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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, April 29, 2016

Community Updates (18) - Apr 29, 2016

Table of Contents:
1) Bicycle Safety Magic Show - Friday evening Apr 29th in the Gibraltar Room
2) Children's Safety Bike Rodeo - free event Sat Apr 30 from 11am - 2pm
3) BC Youth Week - May 1 -7th - lots of events taking place
4) BC Youth Week Event - Get Your Music On - May 1st from 10am - 5 pm
5) BC Youth Week 's Youth Lahal Tournament - Sat May 7th at 11 am
6) Seedy Saturday in Boitanio Park - Saturday May 14th from 10 am - 2pm
7) Student Employment Opportunity - 2 hrs/week at the Recreation Complex
8) Women's Spirituality Circle's - 3rd Annual Gathering - Sat May 14th 9am - 6pm
9) Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Dialogue Training & Community Partner Workshop - May 16 - 17th
10) WL Wanderers May Schedule
11) Communities that Care - Positive Action Word of the Week(s)
12) Billet Accommodation hosts needed - for visitors of the Elders Gathering Jul 10 - 14th.
13) IndigenEYEZ Youth Camp at Gavin Lake - May 20 - 23rd
14) WorkBC Parents' Guide - available online & at WLES
15) Connect Parent Group - CMHA Family Solutions Program's Parent Group
16) 2nd Annual "Race for Kids" fundraiser - Boys & Girls Club - Jun 4th
17) FETCH Website - for everything that's Community Health
18) Looking for other help and or community resources? Visit www.accesswilliamslake.org

View these updates at the following link: http://cm.pn/1r44

Friday, April 22, 2016

This Monday's Apr 25, 2016 SPC Meeting

This is your reminder for Monday Apr 25th's SPC meeting. Included in the link below is the agenda, and directions to last month's meeting minutes for your review. Hope to see you there!

Location - City of Williams Lake
Time - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch will be provided


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Meeting Minutes Draft - Mar 21, 2016

Agenda draft - SPC Monthly Meeting
Mar 21, 2016 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society
In attendance (from sign-in sheet): Mary Thomas, Marilyn Livingston, Sharon Taylor, Geoge Atamanenko, Bruce Mack and Jessica Knodel.

Accept Minutes & Agenda
During lunch we:
· Reviewed meeting minutes from Feb 29, 2016
Motion to accept the minutes as presented - MFSC

· Review meeting agenda for Mar 21, 2016
Motion to accept the agenda as presented - MFSC

"Dirty Laundry Campaign" Presentation 

Presentation by Margaret Anne Enders, and Marilyn Livingston from the Canadian Mental Health Association on the "Dirty Laundry Campaign" a project from the of the Racism Awareness Network table:
Introduction - Multiculturalism program. Celebrate, but we have heard that racism is very prevalent (e.g. mining decisions)

Opportunities for change, this has been embraced and supported.

Every couple of weeks, highlight one assumption or experience (as found on t-shirts). 

Launch Poster - new pictures can replace each time a new one comes out. Mary Thomas was first feature story (and is here with us today).

The technology portion is appreciated. Can go worldwide with hash tags, use of Instagram and other tech services.

The Tribune was very supportive, and is giving a dedicated full page to this campaign.

Margaret-Anne - Funding has enabled planned workshops for grade sevens (via Peernet).

This campaign, is to normalize the conversation. Not to make it ok, but to make it normal to talk about.

Mary - lots of comments on facebook, people mention the picture in the paper, and then they got to speak with girls group and had a great deep discussion.

Someone needs to finally say... it's NOT ok to talk bad (e.g. speakout williams lake group is negative).

A campaign like this cannot change people who don't want to change. But if it gives people who normally remain silent to speak a voice.

Bruce - What I like about this campaign, it broadens the perspective of what is racism (e.g. pre pay for food not a normal practice anymore), but what impresses me the most, this campaign touches upon other ways racism takes place. At the educational level this is spoken about too (e.g. two C students - pat on the back vs kick in the butt). Expectations on people are hurtful (e.g. that is racism)

I am not a statistic,
People think I am on welfare,
I get stopped by police more often,
Don't be surprised when I am successful,
People think I get a free ride
I was expected to succeed
The school system was not designed for me

Participants were then asked to choose a t-shirt, then think about how it would feel to wear it all day long. The following questions were proposed in a roundtable fashion:
· How would daily life be different?
· What tasks would be affected?
· How would this reality affect how you move around your community?
· How would it affect how you interact with your children? Your coworkers? Your friends? Your doctor (the health system)? People in government? Authority figures? Strangers?
· How would this affect you emotionally? Where would you find support? Where would you find power?

Open Discussion Open discussion period.

Roundtable Updates
There was not enough people to have this as a free standing agenda item.

Meeting was then adjourned - the next SPC meeting is scheduled for Monday Apr 25, 2016, 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