Ken Kirkby Art Fundraiser for SOS

Ken Kirkby Art Fundraiser for SOS

Renowned Canadian Painter Ken Kirkby is helping SOS meet needs in our community this Christmas! Follow this link to our Facebook Group Page Ken Kirkby Art Fundraiser for SOS. Select “Photos” and you’ll find 10 Original Oil on Canvas paintings by Ken Kirkby. Then act fast! The first comment that says “I’ll buy it” underneath the painting of your choice gets it for $500.
*Bonus, every person who purchases a painting will also receive a free copy of the book: “KEN KIRKBY: A Painter’s Quest for Canada” from Ken himself!
Each painting is valued at over $2,500, this is a spectacular deal for art lovers!
Please note there is currently plastic wrap around the corners of all the paintings to protect them which is visible in the photos.
Ken offered to host this fundraiser for SOS after hearing that we are behind on financial donations for the Christmas program! All proceeds from the sale of the paintings will go toward the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. Thank you for your support!
You can pay for and pick up your painting at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville during office hours, Mon-Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, located at 245 West Hirst Ave. in Parksville (kitty corner to our Thrift Shop). Tax receipts will not be issued for the purchase of the paintings.
For more information on Ken and his work, visit his website

SOS Halloween Costume Competition 2021

It’s that time of year when we ask for your help voting for our People’s Choice Award in our Annual Halloween Costume Competition. As many of you know, this is a big deal, as the winner gets huge bragging rights all year. Most of our costumes are curated from our own SOS Thrift Shop! Please comment below to vote, and only vote once. Share this with your Halloween-loving friends! We hope you have a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

  1. Admin Team – Tacky Tourists
  2. Child, Youth & Family Programs Team – Mario Bros.
  3. Thrift Shop Team – Enchanted Forest Creatures

Quality Foods helping SOS meet needs

Quality Foods helping SOS meet needs

A multi-year commitment from Quality Foods will help SOS strengthen our local community.

Quality Foods has joined the SOS Biz for Good Initiative, committing $10,000 a year in grocery store gift cards for the next three years. SOS Biz for Good is an important part of the $1 Million SOS Project Rebuild Campaign focused on reinforcing a safety-net for residents of District 69.

“Project Rebuild is exactly what Quality Foods invests in, we are all about taking care of our community,” said Executive Assistant Dianne Rivard. “So, it was a win-win for us, it was just exactly in our wheelhouse.”

SOS Project Rebuild is focused on reducing poverty, helping kids thrive and supporting seniors. SOS Executive Director Susanna Newton said this donation will help vulnerable residents of all ages.

“This is a wonderful investment from Quality Foods, we are so pleased to have their support,” said Newton. “The gift cards will ensure families and individuals in need will be able to choose food that is meaningful to them this holiday season, and it will help meet needs through the winter.”

SOS also provides food to children and youth in after school programs and SOS Child, Youth and Family Programs Manager Alice Tulia said it’s important to have an ample amount of food available.

“We’ve had youth hoard food because they are worried they won’t get enough. We’ve had youth ask if they can take food home to their siblings so they can eat. So, we always make sure there is more than enough,” she said.

SOS Child, Youth and Family programs are free, something Rivard really appreciates.

“Children are our future, and it is great to have programs that allow our children to participate despite financial restrictions,” she said.

Businesses can visit the SOS Project Rebuild website to learn more about the initiative and the variety of ways to give.