Join our upcoming events and become more connected to your community!

SOS is committed to enhancing our residents’ quality of life, including promoting healthy social lives and interpersonal connections.

Our events combat isolation, educate, inspire and help raise awareness of the resources available at SOS.

We also want to keep our pulse on the community, by listening to our residents’ thoughts, suggestions and interests.
Your input is valuable and could help shape future events. Click below to fill out a brief survey.

Spring Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 2023

See below the highlights of the Spring Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Thank you everyone for coming to our annual SOS Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon! To all the volunteers, dignitaries and our special musical guest Jesse Epp, thank you for celebrating with us and for making this event so special. It was wonderful to reconnect and to celebrate!

SOS Spring Community Impact

Please enjoy our Spring Community Impact Report.
We have a good news story from our Homeless Prevention Program, a spotlight on events this year,
information about the GradWear program, and more!

SOS Savings Book Fundraiser

SOS is working with Blue Sky Fundraising to help fundraise for SOS. They are a local company who produce savings books to help raise funds for charities and local schools such as SPCA and Ballenas Secondary School. Each book will retail at $20 each and sold at SOS Thrift Shop and at our Parksville Community Services Centre from February 13 – end of May.

Inside the Savings book readers will find many coupons from businesses in Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo. Overall providing over $1,400 worth of savings.

For more information on Blue Sky Fundraising or the Savings Book visit and

Participating Businesses:

  • The Back 40 Grill
  • Elegance Sculpting
  • Bosley’s By Pet Valu
  • KD’s Cafe
  • Lefty’s Pizza & Restaurant
  • Sunset Lanes Bowling Alley
  • Mystic Lotus
  • Topspot Diner
  • M&N Mattress and Sofa
  • Bumblebaby Boutique
  • Family Ford
  • Coyote’s Coffee
  • Close To You Fashion Boutique
  • Sarpinos Pizzeria
  • In The Groove Records
  • Retro Zone Games
  • Island Traders
  • Mercedes Lane Fashion
  • Barber Ret
  • Qualicum Pet Foods & Supply
  • Tablet Pharmacy
  • Legart Leggings
  • Wildplay Elements Park
  • Cobs Bread
  • Invictus Charters
  • Bee’s Knees Cafe & Catering
  • Drip Coffee
  • Port Place Hair Spa
  • Gifts for Kids
  • LG’s Pizza & Pasta
  • Lilybelle Locks
  • Happiest Pup Pet Services
  • The Breakfast Nook
  • Hub City Cycles
  • Kirby’s Source for Sports
  • Sarah Talks Food
  • Sports Card Alley
  • Piccadilly Bistro
  • Off the Vine On Premise Winemaking

SOS Personal Growth Group starts Jan. 31

Dreaming of a better you this year? This is the place to begin. The SOS Personal Growth Group helps residents enhance their quality of life and develop their potential while gaining new skills and confidence. Outcomes include: a better connection with yourself and others, a better understanding of identity, and increased awareness of relationships with family, friends, and the community. The program runs for 10-weeks from Jan. 21 – April 4 at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville. The cost is $5 per session and the remainder of the cost is subsidized by SOS. Pre-register for the program by calling 250-752-2040 ext. 200.

SOS Learning Series – Cultivating a Resilience Practice

Join SOS for a free seminar on creating a healthy resilience practice on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville.

The seminar will be led by Cindy Thompson ACC, M. Sc, RCC, who is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Executive Coach. Over the past two years Cindy has been studying resilience and learning from the lived experience of her guests on A Resilience Project podcast. Representatives from local mental health service organizations will also be present for a panel question and answer discussion.

To learn more or to pre-register, visit or call SOS at 250-248-2093 by February 9.


Red Apple Fill the Sleigh Day

Red Apple Fill the Sleigh Day

A big shoutout to Red Apple, all the staff there, and everyone who supported their Fill the Sleigh Day and Toy Drive for SOS this year
SOS received a cheque for $1,203 from 10% of the sales on Dec. 5, PLUS $1,520 in cash donations collected by customers and $3,600 in toys and gifts.