Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS is only offering essential services at this time. SOS Thrift Shop is closed until further notice. SOS Community Services Centres are closed, but we are able to continue our Meals on Wheels program, Emergency Assistance & Advocacy (by phone) and Seniors Advocacy (by phone). Ministry clients can call about using a drop-off/pick-up service for report cards. The Homeless Prevention program will continue support for existing clients. All Child, Youth & Family programs are suspended. For more information or for assistance, call 250-248-2093. We wish you good health and hope to reconnect again soon.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Hockey Game raises $2,100 for SOS

Grumpy Old Men Charity game, SOS Charity Hockey Game, SOS Recreation Assistance

Grumpy Old Men Charity Hockey Game plays out well

More than $2,100 was raised at this year's Grumpy Old Men Charity Exhibition Hockey game, with the proceeds going to the SOS Recreation Assistance Program. The money will give local children in low income families the chance to register in hockey and skating.

The game took place on March 28 where Team Switchblade Sports took on the Vancouver Island All-stars team. Players included retired professional hockey players and some other well known faces, including Fred Ewanuic who played Hank on the TV Show Corner Gas. Some fabulous raffle prizes were won including a Chad Brownlee/Dallas Smith autographed guitar, a signed Carey Price jersey, and a Vancouver Canucks signed jersey.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015

SOS Grad Wear is Back!

SOS dresses, SOS Grad Wear 2015, SOS tux

Get a prom dress or tux for $5!

SOS Grad Wear is Back!

Do you know someone graduating this year? All local 2015 grads have the opportunity to buy their dream dress or tux for just FIVE BUCKS! Spread the word. Call 250-248-2093, ext. 232 - check out our gently used and BRAND NEW dresses!

Shoes and accessories are included in the price.

Click here to visit the SOS Grad Wear Facebook Page and view some of this year's stock.



Saturday, 28 March 2015

Grumpy Old Men Charity Exhibition Game

Grumpy Old Men charity game, Help Kids Play, SOS Recreation Assistance

Enabling local children to register for sports

Grumpy Old Men Charity Exhibition Game

The Grumpy Old Men Hockey Club is putting on a charity exhibition game in Parksville called Help Kids Play on March. 28, with proceeds going to the SOS Recreation Assistance Program. The funds raised will assists with hockey and skating registration costs for local children.

The game takes place at 3:30 pm on March 28, 2015 at Oceaside Arena and will feature team Switchblade Sports versus the Vancouver Island All-stars team. Players include 

Doug Bodger and son, Trent Kaese and son, David Leneveu, Mike Annan,
Chris Shilto, Jessie Hammill, Matt Woods, Joe Snyder and Troy Newans.

Entry is by donation at the door and there will be raffle prizes and 50-50 tickets available. Some of the goods people can get their hands on include a Chad Brownlee/Dallas Smith autographed guitar, a signed Carey Price jersey, a Vancouver Canucks signed jersey, and much more.

The young Timbit hockey players will be showing off their skills during intermissions.

“The Beach FM 88.5” Oceanside’s Soft Rock, will be on location from 10 am – 2 pm.

For more information, or if anyone is able to assist with corporate donations,
Please call Gary Kuramoto at 250-468-9632 or Bruce L’Heureux at 250-710-4155.

The Grumpy Old Men will also play their Spring Hockey tournament during the March 27-March 29 weekend at Oceanside Arena, featuring all five divisions of players.


Friday, 09 January 2015

SOS to help residents rent homes successfully

SOS Star Program

The Star Program starts in February

SOS to help residents rent homes successfully

From the PQB News Jan 8, 2015:

SOS to make STAR tenants out of new housing program

By Candace Wu

The Society of Organized Services will host a new program in February meant to help locals achieve and sustain successful housing experiences.

It’s called the STAR (Supporting Tenancy through Action and Resources) program and it is open to all individuals including men, women, couples and youth.

SOS coordinator Sarah Faulhafer said the program is “education-based,” aimed at people interested in learning their rights as a tenant and figuring out how to sustain housing options.

The program is open to anybody, but targets “people who have chronically bounced between housing.”

Faulhafer said it provides information about understanding tenant rights, as well as offers “transferable life skills” such as budgeting, living with others, conflict management, tenant responsibilities and using local resources.

“We look at the Residential Tenancy Act, talk about making a good first impression and how to research housing opportunities and there is even a module on living with roommates,” explains Faulhafer, who noted she saw a need for a program like this in the Parksville Qualicum Beach community.

“It was identified that some people were being evicted or facing eviction and maybe it wasn’t being done in the most legal way,” she said. “That comes from lack of information from both the landlord and renters and rather than let it get to that point, (this program) is about how to avoid it, ideally.”

There will be four sessions (one every Tuesday) in the month of February, which will last six hours each including breaks, and at the end attendees will receive a certificate. The certificate demonstrates that participants have taken the initiative to better their skills at tenancy.

Faulhafer said the program has room for eight to 10 people and is operated free of charge on a first come first serve basis. Registration is now open. For more information or to register contact Sarah Faulhafer at 250-248-2093.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Memories from the 2014 Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

Photos taken at this year's event on Nov. 26

Coming Together

It was a memorable morning, filled with warm and happy faces, sharing the joy of Christmas. Guests brought new, unwrapped gifts to Tigh-Na-Mara for the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas Program and in return they received a free breakfast provided by Tigh-Na-Mara.

Here are the final numbers, compared with the last two years:





Breakfast covers








Gift Cards




Cash & Cheques




View more photos on the PQB News Facebook page: www.facebook.com/PQBNews



Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Collaborating at Christmas

Caring for Kids at Chrismtas, PQB News SOS Video

PQB News creates SOS Caring for Kids Video

Learn about the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas Program and how Tigh-Na-Mara and the community help make magic for our local children by clicking this link.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Fall 2014 Newsletter

SOS Fall Newsletter

Read about SOS programs coming to Qualicum Beach and more

Please note the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive is taking place Nov. 26.

Project Connect Health Fair

Community organizations in the region area are coming together again to offer our most vulnerable residents access to emergency services, items of necessity, and life saving resources under one roof.

The 6th Annual Project Connect Health Fair will take place Thursday, Oct. 10 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Parksville Community Centre.

The event, organized by the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness, was designed to connect residents in need to service providers, businesses and volunteers who are dedicated to eradicating homelessness and the stigmas surrounding it. Service providers such as Island Crisis Care Society, Forward House Community Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, The Career Centre, Mental Health & Substance Use, Ministry of Social Development, and SOS, along with approximately 30 other businesses and community groups, will be on hand to give a hand up to our most vulnerable citizens.

The event will offer free haircuts, hearing exams, foot care, public health testing, information on programs, healthy food, hygiene items, portraits and many other valuable services, all donated from service providers and the community.  A veterinarian will also be on hand for those who have pets providing pet food, flea care, vaccinations and food.  The Parksville Community Centre has also sponsored the event, making it possible for it to be free for attendees.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Candy Ashridge wins Volunteer of the Year

SOS Board Member

SOS board member Candy Ashbridge has been recognized for her outstanding commitment to the community. She won Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2015 Qualicum Beach Community Awards, hosted by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18.

Each year, the Chamber honours individuals and businesses for their contributions to the community. This follows a nomination period, during which residents and visitors are encouraged to put forward names of those they consider to be deserving of recognition.

Ashbridge is a retired librarian and, along with her active role at SOS, she has dedicated her time to Qualicum Cat Rescue, Building Learning Together (BLT), Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs and more. She was the first “story lady” to delight children at Milner Gardens Christmas Magic, and she has volunteered for the local school district on many occasions, reading books to children in her wonderfully animated style.

The award was presented to Ashbridge by SOS president, Cory McIntosh. SOS Executive Director Renate Sutherland said she was thrilled to see Candy recognized with the award.

“We are very honoured that she chooses to lend her time and expertise to SOS,” she said. “She has touched so many lives with her dedication to this community; this award is very well deserved.” 


Kids Cuts for Charity

SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas benefits from Hair Cuts project

Tigh-Na-Mara hair stylist Aneilla Veselisin is back at it offering to donate all the proceeds of Kids Hair Cuts to the Caring for Kids at Christmas Campaign. Book a hair cut and style for a child for $25 by Nov. 15 and all the proceeds will go to the SOS program. To book the appointment call 250-248-1838.

Thursday, 09 October 2014

The Oceanside Light Tour

SOS to benefit from Christmas Light Tour

The Kathok Centre in Coombs is once again hosting its Oceanside Light Tour in Parksville, Qualicum, Coombs and Nanoose Bay. People can donate $20 to have a home listed on the Tour and others can enjoy your light offering. People vote for their favorite display and if your home or business wins you get a luxury Christmas Eve light tour with up to 11 friends and family in a beautiful stretch limo from  Vancouver Island Limousine services.

100% of the donations go towards a local non-profits:
Kathok Centre, SOS, Oceanside Hospice Society and The Salvation Army. For more information visit The Light Tour Website by clicking here.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The SOS' Better at Home Program needs more male volunteers

Friendly visitors could assist a senior on the computer or sit for a chat

Seniors are an important part of the Oceanside community and in order to live independently and comfortably in their own homes some could use assistance from the community.

Right now the program is seeking more male volunteers to visit with their clients, perhaps take them for a much-needed walk, help them on the computer or just sit and talk. The program is also seeking female volunteers.

To volunteer for the program call 250-248-2093 ex. 230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oceanside Better at Home, a program supported by United Way and funded by the Government of British Columbia, is about community members helping each other with simple day-to-day tasks, and is administered by SOS for District 69. Oceanside Better at Home volunteers offer:

  • Friendly visiting
  • Transportation to non-medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping

In addition, Oceanside Better at Home provides services on a sliding fee schedule such as:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Yard work
  • Light home repair
  • Snow shoveling
  • Housekeeping

Oceanside Better at Home helps seniors to age with dignity, and prevents social isolation. For more information on the program go to www.betterathome.ca or call 250-248-2093, ext. 248.

Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness Fundraiser

Benefiting people in our area

This joint project with the Island Crisis Care Society is aiming to raise money to benefit local people in accessing and maintaining housing. Funds donated will be matched until these funds, provided by the Bienfaisance Foundation, run out. These funds are running out fast however, as a host of other social service fundraising campaigns throughout B.C. claim the same dollars. Donate as little as $5.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A Unique Kind of Coffee Club

Volunteering at SOS Thrift Shop offers fun and friendship

A Unique Kind of Coffee Club

While many of their counterparts are catching up at local cafes, the Wednesday afternoon volunteers at the SOS Thrift Shop are putting a new spin on the weekly coffee club. The group combines the social benefits of meeting for coffee, with giving back to the community, creating win-win-win. While bonding over clothing racks and cash registers may not seem as fun as lingering over a donut and a double-double, this happy group of volunteers beg to differ.

SOS Thrift Shop volunteers can work the cash, tag clothes or sort donations in the back. A 3.5 hour shift is the norm, especially for the cashiers, but volunteers are not restricted to that. This group works the same Wednesday shift because the schedule suits them (and because they have become friends). but Don and some others are also known for taking a “power hour,” where they drop in on other days as well, when it’s convenient for them, just to help out where necessary.

“You feel like you have accomplished something even if it’s only for an hour,” he says. “The other thing is that everyone is equal here,” adds Don. “The full-time staff treats us like gold.”

Adds volunteer Frances Cej, “You feel really valued here.”

Amid a spontaneous chorus of positive comments from other volunteers, one sums it up best, “It’s common sense and respect. Everyone has fun, and a sense of humour. I have seen nothing but smiles here.”

Just what one would expect from their weekly coffee club.

Better at Home Friendly Visitors

A Friendly Face Can Make a World of Difference

Better at Home Friendly Visitors

When SOS started offering friendly visiting through the Oceanside Better at Home program, volunteer Elaine Eddy jumped at the chance to volunteer. Eight months and countless cribbage games later, Eddy and the man she visits for an hour each week have become good friends. As a bonus, Eddy has found a new friend in the man’s daughter as well.

“I had heard about the Better at Home program and thought that I would like to help out in some way, especially because I know how valuable it is just to have a regular visitor.”

When her mother was still alive, Elaine Eddy’s visits with her became filled with “doing things for her,” she says. “I’d either be taking her to the doctor or helping her in some other way. We’re all so busy, and my husband was sick and dying of cancer at the time, so there was no time to just visit and enjoy each other’s company.”

Then a friend of Eddy’s offered to visit her mother on a regular basis. “It meant the world to me and to my mother,” she says. “My mother had different things to talk about; she had someone who was interested in her stories who hadn’t heard them before, and it was so nice to know that someone was there for her when I couldn’t be.”

In fact, it is often the adult children of seniors who first contact Jane Williams, Oceanside Better at Home coordinator, to arrange a friendly visit for their parent. Williams explains that it can initially be a difficult step for seniors to take.

“Some people might feel as though there’s something wrong with them if they feel lonely, or don’t have anyone who will come just to visit them,” says Williams. “But it’s not about not having friends, it’s about how busy the world has become. A friendly visitor is there strictly to visit and spend quality time with you.”

Some seniors are also concerned about inviting a stranger into their home. Eddy’s friend’s daughter stayed with her father the first few visits, until everyone was comfortable. All Better at Home volunteers are also carefully screened and must provide a police information check before being approved as volunteers. Williams also ensures that friendly visitors are going to be a good match for specific Better at Home clients.

“I think all of us wish we could just stop once in while and take the time for a good visit with someone, just to share a story, have a laugh or play a game,” adds Williams. “that’s what this program is all about.”

There is no charge for this service. If you or someone you love could benefit from a friendly visit through Oceanside Better at Home, call Jane at 250-248-2093, ext. 248.

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