Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

What an incredible example of a caring community! Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive this year, we witnessed many big smiles and warm embraces, group photos with Santa and incredible Christmas spirit! A huge thank you to Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre for putting on another successful and inspiring event. Altogether our community brought in 1,813 toys, $3,758 in gift cards and $8,861 in cash and cheques. We also received $1,000 from an RBC grant and $450 from the Kids Cuts for Charity event! Thanks to all the many volunteers at Tigh-Na-Mara, SOS and RBC, and thanks to Arrowsmith Moving & Storage for helping us transport all the gifts! Together we are helping create magic for local families and individuals in need at Christmas.

 

SOS Fall Newsletter

Please click below to view our Fall 2019 Newsletter, filled with new SOS initiatives and information on the impact we are making in our communities, thanks to support from our residents.

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Halloween at SOS

SOS Halloween

We had a spooktastic time at our Halloween festivities! Our Annual costume comptetition tunred out to be another tough task for judges as everyone looked so incredible! But Directors John and Jo, our judges this year, did manage to pick some winners. Now we need your help with the People's Choice award! 
1. Child, Youth & Family Program Team with Tim Burton Characters
2. Admin Team with Disney Villains
3. Management Team with Day of the Dead
4. Thrift Shop Team with individual costume awesomeness

Votes will be tallied the morning of Monday, Nov. 4.
The Judges picked: Disnely Villains: Admin Team for Best Team Costume, Day of the Dead: Management Team for Runner Up, and Aimee won Best Individual Costume as a super creative Moth. Thanks to our three volunteers who dressed up and won a prize, you looked amazing! Enjoy these pictures of our Thrift Shop parade and leave a comment below to get your vote in!

 

 

 

 

Kids Cuts for Charity returns!

Does your child need a hair cut? Have them looking their best while also supporting local families and individuals this Christmas!  Hair Stylist Aneilla Veselisin from Tigh-Na-Mara's Grotto Spa created this event years ago, to support the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. Please call the number listed below for an appointment.

4unit Kids Cuts for Chairty Nov19

SOS Christmas program registration starts Nov. 13

Do you need help making ends meet this Christmas? Please register in person at one of the locations listed below. For more information, call 250-248-2093.

 Combined Registration Poster 2019

Project Connect Health Fair

SOS was proud to be part of the collaborative effort that connected dozens of homeless residents, and many who are at risk of homelessness, with essential items and resources last week during the sixth annual Project Connect Health Fair. The event, hosted by the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, was held at the Parksville Community Centre with the goal of connecting residents in need to services and organizations in the community that are dedicated to eradicating homelessness and the stigmas surrounding it. Residents got free hair cuts, hearing exams, public health testing, hygiene items, portraits, food, pet food and more, while gathering information on local resources. All the give-away items and services were donated by service providers, local businesses and community members.

 

Active Aging Week Oct 1 - 7

SOS is proud to be participating in Active Aging Week, which takes place Oct.1-7. Come visit our Open House at Qualicum Commons on Oct. 2 from 10:30 - noon, where seniors can enjoy refreshments while learning about SOS programs and services. For more on local events, click here to view the RDN Active Aging Week brochure.

Free Seniors' Seminar

Learn about federal government programs, services and benefits at a free seminar hosted by SOS on Oct. 3, 2019. A Service Canada representative will give a presentation and take questions.

The semiars will take place at the SOS Community Services Centres in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. In Parksville it will run from 9:30 am - 11:30 am at 245 Hirst Ave. West. In Qualicum Beach it will take place from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.).

The discussions are very popular and there is limited space, so pre-registration is required to reserve a space. Pre-register by calling 250-248-2093 ext. 239. Don't forget to bring a pen and paper.

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Tenant Education Workshop

SOS and the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre are hosting a free educational workshop to help local renters have successful rental outcomes. Whether you are just getting into the rental market or have been renting a home for many years, this workshop will help you better understand your rights and obligations, how to protect yourself, and more. The workshop takes place Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. and will run for about 2 hours, including a question and answer period.

Seating is limited. Register today by calling SOS at 250-248-2093.

 

 

Fall Personal Growth Programs

Do you take time to evaluate your own personal growth? Life can get busy, and we may not make the time to ensure we're on the right path. If you need some time to work on yourself, grow with others, and gain inspiration, you may want to sign up for the Fall session of the SOS Personal Growth programs. The Women's Group begins Sept. 11 and runs Wednesdays evenings 6:30 - 8:30 pm until Nov. 27. The Men's Group begins Sept. 19 and runs Thursdays 7 - 9 pm until Dec. 12. The cost is $5 per person per session, and SOS subsidizes the remaining costs. Follow the links for more information or call 250-248-2093 ext. 225 to register today. Space is limited.

New SOS book celebrates the community

The story of SOS began with three women having a conversation around a kitchen table. Over the last 51 years SOS has grown to become an integral part of our community, created by community, and supported by community. But it wasn't easy. 

The new SOS 50th Anniversary commemorative book entitled Celebrating a Caring Community, tells the amazing story of SOS, from its beginnings to its recent 50th Anniversary celebrations. This project took 3 years to complete, involving a professional writer (Neil Horner) and publishing team (Behind the Book), and brings in voices of clients, staff, volunteers, program participants, community leaders, partners and more. It also reveals the saga of the Thrift Shop before it found its current home at the bustling Hirst Street location. 

Celebrating a Caring Community is for sale at local Mulberry Bush Bookstores, at the SOS Thrift Shop and at SOS Community Services Centres in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. The cost is $20 and supports SOS programs and services.

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Canada Day Parade - SOS City of Heros

SOS had a wonderful time in the Canada Day Parade, thank you to those of you who cheered us on! In case you missed it, our theme was SOS, City of Heroes. We hope you had a great long weekend, and consider joining us next year for our next exciting theme in the 2020 Canada Day Parade! Our thanks to Ray at Kingsley Trucking in Coombs for the flatdeck truck and our fantastic volunteer driver Bruce, thanks to Arrowsmith Golf & Micky J's Bar & Grill and Kim and Kelly Jiggins for lending us a golf cart and tools, thanks to the Parksville Community Centre for lending us risers for our float and thanks to Dolly's Home Hardware - Qualicum Beach for giving us some paint! We really do live in a city of Heroes!

Summer 2019 Program Guide

Stay active, healthy and engaged this summer. See the SOS 2019 Summer Program Guide below.

WEB Summer Program Brochure 2019

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Haven Society seeking Directors

Haven Society is seeking qualified women to join its volunteer Board of Directors. SOS collabroates with Haven Society on the Parksville Qualicum Haven House, a local safe home for women and their children who are fleeing abuse. Haven Society is looking for individuals in the Parksville Qualicum region and the Nanaimo area whose skills, passion, and experience align with the purposes, mission, and values of Haven Society. For more information click here.

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