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History of the SPC

Mission Statement
To raise awareness about social needs in Kingston and Area and to engage citizens and community partners in planning and action on social needs that will improve the well being of the whole community.

History of the SPC
The Social Planning Council of Kingston and Area (SPC) is a not-for-profit, non-government organization and registered charity, which has operated in Kingston since 1930.

Originally known as the Kingston Welfare Council. It became the Social Planning Council of Kingston and District in 1965. The SPC defined its mandate as to identify unmet social needs in the community and to suggest the resources needed to meet these needs.

Throughout its history, the SPC has been concerned with the state of social service needs and well-being of residents in Kingston and surrounding Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties. The mandate of the Social Planning Council of Kingston and Area is to provide leadership in identifying the need for social services and supports within the community.

In its quest to address community planning needs, the SPC has initiated several projects that have become autonomous agencies over the years: among them are the Kingston District Community Information Centre (as of 2005, part of Volunteer Kingston), and the Kingston Youth Shelter.

The SPC seeks to facilitate, co-ordinate, and advocate for positive social change, while bridging the worlds of community members, academic researchers, government policy-makers and on-the-ground program operators.

The Social Planning Council of Kingston & Area is a non-profit, charitable organization that was formed in 1930.  Its role is to:

CONVENE community members and partners to build relationships and create opportunities for positive social change;
LISTEN to concerns and ideas emerging from the community;
RESEARCH, develop tools and generate knowledge and information on social needs, issues and solutions; and
ENABLE community members to use research and information to improve the quality of community life.

CREATE social capital in the community through the above actions.

Values & Principles
The Social Planning Council is governed by eight Values and Principles:

          Supporting inclusiveness
          Ensuring security and safety
          Valuing diversity
          Recognizing interdependence
          Sharing responsibility for each other
          Connecting to the larger global environment
          Serving responsively
          Promoting citizen engagement

Effective and productive community planning is inclusive, integrative and encompasses multiple dimensions of community life.



Social Planning Council of Kingston and District
Community and Social Development for Kingston and Area
260 Brock St
Kingston Ontario Canada K7L 1S4
Phone: (613) 546-2843 Fax: (613) 546-2844


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