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Access Williams Lake - This is a free, regularly updated directory connecting residents of Williams Lake and Area with a wide variety of not-for-profit resources. This directory is a project of the SPC in partnership with the TNC United Way. Additional funding support was received by the Social Development Working group of CCBAC.

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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, January 22, 2016

SPC Monthly Meeting Minutes (draft) - Oct 26, 2015

SPC Monthly Meeting Minutes draft - Oct 26, 2015 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: Cariboo Friendship Society (upstairs boardroom)
In attendance (from sign-in sheet): Diane Wright, Jan Fichtner, Anne Burrill, Carla Bullinger, Leah Selk, Shannon Thom, Jessica Knodel, Bruce Mack and Nancy Gale.

Accept Minutes & Agenda

During lunch we:
Reviewed meeting minutes from Sept 28, 2015
Motion to approve minutes as presented - MFSC

Reviewed meeting agenda for Oct 26, 2015 - add Community Foundation
Motion to approve agenda as amended - MFSC

Revisit action items from last meeting:
Send out one-pager from Larry Stranberg on tips for trade shows - completed
Invite Laurie Walters and GP for Me to SPC table - in progress

Guest Presentation and Q&A
Presentation from the Communities That Care Project with Anne Burrill and Carla Bullinger. Followed by Q&A.
Most people at the table today already have a good working knowledge of the CTC program so we jumped into Q&A  after giving people more time to arrive.
Q - is the data collected in the survey's available for people to refer to, in for example, a grant application related to identified risk factors?
A - Absolutely. Feel free to contact Anne (even for help on how to utilize this valuable community data).

Annual General Meeting
Discussed agenda and "flow" of upcoming AGM and Trade Show style event on Nov 23, 2015 from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. A list of confirmed participants was also presented and the group added potential names for strategic invites (and tasked people to invite)
Scot Durward from Tolko & Chamber of Commerce was identified as an ideal guest speaker for the start of the Trade Show portion. Jessica to ask Sharon Taylor to pursue (if able).

SPC Items
Future agenda items for your consideration: just FYI at this time (no major discussion at this time).

·         CMHA Community Protocol for Anti Racism Initiatives- the CMHA is forming a group to revisit
·         UBC Human Geography Student Projects - the second project in partnership with the SPC will begin early next year

Community Foundation - Nancy Gale
There is an established Community Foundation Fund for our local region. It is funded in part by Gaming revenues, which are required by law to invest via municipal levies to community projects.

Public revenue and expense reports are available, and from the latest reports there is a significant amount of money that is available to be reinvested in the community.

Nancy Gale is starting a "task force" to identify how the community could best invest these dollars. It was noted that the City of Quesnel is a good example of how funding is distributed.

A motion was made for 2- 3 representatives from the SPC to participate in this task force - MFSC

Roundtable Updates
More details sent out via community updates.

Bruce Mack (CCPL):
-Next regional education meeting is Nov 23rd (9 - 11am) - invites will follow.
-Elli Taylor is hired in Canim Lake
-CCPL AGM - Nov 27th

Nancy Gale (CDC):
-AGM - CDC Nov 16th (5pm event for youth volunteers to eat with the board)
-Dec 15th tentative date for Xmas dinner event
-Yuletide dinner - looking for facility

Anne Burrill (Housing First & CTC):
Working with Fraser Basin Council - Housing First project (under federal funding)
Working with CTC - community profile
Contract work as well (e.g. Potato House)

Carla Bullinger (CTC):
Parent Support Group - poster (Oct 28th first mtg at CDC)

Leah Selk (CCACS):
Under Contract renewal this week.
Community Arts Council has moved into their building.

Shannon Thom (WLES):
Job Fair - went very well (350 people came through their booth alone).

Motion to adjourn the meeting - MFSC

The next SPC meeting (and AGM) is scheduled for Nov 23, 2015 at 11:30 am location Signal Point Gaming Funding support for the Social Planning Council is provided by the United Way & City of Williams Lake

Community Updates (20) - Jan 22, 2016

Community Updates (20) - Jan 22, 2016
Table of contents:

1) Next SPC Meeting is on Jan 25, 2016 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
2) Positive Action Word of the Week(s)
3) Puppet Show - Jan 26th from 11 - 11:45 am
4) Annual Family Fest - Sunday Jan 31 from 10am - 2pm in the Gibraltar Room
5) Winter Carnival in Boitanio Park - Sat & Sun Jan 30 - 31st
6) Health Fair for All Service Providers - Fri Jan 29th in Anahim Lake
7) CMHA Racism Awareness Network - update
8) Growing Our Future - The Williams Lake Economic Development Plan  LAUNCH EVENT
9) Nature Kindergarten at Scout Island Nature Centre - 2016
10) Performances in the Park - Call for Performers - application deadline Mar 3/16
11) Big Brothers Big Sisters Adult Prom "Big Night Out fundraiser" - Feb 13
12) Womens Contact Society Events - Hold 'Em fundraiser on Feb 6th & Bridal/Womens Fair Mar 6th
13) Williams Lake Film Club - Tues Jan 26th "Fractured Land" (with local Director Q&A)
14) Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society Project Grants for 2016 - applications due Jan 29th
15) CMHA's Curling Funspiel - Feb 13th
16) Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society update
17) Update on Williams Lake Refugee Sponsorship Group
18) Canada-BC Job Grant Program is back
19) Steering Committee for Youth Week (May 1 - 7)
20) Sam Ketchum Pool Renovation update (Jan 2016)

For these updates please visit the link below:

Friday, January 8, 2016

Next SPC Meeting is on Jan 25th 2016 at 11:30 am

Next SPC Meeting is on Jan 25, 2016 from 11:30 am - 1 pm
The next Social Planning Council meeting is scheduled for Monday Jan 25th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the City of Williams Lake's downstairs Boardroom (Rick Hansen Boardroom). At this meeting we will hear two presentations.

Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy will be presenting first in celebration of National Literacy Week to talk about their one on one PAL (Partner Assisted Learning) program, followed by Q&A

BC Housing First Project presentation by Anne Burrill will be presenting second followed by Q&A.

Lunch will be available by donation and please bring a harcopy (or email in advance) any round table updates you would like to share.

See you Monday the 25th, and remember to send your updates anytime to spc-coordinator@xplornet.com


Annual Memberships are due

Your membership is greatly appreciated and shows your support for the work that gets done by everyone around the Social Planning Council table. To the left is a form you can download, print and then send in (or bring it to the next SPC Monthly Meeting on Jan 25th - see details below).



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