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.

Project Connect Health Fair

Community organizations in the region area are coming together again to offer our most vulnerable residents access to emergency services, items of necessity, and life saving resources under one roof.

The 6th Annual Project Connect Health Fair will take place Thursday, Oct. 10 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parksville Community Centre.

The event, organized by the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, was designed to connect residents in need to service providers, businesses and volunteers who are dedicated to eradicating homelessness and the stigmas surrounding it. Service providers such as Island Crisis Care Society, Forward House Community Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, The Career Centre, Mental Health & Substance Use, Ministry of Social Development, and SOS, along with approximately 30 other businesses and community groups, will be on hand to give a hand up to our most vulnerable citizens.

The event will offer free haircuts, hearing exams, foot care, public health testing, information on programs, healthy food, hygiene items, portraits and many other valuable services, all donated from service providers and the community.  A veterinarian will also be on hand for those who have pets providing pet food, flea care, vaccinations and food.  The Parksville Community Centre has also sponsored the event, making it possible for it to be free for attendees.

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.

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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.

 

 

Fall Personal Growth Programs

Do you take time to evaluate your own personal growth? Life can get busy, and we may not make the time to ensure we're on the right path. If you need some time to work on yourself, grow with others, and gain inspiration, you may want to sign up for the Fall session of the SOS Personal Growth programs. The Women's Group begins Sept. 11 and runs Wednesdays evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm until Nov. 27. The Men's Group begins Sept. 19 and runs Thursdays 7 - 9 pm until Dec. 12. The cost is $5 per person per session, and SOS subsidizes the remaining costs. Follow the links for more information or call 250-248-2093 ext. 225 to register today. Space is limited.

New SOS book celebrates the community

The story of SOS began with three women having a conversation around a kitchen table. Over the last 51 years SOS has grown to become an integral part of our community, created by community, and supported by community. But it wasn't easy. 

The new SOS 50th Anniversary commemorative book entitled Celebrating a Caring Community, tells the amazing story of SOS, from its beginnings to its recent 50th Anniversary celebrations. This project took 3 years to complete, involving a professional writer (Neil Horner) and publishing team (Behind the Book), and brings in voices of clients, staff, volunteers, program participants, community leaders, partners and more. It also reveals the saga of the Thrift Shop before it found its current home at the bustling Hirst Street location. 

Celebrating a Caring Community is for sale at local Mulberry Bush Bookstores, at the SOS Thrift Shop and at SOS Community Services Centres in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The cost is $20 and supports SOS programs and services.

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Canada Day Parade - SOS City of Heros

SOS had a wonderful time in the Canada Day Parade, thank you to those of you who cheered us on! In case you missed it, our theme was SOS, City of Heroes. We hope you had a great long weekend, and consider joining us next year for our next exciting theme in the 2020 Canada Day Parade! Our thanks to Ray at Kingsley Trucking in Coombs for the flatdeck truck and our fantastic volunteer driver Bruce, thanks to Arrowsmith Golf & Micky J's Bar & Grill and Kim and Kelly Jiggins for lending us a golf cart and tools, thanks to the Parksville Community Centre for lending us risers for our float and thanks to Dolly's Home Hardware - Qualicum Beach for giving us some paint! We really do live in a city of Heroes!

Summer 2019 Program Guide

Stay active, healthy and engaged this summer. See the SOS 2019 Summer Program Guide below.

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Haven Society seeking Directors

Haven Society is seeking qualified women to join its volunteer Board of Directors. SOS collabroates with Haven Society on the Parksville Qualicum Haven House, a local safe home for women and their children who are fleeing abuse. Haven Society is looking for individuals in the Parksville Qualicum region and the Nanaimo area whose skills, passion, and experience align with the purposes, mission, and values of Haven Society. For more information click here.

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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