New Seniors Program connects residents in Qualicum

A new SOS program in Qualicum Beach will help seniors meet new people, forge new friendships, and gain information on timely topics.

Seniors Connecting will run monthly at Qualicum Commons starting Sept. 11, offering seniors in Qualicum Beach and the surrounding areas an opportunity to enjoy social interaction, a light lunch and presentations.

Qualicum Beach residents who already attend the Parksville Seniors Connecting program will have the opportunity to stay in that group, or begin attending the Qualicum Beach program.

The group will meet Tuesdays from 11 am to 1 pm at Qualicum Commons, and transportation is available. The program is for residents aged 65 and over who live in Qualicum Beach, Coombs, Errington, French Creek, Whiskey Creek, Qualicum Bay and Bowser.

Call 250-752-2040 ext. 1 to register for the program. The group will meet September 11, October 23, November 13, December 11, January 8, 2019, February 12, and March 13 at Qualicum Commons. For more information on SOS visit You can also follow SOS on Facebook for program updates and Thrift Sales at

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Personal Growth Groups start in September

What steps are you taking toward your own personal growth? Life is busy, and we can forget about the importance of our own personal journey. The feedback we have received about SOS Personal Growth Groups reveal how important they are to community members. One male participant wrote, “I would recommend this group to anyone who is looking for tools and a sense of communion around the journey of being a man.” A participant shared this insight on the Women’s group: “We can join together and be that shoulder to lean on. I’ve grown a lot and I always leave there feeling really good.”

SOS Personal Growth Groups start at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville in September. Check the poster below for details, and call 250-248-2093 ext. 225 to register. 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Parking lot expansion at the Thrift Shop

SOS is excited to announce our parking lot expansion at the Thrift Shop will begin very shortly, and should be completed in a couple of months. The parking lot improvements will result in an increase in the number of parking spaces from 31 to 53. The expansion will take place on the vacant grassy lot to the East of the Thrift Shop.

We would like to thank donors for their continued support at the Thrift Shop, and remind people to please drop off donations between the hours of 8:30 am- 4:00 pm seven days a week to ensure that your donations are received by staff. Items dropped off outside these hours may be stolen or vandalized, and may attract people who continue to vandalize our locked garbage dumpsters, looking for more items. We appreciate your support at the Thrift Shop, as it keeps all of our community programs and services running!

50th Anniversary Qualicum Celebration

It was a beautiful day to celebrate 50 years of SOS at our location at Qualicum Commons on Saturday, July 14. Event-goers enjoyed hula hooping, ballon animals, live music, bracelet making, bubbles, a vintage clothing race and a wonderfull spread of snacks and cupcakes provided by Qualicum Foods. SOS Executive Director Susanna Newton welcomed people to the event, and founding member Edith Chamberlayne said a few words about reaching such an amazing milestone in the community, and how proud she was of what SOS has become.

50th Anniversary Summer Celebration

Thank you for those who joined us to celebrate 50 years of SOS on Sunday, July 8 in Parksville. If you missed it, please join us at SOS at Qualicum Commons on Saturday, July 14 from noon to 2 p.m. This will be a '60s themed event with hula hoops, a vintage clothing race, live music, balloon animals, food and more. Come join us for a cupcake!  Aerial photo by Tim Allix of

Letter from the Premier

How nice! We recieved a congratulatory letter in the mail from the Premier.

WEB John Horgan Letter 50th Anniversary 2018

SOS won at the Canada Day Parade!

We won Best Community Entry and had a wonderful time at the Canada Day Parade in Parksville! We amped up our parade entry this year in honour of our 50th Anniversary. Thank you to our Amazing volunteers and staff who outdid themselves with preparations and decorations. A big shout out to Ray and Lyle at Kingsley Trucking in Coombs for an awesome flatdeck and driver, and Kim at Arrowsmith Golf & Micky J's Bar & Grill and Kevin at Paradise Seashell Motel for getting us a sweet golf cart! What a fantastic community we have!

AGM and Director's Reunion

To mark the 50th Annual General Meeting at SOS, past and current Directors enjoyed a reunion on June 20, where they reminisced about their time with SOS and all that has been accomplished. Kay Burgoyne was the second Executive Director at SOS, and she shared information at the event about the happenings during the first 10 years of the organization. Founding member Edith Chamberlayne also gave a speech and thanked Directors, past and present, for their committment to SOS. After the event, guests headed upstairs for the AGM Business Meeting.

Don Dempson said farewell as he completed an 8-year term with the Board of Directors. All other faces on the Board will remain the same, as will the Executive roles. At the meeting, staff was recognized for Years of Service milestones. This included Executive Director Susanna Newton who has been with the organization 25 years, and Kevin Newton, Manager of the Thrift Shop, who has also been with the organization for 25 years. Jackie Brice, Thrift Shop Operations Supervisor, has been with SOS for 15 years, and Sherry Thorpe, Financial Controller, has been with SOS for 10 years. Darren Paquette, SOS Custodian, has been with SOS for 5 years, as has Thrift Shop Shipper Receiver, Rob Taylor.

SOS Board of Directors photo: from back left Pamela May-Straka, Gordon Ball, First Vice Chair Martin Fereday, Joshua Dennis, Don Luke and Paul Ruffell. Front row from left, Dr. Jennifer Mullet, Secretary Treasurer Bonnie Wallis, Executive Director Susanna Newton, Board Chair Garry Cox, and Second Vice Chair Elaine McKinlay.

SOS Board and ED June 2018


Summer Program Guide 2018

SOS Child, Youth & Family summer programs start up July 3 and run until August 24.  Click here to check out the SOS 2018 Summer Brochure. Please note, there is no Child, Youth & Family Programming from June 18-June 29.

Electronic Summer Program Brochure 2018 1

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

SOS Garden Bed Display

Check out the beautiful new garden bed display on Pym Street! Our sincere thanks to City of Parksville for making this a reality, and for helping us celebrate this milestone with the community. We could not have had such a positive impact on so many local resident's lives these past 5 decades without community support. Click here to learn more about our free community celebrations this July!


Monday, 28 May 2018

SOS at Family Day

SOS has a blast at the 42nd Annual Family Day in Qualicum Beach on Sunday. We walked in the parade, decked out in 50th Anniversary attire, and set up a number of fun activities for families under our tent in the field. Here are some memories.


Monday, 28 May 2018

Celebrating SOS Programs in May

Throughout the month of May, SOS is celebrating 2 programs, in honour of our 50th Anniversary. 

The Oceanside Better at Home program is deisgned to help seniors aged 65+ remain at home by providing a range of non-medical support services. In May, participants of the program have been receiving local tea bags as a small gift, so they may enjoy a cup with a friend and look back at the last 50 years. Click here to read a recent article about the program in the PQB News. 

The Gradwear program is for local grads and their dates. They can puchase new and gently used gowns, dresses, tuxes and suits for $5, including shoes and accessories. Throughout the month of May local grads have been winning their outfits, and gift certificates to local grad services. Click here to read a recent article about the program.

50th Anniversary Volunteer Event

We were thrilled to honour a number of our volunteers at the 50th Anniversary Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Years of Service Ceremony on April 17. Volunteers were able to enjoy a buffet lunch, an SOS Thrift Shop Fashion show by staff, live music by Bruce Feltham, along with messages of appreciation from SOS, and from local dignitaries. SOS recognized volunteers who have reached certain milestones with the organization, including 50 years of service by Volunteer Verna Jenkins and Founding Member, Edith Chamberlayne. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event memorable, and a special thanks to the PASS Woodwinds students and teachers who helped us set up the event!


Gradwear models look glamourous at fashion show

The Ballenas Grad Fashion Show was a bit hit on April 11, and kicking it off on the runway was 12 SOS Gradwear Models.  The SOS Gradwear program offers complete new and gently used outfits to local grads and their dates for $5. Pop by Tuesday or Thursday from 1:30-4 pm to check out the selection at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville. Come during the month of May and you can win your outfit and a gift card to a local business! Those prizes are in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of SOS. Visit this page for more information on the program.

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