-Cariboo Strong Program - put on by UNBC, Community Development Initiative (now working with the CRD). Facilitator is looking to speak with the SPC, this week (Thursday or Friday). Nancy is able to meet - Jessica will coordinate people interested.
-All Candidates Forum update (Apr 20). Jessica attended a planning meeting of The Council of Canadians who is organizing this Sustainable Development focused forum. The event will focus on four chosen UN sustainable development goals (out of 17) and will have a guest speaker present each topic before asking candidates to address each issue. There will be an audience Q&A session, and organizers want to keep the event limited to 1.5 hours in length. They are still looking for some volunteers for the evening of. More event details will be sent out within the next Community Update.
Discussions & comments generated:
Youth are feeling less attached to their neighborhoods in 2016 (compared to previous generations who grew up with safe spaces, places you could go etc... less such spaces these days).
Large percentage of single parent households
We do have a "ghetto" in Williams Lake
Not many households even make the local Living Wage
Understanding the composition of local households is a recommended starting point because
Neighborhood attachment is not just about children
Poverty and Food security is often the first step (before other interventions)
Sense of belonging (begins with early communications and sense of attachment)
One's neighborhood used to be a real community, within a community
Note - there are no more block parent houses
Neighborhood attachment is a great soapbox
Home and family life is not something that CTC has seen measurable changes in (we can't go home with each kid)
School closures somewhat dissipate community neighborhoods (leaves a big hole in the community). It can be devastating for small communities (e.g. no more Christmas concerts, no more community hall).
Newsletters have enabled some neighborhoods to still feel like a community in the absence of a school.
Green spaces, small parks, and sidewalks are all important
100 things to do in Williams Lake at no cost
Definition of what a family is - also needs to be redefined
What other successful programs that have addressed this?
Green spaces engage people (or else they remain inside)
Idea- host a neighborhood challenge - who can throw the best "block party". There could be someone who travels to them all and awards a winner.
There is lots of wasted park space
ACTION - Nancy will present on local Household composition at a future meeting
Outdoor exercise equipment at local parks is another incentive to going out (and is growing in popularity)
Pride in ownership - if the community builds things, they are more respected.
Lighting is important for the feeling of safety.
Spirit of cooperation is crucial to a healthy neighborhood.
Consensus was is support of this idea.
Action - This topic will be continued at the next meeting.
Beth Veenkamp - send me your entrepreneurs. 1) Apr 6 - Junior Achievement is coming to town (grade 10's) - looking for volunteers to help facilitate. 2) Tonight at City hall - hosting a young professionals group (age - under 40).
Linda Bingham (Boys & Girls Club) - Youth Week is the first week of May. If you have an event idea for this week, please contact the B&G Club. Show some love and appreciation for youth in our community.
Sarah Jackman (Punky Lake Wilderness Camp) 1) Viasport has funding available, but participation has not increased and they want to know why! They want to hear from kids as to why they are not participating in sports (e.g. not interested, financial reasons, etc.). This will be done, forum style, over multiple days. Apr 10 (adults), 11 & 12th. 2)Senator Pearson, and an SFU Professor are "Shaking and Moving" (first workshop focused on Children's Rights --> Report --> United Nations). In WL Topic: What are your rights regarding environmental preservation.
Nancy Gale (CDC)- 1) Playground rehabilitation project was the recipients of a fundraiser award, 2) Funding was approved for new ADHD program. 3) Autism centre - successful pilot project (for Autism delivery), 4) Nancy will be teaching a two day course at TRU, 5) New book - "The Compassionate Achiever" (compassion equals action), and Decoding Dyslexia (Apr 11 free course). Checkout their facebook page for events.
George Atamanenko - Accessibility Awards - currently taking nominations (can also be related to mental health). Seniors issues are a high priority - what does it mean to be senior in our region today?
Larry Stranberg - a talk on Succession Planning at a Chamber of Commerce meeting showed a trend for seniors to pass their businesses down to their children.
Meeting was adjourned at 12:58 pm. The next SPC meeting will be on Apr 24/17