Silver Spur Equestrian Toy Ride postponed

Due to safety concerns for the horses and rider posed by the weather forecast for Nov. 19, the Silver Spur Equestrian Toy Ride will now take place Saturday Nov. 25. Please see the poster for details. Thank you for your support!

 

How to support SOS Caring for Community

Thank you for your interest in making Christmas a little brighter for our residents in need.
The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program ensures all local children and youth receive a special gift at Christmas, and that individuals and families can choose food items that are meaningful to them over the holidays. To support the program, help SOS reach it's monetary goal of $115,000. The funds are used to purchase local grocery store gift cards which are distributed to families and individuals. Donate online, in person or by phone. SOS also endeavours to fill our Toy Shop at Christmas, so parents, caregivers and grandparents can shop for free for their children.

Drop off an unwrapped gift or gift card to the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, at 245 West Hirst Avenue.  We are often short on gifts for tweens and teens, click here to see a list of popular items with that age group. Another great way to help fill the SOS Toy Shop is by locating an SOS Angel Tree hosted by a number of businesses and organizations in District 69 throughout the Christmas season. These are gifts that are popular this year with children and teens, and gifts that we often run low on in the Toy Shop.  Purchase the gift listed on an Angel and return the unwrapped gift to the location you found it.

There are also a number of third party events that help us fill the Toy Shop.  Click here for dates and locations.

If you are hoping to do more for residents this Christmas, or you have a group or classroom willing and eager to help, please click here to find 5 ways you can support the program this holiday season.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017

Mark your calendars for these heart warming events!

Get into the Christmas spirit with these great events held by our community partners. The gifts and donations collected at these events will benefit the Caring for Community at Christmas program, ensuring every local child and youth get a special gift under their tree, and that adults and seniors can enjoy a meaningful meal, with dignity. Click on the link below for more information.

Kids Cuts for Charity Ends Nov. 25

Equestrian Christmas Toy Ride Nov. 25 (this has been postponed from the 19th to the 25 due to the weather)

Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive Nov. 29

Community Toy Drive and Skate Dec. 16

Thursday, 02 November 2017

The Fall Newsletter has arrived!

Catch up on the latest SOS news, look back at some history as we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Christmas program, and mark your calendar for important upcoming dates. Click here to view the Fall Newsletter 2017.

Fall Newsletter 2017 Front page

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Vote for the Halloween Costume People's Choice Award

The Winner of the People's Choice is the CYF Team with Harry Potter! Congratulations! Since we all had fun, we were all winners!

We need your help selecting a winner for the People's Choice Award in our Halloween Costume competition! Please make a comment here or email your vote to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Nov. 6, 2017 and the winner will be announced Nov. 7. Thank you for your Halloween Spirit! BIG bragging rights at stake here.😊
There are 3 teams:
1. Child, Youth & Family Centre Team (Harry Potter theme)
2. Thrift Shop Team (Individual, no theme)
3. Admin Team (Peter Pan theme)

1. Team CYFC

2. TeamThriftShop

3. Team Admin

Friday, 27 October 2017

SOS 50th Anniversary approaching

This year marks SOS' 50th Christmas! SOS became a society Nov. 8, 1968, and the first program launched was the Christmas program. Read more here and mark your calendars for event celebrations in 2018

 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The STAR program returns

This free workshop gives you an edge in the competitive renters market. The program stands for Supporting Tenancy through Action and Resources. Classes are interactive and fun, and require active participation. Upon successful completion, a certificate is issued. Topics include living with others, budgeting, and rights and responsibilities. The program takes place Nov. 6-10 from 1 to 4 pm at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville. Light refreshments and healthy snacks will be provided, and there are prizes to be won. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call 250-248-2093 ext 241 to secure your space. Must be 16 years or older. The STAR program was created by the Nanaimo Women's Centre. The SOS Community Services Centre is located at 245 West Hirst Ave. in Parksville (kitty corner to the SOS Thrift Shop).

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Get into Halloween at SOS Thrift Shop

Want to get into the Halloween spirit without breaking the bank? Are you on the hunt for a creative, one-of-a-kind ensemble? Come check out the Halloween section at the SOS Thrift Shop! There's something for everybody, and all purchases support vital community programs and services. 188 West Hirst Ave Parksville, open 9 am-4 pm Monday-Saturday.

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Project Connect Health Fair

An event on Oct. 12 in Parksville will provide free products and services to homeless people, and those at risk of homelessness in Oceanside, while also bringing community members together to show support for our region’s mot vulnerable.

The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness is hosting the fourth annual Project Connect Health Fair on Oct. 12 at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. This event coincides with Homelessness Action Week in B.C.

A number of services providers will be present at the event, including Island Crisis Care Society, Forward House Community Society, Society of Organized Services (SOS), Canadian Mental Health Association, The Career Centre, Mental Health & Substance Use and Ministry of Social Development, among many others.

The event will offer free hair cuts, hearing exams, foot care, public health testing, portraits and many other valuable services. A veterinarian will also be on hand for those who have pets. Donations from service providers and community members will provide give-away items including food, pet food, and hygiene items.

Along with serving residents in-need, the event aims to raise awareness about homelessness in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding communities, and to give service providers a valuable opportunity to connect with each other about their services.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Free Seniors Seminar

Local seniors may be missing out on government benefits, and two seminars hosted by SOS on Oct. 5 aims to change that.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at both SOS locations, a Service Canada Representative will provide much-needed information on Federal Government programs, services and benefits. This is a very popular seminar and pre-registration is required, as seating is limited. The seminar will run from 9:30-11:30 am on Oct. 5 at SOS in Parksville (245 West Hirst Ave) and from 1:30-3:30 pm at SOS at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.) Pre-register by calling 250-248-2093 ext. 239.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Women and Men's Personal Growth Programs

Your opportunity to make time for, and work on, yourself starts this Fall at SOS. There are two Personal Growth Sessions starting in September, 2017. The cost for both are $5 per session, and the remainder of the costs are subsidized by SOS. 
Call 250-248-2093 ext. 225 to register. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women's Personal Growth
at SOS in Parksville. Sept. 6 - Nov. 22, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm.
Exploring self-esteem, personal boundaries, communication, healthy relationships, forgiveness, conflict resolution, and problem solving. 

Men's Personal Growth
at Qualicum Commons, Thursdays, Sept. 21-Dec.7, 2017, 7-9 pm.
Discover four windows to self-exploration, understand your anger and conflict style, gain effective communication skills, find your voice within relationships, and develop a deeper sense of purpose. 

 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

SOS has a new Board of Directors

Meet our new board

New faces at SOS

The SOS has three new board members who will help set direction for the non-profit organization. SOS has been working for 49 years in Parksville Qualicum Beach to provide support to residents and deliver relevant, community-based programs and services.

New SOS director Joshua Dennis moved to the area from North Eastern BC and works as an IT Consultant. Some of the areas where he has previously volunteered include Thailand after the 2004 Tsunami, he recently set up a computer lab in a school in Myanmar, and he is working to retrofit dozens of other schools with modern computer technology.

Don Luke worked in telecommunications for 40 years, before moving to Parksville in 2000. While working in Ontario, he joined Revenue Canada’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and has continued that work with SOS. Luke was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers this year, in recognition of his contributions to this community.

Paul Ruffell was born and raised in the United Kingdom, where he received his engineering degree. He came to Canada in 1981 and worked in the Arctic for a decade. He became president and CEO of an Engineering Consulting firm based in Western Canada, and eventually led an Infrastructure group with 3,500 staff across Canada.

Garry Cox was re-elected to continue his role as the Chair of the SOS Board, Martin Fereday will continue to serve his two-year term and was elected as First Vice Chair, Elaine McKinlay was re-elected and will serve as Second Vice Chair. Jennifer Mullett was re-elected to the board, as well as Barbara Price. The following directors will continue to fulfil their two-year terms: Gordon Ball, Don Dempson and Pamela May-Straka. Renate Sutherland will stay on as Executive Director until January 2018.

 

Photo caption:
Photo by Bill Trace
The new SOS board, back row from left to right, Jennifer Mullett, Pamela May-Straka, Don Luke, Renate Sutherland, Paul Ruffell, Barbara Price and Elaine McKinlay. Front row from left, Don Dempson, Gordon Ball, Garry Cox, Joshua Dennis and Martin Fereday.

 

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

SOS wins on Canada Day!

We won! Our thanks to all the amazing volunteers and program participants who joined us on Canada Day and helped us win 1st place in the Community Entry Category! And thanks to all of you in the crowd who cheered us on with so much enthusiasm. What a great way to celebrate our country.

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