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Friday, 15 September 2017

Free Seniors Seminar

Local seniors may be missing out on government benefits, and two seminars hosted by SOS on Oct. 5 aims to change that.
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at both SOS locations, a Service Canada Representative will provide much-needed information on Federal Government programs, services and benefits. This is a very popular seminar and pre-registration is required, as seating is limited. The seminar will run from 9:30-11:30 am on Oct. 5 at SOS in Parksville (245 West Hirst Ave) and from 1:30-3:30 pm at SOS at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.) Pre-register by calling 250-248-2093 ext. 239.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Women and Men's Personal Growth Programs

Your opportunity to make time for, and work on, yourself starts this Fall at SOS. There are two Personal Growth Sessions starting in September, 2017. The cost for both are $5 per session, and the remainder of the costs are subsidized by SOS. 
Call 250-248-2093 ext. 225 to register. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women's Personal Growth
at SOS in Parksville. Sept. 6 - Nov. 22, 2017 6:30-8:30 pm.
Exploring self-esteem, personal boundaries, communication, healthy relationships, forgiveness, conflict resolution, and problem solving. 

Men's Personal Growth
at Qualicum Commons, Thursdays, Sept. 21-Dec.7, 2017, 7-9 pm.
Discover four windows to self-exploration, understand your anger and conflict style, gain effective communication skills, find your voice within relationships, and develop a deeper sense of purpose. 


Thursday, 10 August 2017

SOS has a new Board of Directors

Meet our new board

New faces at SOS

The SOS has three new board members who will help set direction for the non-profit organization. SOS has been working for 49 years in Parksville Qualicum Beach to provide support to residents and deliver relevant, community-based programs and services.

New SOS director Joshua Dennis moved to the area from North Eastern BC and works as an IT Consultant. Some of the areas where he has previously volunteered include Thailand after the 2004 Tsunami, he recently set up a computer lab in a school in Myanmar, and he is working to retrofit dozens of other schools with modern computer technology.

Don Luke worked in telecommunications for 40 years, before moving to Parksville in 2000. While working in Ontario, he joined Revenue Canada’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and has continued that work with SOS. Luke was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers this year, in recognition of his contributions to this community.

Paul Ruffell was born and raised in the United Kingdom, where he received his engineering degree. He came to Canada in 1981 and worked in the Arctic for a decade. He became president and CEO of an Engineering Consulting firm based in Western Canada, and eventually led an Infrastructure group with 3,500 staff across Canada.

Garry Cox was re-elected to continue his role as the Chair of the SOS Board, Martin Fereday will continue to serve his two-year term and was elected as First Vice Chair, Elaine McKinlay was re-elected and will serve as Second Vice Chair. Jennifer Mullett was re-elected to the board, as well as Barbara Price. The following directors will continue to fulfil their two-year terms: Gordon Ball, Don Dempson and Pamela May-Straka. Renate Sutherland will stay on as Executive Director until January 2018.


Photo caption:
Photo by Bill Trace
The new SOS board, back row from left to right, Jennifer Mullett, Pamela May-Straka, Don Luke, Renate Sutherland, Paul Ruffell, Barbara Price and Elaine McKinlay. Front row from left, Don Dempson, Gordon Ball, Garry Cox, Joshua Dennis and Martin Fereday.


Tuesday, 04 July 2017

SOS wins on Canada Day!

We won! Our thanks to all the amazing volunteers and program participants who joined us on Canada Day and helped us win 1st place in the Community Entry Category! And thanks to all of you in the crowd who cheered us on with so much enthusiasm. What a great way to celebrate our country.


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Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Join SOS for our AGM

June 22 at 7 pm

Join SOS for our Annual General Meeting on June 22 at 7 p.m. Members will elect new directors, our new Annual Report will be revealed, and audited financial statements will be presented. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by June 16, 2017, to the SOS Administration Office 250-248-2093 ext. 0. The AGM will take place at the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centre at 245 West Hirst Ave. 

Monday, 29 May 2017

SOS Wins for Community Spirit

It was a fun-filled day, packed with action at Qualicum Beach Family Day this year. We were thrilled to be part of the parade and win second place for Community Spirit! Thanks to all the families who came and had fun with us at our booth. What a wonderful event for our community.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

SOS Video on TIC TAC program

SOS is able to offer a wealth of vital programs and services to our residents because of the support we have from the community, and our volunteers. This video gives insight into our TIC TAC Program (Time in Comfort for Tots and Caregivers) and recognizes how essential our volunteers are.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Share your SOS story and win!

Has SOS made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know in a meaningful way? Did SOS help you find your smile, connect you with a good friend, or give you the support you needed at a trying time? What would life be like without SOS? We want your stories, and there’s something great in it for you! It’s SOS’ 50th Anniversary next year and we are celebrating with a compelling stories contest! Your story could earn you a shopping spree at the SOS Thrift Shop. Think about it, you, with a gift card in-hand, perusing 18,000 square feet of trendy clothing and shoes, eclectic furniture, household items, sporting equipment, books, toys, and more! First place will win $50 in gift cards, second place $30, and third place $20 in gift cards. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring a copy of your story in to either of the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centres in Parksville or Qualicum Beach.
Contest closes Dec. 31, 2017.


Thursday, 04 May 2017

We are celebrating Youth Week!

SOS is celebrating Youth Week this week! We believe strongly in supporting our Youth and giving them the tools and resources they need to thrive. During Youth Week our School Nite Out Group checked out Airhouse Nanaimo Trampoline Centre and we had a blast (evident in our photos)! And our Teen Nite and Youth Open Space programs will be doing wonderfully crafty projects this week.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spring 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Event

Some photo memories

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who came out for the Spring Volunteer Appreciation Event and Years of Service Ceremony, we enjoyed celebrating you and the impact you have on our community! Our thanks also to MP Gord Johns for attending, Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Parksville City Councillor Mary Beil. Here are some memories.

Monday, 03 April 2017

Need help in Math or English?

Do you know a local student in Grades 6-9 who is struggling with Math or English? They are not alone! And we are here to help. The SOS After School Education Assistance program has 2 spaces available for students to get some extra FREE help on Mondays, from either 3:30 to 4:30 pm or 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Please call us at 250.248.2093 ext 242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Confused Math Boy

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Homeless in Oceanside- A Community Forum

March 30

You are invited to be part of the solution to solve homelessness in Oceanside. On March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness will host a Community Forum at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. Residents will hear what the Task Force has been working on, where we are today, and where we could be tomorrow. It takes a community to solve a problem like homelessness. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and RSVPs are required by March 24. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or call 250-228-4065.

CommunityForum March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dad's Night Out

March 28

Every Tuesday Night a community partner hosts Dad's Night Out in Oceanside. Tuesday, March 28 is SOS' turn and it will take place in Qualicum Beach at the Qualicum Commons Gym. Dad's can drop-in with their kids between 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dads Night Out March 2017

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