Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Homeless in Oceanside- A Community Forum

March 30

You are invited to be part of the solution to solve homelessness in Oceanside. On March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness will host a Community Forum at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. Residents will hear what the Task Force has been working on, where we are today, and where we could be tomorrow. It takes a community to solve a problem like homelessness. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and RSVPs are required by March 24. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or call 250-228-4065.

CommunityForum March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dad's Night Out

March 28

Every Tuesday Night a community partner hosts Dad's Night Out in Oceanside. Tuesday, March 28 is SOS' turn and it will take place in Qualicum Beach at the Qualicum Commons Gym. Dad's can drop-in with their kids between 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dads Night Out March 2017

Men's Personal Growth in March

Develop trust, support and friendship while developing new skills and confidence. The Men’s Personal Growth program will run March 2- May 18, 2017 at Qualicum Commons. Click here for more information on the program or call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 to register.

 March Mens Personal Handout growth 2017


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Meals On Wheels change

The SOS Meals on Wheels programs will continue supporting residents’ health and independence in 2017, with a new service provider.  The meals for the program will now be created and prepared by Arrowsmith Lodge in Parksville, under the watchful eye of a certified dietician.

“We’re excited about this new partnership with Arrowsmith Lodge and are confident that Meals on Wheels clients will continue to enjoy delicious, hot, healthy meals delivered to their door by our amazing volunteers,” said SOS Executive Director Renate Sutherland.

The meals will continue to be delivered three days a week, with an option to add four additional meals for alternate days.  For more information, click here to view the Meals on Wheels brochure. To view the full menu click here. 


Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Local businesses help spread cheer to seniors

About 90 local seniors enjoyed some holiday cheer at the annual SOS Seniors Are Talking Christmas Luncheon last month. Seniors also enjoyed live Christmas entertainment by Bruce Feltham and surprise goody bags thanks to support from local sponsors. The event was free for the seniors who attend the SOS program. Our thanks to the local businesses who generously contributed to the event: Quality FoodsThrifty FoodsParksville Community and Conference CentreDeep Bay Marine Field Station, S&S Body and Paint, NexGen Hearing and Pharmasave Parksville.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Celebrating our volunteers at Christmas 2016

Thanks to all of our volunteers for making such a big impact on our community. We enjoyed celebrating active volunteers at the Christmas Volunteer Appreciation Event at Tigh-Na-Mara on Dec.6. In case you missed it, we had 5 fabulous teens from our Teen Nite program in Parksville speak about how the program has made an impact on their lives. Our Bus driver Paul also spoke about the impact he's seen in a variety of programming, as he has transported participants of all ages around the Central Island. We had a visit from Santa, we watched a video on the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program, some lucky volunteers won prizes and we enjoyed great company. Here are some memories.





Friday, 02 December 2016

Community Toy Drive and Skate

Saturday, Dec. 17 from 12:45 to 3:15

Come out for an exhilarating skate and help raise funds and gifts for our residents in-need this Christmas. Sponsored by Todd Sjogren at BMO Nesbitt Burns and Tony MacAulay at ANTHONY MACAULAY Notary Corp


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

1st Annual Oceanside Cares for Community Toy and Food Fill Up

This new event, hosted by On Line Electric Co. Ltd. and Robyn Gervais-Royal Lepage, takes place at Save-On Foods in Parksville on Sunday, Dec. 18 from noon to 5 p.m.They are collecting new toys and gifts, monetary donations and non-perishable food for the Salvation Army. 


Thursday, 01 December 2016

Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive brings in record amount

The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy drive was an incredible success again this year. People brought in a toy, gift, gift card or monetary donation and received a complimentary breakfast. The Tigh-Na-Mara Conference Centre was buzzing with people and Christmas spirit, and the event brought in 1590 toys, $3,735 in gift cards and $7,523 in cash and cheques for the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program. We can't thank residents enough for their generosity, it will mean so much to the families, children and teenagers in this community this Christmas. And our sincere thanks to Tigh-Na-Mara and all the staff who put so much into this event and succeed in making it so special every year.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Caring for Kids 88.5 The Beach Radio Interview

Need Registration or volunteer information?

Check out this great radio interview with Bob Martineau at 88.5 The Beach on November 15.

We share information on what the program is all about, how to register and how to support the program, from donating to volunteering.


Wednesday, 09 November 2016

Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive Nov 30

Bring a gift or monetary donation and receive a free breakfast

The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive is instrumental in helping SOS fill the Toy Shop so that low income residents are able to provide gifts to their children at Christmas. This year the Toy Drive will take place on Nov. 30 from 6:30 am to 10 am at Tigh-Na-Mara. Residents can bring a new,unwrapped gift, gift card or monetary donation and receive a free breakfast.

Last year (2015) 1,536 gifts were collected at the Breakfast, $3,815 in gift cards and $6,373 in cash and cheques.

The SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program has been providing gifts to children and food to adults for 47 years in this community. Low income parents and grandparents can come shop for free in the Toy Shop, and they also receive grocery store gift cards so they may choose food that is meaningful to them over the holidays. Adults without children can also receive grocery store gift cards, and the Stocking program, coordinated by the local Newcomers' Clubs, delivers stockings to Seniors who are shut in.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Kids Cuts for Charity

Proceeds benefit SOS

Hairstylist Aneilla Veslisin is at it again, raising money for the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas Campaign by donating the proceeds from children's hair cuts from now until November 22. Make an appointment for your child today! 250-248-1838.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016

Silver Spur Toy Ride

Event held Sunday, Nov. 20

Come behold a team horses and their riders, dressed in Christmas attire, riding through the streets of Parksville collecting toys for children on Sunday, Nov. 20. Members of the Silver Spur Riding Club leave Ballenas Secondary School at 12:10 and head east on Morrison Ave, turn right on McMillan St. and end up at the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centre in Parksville (245 West Hirst Ave) at approx 12:30. 

Spectators are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to put in riders saddlebags and wagons along the way. The toys help fill the SOS Toy Shop, where low income parents and grandparents get to shop for free for their children.

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