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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.

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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.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Community Updates (17) - Feb 9, 2018

Table of contents:

1) BC Flood & Wildfire Review - Open House Feb 13th 2 - 8pm

2) Next SPC Meeting - Feb 26 at 11:30 am

3) Free Skate for Family Day - Feb 12th from 10am - 12 pm @ Rec Centre

4) CMHA's Art Loves You(th) - starts tonight Feb  9 - 11th - register ASAP

5) Success by Six - looking for legacy project ideas

6) Valentines CMHA-CCB Strawberry Fundraiser

7) CTC's Positive Action Word of the Week(s)
8) Sign the Thank-you Card  for Fort Mac - Feb 15 - 21st (WL)

9) SD #27 presents :Understanding Challenging Behaviour Wkshp - Feb 16

10) Free drop-in hockey program for youth 13 - 18

11) Province of BC - Poverty Reduction Strategy

12) Journey Through Grief: Grief Recovery Support Group (begins Apr 4)

13) Women's Spirituality Event - Rising from the Ashes  -Mar 17

14) Red Cross help is available - individuals, families, small businesses, non profits, First Nations

15) CCACS 's - Spring into Art Makers Fair - Mar 10

16) Youth Day Symposium & Comedy Show - Feb 16/18 (Pro D Day)

17) CCACS announces first round of Support Grants awards

1) BC Flood & Wildfire Review - Open House Feb 13th 2 - 8pm

Join us at the Williams Lake Pioneer Complex to share your experiences from the 2017 floods and wildfires, and provide recommendations about how the Government of BC can better plan for and respond to these events in the future.

The BC Flood and Wildfire Review, commissioned by the BC provincial government in December 2017, is engaging with British Columbians across the province to collect feedback on the government response to the devastating 2017 flood and wildfire seasons.

Led by co-chairs Chief Maureen Chapman and Mr. George Abbott, the review will be holding an open house in Williams Lake on February 13. Come by the Pioneer Complex anytime between 2:00 - 8:00 PM to meet with the review team, share your feedback, and help shape recommendations to the Province on how to improve preparation, prevention, response, and recovery policies and practices for future flood and wildfire events. Everyone is welcome.

To sign up for updates about the review, please visit our website at www.bcfloodfirereview.ca. If you aren't able to attend our event in Williams Lake, we are also holding an open house in Alexis Creek on February 15 that you are welcome to attend: https://www.facebook.com/events/1604677899626119/.

*Please note: the page for this event, its posts and the BC Flood and Wildfire Review page will not be monitored for correspondence. Please contact us via info@bcfloodfirereview.ca if you have any questions.*

2) Next SPC Meeting - Feb 26 at 11:30 am
 The next SPC meeting is being held on Monday Feb 26, 2018 at Community Futures in downtown Williams Lake from 11:30 - 1:00 pm. More details will be sent out with the next reminder.

We hope you will join us for lunch, and always great discussions.

3) Free Skate for Family Day - Feb 12th from 10am - 12 pm @ Rec Centre
Skate rentals available and Karen's Place concession will be open. Free skate is from 10 am - 12 pm with financial support from the province of British Columbia. For more info contact the Recreation Complex at 250-398-7665.

4) CMHA's Art Loves You(th) - starts tonight Feb  9 - 11th - register ASAP
Art Loves You(th) is a weekend Arts exploration for Indigenous and Youth of Colour ages 14 and over facing daily racism in Williams Lake. Check out opportunities for empowerment, building self-esteem, and to make new connections. All sessions are free and all meals and art supplies are included. REGISTRATION is required.  Starts tonight - call Meera Shah asap to check if spots are still available and/or to register at 250-302-9119 or for more info.

Friday Feb 9th from 4- 7:30 pm: Opening Ceremony, Traditional Drum-making with Wade Charlie, and Deer stew and bannock feast for dinner.

Saturday Feb 10th from 9am - 4 pm: Drawing with Master Carver Charles Joseph, Painting with Donna Ballantyne, 3D miniature art-making and live exhibit, and fresh homemade pizzas for lunch.

Sunday Feb 11th from 10am - 5pm: Fiddles, Guitars and songs, All Nations Artists, Slam Poetry with Sonya Littlejohn, Open Mic, and spaghetti and meatballs with Latin dance energizers with Fabiola Faubert.

Sponsored by CMHA's Multicultural Program with support from the All Nations Arts Society with the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.

5) Success by Six - looking for legacy project ideas
Success by 6 seeking out another 'legacy project' a sustainable project that is reflective of a gap or need for children 0-6 and their families in our community. 

Success by 6, funded by the BC Government, United Way and BC Credit Unions, supports programs, events and initiatives that enhance the lives of children 0-6 and their families, in Williams Lake and outlying areas. 

We have a list of ' legacy' projects that we fund every year, in addition to the 'applications' we receive from agencies and organizations. These legacy projects include four annual free family festivals, the bike rodeo, transportation vouchers for families, a free fitness program and more. 

We are currently seeking additional legacy projects - sustainable programs or events that reflect a gap or need in the community. If someone at the SPC has an idea for a great project, we'd love to hear from you!

LeRae Haynes
Community/Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator
Success by 6
Williams Lake

6) Valentines CMHA-CCB Strawberry Fundraiser
Please call 250-398-8220 to check availability.

Support Canadian Mental Health Association - Cariboo Chilcotin Branch in their fundraiser and share beautifully boxes chocolate covered strawberries with that special someone. Pre-order by phone asap as orders will be available for pick-up on Feb 13th from 3 - 6 pm and Feb 14th from 8:30am - 12pm. Payment required upon ordering.

Milk ,White or Dark Chocolate covered strawberries - 1 dozen for 20 dollars. 100% of proceeds stay directly in the community.

7) CTC's Positive Action Word of the Week(s)
The Positive Action word of the week for Feb 12th is: Love: To show unconditional caring.

The Positive Action word of the week for Feb 19th is: Empathy: To think how others feel.

If you are interested in learning more about Positive Action and how you could use it in your setting, or want to attend the Feb 20th Community Meeting from 8:30 - 1:30 pm, please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

8) Sign the Thank-you Card  for Fort Mac - Feb 15 - 21st (WL)
Many of you probably remember the support the Cariboo received from Fort McMurray during the wildfires this past summer. Residents from Fort Mac sent supplies, cards and messages of support to many communities and areas of the Cariboo. If you would like to show your appreciation, stop by and sign a thank you card at the CRD office closest to you. The card will be at our Quesnel office starting today, Jan. 30 to Feb. 7; in 100 Mile from Feb. 8-14; and in Williams Lake from Feb. 15-21.

9) SD #27 presents :Understanding Challenging Behaviour Wkshp - Feb 16
School District #27 presents :Understanding Challenging Behaviour, a POPARD super- workshop  on Feb 16th.

This introductory workshop will help participants develop a basic understanding about behaviour and the underlying causes of challenging behaviour. In addition, some common strategies for preventing and managing challenging behaviour will be discussed.

Date & times:
Day 1, Friday Feb 16th from 9 - 4 pm
Day 2, Saturday Feb 17 from 9 - 4 pm
(Day 2 is optional; Day 1 attendance is a prerequisite for Day 2)

Lake City Secondary, 640 Carson Drive, Williams Lake

www.popard.ca (go to the Super-Workshops page under the TRAINING menu). There is no fee to attend. Participants are encouraged to attend in school teams, if possible. Please bring a bagged lunch. Light refreshments will be provided by SD#27.

For more information please contact the main SD#27 office.

10) Free drop-in hockey program for youth 13 - 18
Free hockey for youth ages 13 - 18 is taking place at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation complex next on Feb 9th, Feb 16th and Feb 23rd from 3:45 - 4:45 pm for anyone who wants to come out (all skill levels welcome). If equipment is a barrier, please contact the Denisiqi Services Society in advance.

No registration is required, just drop-in to play a game of "shinny". There will be at least two staff on the ice, and staff off-ice observing.

These free drop-ins are made possible by the following community organizations: Denisiqi Services Society, Changing Directions, The Boys & Girls Club of Williams Lake & District, and The Williams Lake RCMP... come play a game of hockey with them!

11) Province of BC - Poverty Reduction Strategy
Submit your feedback online at https://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcpovertyreduction/ by March 30, 2018 at 4 p.m.

We’re building a poverty reduction strategy, and you can help.
The poverty rate in B.C. is among the worst in Canada. Too many people are struggling to make ends meet, earn a living wage, or find and keep affordable housing. Too many families are suffering without basic necessities, relying on food banks, going hungry or sending their children to school hungry.
It’s time to lift people out of poverty.
As a first step, the B.C. government raised income assistance and disability rates by $100 per month to help people who need it most. This is only the beginning. There’s more to do. One of the critical next steps is to build and implement a province-wide poverty reduction plan with targets and timelines. And we want your help.

There are several ways to participate:
Your feedback will help us understand what poverty looks like in communities across B.C., and how we can best take action to improve people’s lives. In order to promote the transparency of this engagement, all feedback collected by the online feedback form and email will be posted to the site. Names will not be included. Feedback will be collected between October 30, 2017 and March 30, 2018 at 4pm.

Submit your feedback online at https://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcpovertyreduction/ by March 30, 2018 at 4 p.m.

12) Journey Through Grief: Grief Recovery Support Group (begins Apr 4)
Williams Lake Hospice Society presents Journey Through Grief: Grief Recovery Support Group Wednesdays beginning Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Williams Lake Hospice Society Office located at 530 - 4th Ave North (behind the hospital at the former Nursing Residence). Pre-registration is required - limited seating available. No cost to attend; donations greatly appreciated. Call 250-392-5430 for more information.

Weekly sessions
Week 1: Grieving Together
Week 2: Journey Through Grief
Week 3: Sorrow & Loneliness
Week 4: Anger, Fear & Guilt
Week 5: Keeping Memories Alive
Week 6: Moving Toward Recovery

13) Women's Spirituality Event - Rising from the Ashes  -Mar 17
Save the date! Saturday, March 17th, our 4th Annual event called Rising From the Ashes: Spark of Hope. More info coming soon! Please visit https://www.facebook.com/WomensSpiritualityCircle/

14) Red Cross help is available - individuals, families, small businesses, non profits, First Nations
BC Fires- Red Cross is Helping Communities Recover
Nov. 29, 2017

Thanks to funding from the Government of B.C., the Government of Canada and generous Canadians, the Red Cross is able to provide programs and services that help communities, households and individuals recover from the fires.

A) Individuals and Families:
-Red Cross case workers are meeting one-on-one with individuals and households that need additional assistance - both at the Support Centres and through outreach in the communities.

-Safety and Wellbeing personnel also help ensure people have access to a range of holistic supports and resources that include psychological first aid, coping with stress and adversity, and planning for individualized recovery.

-People needing assistance can phone the Red Cross call centre at 1-800-863-6582 to make an appointment to meet a case worker at a Support Centres (the hours and locations are listed here:
http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/british-columbia-fires/red-cross support-centres).

-Those living in small or First Nations communities could also work with their community leadership to arrange for Red Cross workers to visit.

-The Canadian Red Cross addresses immediate psychosocial needs in all its recovery work and considers the needs of special populations and cultures.  The Red Cross also coordinates with community and government partners and community stakeholders to ensure communities are empowered to take care of themselves and each other so they can strengthen relationships and networks, and build capacity and resiliency to better withstand future disasters.

B) Support to small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and First Nations cultural livelihoods:
-The Red Cross is providing those who are eligible with a one-time emergency grant of $1,500. Applications for Phase 1 closed on Oct. 31.

-Starting Nov. 20, 2017 through April 6, 2018, the Red Cross is accepting applications for
additional financial assistance for items such as uninsured losses, deductibles, minor repairs, clean-up, equipment, and occupational training expenses. The amount for Phase 2 will be based on each applicant’s unique need and determined through the application process.

-Applicants that missed the Phase 1 Oct. 31 deadline can still apply for it when they apply for Phase 2 funding.

-Interested small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and cultural livelihoods on-reserve First Nations persons can apply for the additional funding through the Small Business Helpline (1-855-999-3345) or online at  www.redcross.ca/bcfires/smallbusiness

C) Community partnerships program:
-Community organizations* with programming in communities affected by the 2017 fires can apply for funds that will help promote individual and community recovery and resiliency.

*These include: Registered charities, -Not-for-profit organizations, Municipalities and First Nation Bands, Non-governmental organizations, Schools and school boards Indigenous organizations, Faith-based organizations, and Community groups.

Funding is available to help in the following areas:
-Emergency relief for immediate or urgent needs,
-Community strengthening to support community connectedness and resilience,
-Safety & wellbeing services that address individual wellbeing, violence prevention, and strengthen psychosocial supports for individual and community wellness services,
-Indigenous programming for impacted communities, and
-Disaster Risk Reduction to increase preparedness for future disasters.

Visit redcross.ca or email BCCommunityPartnerships@redcross.ca to discuss  your ideas.

Local contacts for Red Cross are:

Jon Jackson,
Operations Manager BC Wildfire Recovery, 

Becky Row,
Manager of Northern and Indigenous Engagement BC & Yukon,
250-564-6566 ext 24

Pratyush Dhawan
Community Partnership Program Project Officer

15) CCACS 's - Spring into Art Makers Fair - Mar 10
Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society is excited to present, the "Spring into Art" Makers' Fair - March 10th at the Arts Centre in Williams Lake.

Spring into Art is a one-day expo of creativity with entry-level workshops in seven different artistic media. All materials are provided, and no experience is necessary. Spring into Art is a launching pad for adults and mature youth interested in finding a new creative outlet.

Workshops and contributors include:
Pottery; Lesley Lloyd
Creative Writing; Cat Fink
Pen-and-ink drawing; Ciel Patenaude
Fibre Art; Linda Pujue
Charcoal Drawing; Kathryn Steen
Improv/Theatre; Sheryl-Lynn Lewis
Music; Branon Hoffman

Ask us about staff or group rates. For more information, or to register visit www.centralcaribooarts.com/springintoart (or visit The Open Book store).

Half day: $47 plus tax (morning or afternoon, two workshops of your choosing)
Full day: $93 plus tax (four workshops of your choosing)

16) Youth Day Symposium & Comedy Show - Feb 16/18 (Pro D Day)
Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society is happy to present our Youth Day Symposium. We would like to invite all communities and youth groups to the event in the Gibraltar Room in Williams Lake.

In addition to the workshops held that afternoon from 1 - 5 pm, we invite all participants to the Don Burnstick Comedy show at 6:00 pm (doors open at 5). All participants of the Symposium will get a free entry to the show.

Please call 778-412-9536 and RSVP with us, we will need your community/organization/youth group name and amount of youth and chaperones (10 years and over).

Check in will start at 11:00am to 12:30pm that day. We ask that if you have a large group to be there by 11am so that we can get you settled.

17) Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society announces first round of Support Grants awards
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the first intake of the Society's pilot Support Grants program. Applications were received for new support grants for capital purchase, general programs, community-based and individual artists of up to $1000 each. We are excited to have granted four non-profit/community groups or individual artists with financial support to help further develop arts and culture in Williams Lake and the Central Cariboo (CRD Areas D, E, and F).

The funding for these grants is made available from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.

CCACS Support Grant Recipients, Pilot Intake #1, for grants to be completed by June 30, 2018:

Capital Purchase Support Grants:
  • Potato House Sustainable Community Society ($1000) – purchase of second hand photo and sound equipment for use in hosting various community events and activities.
 General Program Support Grants:
  • 150 Mile Greenbelt, Trail & Heritage Society ($1000) – To develop a website, Facebook page, and email address for the 150 Mile Schoolhouse.
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society ($1000) – To commission/purchase rights to ten locally based photographs to be used in the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Field Guide.
 Community-Based Support Grants:
  • Arts on the Fly Festival Society ($1000) – To assist with presenting the Dark Times Festival, a three-day (March 2-4), three-venue musical festival taking place throughout downtown Williams Lake with 20+ musical acts and workshops.
Jane Perry, CCACS President, stated "Our new support grants program enables the CCACS to acknowledge the many non-profit groups and organizations, and individual artists, by providing funding to help them contribute further to the health and vitality of arts and culture in the Central Cariboo."

The CCACS will be offering another pilot application intake for grants to be completed between July 1 and December 31, 2018, with an application deadline of June 1, 2018. Application forms are available on our website.

For further information please visit www.centralcaribooarts.com/grants or contact CCACS Executive Director Leah Selk at 778-412-9044 or email info@centralcaribooarts.com.  

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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