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.

WEB Summer Program Brochure 2019

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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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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.

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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.

 

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