Our History

48 Years of Community Building

Our History

In the summer of 1968, a call went out to community leaders throughout District 69. This call came from a number of concerned individuals whose social conscience wouldn’t allow them to ignore the plight of their neighbours. Families in need were not receiving the help they needed to overcome hardships. Was it possible to create an effective organization to help the families in District 69?

As well as basic necessities like warm coats, food, and shelter; children needed orthopedic shoes, eye glasses, hearing aids, basic dental care, speech therapy, and prescription medications. These all posed as obstacles to the childrens’ access to basic education. Young mothers needed guidance, and a temporary relief from everyday burdens; the elderly, poor, and infirm needed rides to access medical care, someone to repair a broken stair which could lead to injury, or a dripping tap, which cut into an already meager income. Shut-ins needed visitors to let them know someone cared, and to perform small services, which would improve their quality of life.

The call for community action to ease the burdens of families in need was answered. Educators, clergymen, medical professionals, government officials, law enforcement, lawyers, bankers, businessmen, and union leaders offered their time and expertise to help address local needs. In turn, caring citizens from all walks of life, from Nanoose to Bowser, and Errington to Lasqueti, joined this group to volunteer their time and expertise to the cause.

Thus emerged District 69, Society of Organized Services.

Vision, Mission & Values

Our Purpose

Vision, Mission & Values

Our Mission

Through collaboration with community leaders and organizations, deliver a sustainable, creative, relevant and compassionate prevention and safety net for SD 69 residents in need.

Our Vision

To make our District a secure, supported and inclusive community.

Our Values

  • We value everyone’s contribution towards our vision and support each other to reach his/her potential by creating an encouraging and inspirational workplace.
  • With empathy and respect we strive to respond to the needs of those we serve to promote dignity and self-empowerment.
  • Through commitment and dedication we continue to search for opportunities to expand our knowledge, services and programs for solutions to assist our community.
  • We collaborate with both individuals and organizations in District 69 to provide the best services and programs possible.
  • We uphold the community’s trust through our commitment to responsible management of resources, programs and services.
  • SOS strives to achieve excellence in delivery of programs and services that assist and/or empower individuals and families.

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Positive Reviews:

  • Thank you for arranging a drive for my medical appointment... I really appreciate your cheerfulness...

    ~ a safely transported client

  • Not since the banquets of Nero... has such a meal been served on golden plates!

    ~ a delighted diner

  • The program was most helpful, empowering, and valuable.

    ~ a self-help participant

  • I have become more dignified and stable.

    ~ a community member enriched

  • This is the best day of my whole life.

    ~ a child's first picnic

  • Besides the hardship assistance, subsidized children's programming and vouchers... you have given us the greatest gift... respect, compassion, and dignity.

    ~ a family helped