instagram facebook 2 logo 11549681668z1ra1h6mmx Linked in 2 COMPLETE copy

Children & Family Programs

Children & Family Programs

District 69 SOS provides a gathering place for early learners (infant to five years old), children and adults, with high quality, FREE services and programs open to all members of the community, in a safe and supportive environment.

SOS encourages children and their family caregivers to play, learn and develop valuable life skills together, and provides programming to nurture self-esteem and develop the full potential of each child in our community.

"What an invaluable program the Kid's Movement for Girls program has been for my daughter. I can't say enough! It has presented so many enriching and diverse opportunities and experiences. As a single working mom, I am so incredibly grateful. I would have never been able to provide these opportunities for my daughter without the SOS and it amazing commitment to our local youth." 

Call 250-248-2093 ext. 239 for early learners program information/registration.

Caring for Community at Christmas

Posted in Adult & Seniors Programs, Children & Family Programs

One Community Sharing Christmas

Caring for Community at Christmas

The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas Program ensures local children and youth experience the magic of Christmas, and that adults and seniors also experience joy and dignity over the holidays.

With your help, we can make sure that local children and youth are filled with excitement when they wake up on Christmas morning and see a special gift waiting for them under the tree. SOS collects new toys to fill the Toy Shop, where low income parents, grandparents and caregivers can shop for free. With your help, families, adults and seniors receive local grocery store gift cards so they can choose their own food items to enjoy over the holidays. Together we’re ensuring they have a good meal to share. Together, we’re helping create magic.

To make a financial donation to the program, please click here. Please read the Donation section below for more ways to donate.

During the 2019 Christmas campaign, SOS assisted 1,342 adults and seniors, and 1,404 children and youth received gifts.

The SOS Toy Shop is often short on gifts for teens. Please click here for a list of ideas for teens and pre-teens.

Angel Trees

The Angel Tree program helps stock the SOS Toy Shop. Visit a local participating business in November and early December and you’ll discover an SOS Angel Tree. The gifts listed on these Angels have been identified as “that one special gift” that a child or youth is hoping for. Purchase the gift listed on one of the Angel ornaments (or as close to it as possible), attach the Angel to your unwrapped gift and return it to the business location or to the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville to ensure it is included in the gift distribution. Please click here for a list of participating Angel Tree Businesses in 2020.

To Donate

Financial donations

Thank you for bringing joy to local residents this Christmas! Click on this link to make a donation with your credit card.

Alternatively, call 250-248-2093 during office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 am -4:30 pm, closed for lunch from 12 pm -1 pm), or come by the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville during those hours, located at 245 West Hirst Avenue in Parksville. In order to ensure everyone's safety, the number of people who enter the building will be limited. For your convenience, tax receipts for financial donations can be mailed, or we can issue the receipt at the time of donation drop-off (please wear a mask and do not enter the building if you are sick).

To drop off financial or toy/gift donations at our Qualicum Beach location (744 Primrose St. at Qualicum Commons) please call 250-752-2040 ext. 1 to ensure someone is there to let you in and receive your donation. Thank you!

Toy and Gift donations

Due to the pandemic, SOS has also had to adjust the way we receive gift donations. Please make donations of new, unwrapped gifts at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 11:30 am at the Christmas Tent located outside, on the McMillan Street side of the building. 

Thank you for your understanding of our modified procedures and drop-off times.  We welcome gifts outside these scheduled times when necessary; however, we hope to limit contacts to keep everyone safe.

Registration

Registration for the SOS Christmas Program is by appointment only in 2020 due to the pandemic. Beginning on November 9, people can call for an appointment, which begin November 12. Low income families and individuals can call 250-248-2093 to make an appointment. 

Please remember to bring:

  • Photo ID for each adult (19 yrs+)
  • Proof of residency
  • Care Cards for minor children
  • Proof of income from previous month,
    such as a bank statement or government-issued document

(Click here for examples of acceptable Photo ID)

Grocery Store Gift Cards will be distributed by appointment in December at the SOS Community Services Centres in Parksville and in Qualicum Beach.  Toy distribution will take place in December at our Parksville location.

Volunteer and Support

We have a full cohort of volunteers for the 2020 Christmas season. Please check back with us in 2021 for future volunteer opportunities. Residents can still assist the program in other ways, such as making a financial or gift donation, or hosting your own fundraiser with the proceeds coming to SOS. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 251 for more information.

Community Events benefitting the program
  • Nov. 2 - 24: Tigh-Na-Mara Breakfast. Visit Cedars Restaurant Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 11 am, bring in a new, unwrapped toy, gift card, or cash donation and receive a Traditional Breakfast at no cost. Or, patrons can purchase a Traditional Breakfast during this period and Tigh-Na-Mara will donate $10 from every breakfast to SOS. Call 250-248-2333 for reservations.
  • Nov. 25: Toy Drive “Drive Through”: From 7 am to 10:30 am, come by the Big Tent in the Tigh-Na-Mara parking lot, and drop off a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or cash donation, and receive a coffee and pastry to go.
  • CANCELLED in 2020 due to the pandemic. Nov. 22, 2020, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Equestrian Christmas Toy Ride. The Silver Spur Riding Club Hosts this event annually. Riders and their horses don Christmas attire and make their way from Ballenas Secondary School to Stanford Place and SOS Community Services Centre (at around 1:55 pm), collecting gifts along the way.
  • Nov. 15 - Dec. 5: Red Apple Toy Drive. Purchase a gift for SOS, leave it in the box, and you will be entered to win a basket of goodies. Fill the Sleigh Day: Dec. 5. Fill the Sleigh with toys and gifts for teens and pre-teenagers.
  • TBA: Community Food and Toy Fill Up at Save On Foods. Organized by On Line Electric Co. Ltd. and Robyn Gervais-Royal Lepage. Drop off new toys, gifts, monetary donations and non-perishable food. Hot chocolate and cookies by donation. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The Lounge 99.9 FM will be live on location. Benefitting SOS and the Salvation Army.
 

Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 for more information about this program.

After School Education Assistance

Posted in Youth Programs, Children & Family Programs

Grades 6 to 12

After School Education Assistance

Falling behind in Math or English? We offer professional, one-on-one tutoring services to students who need extra support to achieve success in the classroom. This program is offered to school-aged children currently enrolled in classes in School District 69.

Mondays through Thursdays during the school year

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm or 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To register please contact:

  • Call: 250-248-2093 ext.242
  • Cellphone/Text: 250-954-9035
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Family Night

Posted in Children & Family Programs

Fun for the whole family!

Family Night

*Due to the pandemic, there are no in-house group programs running January - March 2021, instead program materials will be delivered to registered participants. Please use the contact information below to register.

Januray - March 2021: Families can spend quality time together as we deliver activity materials and a wholesome dinner.

Pre-registration is required.

Delivery Days:
Parksville: Tues, 4:30 - 6 pm
Qualicum: Wed, 4:30 - 6 pm


During usual programming, Family Night enables local families to enjoy quality time together while SOS serves dinner and provides entertainment such as arts and crafts, games, music and outings.

This program is for famililes of kids ages 0-8* years old and their parents/caregivers. *This is the recommended age due to the planned activities. The main idea is that children will be engaged.

We provide (during usual programming):

  • Activities and crafts designed for the whole family
  • A delicious dinner
  • A chance to form new friendships with families in your community
  • An opportunity to learn about community resources

We even take care of the dishes (during usual programming)!

Parksville: Tuesdays - 5-7pm
SOS Community Services Centre  (245 West Hirst Ave.)

  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualicum: Wednesdays -  5-7pm
SOS Community Services Centre at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.)

  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TIC TAC

Posted in Children & Family Programs

Time In Comfort for Tots And Caregivers

TIC TAC

*Due to the pandemic, there are no in-house group programs running January - March 2021, instead program materials will be delivered to registered participants. Please use the contact information below to register.

January - March 2021: Registered TIC TAC participants will have snacks and activities delivered for nourishment and entertainment, and SOS coordinators will check in with parents/caregivers to ensure needs are being met.

Delivery days:
Parksville: Tues & Thurs, 9:30 - 11:30 am
Qualicum: Mon & Wed, 9:30 - 11:30 am


This program offers a welcoming and nurturing environment for children newborn to age 5 years old that have not entered kindergarten yet, and their parents/caregivers. 

During usual programming, adults can take a break, refuel and recharge their energy while child(ren) can play with peers, building social and emotional skills through play and interacting with staff and volunteers to support their learning. 

We provide (during usual programming):

  • Fun activities for both children and adults.
  • Complimentary coffee and tea.
  • Muffins and fruit basket for parents/guardians.
  • Snacks for children to-go, including fruit, crackers and a yogurt tube.

Parksville: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9-11am
SOS Community Services Centre (245 West Hirst Ave.)

  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualicum: Mondays and Wednesdays – 9-11am
SOS Community Services Centre at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.)

  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pre-registration required. We can also take registrations over the phone or email to be put on waitlist.
  • Please note this program is not for paid caregivers.

 

Recreation Assistance For Children and Youth

Posted in Youth Programs, Children & Family Programs

Every child should have the chance to play

Recreation Assistance For Children and Youth

This program enables local children and youth to participate in recreational activities and camps that their families would otherwise be unable to afford. SOS assists with registration costs for children and youth (aged 0-18 years) in School District 69. We work in collaboration with KidSport and athletics4kids to ensure no child goes without the opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities.   

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 241.
The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.
For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kids Movement: Play Express & Grow

Posted in Children & Family Programs

For children in Grades 4, 5 & 6

Kids Movement: Play Express & Grow

*Due to the pandemic, there are no in-house group programs running January - March 2021, instead program materials will be delivered to registered participants. Please use the contact information below to register.

January - March 2021: Program coordinators are delivering snacks and activities, connecting with participants and providing support when needed.

Pre-registration is required.

Delivery Dates:
Parksville: Thursdays, 3 - 5:30 pm, Jan. 14, Feb. 4 and Feb. 25
Qualicum: Mondays, 3 - 5:30 pm, Jan. 11, Feb. 1 and Feb. 22


Kids Movement: Play, Express & Grow is for children in grades 4, 5 and 6.  During usual programming, this program includes activities that focus on building self-esteem, healthy relationships, and community awareness. During usual programming, you can join us for:

  • Fun games
  • A chance to meet new friends
  • Awesome activities and projects 
  • An opportunity to talk with trusted adults and receive support

 

SOS Community Services Centre, at Qualicum Commons. (744 Primrose Street)

  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOS Community Services Centre (245 West Hirst Ave)

  • Parksville contact:
      • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
      • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
      • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Connect with our Youth Instagram Page! @sosyouthgroup

Donate Your Time or Resources

Show Me How

Sign up for our E-Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Thank you for joining our SOS Family!

We are very grateful to have you with us. Thanks to compassionate people like you, SOS is meeting needs and improving the lives of our friends and neighbours in District 69. You can expect valuable emails from us on a regular basis, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Learn how SOS became the heart of our Community:

WATCH NOW