk ( Highway 20)
Tues. Mar. 10 –  Dairy Fields walk/snowshoe
Wed. Mar. 11 –  Bull Mtn. ski
Thurs. Mar. 12 – Borland Creek walk ( 150 Mile)
Tues. Mar. 17 – River Valley walk
Wed. Mar. 18  – Bond Lake snowsoe/walk
Thurs. Mar. 19 –Gunanoot Trails walk/snowshoe ( Dog Creek Road)
Tues. Mar. 24 -   Snakes & Ladders walk (Esler)
Wed. Mar. 25 – Scout Island walk
Thurs. Mar. 26  -  Signal Point walk  Coffee Social after at Dog & Suds
Tues. Mar. 31 – Mission Road walk

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

Members' Monthly Breakfast Social: Our no host breakfast get together for conversation & new ideas for outings will be Mar. 11th, at 8 am at Denny's.

Club contacts: Bette McLennan          250-392-6423, Gail Peterson 250-392-4705 and Joanne Wright 250-398-7624

8) Positive Action Parenting Workshop - Mar 10 - 12th at Marie Sharpe
Positive Action Parenting Workshop - Mar 10 - 12th at Marie Sharpe School from 10am - 3 pm - transportation and lunch is provided. Please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca for further information.

9) Free Tumble & Play - Saturdays - extended until Mar 28th
Enjoy free "Tumble and Play" on Saturdays at the Marie Sharpe Gym from 10 - 11:30 am. This is an active parent and tot playtime where you can bounce, catch, slide, race and tumble extended to Mar 28th and includes spring break. A variety of sports equipment, toys and mats will be available. Adult participation is required. Sponsored by Success by Six, this program is free to participants. For more info call 250-398-7665.

10) Advance notice - BBBS of Williams Lake annual themed "Bowl of Kid Sake"
The fun Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters "Bowl for Kid Sake" fundraiser's theme this year is "Mask-Arade" and is taking place on Apr 10 - 12th. Wear and mask and roll some strikes! Free bowling with pizza courtesy of Panago. To register visit www.bbswlake.com or call 250-398-8391

11) Advance notice - Williams Lake Cultural Round Table - May 14th from 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Presented by the Alliance for Arts, and Culture And Arts BC, and hosted by the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society (CCACS), this is your invitation to join your arts, culture and heritage community colleagues in a provincial conversation about the development of a cultural policy framework for BC. This is your opportunity to bring your personal, local and regional perspectives to this important provincial initiative.

For further information please visit www.bccreativeconvergence.ca or reserve your spot today online at:


Please forward or print these updates as you wish. The next community updates will be sent out in two weeks from today... wishing everyone a safe and happy Spring break!

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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