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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, July 24, 2015

Community Updates (18) - July 24, 2015

Table of Contents:
1) Emergency Preparedness Planning
2) BC Transit's Review of Services in Williams Lake - open house
3) Likely Music Festival - Aug 1 - 2nd
4) Sam Ketchum Pool Renovations - open house Aug 5th from 3 - 6 pm
5) First Nations' Traditional Plant Uses - free public walk Aug 8 at 10am
6) Cariboo Regional Library - 2015 BC Summer Reading Club: Build it!
7) Summer Fun Saturdays at Sam Ketchum pool - 1:30 - 4:30 pm
8) Smart Camp - for students entering grades 5 - 8
9) Boys & Girls Club's annual STREET PARTY - Aug 26th from 6 - 9pm
10) Performance in the Park - Thursdays until Aug 20th (free)
11) Free Fitness in the Park until Aug 25th in Boitanio Park Tuesday's from 6 - 7pm
12) Annual Pool Closures - & BC Day hours
13) Nature Fun at Scout Island Nature Centre - until Aug 20th
14) BBBS Annual Tour de Cariboo Fundraiser - Sept 12th
15) Horsefly Salmon Festival - Sept 26 - 27
16) Free Books for Babies - from the CCPL
17) www.accesswilliamslake.org - looking for community resources?
18) Please send us your information for distribution over the SPC network

1) Emergency Preparedness Planning
You are reminded to sign up for the new Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification system by visiting the CRD website at www.cariboord.ca or calling 250-392-3351 or 1-800-665-1636 (toll-free). This is a free service to all residents of the Cariboo Chilcotin (including residents of Williams Lake) that will alert you of any emergencies such as fire, floods, evacuation notices etc.

Residents are also reminded to have a personal and family emergency preparedness plan in place that contains supplies for at least three days including water, food, and other required items such as medical supplies and prescription drugs.

If you foresee requiring specialized assistance in an emergency you are encouraged to consult the Williams Lake fire department about how to be best prepared at 250-392-4321

You can also find the Provincial "In It Together: Neighbourhood Prepardness Guide"  at gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC so you know exactly what to do before, during and after a disaster. You can also connect online at the links below.

Web: www.EmergencyInfoBC.gov.bc.ca for alerts
Facebook: BC Forest Fire Information
Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC for alterts, @PreparedBC for readiness advice, @BCGovFireInfo for Wildland fire updates or @DriveBC for road conditions.

If you do not have access to the internet we recommend calling 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).

2) BC Transit's Review of Services in Williams Lake - open house
At the open houses BC transit planners listen to feedback from the public regarding their regions transit system. The planners then use this information to make decisions about future updates to the transit plan for that area.

Thursday Aug 6th from 8 - 10 am at the Boitanio Park Bus Stop
Thursday Aug 6th from 11am - 1 pm at the Cariboo Regional District Library

For more information please contact Colin Hynes at 250-385-2551 (ext 5158) or colin_hynes@bctransit.com

Note - for  copy of the UBC Student Project on Transit in Williams Lake, please email spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or leave a message with your email address at (1)-250-243-2126

3) Likely Music Festival - Aug 1 - 2nd
The first ever Likely Music Festival is being held on Aug 1 - 2nd in Cedar Point Park in Likely BC. Called "Pull Up Your Breaches" and includes a line-up of live music from Barefoot Caravan, Country Calibre, MystryCwby, Chicken Like Bird, Flannel Roots, Perfect Match, Folky Strum Strum, Sara Towle, Jeff Windborne and Richie & the Poor Boys. There is also a vendors market, Camping, and a Children's Workshop (begins Friday Jul 31st at 9am with a gathering circle).

Kids 12 years of age or younger by donation, adult day pass for $30 or a weekend pass for $50 and people are encouraged to bring chairs and leashes for any dogs.

For more information on any of the above or to book a vendors table, please contact Lawna at 250-790-2379 or lawnab@hotmail.com.

4) Sam Ketchum Pool Renovations - open house Aug 5th from 3 - 6 pm
Join the discussion on the foyer of the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex to view plans for the new West Fraser Aquatic Centre and provide feedback. Visit https://www.facebook.com/SamKetchamPool?ref=hl or contact the Recreation Centre for more information at 250-398-7665.

5) First Nations' Traditional Plant Uses - free public walk Aug 8 at 10am
The Williams Lake Field Naturalists present a FREE public walk to join Secwepemc (Shuswap) elders Jean Williams and Cecilia DeRose in the Williams Lake River Valley on Saturday Aug 8th starting at 10 am. They will generously share their wisdom about the many uses of plants as food, medicines, and construction materials. Even learn Secwepemc names for some plants and their importance to Secwepemc culture in traditional and modern times.  When the land is your grocery store, pharmacy and hardware store, you get to know that land intimately. 

Meet at Scout Island Nature Centre then drive to the lower parking lot for a gentle walk towards the Fraser River. For further information please contact Ordell Steen at 250-398-5017 or Peter Opie at 250-392-1440.

6) Cariboo Regional Library - 2015 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 2015 BC Summer Reading Club: Build it!

Registration is free - visit the Library to 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!

For more information, and to learn about other free summer programs, contests and activities for kids, please contact the Williams Lake Library at 250-392-3630 or email wlsrcoordinator@cariboord.bc.ca or you can visit the Kids’ Summer Reading Club website at www.kidssrc.ca.

Happy reading!

7) Summer Fun Saturdays at Sam Ketchum pool - 1:30 - 4:30 pm
July 25th -  Target day
Aug 1st - FearFactor/Survivor day
Aug 8th is Water Olympics, and
Aug 15th is Inflatable day

Contact the Recreation Complex for more information at 250-398-7665

8) Smart Camp - for students entering grades 5 - 8
This program will integrate math, science and sports to get students ready for returning to school. Two timelines to choose from: Aug 10 - 14th or Aug 17-21st from 9am - 4pm at the Gibraltar Room (upstairs).

Games, drills, experiments and challenges all lead by a certified teacher in the morning, with swimming in the afternoons during the Aug 10 - 14th session.

Limited spaces are available. Full payment in advance is required with 72 hours notice for any cancellations. For more information and/or to register please call 250-398-7665

9) Boys & Girls Club's annual STREET PARTY - Aug 26th from 6 - 9pm
It is the time of year for us to plan our annual Family Street Party. Last year was a great success with over 200 participants (infant to adult) and many agencies participating. The date of this years’ party is August 26, 2015 from 6-9pm. In 2013 it was the first year that we changed our format and made it more of a collaborative effort. It became an opportunity to have some summer fun, provide a free community event, and advertise what our organizations do.

At this event we provide free activity tables, free games, a free BBQ, prizes, and more. It is my hope that we can get even more organizations participating this year. If you would like to provide an activity table (ex. craft, carnival-style game, activity) please let me know and we would love to have you participate. Please find my contact information on the bottom. I look forward to hearing from you.

Matt Neufeld
Executive Director
T: 250 392 5730 Ext 204
F: 250 392 5743
C: 250 305 4232

10) Performance in the Park - Thursdays until Aug 20th (free)
Check out Performances in the Park, the outdoor free summer concert series taking place every Thursday evening at 6pm in Boitanio Park until August 20th.
The concert series features 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. This year there is also a mini-market, a kidzone and food vendors including Cody's Bannock and treats from Taylor Made Cakes.
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, or to get involved please contact:
Angela Sommer at performances@centralcaribooarts.com or call250-305-4784

11) Free Fitness in the Park until 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 until Aug 25th. Meet at the Gwen Ringwood Stage in the park at 6pm with your own mat and water bottle to join the fun!

Jul 28 - Boot Camp
Aug 4 - Belly Dancing
Aug 11 - Belly Dancing
Aug 18 - Yoga
Aug 25 - Cardio

12) Annual Pool Closures - & BC Day hours
The Complex will be open on BC Day from 12 - 3:30 on Aug 3rd
Note - it is not too late to participate in the Boitanio Park Summer Club! Call the complex at 250-398-7665 for more information.

The recreation complex's annual closures are below:
Pool Shutdown - Aug 17 - Sept 7
Gym Shutdown - Aug 25 - 30th

13) Nature Fun at Scout Island Nature Centre - until Aug 20th
Are you thinking about what the kids can do on these precious summer days?  Summer staff at Scout Island have adventures planned 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 by calling 250-398-8532 or email scoutisland@shaw.ca

14) BBBS Annual Tour de Cariboo Fundraiser - Sept 12th
Set your next fitness challenge!

The Tour de Cariboo fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake is taking place on Sept 12th. This annual event is a 76km bike ride from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake. Too far for you? Split up the distance with family and/or friends to form a relay team! There are no rules - have as many people on your team as you like. To learn more call BBBS at 250-398-8391 or www.bbswlake.com

15) Horsefly Salmon Festival - Sept 26 - 27
The annual Horsefly Salmon Festival is on Saturday Sept 26 & Sunday Sept 27th to be held in conjunction with BC Rivers Day with activities taking place across the bridge in downtown Horsefly from 10am - 4pm and will include salmon-related arts & crafts for children of all ages, bannock, fish disection, guided riparian trail walks, info booths, Gyotaku (Japanese fish painting) and more.

The Horsefly River sockeye run has been one of the largest of all sockeye runs in BC along the Adams River. In the past, this salmon run has been bigger than all the other Fraser River runs combined.

For more info and updates visit http://horseflyriver.ca/salmonfestival/index or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/horseflyriver

16) Free Books for Babies - from the CCPL
The Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) has numerous local programs including "Books for Babies" (sponsored by the Williams Lake and District Credit Union and the Tribune) that provides over 350 books each month for Children to be read to by their parents. Please contact Lil at the CCPL by emailing lil@caribooliteracy.com, calling 250-392-6867 or visit www.caribooliteracy.com for more information, to volunteer or donate.

17) www.accesswilliamslake.org - looking for community resources?
Looking for help or local community resources? Maybe just an address, phone number, or program information. Visit www.accesswilliamslake.org, your local free and updated community resource database online.

18) Please send us your information for distribution over the SPC network
Please send your updates, events, programs, ideas or other information you would like shared across the Social Planning Council network within the region to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com. These updates are very popular, have high readership and are appreciated by all. Your work in the community is valued and as an organization we are here to support you.

The Social Planning Council office will be back in full spring this September!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Next Community Update wil be sent out on July 24th

The next Community Update will be sent out on July 24th - send your submissions to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or leave a message at (1)-250-243-2126

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