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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, September 22, 2017

Community Updates (23) - Sept 22, 2017

Community Updates (23) - Sept 22, 2017

Please visit the link below for the following updates from around the community.

Table of Contents:
1) Next SPC Meeting - Monday Sept 25 at 11:30 am (lunch provided)
2) Williams Lake Welcome Home BBQ & Movie Night - TONIGHT
3) Welcome Back BBQ @ the Seniors Activity Centre - Sunday from 5 - 8 pm
4) Annual Kidney Walk & fundraiser - Sun Sept 24
5) Three-year old Round-up - Sat Sept 30 from 10am - 1 pm
6) Orange Shirt Day - Sept 30
7) Wildlife Relief Fundraiser  - Sept 29 & 30th (all weekend)
8) Annual OAPO Branch 93 Used Clothing Sale - Sept 29 & 30
9) Williams Lake Film Club - new season begins
10) Elder College late registrations - Sept 27th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm
11) Business Excellence Awards - Sat Oct 14 - tickets available
12) Tribune's upcoming Wildfire Special Feature - have photos?
13) Try Square dancing - first night is free
14) Free Connect Parent Group - Sept 26 - Nov 28 (registration is required)
15) First Responders Appreciation Event on Sat Oct 14 from 4 - 9 pm- please RSVP
16) Jumpstart Applications - available through B&G Club
17) CMHA Crisis Line Training - Sept 27
18) Hospice End of Life Support Volunteer Training Oct 18 - 20th
19) CTC’s Positive Action Word of the Week(s)
20) ArtWalk Show & Sale - until Sept 30th
21) Reminder - Bids To Help Kids - Punky Lake Fundraiser Sept 23 at 7 pm
22) Reminder- Williams Lake Studio Theatre Society AGM - Sept 22 at 6:30 pm
23) Reminder - South Cariboo Garlic Festival - Sept 23 - 24th from 9 - 4 pm

Link to updates - http://cm.pn/32oc

SPC Monthly Meeting Mins (draft) - Jun 26, 2017

SPC Monthly Meeting Minutes (draft)
June 26, 2017 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Community Futures Office
In attendance (from sign-in sheet): Kathie Vilkas, Diane Wright, Bruce Mack, Anne Burrill, Linda Berg, Larry Stranberg, Carla Bullinger, Shannon Thom, Krystin St. Jean, Joel Duntin and Jessica Dunn.

Accept Minutes & Agenda
During lunch we:

·   Reviewed meeting agenda for Jun 26, 2017
Motion to accept the agenda as presented - MFSC
·   Reviewed meeting minutes from Apr 24, 2017
Motion to accept the minutes as presented - MFSC

SPC Housekeeping items
1) Funding from Community Futures (CF) - CF reviewed and approved our application for funding in the amount of $2500  for our Community Poverty Reduction project.
Action item - Send a thank-you letter to Community Futures for their contribution
Action item - Send a thank-you letter to CCPL for their partnership on this Poverty Reduction project

2) United Way funding - The SPC applied for funding and will be receiving $2500 from the United Way for the 2017 - 2018 year (operational funding). This is less than half of what we applied for (see action item below).
Action item - strategize around how to increase SPC general funding in the fall.

Cariboo Strong Economic Development Plan
Presentation by Krystin St. Jean, Facilitator for the region wide Economic Development Program entitled Cariboo Strong.

Strategic partnership to find new actions for economic development. To build actions based on opportunities that are identified to build community resiliency and economic development.

Community Development Institute (out of UNBC) was developed in 2004 and has worked in over 40 communities on more than 70 projects including in Tumbler Ridge, Mackenzie, Kitimat and Clearwater.

Economic context: Cariboo Economy based on four strong sectors: Forestry (declining), Mining (declining), Agriculture and tourism, plus the retail and service industries.

Ecological downturn in the forestry industry and Annual Allowable Cuts in Northern Communities are declining.
Economic trend that Copper prices are also steadily declining.

How is all this going to affect our region? Housing, vulnerable populations, education services, recreation and quality of life services including the not for profits. We need to think long term (e.g. preschool aged children, not those currently graduating high school).

True Resiliency includes looking at the whole picture.

Work already completed in the region didn't move action plans forward, Cariboo Strong intends to.

Key Investments in the community:
-Foundational investments (human capacity, infrastructure)
-Transformational investments (information, expertise, leadership, networks, collaboration and partnership)

What we want to achieve:
Short Term (24 - 36 month) - expand economic base, show early results.
Long Term (coming decades) - transform the economic equation.

Community Action groups to focus on action and results, and achieve co-ownership, build leadership.

How work will be completed in the Cariboo:
Engage community and partners, create action "on the ground" and develop metrics to track and measure progress.

Example of South Cariboo Project - Pilot project started summer 2016

Community Engagement --> Opportunities --> Cariboo Strong Action Groups
                       Operations Committee overlaps (Marleen, Krystin)
Elected Officials ----&---- Advisory Table provides support to the above

"Housing Action Group" held a forum and distributed survey.

REPORT of survey is on 100 Mile House website.

Questions for our group:
What are the challenges present in the community?
What are the opportunities?
What are the short term actions that can be taken to build momentum to long term change and transformation?

Bruce - what are the next steps (presentation was good, but now how could we participate)?

Carla - brought up our Vancouver foundation discussion, and mentioned Accessibility Committee (who is already working on projects like those described from 100 Mile House example).

Jessica - how could a group access project assistance such as those from 100 Mile?

Anne - having Krystin at our table more often would be greatly valuable.

Huge opportunity for "low barrier employment" (part of social entrepreneurism)

Action - SPC discuss how we can participate in Cariboo Strong more at a future meeting.

Roundtable Updates
Larry Stranberg - Venture Connect programs in the fall, including breakfast for bankers, real estate agents and accountants. Community Futures has been very busy and there are many great ideas being developed locally.

Carla Bullinger - Communities That Care (CTC) Apr 7th meeting focused on depressive symptoms. Very well attended with diverse audience including youth engagement. A number of action plans have been developed and much work has been already done. In the fall there will be a presentation on these results.

Bruce Mack - IMSS is still ending it's local services, but the CCPL will be taking over this contract and the office and services will remain in our community.

Anne Burrill - Housing First has been funded for another year (includes rent supplements and support for 15 people).

Linda Berg - Free activities this summer with the Boys & Girls Club. Baseball on Tuesdays starting in July and Mountain Biking is also very popular. Canadian Tire Jumpstart information was also shared. (Details will be shared in updates).

Kathie Vilkas - First Hike for Hospice (raised $3000 for the programs) and the weather was wonderful. This event will be held annually. AGM will be in September.

Meeting adjourned. The next SPC meeting will be held on Sept 25, 2017.

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