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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 21, 2017

Reminder - SPC Monthly Meeting - Monday Apr 24/17

1) Monday Apr 24 is the next SPC Meeting - 11:30 - 1 pm
Learn about the new BC211 initiative from the United Way with guest presenter Ashlee Hyde at the next SPC Meeting on Monday, April 24 at 11:30 am at Community Futures. There will be lunch (and coffee), and everyone is welcome to attend.

BC211 is a United Way initiative to serve as a one stop shop to connect people with services they need.  It is similar to accesswilliamslake.org, but will be online and by telephone.  Ashlee's presentation will cover what it is, how to use it, as well as what information people will receive. 

We will also be discussing ways to increase Neighbourhood Attachment locally, with an introduction to the topic by Nancy Gale focusing on local Household Composition statistics.

Last month's minutes for your review are available at:

ADVANCE Notice: May's monthly SPC meeting date has changed to Monday, May 29th. At this meeting, we will be discussing the region wide Economic Development Program entitled "Cariboo Strong". Mark your calendars, as this will be an important meeting. For more information on the Cariboo Strong initiative, please visit:

Minutes draft - SPC Monthly Meeting Mar 27/17

Minutes draft - SPC Monthly Meeting
Mar 27, 2017 - 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Community Futures Office
In attendance (from sign-in sheet): Nancy Gale, Jan Hermiston, Larry Stranberg, Leah Selk, George Atamanenko, Sarah Jackman, Linda Bingham, Beth Veenkamp, Jessica Dunn

Accept Minutes & Agenda
During lunch we will:

·   Review meeting agenda for Mar 27, 2017
Motion to accept agenda as presented - MFSC

·   Review meeting minutes from Feb 27, 2017
Motion to accept minutes as presented - MFSC

New Seedy Startups Program
Beth Veenkamp presented the new Seedy Startups program in the City of Williams Lake supporting  youth and senior entrepreneurs.

New Coordinator for the Seedy Startups Program with the City of Williams Lake
Entrepreneurial program - goal of funding 30 new business ideas (within City limits) within one year
Funding for this was made possible from a group of organizations including the BIA, TRU, Community Futures & the Chamber of Commerce.
The program is for people looking to start a business (or take a current hobby business to a new level). Opening storefronts is ultimate goal.

For people ages 15 - 29 - $1500 seed money (one time contribution) is available.
For people 50 year of age or over - $1000 seed money (one time contribution) is available.

Candidates will also be required to complete the Community Futures business program
There is a steering committee with a panel of 6 people from the contributing sponsor organizations  - for people pitch their businesses to (currently there are two being pitched).

50 plus crowd is high target area (e.g. Jam makers)
Upping economic growth in the city, one project at a time (funding for up to 30 businesses).

Tentative agreement with the province to fund, aboriginal and or people with disabilities (regardless of age).

There are many baby boomers in Williams Lake
Trickle down effect (even small businesses can provide employment for 1 - 2 people)

Question - why is no funding available for 30 - 49 year olds?
Answer - agreed, there is a gap for this age category. There could be other creative ways to provide assistance to people in this age - come talk to Beth for options.

A culture of entrepreneurship within the City is a long term goal.

Marketing and enthusiasm are Beth's strengths and can help catapult small businesses to the next stage, regardless of program eligibility.

Currently this is a Pilot project, funded by the partners (with some rural dividend funding as well). If the program goes well, there is the opportunity to apply for another round of funding, or new funding based on needs.

Beth is available to present to other interested groups.
Social enterprises would be supported.

SPC Updates
-City of Williams Lake approved our fee for service for $5000/year.

-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.

-IMSS office - the office will remain open until the end of June now. Community groups have been writing letters. The SPC wrote a letter of support also (details are on our website).

Choosing a Poverty Reduction focus
Discussion: At the last SPC Board meeting, choosing an indicator from the CTC community profile (such as Neighbourhood Attachment) and explore bringing an evidence based program to our community to address this chosen focus with partner agencies and/or community groups was discussed. We want to open this up to the greater network for their input on this idea.

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.

Roundtable Updates
Leah Selk (CCACS) - Arts & Culture grants have been awarded (25K --> 15 recipients), and a new request for proposal was just announced (First Nations Outreach) - see community update.

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

Community Updates (16) - Apr 14, 2017

Community Updates (16) - Apr 14, 2017
Table of contents:
1) Monday Apr 24 is the next SPC Meeting - 11:30 - 1 pm
2) Seeding Start-Ups - new program in the City of Williams Lake
3) End of Life Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Training - Apr 27 - 29th
4) All Candidates Forum - Thursday Apr 20 at 7 pm
5) Earth Day Events - all day Saturday Apr 22nd
6) Fraser Basin Council - Job Posting
7) Making Connections - Womens Support Group (9 weeks) starting May 2nd
8) Chamber of Commerce - upcoming events (2)
9) Accessibility Awards - nominations being accepted until Apr 28
10) Hike for Hospice - Sunday May 7 from 12 - 4 pm
11) CCACS request for proposals - First Nations Arts Outreach Program
12) Communities that Care - Positive Action Words of the Week(s)
13) Supporting our Families: "Take a break" - CMHA free support group meets monthly
14) Tales and Trails - hands on learning at SINC
15) "Preschool Wheels" activities in Rink 2 - during April
16) Boys & Girls Club's 3rd Annual Race for Kids - Jun 3rd

Please visit
http://cm.pn/2mnd for the above updates.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Community Updates - Mar 24, 2017

Please visit the link below for the following updates from around the community:
1) Monday Mar 27 is the next SPC Meeting - 11:30 - 1 pm
2) Communities that Care - Community Planning Session Apr 7
3) Bowl for Kids Sake - Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser Mar 31, Apr 1 &2
4) Annual Nutrition Fun Run - Apr 9 at 11 am
5) NAME that festival competition - WLCBIA challenge (Mar 31 deadline)
6) Dry Grad Fashion Show - Tues Apr 11
7) End of Life Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Training - Apr 27 - 29th
8) TICK TOCK find us a DOC - contest ends Mar 31
9) All Candidates Forum - Apr 20
10) Bingo Fundraiser at WLIB Mar 29
11) Accessibility Awards - nominations being accepted until Apr 28
12) Hike for Hospice - Sunday May 7 from 12 - 4 pm
13) CCACS request for proposals - First Nations Arts Outreach Program
14) Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society - staying open until June

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Feb 27, 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes (draft)

Location: Boardroom at the downtown CMHA location at 51 North 4th Ave (across from Safeway). In attendance (from sign-in sheet): Carla Bullinger, Anne Burrill, Larry Stranberg, Kathie Vilkas, Diane Wright, Sharon Taylor and Jessica Dunn.

Accept Minutes & Agenda
During lunch we:
·   Reviewed meeting minutes from Jan 23, 2017
Motion to accept minutes as presented - MFSC
·   Reviewed meeting agenda for Feb 27, 2017
Motion to accept agenda as presented - MFSC

Presentation from the Communities that Care Program
Carla Bullinger and Anne Burrill presented some results from the CTC's 2016 Community Assessment Report from data collected in the second survey of the CTC program.

Highlights from the presentation:
Evidence based model for a community to engage in based in prevention science.
It is a roadmap that helps guide a community (outcome focused).
Extensive surveys (grades 6 - 12) in 2009, and now again in 2016.
Looking at research based predictors of problems for youth issues.
Over 20 predictive & protective factors are surveyed for.

CTC follows a specific process, and then chooses an evidence based program to address issues identified in the survey. Williams Lake was chosen as a pilot program City for CTC in 2009.

Locally, we implemented "Positive Action", and this second survey is an assessment six years later.

Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (6 - 12 grades - entire district)
70% response rate (over 1200 kids).
Anonymous and confidential
Multiple measures to screen out invalid surveys
Provides comparative data results between 2009 - 2016
Gives a snapshot in time

Comparative results from 2010 --> 2015:
Low Commitment to school 53% - 44% (9% better)
Parental attitudes favourable to anti-social behaviour and drug use (no significant change)
Early Initiative of antisocial behaviour (1) and drug use (2) 35 - 30 & 48 -38 (5% and 10%)
Community Laws and Norms 57 - 52 (5% better)
Fewer kids are high risk now (60 - 55%)
Improvement in high protection factors (60 - 67%)

The first survey lead to the evidence based prevention program, Positive Action because it can be used in schools, the community and families. It is a curriculum based program.

Aligning our work for collective impact: local Circle of Courage (poster), Glass Slippers, Youth Group, Building Resilient Learners framework/ Sense of Belonging Plans for each school (from SD#27 interest to tackle the low commitment to school factor).

Students now in grade 6 - 8 have had the most exposure to Positive Action and have also shown the greatest improvement.

Some other results:
14.2 -> 5.4 (attacked someone intending to hurt them)
7.5 -> 3.4 Gang involvement
21 -> 4 (binge drinking)
Grades 6 -9 improved, 10 - 12 did not improve (50%)  shoed Depressive symptoms

Children living in Poverty 20 is BC average (in WL it was 24->  28 now)
Early Childhood vulnerability of children in kindergarten 44% (BC is 32%)
20% of children in Williams Lake do not have an adult they can talk to

Priorities for the next year have been chosen with percentage goals

April 7th - Community Planning session (8:30 am - 1pm) to focus on depressive symptoms.

The view the entire reports (both 2010 and 2016), please visit School District No 27's website at http://www.sd27.bc.ca/healthy-schools-healthy-students/communities-that-care/

Choosing a Poverty Reduction focus
Discussion: choosing an indicator from the CTC community profile (such as Neighbourhood Attachment) to focus SPC efforts on; to explore bringing a successful evidence based program to our community to address the chosen focus with partner agencies and/or community groups.
This item was deferred to the next meeting when more members are present.

All Candidate's Forum
Request for the Social Planning Council to have two representatives work with committee organizing an all candidates forum.

A non-partisan committee has begun working following the BC2030 meetings held in our community.  They have requested reps from those people who participated in the BC2030 sessions.  At this point there are a few members from the Council of Canadians on the committee and they would appreciate assistance – whether as a SPC rep or rep for your own organization.

The framework for the forum will be unique.  The committee will select a few of the sustainable goals outlined below and have a speaker on the topic.  Each candidate will then be asked how they will address the issue.

There is some financial support for the forum from BC2030.  The Gibraltar room is tentatively booked for Apr 20, 2017. 

The next meeting is March 7 at 1:00 pm in the library meeting room.  You can contact Bette McLellan at 250-392-6423 for more information.

Action: Jessica will attend this meeting, and send more information out to the group (see below).

From BC2030 website: http://bccic.ca/bc2030/

BC 2030 is a non-partisan political campaign that looks to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as an opportunity for British Columbia to demonstrate provincial leadership on global issues.
The SDGs are a framework of 17 goals that aim to address the world’s environmental, social, economic, and security challenges. Unprecedented in nature, these new goals are:

-aspirational : challenging us to move past a business as usual mentality for seeking solutions
-interconnected and indivisible : recognizing that to truly be achieved, we cannot think of them  as existing in isolation from each other
-and universal : asserting that global issues transcend borders existing within all countries

The goals invite all people and all tiers of government to understand where they fit into a bigger picture.

For the first time, all countries, including Canada, will be required to provide updates on our progress to the rest of the world. British Columbia needs to look at how the issues we face locally fit in with our country’s progress. Now that Canada has committed to this global framework, British Columbia has a concrete role, connection, and mandate to contribute its fair toward achieving  these goals.

With communities around the province and world increasingly feeling the impacts of global issues such as poverty, inequality, and climate change, BC 2030 recognizes the importance of moving to action as quickly as possible. The campaign focuses on our upcoming 2017 provincial election as a platform to explore this conversation in a provincial context and invite our political leaders to expand their thinking.

BC 2030 is an invitation to think differently. These goals are brand new and the world is still trying to figure out how to best go about achieving them. There is space and need right now for innovative leadership in Canada on what implementation of these goals looks like at a subnational level. British Columbia has an opportunity to be this leader.

View the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals on the UN web site listed below:

Roundtable Updates
Kathie Vilkas - Hospice
Hike for Hospice is going ahead this year (since 2005)
End of Life Hospice Training is taking place again in April. Note: people can still attend this training even if they cannot commit to volunteering.

Carla Bullinger - Workshop on sexual molestation is being organized for Williams Lake for this fall. March 1 at 1 pm at the WCS is the next planning session.
Anne Burrill - Housing First: homeless count taking place today (results by the end of March). This current program is winding down with the funding.
Larry Stranberg - Community Futures has partnered with Chamber of Commerce for workshops in September about how to sell (and buy) a business.
Sharon Taylor (IMSS) - see the Press Release sent out. The IMSS was notified that there office is being closed at the end of March.
Motion - the SPC will write a letter of support to the Minister, and cc to Todd Doherty.
Action - Jessica will draft letter and send to board for their review.

Meeting was adjourned. The next monthly meeting will be on Mar 27/17

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.

Reach our Coordinator Jessica Knodel at spc-coordinator@xplornet.com or by calling 250-243-2126. Our Mailing Address is Box 20045, Williams Lake BC V2G 4R1

To reach the Communites that Care Project Manager Carla Bullinger please email comthatcare@sd27.bc.ca