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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, June 19, 2015

Community Updates (19) - Jun 19, 2015

Table of Contents

1) Social Planning Council Meeting is this Monday Jun 22 at the CMHA office
2) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
3) Cariboo Social Enterprise Facebook page
4) Red Cross CPR C - Jun 26th from 9am - 3pm
5) Cariboo Regional Library - 2014 BC Summer Reading Club: Build it!
6) Williams Lake Business Improvement Association AGM - Jul 15th
7) Spaces available in the B&G Club's KidZone Summer Day Camp!
8) Job Posting - CMHA - Family Solutions Program - full time Counsellor
9) Annual Horse & Bike Ride to Williams Lake Stampede
10) Want to build a Robot? - join us at the Library - Jul 15th
11) Aboriginal Day - Sunday Jun 21
12) Canada Day Events in Boitanio Park - Wed Jul 1st
13) Stampede Parade, Street Party and Giant Flea Market - Sat Jun 27th downtown
14) WLIB - 10K Walk/Run/Relay Event - Jun 20th
15) Performance in the Park series - begins Jul 2nd
16) Free Fitness in the Park - Jun 2 - Aug 25th in Boitanio Park Tuesday's from 6 - 7pm
17) Nature Fun at Scout Island Nature Centre - Jul 2 - Aug 20th
18) WL Field Naturalists - Jul 3rd, 4th & 5th at Scout Island
19) City of Williams Lake - online Community Calendar of Events

1) Social Planning Council Meeting is this Monday Jun 22 at the CMHA office
This Monday join the SPC at the Canadian Mental Health Association Office located at 51 - 4th Ave South (across from Safeway) with speaker Donna Barnett. The meeting agenda is below, and last month's meeting minutes are available at the meeting or online at http://socialplanningcouncil.blogspot.ca/2015/06/spc-monthly-meeting-minutes-draft-may.html

Meeting Agenda - SPC Monthly Meeting
Jun 22, 2015 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Canadian Mental Health Association Office (51 - 4th Ave South)
Light lunch provided (by small donation please).

Accept Minutes & Agenda:
During lunch we will:
Review meeting minutes from May 25, 2015
Review meeting agenda for Jun 22, 2015
Revisit action items from last meeting

Guest Speaker: MLA Donna Barnett - open floor (15 minutes)

SPC Questions for MLA:
Rural Committee update
Hospital Renovations update
Mount Polley Update

GP for Me initiative update:
with Laurie Walters (10 mins)

Emergency Preparedness Plan:
In light of dry conditions and high risk of forest fires, discussion about Emergency Preparedness Plans for the region. Joining the discussion in additional to Donna Barnett is Williams Lake Fire Chief, and City CAO Darrell Garceau.

Roundtable Updates:
As time allows due to a full meeting agenda. Please send information you want shared across the SPC network by email to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com for inclusion in the community updates

2) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week
The Positive Action word of the week of Jun 22, 2015 is: Courage:  A Willingness to face problems or fears.

The Positive Action word of the week of Jun 29th, 2015 is: Opportunities: Chances to improve

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

3) Cariboo Social Enterprise Facebook page
Non-profit and charitable organizations looking for more diversified and secure funding are beginning to look at Social Enterprise as a potential financial base. Enterprising Non-Profits BC gives local groups the tools necessary to develop business plans for successful social enterprises that create community impact and strengthen social values as a way of building healthy communities. http://www.socialenterprisecanada.ca/en

On June 2, several local people participated in a Building Your Social Enterprise workshop in Williams Lake, learning about why and how a social enterprise might add capacity to small organizations. As a result, we have started a Facebook page for local people to share information, brainstorm ideas, and generally meet to think about ways in which we can make limited resources go further and do more in the Cariboo region: www.facebook.com/CaribooSocialEnterprise

If you are interested in learning more about social enterprise and are not on Facebook, contact Sharon at sharont@imss.ca.

4) Red Cross CPR C - Jun 26th from 9am - 3pm
This Red Cross CPR C course will instruct the student in all CPR and choking procedures (adult, child, infant and 2 rescuer), heart attacks, and strokes. This course is taught to the Canadian Heart Foundation standards. Course costs $42.50 for ages 15+ - to register call 250-398-7665

5) Cariboo Regional Library - 2014 BC Summer Reading Club: Build it!
The Williams Lake Branch of the Cariboo Regional Library invites your child and your family to join in the reading fun by participating in the 2014 BC Summer Reading Club: Build it!

Registration is free and starts at the library on June 10th. Kids receive a special kit to keep track of their reading, and if they read at least 15 minutes a day, for the length of the program then they’ll be awarded a special medal at the end of the summer.

Regular reading through the summer months helps children maintain or improve reading skills while school is out. Summer Reading Club makes reading fun, as kids can read whatever material they like, wherever they wish. Children can read themselves or listen to stories in any language. Throughout the program we will also do a variety of fun crafts and activities related to our seven different themes!

The Cariboo Regional Library, Williams Lake Branch is sponsoring Summer Reading Club in cooperation with the British Columbia Library Association, and with funding assistance from the BC Ministry of Education. For more information, and to learn about other free summer programs, contests and activities for kids, please contact the Williams Lake Library. You can also visit the Kids’ Summer Reading Club website at www.kidssrc.ca.

Happy reading!
Katherine Goertz Sheppard, Summer Reading Club Coordinator

Williams Lake Branch Library
Suite A- 180 Third Ave N
Phone: 250-392-3630    extension 239

6) Williams Lake Business Improvement Association AGM - Jul 8th at 6pm
The WLCBIA's AGM is coming up on July 15th from 6 - 8 pm at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society - open to any merchants and land owners. Merchants can vote too due to paying levies via rent. Five year plan in progress.

7) Spaces available in the B&G Club's KidZone Summer Day Camp!
Spaces available in our KidZone Summer Day Camp! This is a pre-teen program for children aged 7-12. Call 250-392-5730 for more information. Cost is $20 per day. Follow their Face book page online for a complete activity calendar for the summer or visit www.bgcwilliamslake.com online.

8) Job Posting - CMHA - Family Solutions Program - full time Counsellor
Canadian Mental Health Association has an job opening for a full time Counsellor for their Family Solutions Program - deadline is approaching. Please contact Bettina ASAP below if you attend to apply.

Job Description: Provides counselling to families and individuals, and facilitates parenting groups and workshops; Assists individuals and families with conciliation, reunification, communication and relationship building.

Supports personal growth, skill development, learning and cultivating coping strategies. Uses a Client Centered / Solution Focused counselling approach.

Maintains client files, compiles monthly reports and statistics. Integrates intervention with other service providers/agencies as needed through collaborative practice.

For more information please contact Bettina at 250-305-4420 or bettina.egert@cmhawl.org

9) Annual Horse & Bike Ride to Williams Lake Stampede
If you would like more information or like to join the ride, please contact Cecil at 250-394-4240 or 250-267-2189, Pamela Alphose at 250-394-4240 ext 215 or Rosaline Harry at 250-394-4059.

The ride starts on Sunday Jun 21 with events along the way each day.

10) Want to build a Robot? - join us at the Library - Jul 15th
Maria Devauld's lego robotics workshop will be available at the CRD Library, Williams Lake branch on Wed Jul 15th from 9am - 12 pm, or 1 - 4pm. Open to children and youth ages 9 - 14 - registration is free by Jun 30th but space is limited and priority will be given to those registered with the Summer Reading Club.

For more info please contact Katherine at 250-392-3630 or wlsrcoordinator@cariboord.bc.ca

11) Aboriginal Day - Sunday Jun 21
Aboriginal Day parade starts at 10am from downtown and heads to Boitanio Park for family fun from 11am - 2:30pm. For more info please contact Marg Casey at 250-392-7361 or m.casey@nstq.org

12) Canada Day Events in Boitanio Park - Wed Jul 1st
Join the festivities and celebrate Canada in Williams Lake at Boitano Park from 11am - 2pm for a Vendors Village including food and crafts, fun family activities including games, crafts, quizzes, facepainting and RC cars with stage performances beginning at 11:30 am

13) Stampede Parade, Street Party and Giant Flea Market - Sat Jun 27th downtown
On Saturday Jun 27th downtown Williams Lake have fun watching the annual Parade, Street Party afterwards with food, vendors and lots of fun activities. Visit the Giant Flea Market from 11am - 3pm after the parade on Oliver Street (between 1st & Mackenzie - in front of New World Cafe). If you would like a table ($10) please sign-up at New World (72 Oliver St) or call 778-412-5282 for more information.

14) WLIB - 10K Walk/Run/Relay Event - Jun 20th
The Williams Lake Indian Band Social Development Department is hosting a 10km Walk/Run/Relay event on Jun 20th that is funded by SportMed Aboriginal Run Walk and Three Corners Health Services Society.  The event is meant to encourage all communities to come out and have a fun day with a focus on healthy living activities.  The SportMed team will be providing the warm-up and the door prizes that will be drawn.

Check in will be at the Sugar Cane Gymnasium with the route starting from the Gymnasium down Mission Road and turn-around at the 5 km mark.

If you have any questions please contact Roxanne Stobie 250-296-3507 ext 101 or Roxanne.Stobie@williamslakeband.ca

15) Performance in the Park series - begins Jul 2nd
The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society is happy to announce that Performances in the Park, the outdoor free summer concert series, will begin on Thursday, July 2nd at 6:00pm and will continue each Thursday evening at the same time at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Williams Lake’s Boitanio Park until August 20th. Once again, with the support of the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society will be presenting this event under the management of Angela Sommer of Angelkeys Music Studio.
The concert series will feature two acts each week; one at 6 pm to showcase performances including youth, theatre, dance, musical and fashion shows, followed by a headline act from 7 – 8 pm. All acts will be family friendly. There will also be a mini-market, a kidzone and more!
This well attended, free event, is fun for the whole family and we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in the crowd!
For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or for interviews please contact:
Angela Sommer at performances@centralcaribooarts.com or call250-305-4784

16) Free Fitness in the Park - Jun 2 - Aug 25th in Boitanio Park Tuesday's from 6 - 7pm
Enjoy the outdoors, fresh air, and exercise in your own community park. Join certified instructors from the Recreation Complex for a free one hour fitness class in Boitaino Park each Tuesday evening from Jun 2 - Aug 25th. Meet at the Gwen Ringwood Stage at 6pm with your own mat and water bottle and join the fun.

Jun 23 - Zumba
Jun 30 - Zumba
Jul 7 - Zumba
Jul 14 - Boot Camp
Jul 21 - Boot Camp

17) Nature Fun at Scout Island Nature Centre - Jul 2 - Aug 20th
Hello June!  With school drawing to an end, maybe you’re thinking about what the kids can do on those precious summer days.  Our summer staff at Scout Island are planning adventures and surprises for weekdays in July and August, and the cost is very reasonable.

A new program each day for two age groups: 3 - 8 ($10 per session), and 8 - 13 ($25 per session) - fees are kept low thanks to support from the Canada Summer Jobs program, Province of BC, WL Field Naturalists and local businesses. You must register in advance for each session.

Call 250-398-8532 or email scoutisland@shaw.ca

18) WL Field Naturalists - Jul 3rd, 4th & 5th at Scout Island
Join the free public talk at SINC on the Coevolution of Flowering Plants and Native Bees with Gordon Hutchings!

Friday Jul 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Nature House
Saturday Jul 4th at 9am for a Walk in the River Valley
Sunday Jul 5th at 9am at the Nature Centre

Contact Peter Opie at 250-392-1440 or Ordell Steen at 250-398-5017 for more information.

19) City of Williams Lake - online Community Calendar of Events
Did you know, when the City of Williams lake launched their new website they added a Community Calendar of Events? Visit www.williamslake.ca to view the calendar or to add events of your own!

Note - the SPC office will reopen in July... until then have a great few weeks!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

SPC Monthly Meeting Minutes (draft) - May 25, 2015

SPC Monthly Meeting Minutes
May 25, 2015 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: City of Williams Lake
In attendance: Carla Bullinger, Rosanna McGregor, Larry Stranberg, Leah Selk, Monica Johnson, Diana French, Jan Hermiston, Kathie Vilkas and Jessica Knodel.

Accept Minutes & Agenda:
Review meeting minutes from Apr 27, 2015 - Remove one duplicated sentence.
MFSC to accept minutes as amended

Review meeting agenda for May 25, 2015
MFSC to accept agenda as presented.

Revisit action items from last meeting - write letter of support to Seniors Advisory
Council re: Hospital Renovations. Update - draft written and sent out for review.

Guest Speaker - Williams Lake Central Business Improvement Association (WLCBIA):
The WLCBIA's Chair Jan Hermiston gave an organizational update to the table. The discussion is summarized below.


  • Is supported by levy monies from owners of properties in the downtown core.
  • Has one staff member and one summer student.
  • Has a Board of 11 people, new board will be elected at next AGM in a few months time.
  • July 8th at 6pm at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society next AGM - open to any merchants and land owners. Merchants can vote too due to paying levies via rent. Five year plan in progress.
  • Bike racks will be installed around the City's downtown core soon.
  • Walking maps for the downtown core (with points of interest) are now available.
  • The first Billboard (in over 85 years) signaling that we have a downtown core will be erected soon across from Coyote Rock golf course.
  • Some levy monies are distributed for community initiatives (more so now with their new budget). Including partnerships that make projects more affordable.
  • A new webpage for the BIA was put on hold at this time.
  • Annual events continue such as Street party, Winter lights, Show & Shine.
  • New paid parking structure for their lot in conjunction with Cariboo Growers and Community Policing. Special needs adult will be hired to help with lot maintenance from any revenues (8 spots for $20/per month).
  • Bike to work week display in our parking lot today (May 25th).
  • New board - younger and full of energy.
  • Jan has had lots of fun but is looking forward to stepping back from Chair this year (has been involved with the BIA for 37 years now!).
  • Is happy to see a younger board full of energy and is hoping for increased participation from the younger generation to step up.
  • Question: what worked to get younger persons to get involved?
  • Answer: it's just time for change. They like web pages, face book, etc. The new energy mostly started with one person (Angie) who is starting to recruit others with the same. There will be monies available for the new board which helps pique people's interest.
  • Challenges encountered have been asking businesses to stay open later. Discussions related to this follow:
  • As a small business owner it's hard to find the extra energy for increasing hours, especially with staffing costs. Yet, this is a problem that has been identified at the SPC table as a barrier to a lively downtown core (e.g. most coffee shops close as early as 5pm).
  • Starbucks (inside Safeway) is only place open to sit down in. Once people know this, patterns begin to develop e.g. people stop making plans to go out for desert & coffee.
  • New World Coffee and Tea House is now open in the evenings.
  • The Toy store near the bookstore was great when they were both open (complimented each other).
  • Friday nights in the summertime the downtown core appears to "die"- local people seem to leave town almost every weekend.
  • Even for ArtWalk - a special day open (till 9) was proposed but not enough businesses would go for it.
  • Women's Clothing stores - all have the same hours (which are also the same as bank & regular work hours) making it difficult for women to shop at them. Could these stores work together to have a trial for being open (e.g. Thurs & Fri till 8 pm for a one month trial - e.g. this July?).
  • The success of the Yellow Umbrella is a great example of how many people will go OUT of their way (e.g. travel to 150 Mile House) because "they do it so well". People will make the trip if they know it's worth it.
  • There are some hard times in the downtown core currently due to hard recent economic times but places like hairdressers and spas are doing very well (people still want to feel good during hard times).
  • Pop-up stores are appreciated by many people and bring nice variety of specialty items. This also allows people to try new things without having to commit to starting a new business if they find the demand is not there.
  • Creative ideas should be explored based on what the community is lacking (e.g. a clearance store for other stores to sell discontinued items on sale).
  • The new Game store has been doing very well (near Dollar Dollar) and the number of people who attend their events on Sunday's is encouraging.
  • Question - Would a survey asking people what they want available, help the BIA develop plans for the downtown core?
  • Answer - the City is currently working on getting those answers.
  • On some long weekends last year - only three stores were open (shutters, bars and windows coverings are the norm for closed stores - making even window shopping impossible).
  • Lavender Lingerie is one example - unfortunately for this shop owner, many people will visit the store to try on sizes, and then go buy the exact same item online.
  • Question: "Love Williams Lake" - what is happening with this?
  • Answer: Northern Trust sponsored them out of Quesnel. It costs $100/business. Launch on June 14th outdoors. Big launch versus advertising campaign like in other communities. It is a City initiative with some assistance from the BIA. There will be no book (like in Quesnel). After the Jun 14th event nothing is formally planned but making it an annual event has been discussed.
  • Comment: The initiative was supposed to be in conjunction with "Love the Puddle" and "Project Comeback" as off-spin projects. Restructuring of City staff has affected this original plan.

Action Item: Formally ask the City for an update on all three above projects.
A creative idea is to "house" many small home based businesses into one location (as a Co-op of sorts).

BIA discussion cont'

  • The SPC really appreciates the work of the BIA, and supports a thriving and vibrant downtown core.
  • A public bathroom at Spirit Square is being worked on. Long term plans are to turn the associated parking lot into green space.
  • Public Parking lots -  there are nine in WL. Putting up more lighting in these lots is being worked on.
  • One example is the Curves "issue" of being open so early (from 6 - 8 am). Cariboo Growers is not yet open at that time so is ok with clients using their parking lot. Note: when businesses talk to each other many problems can be solved!
  • Question: What can the SPC can do to help or support you or your activities?
  • Answer: The new board will be appreciative of assistance after the next AGM.
  • Street walking encourages people to visit businesses they normally would pass by or not notice. Could there be a day where the streets are closed?
  • We are a "bypass" City (e.g. large vehicles cannot even get in & out of the City easily). Station House Gallery will become a hub with daytime parking for large vehicles for downtown core and access to the River Valley.
  • Junior Council - had a small budget for a project where some garbage cans in the downtown will be outfitted with recycling containers on the side (not for roadside pick-up however).
  • Community Policing partners - they have been walking around town to find areas that need to be cleaned up (e.g. back alley near B&G club, lot behind the Theatre being a known drug house).
  • "Colour bombing" - e.g. dead flowers in winter could be painted to bring some colour to town (it has been done successfully in other communities).
  • This has been a very great discussion. If people have more ideas please speak with Sheila at the BIA office.
  • Discussions that followed: In summary... The variety of fields in one room has been wonderful. Working together brings a new perspective to everyone involved. Communication between organizations is of such value and brings up ideas that may not have been considered before (e.g. one group may be primarily concerned with an increase in the crime rate which is affecting their business, and another group can tell you specifically the factors that are contributing to this increase). Networking and communication is a powerful tool.

Strategic Planning Session - recap:

Last month's strategic planning session in relation to the Official Community Plan (OCP) was well received. There was a high rate of return of Surveys. The most common request for assistance from the SPC from organizations was help with advertising of their events and general awareness of their programs and services. The community update "service" was mentioned as a huge benefit as was the capacity for networking between organizations.

Comment -  At the Early Childhood Education (ECE) table a summary of the SPC process was given. Many people did not know what the SPC is, or does. The OCP broken down for them and it's review in relation to what organizations are doing was greatly appreciated by all. There is great value in revisiting this as a group and to address gaps.

As someone who recently joined the SPC network, Larry Stranberg was asked for his opinion on the value of the SPC from his perspective. In summary, Larry came to the SPC table because he was specifically invited (and at the very least there would be lunch). After attending, he saw the value in having so many different organizations in one network - sharing and learning what each other are doing - linked together by common goals, rather than a desire to dictate (which is a possible misconception some people might have about the SPC).

Larry  recommends we talk to groups about how the SPC can directly benefit them (e.g. networking, advertising, a different perspective - e.g. economic and social well being are interconnected). Attending a Chamber of Commerce luncheon with the mindset of "here is why it is good for business..." is a suggestion.

The communications of upcoming events within the City was then brought up. The question: Is the audience even reachable? was asked. In summary, no matter how much advertising an event puts out, it is up to people themselves to find, sand then actually attend events. There are many factors at work and there is no one right way (some events are advertised only online, some in print, some both, some events many people sign up for but not all attend, some events fill up last minute, etc.).

One suggestion is for an "upcoming events sign" for Williams Lake (like the one at the Horsefly & Likely junction).

Word of Mouth is still the best way to advertise.

Roundtable Updates:
(those not included in community updates).

Rosanna McGregor (Cariboo Friendship Society)- some Friendship Society staff is leaving. Interior Health and updates will continue.

Jessica Knodel for Cariboo Growers - There are salad greens at Cariboo Growers now so some come get your fresh local food four days a week.

Larry Stranberg (Community Futures)- six new businesses started up in May, and there are more new business plans now, than in the last three years. Optimistic times. Most are under the age of 40.

Kathie Vilkas (Hospice Society) - May is Palliative Hospice Awareness Month in Williams Lake. There will be info at Seedy Saturday and a booth at Street Party this year. Volunteer training sessions start in June if you are interested in just sitting with clients, or getting more involved. Training take place Jun 12 - 13th from 9 - 3 pm (Fri & Saturday). Intense with a pre-interview. Training available regardless of commitment to volunteering. More info to be sent out in updates.

Leah Selk (Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society)- Announced our 2015 grant program (25K allocated). Performances in the Park lineup (mini market option being looked at including food vendors). Businesses for the Arts (throughout BC) Artsfest funding matching. Brand new sponsorships. Celebration event on Jun 15th.

Diana French (Museum & CCCS) - Museum is involved with Street Party this year. Re: Conservation Society - The "Up your Watershed" performance with more than 200 children involved was so well attended they had to turn people away. Earth Day Challenge was also a great success - info sessions and then Jeopardy style quiz. The reopening of Mt. Polley mine is up in the air so it is hard to make decisions at this time.

Jan Hermiston (BIA) - Timothy Lake Garden centre is in the shared parking lot until Jun 13th and the BIA will allow some vendors a free venue on Saturdays (but not to sell food that is in competition with the Growers). Not looking to fill up the lot, but some increased activity is great!

Carla Bullinger (CCPL & Communities that Care)- CCPL provides free tutoring for reading writing and literacy skills. Thursdays at 10:30 am is computer literacy at the Library (but you must sign up it's so popular). And financial literacy workshops in small groups is also available. Family Fest event - the "Worm composting" table that the CCCS did was the most popular table! Hospice will be at the next Family Fest too.

Motion to adjourn - MFSC

Meeting adjourned. The next monthly meeting will be held on Jun 22nd at 11:30 am, location TBA.

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