Support our Coldest Night of the Year team!

On Feb. 22 we are walking to help improve the homeless situation right here in Oceanside. Consider supporting our team, SOS and Friends, by making a donation, or by joining our team! Together we can make a difference. Our thanks to Island Crisis Care Society for hosting this event. #unityincommunity 

Click here to make a donation. 

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Women's Personal Growth January 2020

Looking to work on yourself and achieve personal growth this year? The Women's Personal Growth program runs January 23 - April 9 at SOS in Parksville. See the poster below for more details. To register or for more information call 250-248-2093 ext. 225.


Take our SOS survey and win!

By taking this short survey, you will be entered to win $25 in Thrift Shop gift certificates. This survey will help us ensure we are engaging with and supporting our residents. Thank you for your support!

 Click here to take the survey!



Christmas Volunteer Appreciation Event

We had a wonderful evening celebrating our Volunteers and the impact they make on our communities on Dec.12. We heard music by local musician Robbie Noland, and we danced to music by The Revolving Doors. Many volunteers won door prizes donated by local businesses, and we had a visit from Santa! We ate good food, we laughed, and some of us cried during a touching speech by a woman who has accessed SOS programs. She thanked our founding member Edith Chamberlayne for changing her life and presented her with a gift. SOS is a volunteer-driven organization and we appreciate and value our amazing volunteers!

Thanks to the following businesses for their donations:
Home Hardware,  Leslie's Esthetics, Black Goose Inn, Robert Held Art Glass, French Creek Seafood, British Bobby Restaurant, Blossoms n' Such, Mod Apparel, Looking Good Salon, Cultivate Garden & Gift, Mystic Lotus, Cuckoo Trattoria, Pacific Brimm Cafe & Catering, Lantzville Village Pub, Close To You Ladies Fashion & Lingerie, Boston Pizza, Wilde and Sparrow, The Courtyard Cafe.

Free Food Program for families

This free program will help educate low income families on cooking healthy food on a budget. Seating is limited so please register now!


Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

What an incredible example of a caring community! Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive this year, we witnessed many big smiles and warm embraces, group photos with Santa and incredible Christmas spirit! A huge thank you to Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre for putting on another successful and inspiring event. Altogether our community brought in 1,813 toys, $3,758 in gift cards and $8,861 in cash and cheques. We also received $1,000 from an RBC grant and $450 from the Kids Cuts for Charity event! Thanks to all the many volunteers at Tigh-Na-Mara, SOS and RBC, and thanks to Arrowsmith Moving & Storage for helping us transport all the gifts! Together we are helping create magic for local families and individuals in need at Christmas.


SOS Fall Newsletter

Please click below to view our Fall 2019 Newsletter, filled with new SOS initiatives and information on the impact we are making in our communities, thanks to support from our residents.

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Halloween at SOS

SOS Halloween

We had a spooktastic time at our Halloween festivities! Our Annual costume comptetition tunred out to be another tough task for judges as everyone looked so incredible! But Directors John and Jo, our judges this year, did manage to pick some winners. Now we need your help with the People's Choice award! 
1. Child, Youth & Family Program Team with Tim Burton Characters
2. Admin Team with Disney Villains
3. Management Team with Day of the Dead
4. Thrift Shop Team with individual costume awesomeness

Votes will be tallied the morning of Monday, Nov. 4.
The Judges picked: Disnely Villains: Admin Team for Best Team Costume, Day of the Dead: Management Team for Runner Up, and Aimee won Best Individual Costume as a super creative Moth. Thanks to our three volunteers who dressed up and won a prize, you looked amazing! Enjoy these pictures of our Thrift Shop parade and leave a comment below to get your vote in!





Kids Cuts for Charity returns!

Does your child need a hair cut? Have them looking their best while also supporting local families and individuals this Christmas!  Hair Stylist Aneilla Veselisin from Tigh-Na-Mara's Grotto Spa created this event years ago, to support the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. Please call the number listed below for an appointment.

4unit Kids Cuts for Chairty Nov19

SOS Christmas program registration starts Nov. 13

Do you need help making ends meet this Christmas? Please register in person at one of the locations listed below. For more information, call 250-248-2093.

 Combined Registration Poster 2019

Project Connect Health Fair

SOS was proud to be part of the collaborative effort that connected dozens of homeless residents, and many who are at risk of homelessness, with essential items and resources last week during the sixth annual Project Connect Health Fair. The event, hosted by the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, was held at the Parksville Community Centre with the goal of connecting residents in need to services and organizations in the community that are dedicated to eradicating homelessness and the stigmas surrounding it. Residents got free hair cuts, hearing exams, public health testing, hygiene items, portraits, food, pet food and more, while gathering information on local resources. All the give-away items and services were donated by service providers, local businesses and community members.


Active Aging Week Oct 1 - 7

SOS is proud to be participating in Active Aging Week, which takes place Oct.1-7. Come visit our Open House at Qualicum Commons on Oct. 2 from 10:30 - noon, where seniors can enjoy refreshments while learning about SOS programs and services. For more on local events, click here to view the RDN Active Aging Week brochure.

Free Seniors' Seminar

Learn about federal government programs, services and benefits at a free seminar hosted by SOS on Oct. 3, 2019. A Service Canada representative will give a presentation and take questions.

The semiars will take place at the SOS Community Services Centres in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. In Parksville it will run from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at 245 Hirst Ave. West. In Qualicum Beach it will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.).

The discussions are very popular and there is limited space, so pre-registration is required to reserve a space. Pre-register by calling 250-248-2093 ext. 239. Don't forget to bring a pen and paper.


Tenant Education Workshop

SOS and the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre are hosting a free educational workshop to help local renters have successful rental outcomes. Whether you are just getting into the rental market or have been renting a home for many years, this workshop will help you better understand your rights and obligations, how to protect yourself, and more. The workshop takes place Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. and will run for about 2 hours, including a question and answer period.

Seating is limited. Register today by calling SOS at 250-248-2093.



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