Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Need help grocery shopping?

Do you know a senior in Qualicum Beach or surrounding area who needs assistance getting to the grocery store? There is space on the Oceanside Better at Home Grocery Shopping Bus in Qualicum Beach! Residents who live in Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Qualicum Beach, Coombs or Hilliers, can get picked up at their home, volunteers will assist them with grocery shopping, they can have a coffee break, and then they will be taken back home. This is a free service and takes place every second Friday from 10 am to noonish. View the poster or call 250-752-2040 ext. 4 to register or learn more.

 

Monday, 31 December 2018

Local seniors enjoy special treat

More than 100 local seniors enjoyed a memorable afternoon this month, with delicious food, live music, dancing, Christmas trivia, prizes and more at the annual SOS Seniors Connecting Christmas Luncheon. Participants of the group were treated to a lunch catered by Spice of Life, complete with turkey, perogies, stuffing, cranberry, salads and a huge dessert spread. Music by the Revolving Doors had a number of people up on their feet doing the twist. SOS Seniors Connecting programs run in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach throughout the year, providing a place for local seniors to connect, socialize, problem solve and enjoy some time together.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Dignitaries attend Toy Shop Tour

A number of community leaders visited the SOS Toy Shop prior to it opening up for local families in-need this year. The new Mayors both attended a Toy Shop tour, as well as councillors from City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach. We were also very pleased to host Qualicum First Nations Chief Michael Recalma and Tamara Rooke representing Michelle Stilwell, MLA Parksville-QualicumMP Gord Johns also had a tour of the Toy Shop, as well as the Thrift Shop and Parksville Community Services Centre. All attendees were very impressed with the Toy Shop, and all the community support it takes to stock it up so beautifully for our families in-need. It was nice to see some new faces, along with those who have come to visit the Toy Shop before.

Volunteers celebrated at SOS Christmas event

Volunteers enjoyed a traditional Christmas meal, live entertainment, treats from Santa, as well as prizes at the SOS Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Dinner. About 250 volunteers and their spouses attended the annual event, which celebrates the impact SOS volunteers make in our community.

 

Big turnout for Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive was a fantastic example of community supporting community and making sure our residents in-need experience some joy at Christmas. A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the 10th Annual Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, supporting the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. We're so grateful to Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre for choosing SOS as the recipient of this amazing event, and to all of you for making it so special. All-in-all there were 1,990 gifts collected, $4,573 in gift cards and $9,230 in cash and cheques! This will go a long way in making Christmas special for our local families and individuals.

SOS Golden Jubilee recognized by The Queen

 

Although she couldn’t make it to our Golden Jubilee event on Nov. 4, Queen Elizabeth II sent “warm good wishes” in a letter, along with regrets that she couldn't make the event. A wonderful time was had by all at the Golden Jubilee event, complete with cupcakes, balloons, flowers and friends. Although the Queen was unable to attend, SOS affectionately refers to Founding Member Edith Chamberlayne as our “Queen”, and Chamberlayne was in attendance at the Parksville Community Centre for the event. Chamberlayne gave a radiant speech, and we also heard some nice speeches from local dignitaries. A new SOS 50th Anniversary Video was also revealed at the event and an excerpt from a new SOS book, which will be published next Spring, was also read at the event.

Silver Spur Toy Ride a great success!

The Annual Silver Spur Toy Ride was a great success! 45 riders and their horses, decked out in Christmas attire, made their way through the streets of Parksville with a wagon, collecting toys for the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program. The Silver Spur Riding Club stopped at SOS for a snack and hot chocolate, and then carried on to Stanford Place where they collected more gifts! Their efforts brought in a very large pile of toys, $650, plus $130 in gift cards. Thank you to everyone who took part in and supported this wonderful event, benefitting our residents in need. This will go a long way in brightening many local Christmases.

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SOS 50th Anniversary Video

Learn all about how SOS got started in District 69, how it has grown, what is offered today, and how you can get involved. Click here to watch the SOS 50th Anniversary Video.

Silver Spur Toy Ride Nov 18

Come behold a fantastic, warm, winter sight as the Silver Spur Toy Ride kicks off it's annual event this Sunday, Nov. 18. In past years, up to 40 horses and riders have donned Christmas attire and paraded through the streets of Parksville, collecting toys for families in-need. The gifts help stock the SOS Toy Shop, where low-income parents, caregivers and grandparents can shop for free. Join in the fun this Sunday. New, unwrapped gifts are gratefully accepted to help stock the SOS Toy Shop, or just come cheer the riders on!

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Halloween Costume Competition results

We have our Winners for the 2018 SOS Halloween Costume Competition!
Best Costume Theme: Child, Youth & Family Programming with The Slashers.
Best Individual Costume: Karen Reierson with Treebeard from Lord of the Rings.
People's Choice Award: Administration Team with Lord of the Rings.
Thank you for voting!

Vote for People's Choice - Halloween Costume Competition

Happy Halloween from SOS! We need your help with our annual Halloween costume competition. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1. Thrift Shop Team (Witches, devils, 50s)
2. Admin Team (Lord of the Rings)
3. Child, Youth, & Family Programs Team (The Slashers)

Please have your vote in by the end of the day Friday, Nov. 2. Thanks for playing!

And here are some more fun pics from our costume parade today!

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Parksville Qualicum Haven House Celebrating 5 years

For 5 years, SOS and Haven Society have been taking care of women and children who are fleeing abuse in this region. The Parksville Qualicum Haven House is an invaluable resource, and we are looking to expand services to become a fully functioning Transition House, staffed around the clock. Please click here to read an article published in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News.

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SOS gets recognized in the Legislature!

It was wonderful to recognized by local MLA Michelle Stilwell in the Legislature this month! Click here to listen.

Thrift Shop Celebration Week

The SOS Thrift Shop is the heart of SOS, providing more than 80% of the funding for all SOS programs and services. In honour of SOS' 50th Anniversary, we are having a Thrift Shop Celebration week Sept. 24-29. Come by for daily deals and draws to win Thrift Shop Gift Certificates.The Thrift Shop opened in 1969, and moved around to a few locations before opening at its current location, 188 West Hirst Ave. in Parksville, September 2003. Thank you for your continued support of the Thrift Shop over the years, it has made a huge difference to lives of so many people in our community. We'll see you during Celebration Week!

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