History of the SPCCND
Discussions around the creation of a Social Planning Council in Cambridge and North Dumfries began in 1985. In 1987 a steering committee was formed to work out the feasibility, structure and mandate of such a group and a motion was passed to form the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and District. The Social Planning Council was originally tasked with networking among social service agencies, information sharing and community awareness of services available in Cambridge, conducting research on local issues, and promoting co-operation among local agencies to avoid duplication of programs and services.
Over the years the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries has worked on a number of projects in the local community. Projects have looked at affordable housing, homelessness, child care, transportation, age friendly communities, the eradication of poverty and newcomers to Canada to name a few. The SPCCND has engaged the community through educational forums looking at employment standards and tenant rights and. The annual Poverty Symposium began in 2005 and has educated community members on poverty issues such as Ending Child and Family Poverty, The Social Determinants of Health and The Working Poor. Prior to each federal, provincial and municipal election the SPCCND hosts All Candidate Meetings to help Cambridge and North Dumfries voters to make informed decisions at election time.
In May of 2015 the SPCCND held it's 25th Anniversary Celebration at City Hall. Guest speaker Marvyn Novick shared his passion regarding the work of social planning councils.