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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, October 20, 2017

Community Updates (9) - Oct 20, 2017

Table of contents:
1) SPC Meeting Reminder - Mon Oct 23rd at 11:30 am
2) 11th Annual B&G Haunted House - Oct 27 & 28th
3) Youth Initiative Grant applications - until Nov 17th
4) CCACS NEW grant program
5) CTC's Positive Action Word of the Week
6) Community Arts Council of Williams Lake - AGM Oct 21 at 10:30 am
7) Trauma informed practice workshop - free Oct 23 at 6:30 pm
8) Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery Workshop - Nov 8 from 1 - 3 pm
9) Integrative Yoga for Kids - Nov 9 - Dec 7

1) SPC Meeting Reminder - Mon Oct 23rd at 11:30 am
This Monday Oct 23rd from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at Community Futures our monthly SPC meeting will be held. The meeting will be mainly focused on creating new bylaws, for future adoption, in accordance with the new Societies Act. If you have yet to transition, this will be a great learning experience. There will be lunch (and coffee).

At the start of the meeting, meet Trevor Kier, hired by the City of Williams Lake to complete an economic assessment related to the impact of the wildfires this summer.

 For the roundtable updates, please bring a hardcopy, notes, or send an email to Jessica at spc-coordinator@xplornet.com with event details for inclusion in the community update emails.

Last month's meeting minutes for your review are available at the following link or by hardcopy at the meeting: http://socialplanningcouncil.blogspot.ca/2017/10/spc-monthly-meeting-minutes-draft-sept.html

2) 11th Annual B&G Haunted House - Oct 27 & 28th
From 7- 9pm both nights, at the Boys & Girls Club (across the street from Safeway).

3) Youth Initiative Grant applications - until Nov 17th
United Way is pleased to announce that applications for the GenNext youth initiatives grant will be open to young leaders this coming Monday October 2nd through to November 17th.  Through both community feedback and consultation last year, we realized the importance of funding these youth led community projects earlier in the school year and so have bumped up the application timeline to better align with the students’ and out of school programs’ schedules. As in previous years, all applications must be submitted by youth for youth in partnership with an organization with a registered charitable number (school, service group, arts and culture group, sport association, municipal government are some additional examples to local charities).  The Partner Organization Agreement is attached here and is also accessible through the application portal.

New this year, the application is now on our community application website (eaccess.unitedwaytnc.ca).  All applicants will have to email Kristi Rintoul at Kristi@unitedwaytnc.ca  to request a user name and password in order to access the website.  Once they do have that access they will be required to submit a Progress Report on funding received last year (if necessary) in order to submit a new application. 
I’m happy to answer any and or all questions please feel free to give me a shout.

Thank you for all you do for our communities!
Ashlee Hyde
Manager of Resource and Community Development
United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo
Change starts here.

2034-1250 Western Avenue, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1H7
250.372.5926 fax

4) CCACS NEW grant program
Four new support grants of up to $1000 are available for non-profit/community groups or individual artists to support and develop arts and culture in Williams Lake and the Central Cariboo (CRD Areas D, E, and F) via a CCACS Pilot Support Grants Project. The funding for these grants is made available from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society (CCACS).

The CCACS will be offering two pilot application intakes for 2018:

Intake #1: December 1, 2017 application deadline for grants to be completed by June 30, 2018.

Intake #2: June 1, 2018 application deadline for grants to be completed by December 31, 2018.

Non-profit/Community Group Support Grants
-Capital Acquisition Grants are available to facilitate and support the artistic activities of the organization or group through capital purchases.
-General Program Support Grants are available for activities such as workshops, professional development, or any other activity designed to enhance an existing program.
-Community-Based Support Grants are available for community-based artistic activities.

Individual Artist Support Grant
-Professional Development Grants are available to individual artists to assist with course fees, related necessary materials and travel on the understanding that applicants will be required to show how the professional development activity will benefit not only their own practice, but also the general community and local artists.

For further information please contact CCACS Executive Director Leah Selk at
778-412-9044 or email

5) CTC's Positive Action Word of the Week(s)
The Positive Action word of the week for October 23rd is: Healthy: To be well or have good health.

If you are interested in learning more about Positive Action and how you could use it in your setting, please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

6) Community Arts Council of Williams Lake - AGM Oct 21 at 10:30 am
Want to be involved with making Williams Lake a more artistic community? New members are invited to the AGM on Saturday Oct 21 at 10:30 am at the Arts Centre. Call 250-392-5671 for more information!

7) Trauma informed practice workshop - free Oct 23 at 6:30 pm
Location: Williams Lake, BC
Cost :free of charge
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
For more information, please contact Marna Forsyth at 250-609-2017 or mforsyth@interiorcommunityservices.bc.ca

Interior Community Services and Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre are pleased
to bring Dr. Linda O’Neill to Williams Lake. She is a practicing  counsellor, a certified trauma specialist, counsellor educator and the Clinical Coordinator at the Community Counselling Centre in Prince George, BC. She brings years of trauma practice with children, youth and adults in the Prince George and the far North communities as well as research on all aspects of trauma effects and interventions. The training is constantly being refined to reflect the most recent research in the rapidly changing world of trauma support.

In this workshop Dr. Linda O’Neill will be discussing how to recognize and address trauma in our own networks and communities. This training is open to individuals and families who would like to learn more about trauma and creating a caring community. Dr. O’Neill is an exceptional speaker who creates a safe space for people to discuss and explore the topic of trauma.

This workshop is being brought to you by Interior Community Services in partnership with the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre

8) Entrepreneurial Mindset Mastery Workshop - Nov 8 from 1 - 3 pm
Develop your Entrepreneurial Mindset...

How can you build on your strengths, grow your business and make more money? It's all about Mindset!  As a business owner, you need to have your head in the game to stay competitive. Having an "entrepreneurial mindset" can help you make good decisions, be confident in your abilities and plan for change.

Facilitated by the only Certified EMP™ Practitioners in Western Canada, this workshop will help you gain a deeper understanding of the assessment tool, insight into your own profile and tips to create an action plan to apply your results.

Women's Enterprise Centre (WEC) and Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) have partnered to help business owners in the north to assess and improve their entrepreneurial mindset to realize their business potential.

November 8, 1pm to 3pm 
Ramada Hotel, 1118 Lakeview Cres. | Williams Lake, BC

Seating is limited – register today!
Special pricing: $59 | REGISTER at wec.ca/MindsetWilliamsLake

9) Integrative Yoga for Kids - Nov 9 - Dec 7
Satya Yoga Studio and the Canadian Mental Health Association offer "Kids Yoga" for mindfulness, body awareness and self regulation. With Bettina Egert and Tricia McLellan for kids ages 7 - 11 on Thursdays from 3:15 - 4:30 pm from Nov 9 - Dec 7th. Cost is $55, and financial assistance is available.

Movement practices, like Yoga, help to develop a child’s self-awareness, emotional intelligence and self-control. Our 5 week Yoga program will be focused on sharpening concentration or attention and building emotion- regulation skills to effectively manage stress, gaining self-knowledge and body awareness.

Individual support with Bettina will be available by appointment, to integrate body awareness and movement with developing coping strategies and skills to manage uncomfortable emotions, anxiety and insecurities.

Register by email to info@satyayogastudio.ca or call 778-412-9020 or to Bettina.egert@cmha.bc.ca or call 250-305-4420.

Bettina is practicing as Family Counsellor at the Canadian Mental Health Association, supporting parents and their children in managing stressful life situations and integrating mindful practices in her work.

Tricia is the co-owner of Satya Yoga Studio, Integrative Yoga Therapist and a Mom who uses mindful practices to help restore communication, maintain emotional balance and decrease stress.

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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