Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS is only able to offer essential services. This includes: Meals on Wheels, Emergency Assistance & Advocacy (by phone),  Seniors Advocacy (by phone), Counselling Referral (online), Seniors grocery shopping and Friendly Phone Visiting (through Ocenaside Better at Home and BC211), the Homeless Prevention Program and the Income Tax program (by phone). SOS Thrift Shop is closed until further notice and cannot accept donations until we reopen. SOS Community Services Centres are closed, and volunteer activities are suspended with the exception of a few areas. For more information or for assistance, call 250-248-2093. Monetary donations are critical at this time to keep our services available. If you are able, please consider donating. We wish you good health and hope to reconnect again soon.

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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