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By the end of October 1968 founder Pauline Touzeau had applied for registration with the Societies Act and a bank account was set up in Parksville with a $40 deposit.

In November, the group received their Certificate of Incorporation under the Societies Act, and by Christmas 1968 volunteers were working to deliver the first program, the SOS Christmas program, led by “The Hamper Committee of District 69 Society of Organized Services.”

That first year 36 hampers were distributed as community members of all ages came together to lend a hand for this new and important cause.

All-in-all $475 was raised, $200 of that from collection jars placed in local businesses. About $100 was donated in food, including locally grown hazelnuts and walnuts. Local schools and churches donated goods and volunteered their time, grocery stores gave discounts, and businesses donated packing materials and other items. Residents contributed money as well as donations of food and clothing, and department stores in Nanaimo and Port Alberni also made donations.

Early in 1969, SOS launched an appeal for funds to the community, with the phrase “We try to fill the void” on advertisements in the local newspaper. On March 6, 1969, a used clothing depot called S.O.S. Thrift Shop was opened at 149 Morison Street in Parksville in order to fund the proposed programs and services.

The rest, as they say, is history.

SOS CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

SOS CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR Duties & Responsibilities: Coordinates and facilitates early years, youth & family group programs that promote engagement and positive development through strong relationship building with participants....

THRIFT SHOP OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR

THRIFT SHOP OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR Duties & Responsibilities: Provides hands on supervision of all Merchandisers and Shipper/Receivers to ensure effective operations of the Thrift Shop. Maintains a high degree of organization to ensure an efficient flow of...

THRIFT SHOP SHIPPER/RECEIVER

THRIFT SHOP SHIPPER/RECEIVER Duties & Responsibilities: Transports donations from loading bay to pricing/sorting room. Operates/assists on Thrift Shop truck.  Sorts, labels, and prices donations.   Qualifications & Skills:  Training and/or experience in...