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What is The Social Planning Council?

Activities:

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, March 28, 2014

Social Planning Council - back next week

The Social Planning Council office will be open again on March 31, 2014. Please send your updates to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com for inclusion in the next weekly update. Have a great weekend - see you next week!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Monday's Meeting is at the Seniors Activity Centre

Reminder that this upcoming Monday Mar 24th meeting is being held at the Seniors Activity Centre

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Community Updates (11) – Mar 21, 2014

Please see below for the following updates from around the community:


1) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - Mar 24 at 11:30 am

            a) "Get Involved and Make a Difference - Community Action Employment Plan"

              b) Good Neighbour Bylaw Draft Discussion

2) Celebrate World Water Day with a free swim - Sat Mar 22

3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week

4) From the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society - see updates below

                a) Board Development Skills Workshop- Mar 29th

                b) Culture Days - at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society - Apr 2/14

                c) Arts in Education Council of BC Fund

                d) First Nations School Video Project, Call for Photos

                e) Survey on Operations & Management of the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society

6) Reminder - Women's Spirituality Circle - March 28th from 6 - 9 pm
7) Reminder - Health & Science Career Fair - Mar 26 from 10 am - 3 pm

8) Advance Notice - Nutrition Run - Sunday Apr 6th

9) Day of Caring - book your project today.

10) The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers

11) Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association - recreation evenings each Tuesday



1) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - Mar 24 at 11:30 am

The next monthly SPC meeting is being held at the Seniors Activity Centre from 11:30 am  - 1:00 pm- lunch by donation will be available from the Centre's kitchen. There are two main agenda items (please see attached). Minutes for last month's meeting will be available at the meeting.



a) Presentation by Karen Newman on "Get Involved and Make a Difference - Community Action Employment Plan" (Thompson Cariboo Region)



The Community Action Employment Plan (Community Living BC initiative) is a new way for groups to collaborate to create an additional 1,200 jobs over three years for adults with developmental disabilities. In the Thompson Cariboo Region we want to learn how we can build local capacity to increase employment, promote employers as leaders, and develop solutions that are tailored to the unique characteristics of the area.



b) Good Neighbour Bylaw Draft



The SPC has been asked to provide comments and feedback to the City of Williams Lake regarding the draft Good Neighour Bylaw. Anne Burrill will be in attendance and will provide more information.



2) Celebrate World Water Day with a free swim - Sat Mar 22

Sponsored by the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, this Saturday from 1:30 - 4 pm enjoy a free swim at the Sam Ketchum Pool in Williams Lake. There will also be a Water Wise Info book and free draw for a Banner Bag (reusable bag made from recycled City of Williams Lake banners - great for swim gear and more). For more Water Wise info visit www.ccconserv.org or call 250-398-7929.



3) Communities that Care's - Positive Action Word of the Week

The Positive Action word of the week for Mar 24th is: Respect: To show special care for people.



If you would like more background information about Positive Action please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca



4) From the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society - see updates below



a) Board Development Skills Workshop- Mar 29th
Presented jointly by the Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre; Central Interior Regional Arts Council; Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre; South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce and Board Voice. March 29th, 2014 from 10am to 4pm at the Valley Room at the Lodge in 100 Mile House (behind the Red Coach Inn). Lunch Provided.


This workshop on non-profit governance and policy will be of interest to board members and senior staff of non-profit organizations. It focuses on the basic elements of governance—the roles and responsibilities of board members and staff—and the value of policy making as an important element of governance.



Facilitator is Graham Kelsey; Dr. Kelsey is Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia; has served on boards nationally, provincially and locally; in 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his outstanding community service. He is Past President of CIRAC and CCACS.

Registration; $20.00 per person; for non-members of the Ag Centre or CIRAC your registration to this workshop is a free membership. For more info call the CFEC at 250-395-515 or email tschoen@lincsat.com



b) Culture Days - at the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society - Apr 2/14
On April 2nd at 2 pm, presented in partnership with the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society and the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake, join the Culture Days movement and be a part of BC’s largest celebration of arts, culture and heritage! All professional and amateur artists, arts organizations, cultural workers and community organizers are invited to take part in a free Culture Days workshop to:


Learn how to register an activity and participate in BC Culture Days;
Learn about the many online tips and tools available for planning your activity;
Connect and share ideas with other local activity organizers;
Learn how to make Culture Days a success in your community (Culture Days will take place September 26-28, 2014, in all provinces and territories).



If you have any questions about participating in Culture Days, please contact: Nazanin Shoja, Culture Days BC Coordinator, Tel: 604-681-3535 ext. 214 or culturedays@allianceforarts.com



c) Arts in Education Council of BC Fund
The Arts in Education Council of BC Fund offers small grants of up to $500 to support professional development for educators. These grants can be used to assist in the presentation of professional development workshops, clinics or seminars designed to increase the appreciation of the arts for teachers in BC schools, especially at the elementary level. Application deadline is April 4, 2014





d) First Nations School Video Project, Call for Photos

From John Dell: I am working on a project with School District 27 to develop a number of short videos for Grade 5 & 10 curriculum in regards to First Nations, Village life, and the St. Joseph's Mission Residential School. Deadline June 1 2014.

I am looking for old photos (1920-1986) of the Mission, Williams Lake, Cariboo and Chilcotin scenes and activities. Photos selected would be used in school curriculum educational videos and with permission collected and archived with the Cariboo Chilcotin Museum. I can be reached through Email contact at www.johndell.ca for further information. I would appreciate any assistance.



e) Survey on Operations & Management of the Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society



By contract with the City of Williams Lake, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society has the responsibility for managing the Central Cariboo Arts Centre, located at 90 Fourth Avenue North in the old Fire Hall. The Central Cariboo Arts Centre opened to tenant groups in late 2010, and, following renovations, opened to other groups and the public in early 2011.
 

The Central Cariboo Arts Centre is for the benefit of all residents of the City of Williams Lake and Areas “D”, “E” and “F” of the Cariboo Regional District. It provides that benefit by housing and showcasing the arts and artistic activity.
 

The Arts Centre is home to three tenant groups, and also has designated “General” space available for meetings, classes, demonstrations, performances (to name a few) by the region’s arts groups. General space may be used for functions by non-arts groups or individuals provided that their use of the room does not conflict with use by members of the arts community, and they agree to pay the appropriate fees. There are approximately 45 various groups who currently use or have used the Centre, along with many individuals.
 

As part of the CCACS's Policy on Evaluation, we are to undertake a review of the operations and management of the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. Please would you assist us in this process by clicking the below link and completing the survey by Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4pm. It should take about 10 minutes of your time. Please forward this email/link to your group membership or any other users of the Centre. We apologize if you've received this email more than once.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCArtsCentre

We thank you for taking the time to answer the questions and are looking forward to your feedback as we continually work towards providing a well-run and accessible Arts Centre for all residents of the Central Cariboo.



6) Reminder - Women's Spirituality Circle - March 28th from 6 - 9 pm
Friday, March 28, 6:00-9:00pm AND Saturday, March 29, 9:00am-4:00pm at Williams Lake Secondary campus on Carson Drive in Williams Lake.

 

In the Cariboo, we have people from many different faith groups and cultural backgrounds. Many do not identify with a particular religion, but do seek a sense of connection with something bigger than themselves. On the last weekend of March, all women are invited to share expressions of faith and explore how others experience spirituality.
 

On Friday, there will be a panel discussion with local women from different spiritual backgrounds, as well as music and conversation. On Saturday, there will many workshops on spiritual practices, and a chance to explore new ideas and ways of looking at the world. There will workshops on yoga, dance, singing, storytelling, prayer, and felting, among others.
 

Free child-minding is offered on-site (pre-register with Eva at 392-4118), while meals and refreshments are included in the ticket price. In order that as many women as possible can participate, the ticket price is on a sliding scale from $2 to $30, so everyone pays what she feels she can afford. Tickets are available at Dollar Dollar, Smashin' Smoothies, the CMHA office, or by calling 778-412-2999. Tickets are on sale until March 24.



7) Reminder - Health & Science Career Fair - Mar 26 from 10 am - 3 pm

Health & Science Career Fair - Mar 26 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium at the Sugar Cane Reserve  (lunch provided). Chances to win three big prizes (students are eligible to enter), and for more information please contact Kyle Crump at 250-296-3507 ext 111, or Lynn Dunford at 250-398-9814.



8) Advance Notice - Nutrition Run - Sunday Apr 6th

Join us at the Cariboo Memorial Complex for this fun 5 km Walk/Run to celebrate spring. Prizes and complimentary refreshments at 12 pm. BYOB (bring your own water bottle) and more more inform call the Complex at 250-398-7665. Brought to you by The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex and Interior Health.



11) Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association - recreation evenings Tuesdays until June.

Cariboo Chilcotin Metis Association is having recreation evenings Tuesdays at 6:30 pm until June. Everyone is welcome and for more info please call 250-392-4428.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Community Updates (11) - March 14, 2014



1) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - Mar 24 at 11:30 am
2) Free Mobile Legal Clinic and Information Session - Sat Mar 15th
3) TRU Human Service Diploma -  needs a practicum student
4) Speak Out About Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - Mar 19th at 6 pm
5) Health & Science Career Fair - Mar 26 from 10 am - 3 pm
6) Subsidized Composters & Digesters - reserve yours by March 31/14
7) Local Food - all year at Cariboo Growers
8) Free Swim - Saturday March 15  at 6:30 pm
9) Day of Caring - book your project today.
10) Holding Onto Life Toolkit  - now available
11) Performances in the Park - call for submissions reminder

1) Next Social Planning Council Meeting - Mar 24 at 11:30 am

The next monthly SPC meeting is being held at the Seniors Activity Centre from 11:30 am  - 1:00 pm (lunch by donation will be available at the Centre). There will be a presentation on the following:



Get Involved and Make a Difference - Community Action Employment Plan

(Thompson Cariboo Region)



The Community Action Employment Plan (Community Living BC initiative) is a new way for groups to collaborate to create an additional 1,200 jobs over three years for adults with developmental disabilities.



In the Thompson Cariboo Region we want to learn how we can build local capacity to increase employment, promote employers as leaders, and develop solutions that are tailored to the unique characteristics of the area.



Please join us in our second community meeting where we can work together to capture regional employment work and find ideas, actions and solutions to increase employment opportunities.



Who Should Attend: Individuals with developmental disabilities, families, community workers, service providers, employers, educators, caregivers from the Thompson Cariboo Region.



Another reminder with an agenda and last month's meeting minutes will be sent out next week. Even if you cannot stay for the entire meeting, we hope to see you there.



2) Free Mobile Legal Clinic and Information Session - Sat Mar 15th

Free Mobile Legal Clinic and Information Session - Saturday Mar 15th at IMSS (118C N. Ave (First & Borland). Workshop is from 10 am - 12 noon, and Legal Clinic is from 12:30 - 2 pm. Free coffee and refreshments will be served and transportation to the event may be provided (please call for info).



Topics to be discussed: Work permits and legal status in Canada; Recent changes to the Live-in Caregiver program; Workers legal rights; Legal and community support in cases of labour exploitation. Workshop & Clinic led by:  Ai Li Lim and WCDWA Staff Lawyer.



To register please contact Sharon Taylor at Immigrant & Multicultural Society (IMSS) at 778-412-2999 or sharont@imss.ca



3) TRU Human Service Diploma -  needs a practicum student

TRU Human Service Diploma -  needs a practicum placement for one student in our Human Service Diploma.  This is a 2nd year student completing the program. The placement is a block (fulltime )placement from Mar 24th until April 30th ( approximately 5.5 weeks) .



This student is interested in working in generalist areas in human services with adult populations. This student is very interested in a placement in services with either a multicultural  or First Nations Focus



Please let Jay Goddard know if you would be able to accommodate a student at250 392-8164 cell: 250 302-2244



4) Speak Out About Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - Mar 19th from 6 - 8 pm

Speak Out About Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - Mar 19th from 6 - 8 pm at the Elizabeth Grouse Gym (Sugar Cane Reserve) - dinner provided and everyone is welcome. For more information please contact Carol Archie at 250-296-3507 ext 101.



5) Health & Science Career Fair - Mar 26 from 10 am - 3 pm

Health & Science Career Fair - Mar 26 from 10 am - 3 pm at the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium at the Sugar Cane Reserve  (lunch provided). Chances to win three big prizes (students are eligible to enter), and for more information please contact Kyle Crump at 250-296-3507 ext 111, or Lynn Dunford at 250-398-9814.



6) Subsidized Composters & Digesters - reserve yours by March 31/14

The Cariboo Regional District is selling subsidized composters again this year and have added the option of Green Cone Food Waste Digesters that will accept ALL cooked and uncooked food waste including meat, fish, bones, dairy products, vegetables and fruit! The popular Sure Close counter top containers will also be available.



Visit the following websites for more info www.greencone.ca, earthmachine.com or sure-close.com - Sales this year will be advanced, meaning you must sign up for a composter or Green Cone before the end of March to receive them in May. For advances sales or further information email talktrash@cariboord.bc.ca or call 250-392-3351 (or toll free 1-800-665-1636).



7) Local Food - all year at Cariboo Growers

Early greens are now available (fresh sprouts, salad greens and kale).Visit the Co-op to also find local carrots, beets, garlic, onions, shallots, and of course a freezer full of local meats including chicken, beef, pork, salmon & lamb. Store hours: T, W & Fri from 11 am - 6 pm, and Saturday's from 10 am - 3 pm. Call 778-412-COOP (2667) for more information or email admin@cariboogrowers.ca - Cariboo Growers is your local farmers cooperative in downtown Williams Lake (corner of 3rd & Oliver Street).



8) Free Swim - Saturday March 15  at 6:30 pm

Free Swim, Saturday March 15th from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Sponsored by the Williams Lake Lions Club



9) Day of Caring - book your project today.

Melissa Newberry from The United Way in Williams Lake is now in the process of planning for a Day of Caring. If your organization has a job that needs to be done, contact Melissa who will organize a volunteer work team Melissa@unitedwaytnc.ca or call 250-392-8145.



10) Holding Onto Life Toolkit  - now available

The Suicide Prevention Committee has developed this toolkit for the family member of a person 15-24 years of age who is experiencing a difficult time in his/her life. When a person is in crisis, family members may have many questions. The kit is designed to provide some answers. The committee received funding through the United Way to develop this kit. Contact Bettina Egert for more information - bettina.egert@cmhawl.org or 250-305-4420.



11) Performances in the Park - call for submissions reminder
Presented by the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District.

The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society is happy to announce that Performances in the Park, the outdoor free summer concert series, will begin on Thursday, July 3rd at 6:00pm and will continue each Thursday evening at the same time at the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Williams Lake’s Boitanio Park until August 21st. Once again, with the support of the City of Williams Lake and the Cariboo Regional District, the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society will be presenting this event under the management of Angela Sommer of Angelkeys Music Studio.

The concert series will feature two acts each week; one at 6pm to showcase performances including youth, theatre, dance, musical and fashion shows, followed by a headline act from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. All acts will be family friendly.

We are currently looking for performers of every type to fill these performances. Application forms can be downloaded from the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society’s website http://www.centralcaribooarts.com/events/performancespark.html  or you can also receive an application by emailing Angela Sommer at performances@centralcaribooarts.com


Submissions can be made by mailing or dropping off completed applications to: Performances in the Park, c/o Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, 90 Fourth Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2C6, or by emailing completed forms to performances@centralcaribooarts.com by April 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

This well attended, free event, is fun for the whole family and we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces in the crowd!

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or for interviews please contact:

Angela Sommer

performances@centralcaribooarts.com
250-305-4784
http://www.centralcaribooarts.com

Friday, March 7, 2014

Community Updates (11) – Mar 7, 2014



1) International Women’s Day  - Saturday March 8th at TRU at 5:30 pm
2) Kidney Foundation - Volunteer Focus Group - March 10th at 7 pm
3) Women's Spirituality Circle - March 28th from 6 - 9 pm
4) From the Community that Cares - Community Board Table
5) Spring Break Programs at the Recreation Complex
6) Free Swim - Wednesday March 12 at 1:30 pm
7) Free Swim - Saturday March 15  at 6:30 pm
8) Rec Centre's Spring Break Fun Days - A different fun theme each day 1:30 - 3 pm
9) Consider a Career as a Life Guard - Courses begin soon
10) Reminder - Survey Input Appreciated - Accessibility Committee's wheelchair accessible taxi feasibility
11) Reminder - Alzheimer Society Workshops - begins March 11th from 9 am - 5 pm


1) International Women’s Day  - Saturday March 8th at TRU at 5:30 pm
International Women's Day Event - Saturday March 8th 2014 at 5:30 pm at TRU cafeteria - Documentary Film Showing MissRepresentation and panel discussion afterwards (coffee, tea and desserts will be served). Note - some parts of the film would not be appropriate for younger children so please call Ashleee at the Women's Contact Society for more information at 250-392-4118

2) Kidney Foundation - Volunteer Focus Group - March 10th at 7 pm
Focus Group Participants Needed: March 10,  7pm - 10pm at the Ramada Williams Lake, 1118 Lakeview Crescent (Meeting Room 309)

Redbird Communications is conducting research on what makes volunteers tick, on behalf of the Kidney Foundation of Canada (BC Branch). We're looking for people to attend an evening workshop where they will help identify benefits and barriers to volunteering, share ideas about how to recruit and retain volunteers, and brainstorm the ideal volunteer experience. Participants can be volunteers (for the Kidney Foundation or for other organizations) or non-volunteers; we want your opinion either way! Participants will receive a $20 gift card to Tim Horton's, and a chance to win a trip for two to Vancouver in May. They'll also leave the workshop with some great ideas for engaging volunteers in their own organizations.

If you are able to attend, please click on the link and fill out the form, or you can simply call me or email me!


Many thanks!
Carolyn Walker at 250-479-3863 or email at  cwalker@redbirdonline.com

3) Women's Spirituality Circle - March 28th from 6 - 9 pm
Friday, March 28, 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, March 29, 9:00am-4:00pm
Williams Lake Secondary campus on Carson Dr.

In the Cariboo, we have people from many different faith groups and cultural backgrounds. Many do not identify with a particular religion, but do seek a sense of connection with something bigger than themselves. On the last weekend of March, all women are invited to share expressions of faith and explore how others experience spirituality.

On Friday, there will be a panel discussion with local women from different spiritual backgrounds, as well as music and conversation. On Saturday, there will many workshops on spiritual practices, and a chance to explore new ideas and ways of looking at the world. There will workshops on yoga, dance, singing, storytelling, prayer, and felting, among others.

Free child-minding is offered on-site (pre-register with Eva at 392-4118), while meals and refreshments are included in the ticket price. In order that as many women as possible can participate, the ticket price is on a sliding scale from $2 to $30, so everyone pays what she feels she can afford. Tickets are available at Dollar Dollar, Smashin' Smoothies, the CMHA office, or by calling 778-412-2999. Tickets are on sale until March 24.

4) From the Community that Cares - Community Board Table
Domestic Violence Presentation is an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend (please phone to confirm attendance for catering purposes).  It’s being offered through Victim Services in Williams Lake and the WLIB is hosting it.

Health and Science Career Fair – if anyone in the health and science field would like to have a booth set up you can contact Kyle or Lynn.

Walking In Balance (Mobile Treatment through Nenqani) is also an open invitation (lunch and snacks are provided every day) and the last day for this event is March 14, 2014.

The first meeting for our 10 K run (don’t have a name yet) will be Friday, April 11, 2014 at Chief James Louie Upstairs Boardroom start time will be 10 am. We are looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming event. I am getting excited as just from word of mouth a lot of our aboriginal communities are already wanting to sign up.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Carla Bullinger at 250-267-8249 or email comthatcares@sd27.bc.ca

5) Spring Break Programs at the Recreation Complex
Computer Animation - 10 - 13 years
Create your own movie using LEGO Stop Animation. This program will give participants a taste of the computer animation industry.
March 10 - 14, 10:45am - 12:45pm
$150 (5 classes)
 
Video Game Designer - 11 - 14 years
In this hands on class, students will design their own video game including the background, characters, sounds and the way it is played. At the end of the program they will go home with a copy of their game to continue to build or to play.
March 10 - 14, 3:15 - 5:15pm
$150 (5 classes)

Video Game Designer Jr - 7 - 10 years
Design and build your our 2D or 3D world using simple video interface. Students will complete an interactive video game to take home and enjoy with family and friends.
March 10 - 14, 1:30 - 3:00pm
$113 (5 classes)

Lego Robotics - 7 - 10 years
Using Lego Technic Builds, participants will modify and design moving, remote controlled vehicles. They will learn how machines work and what power sources they need.
March 10 - 14, 9:00 - 10:30am
$113 (5 classes)

Check out the programs and events at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex online or call 205.398.7665

6) Free Swim - Wednesday March 12 at 1:30 pm
Free Swim, Wednesday, March 12 from 1:30 - 300pm Sponsored by the Williams Lake Stampeders

7) Free Swim - Saturday March 15  at 6:30 pm
Free Swim, Saturday March 15th from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Sponsored by the Williams Lake Lions Club

8) Rec Centre's Spring Break Fun Days - A different fun theme each day 1:30 - 3 pm
March 10 - Pirate Day
March 11 - Jungle Day
March 12 - Arctic Day 
March 13 - Survivor Day
March 14 - Sports Day
March 17 - Tropical Day
March 18 - Water War Day
March 19 - Iceberg Day
March 20 - Target Day
March 21 - Floaty Toy Day
Regular fees apply.

The Spring is the time to get outside, breath fresh air and resume activities such as running and biking. Unfortunately it is also the time to say goodbye to the ice rinks. The last week for drop in skating and hockey is March 9 to 15.  If you love skating get out there and enjoy your last few skates of the season.

9) Consider a Career as a Life Guard - Courses begin soon
Do you have what it takes to be a lifeguard? This profession has flexible hours and good pay. These courses are the first stepping stones to becoming a qualified lifeguard.

Bronze Medallion - Prerequisite -  Bronze Star or 13 years of age
This challenging course is the first step towards becoming a lifeguard. It induces instruction in lifesaving skills, water rescue and first aid. March 10 - 14, 12:00 - 4:00pm $185.00 (for 5 classes)

Bronze Cross & CPR C - Prerequisite - Bronze Medallion & 13 years of age
This program increases participant's knowledge in lifesaving and lifeguarding skills, water rescue and first aid. This course is worth two high school credits. All candidates must provide a copy of a current Bronze Medallion when they register. March 17 - 21, 12:00 - 4:00pm $153 (5 classes).


10) Reminder - Survey Input Appreciated - Accessibility Committee's wheelchair accessible taxi feasibility
Increasing taxi services for people with accessibility issues is an endeavor that requires information on how many people need it, would use it and how often. Your input is greatly valued so please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WLtaxisurvey or fill out a hardcopy available at City Hall and the Recreation Complex until March 31/14

11) Reminder - Alzheimer Society Workshops - begins March 11th from 9 am - 5 pm
A five session series for family members who are caring for a person with dementia and covers: Understanding Dementia, Understanding Communication, Understanding behavior, Planning for the future and self-care for caregivers.  Tuesday March 11th from 9 am - 5 pm at the Williams Lake Seniors Village Education room (basement) by donation. Pre-registration is required - call Elizabeth at 250-305-3191 or email ejelks@retirementconcepts.com

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