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.