Board of Directors

  • Martin Fereday
  • Dr. Jennifer Mullett
  • Bonnie Wallis
  • Garry Cox
  • Johns Banks
  • Joshua Dennis
  • Jo Dunn
  • Don Luke
  • Paul Ruffell
  • Pamela May-Straka
  • Anne Thompson
  • Susanna Newton

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS is only able to offer essential services. This includes: Meals on Wheels, Emergency Assistance & Advocacy (by phone),  Seniors Advocacy (by phone), Counselling Referral (online), Seniors grocery shopping and Friendly Phone Visiting (through Ocenaside Better at Home and BC211), the Homeless Prevention Program and the Income Tax program (by phone). SOS Thrift Shop is closed until further notice and cannot accept donations until we reopen. SOS Community Services Centres are closed, and volunteer activities are suspended with the exception of a few areas. For more information or for assistance, call 250-248-2093. Monetary donations are critical at this time to keep our services available. If you are able, please consider donating. We wish you good health and hope to reconnect again soon.

John Banks

SOS Director

John Banks

John Banks was born and raised in Ohio. He graduated from Capital Law School and was called to the Ohio Bar. After practicing law for 20 years, he moved to Victoria, BC with his family in 1992. He volunteered in many roles in that city, including President with Victoria Habitat for Humanity. John and his wife Margot moved to Parksville in 2015. John is a full time grandfather and volunteers with a number of local organizations. He was elected to the SOS Board in June, 2019.

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