SOS AGM

The 2019 SOS AGM will take place Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. There will be an election of Directors, a reading from our new 50th Anniversary Book, the new Annual Report will be distributed and there will be a brief Auditor's report. Cookies, coffee and tea will be available. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, June 17.

Halo for Haven Fundraiser

A fundraiser for the Parksville Qualicum Haven House on June 17 will assist women and their children fleeing domestic violence in the Oceanside area. Halo for Haven is a Golf and Luncheon taking place at Fairwinds Golf Course. For more information please see the poster below.

Musical concert to benefit Parksville Qualicum Haven House

A fundraising concert on May 26 will benefit local women and children fleeing domestic violence. A Woodwind quintet called the Faire Wyndes will perform at 2 p.m., May 26 at Knox United Church. For more information please see the poster below.

 

SOS celebrates Youth Week

SOS was excited to collaborate with other organizations in District 69 during Youth Week, May 1-7. SOS hosted activities including a Disco Roller Skate and a Nerf Showdown with the Regional District of Nanaimo. Other free events for youth took place throughout the region, hosted by local organizations including RDN YOUth, Parksville Baptist Church and Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association.

SOS is a proud supporter of our local youth, offering a number of programs for grades 6-12. Our programs provide a safe space to connect with others, fun activities, and wholesome food.

Programs expand to Qualicum Beach

SOS is excited to announce two program expansions that took place in Qualicum Beach in April 2019, to meet needs in the region. 

The Seniors Connecting program is now meeting weekly in Qualicum Beach, instead of monthly. The program is available to seniors 65+ who live in Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Errington, French Creek, Whiskey Creek, Qualicum Bay or Bowser. Participants meet in a safe, comfortable environment to socialize, meet new friends and gain information over a light lunch. The group will primarily meet at Qualicum Commons. For a schedule of times and locations call 250-752-2040 ext. 3 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SOS operates a very successful School Nite Out program for Grades 7-9 at our Parksville Community Services Centre, and we are now happy to offer youth the same access to programming in Qualicum Beach and surrounding areas. Nutritious snacks and dinner are provided at Qualicum Commons. The program works with youth to achieve positive mental health, social connectedness, healthy eating and physical activity. Island Health is supporting the new program in the form of a grant. SOS also offers a Youth Open Space program at Qualicum Commons for Grades 10-12. For more information call 250-248-2093 ext. 232 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Volunteers Celebrated at Spring Luncheon

It was wonderful to see many of our volunteers at the Volunteer Recognition and Years of Service Ceremony on April 11. Volunteers make such a difference in our communities and SOS is so lucky to have such wonderful people on our team! Volunteers were serenaded by a band made up of SOS staff members (SOS JAM), they had a lovely lunch catered by Galloping Gourmet, and many received Years of Service certificates and pins. Those who have been us for many years received bouquets of flowers, this included 40-year volunteer Irene Lambert, 35-year volunteer Rita Paul, and 20-year volunteers Phil St. Luke and Alan Moore. Thanks to local dignitaries who attended Gord Johns: Courtenay-Alberni Member of Parliament, Tamie Norh representing Michelle Stilwell, MLA Parksville-Qualicum and Qualicum Beach Mayor Brian Wiese. And of course our Queen, SOS Founding member Edith Chamberlayne, pictured below with MP Gord Johns. 

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Need help with your Income Taxes?

The SOS Income Tax Program is in full swing, filing taxes for low-income individals and families at no cost. The program is available for residents to access at both our Parksville and Qualicum Beach Community Services Centres, and runs select days until and April 29. Once local residents have all their paperwork, they can call 250-248-2093 to make an appointment. Click here to find out more about the program and the income guidelines.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Need help grocery shopping?

Do you know a senior in Qualicum Beach or surrounding area who needs assistance getting to the grocery store? There is space on the Oceanside Better at Home Grocery Shopping Bus in Qualicum Beach! Residents who live in Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Qualicum Beach, Coombs or Hilliers, can get picked up at their home, volunteers will assist them with grocery shopping, they can have a coffee break, and then they will be taken back home. This is a free service and takes place every second Friday from 10 am to noonish. View the poster or call 250-752-2040 ext. 4 to register or learn more.

 

Monday, 31 December 2018

Local seniors enjoy special treat

More than 100 local seniors enjoyed a memorable afternoon this month, with delicious food, live music, dancing, Christmas trivia, prizes and more at the annual SOS Seniors Connecting Christmas Luncheon. Participants of the group were treated to a lunch catered by Spice of Life, complete with turkey, perogies, stuffing, cranberry, salads and a huge dessert spread. Music by the Revolving Doors had a number of people up on their feet doing the twist. SOS Seniors Connecting programs run in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach throughout the year, providing a place for local seniors to connect, socialize, problem solve and enjoy some time together.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Dignitaries attend Toy Shop Tour

A number of community leaders visited the SOS Toy Shop prior to it opening up for local families in-need this year. The new Mayors both attended a Toy Shop tour, as well as councillors from City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach. We were also very pleased to host Qualicum First Nations Chief Michael Recalma and Tamara Rooke representing Michelle Stilwell, MLA Parksville-QualicumMP Gord Johns also had a tour of the Toy Shop, as well as the Thrift Shop and Parksville Community Services Centre. All attendees were very impressed with the Toy Shop, and all the community support it takes to stock it up so beautifully for our families in-need. It was nice to see some new faces, along with those who have come to visit the Toy Shop before.

Volunteers celebrated at SOS Christmas event

Volunteers enjoyed a traditional Christmas meal, live entertainment, treats from Santa, as well as prizes at the SOS Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Dinner. About 250 volunteers and their spouses attended the annual event, which celebrates the impact SOS volunteers make in our community.

 

Big turnout for Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive was a fantastic example of community supporting community and making sure our residents in-need experience some joy at Christmas. A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the 10th Annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, supporting the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. We're so grateful to Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre for choosing SOS as the recipient of this amazing event, and to all of you for making it so special. All-in-all there were 1,990 gifts collected, $4,573 in gift cards and $9,230 in cash and cheques! This will go a long way in making Christmas special for our local families and individuals.

SOS Golden Jubilee recognized by The Queen

 

Although she couldn’t make it to our Golden Jubilee event on Nov. 4, Queen Elizabeth II sent “warm good wishes” in a letter, along with regrets that she couldn't make the event. A wonderful time was had by all at the Golden Jubilee event, complete with cupcakes, balloons, flowers and friends. Although the Queen was unable to attend, SOS affectionately refers to Founding Member Edith Chamberlayne as our “Queen”, and Chamberlayne was in attendance at the Parksville Community Centre for the event. Chamberlayne gave a radiant speech, and we also heard some nice speeches from local dignitaries. A new SOS 50th Anniversary Video was also revealed at the event and an excerpt from a new SOS book, which will be published next Spring, was also read at the event.

Silver Spur Toy Ride a great success!

The Annual Silver Spur Toy Ride was a great success! 45 riders and their horses, decked out in Christmas attire, made their way through the streets of Parksville with a wagon, collecting toys for the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. The Silver Spur Riding Club stopped at SOS for a snack and hot chocolate, and then carried on to Stanford Place where they collected more gifts! Their efforts brought in a very large pile of toys, $650, plus $130 in gift cards. Thank you to everyone who took part in and supported this wonderful event, benefitting our residents in need. This will go a long way in brightening many local Christmases.

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