Thursday, 29 September 2016

BC Societies Act seminars

Deadline to register Oct. 7, 2016

Find out how changes to the BC Societies Act affects your organization. SOS is hoting two seimars to clarify the changes and ensure compliance. Call 250-248-2093 ext 221 to register.

 Societies Act Workshops

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Highlights from the SOS AGM

New faces on SOS Board

The SOS has four new board members following its Annual General Meeting June 22. SOS has been providing vital community programs and services to residents of District 69 for 48 years, and board members work to set direction for the organization, based on the evolving needs of the community.

New board member Martin Fereday moved to Parksville in 2011 with his wife and has been volunteering with SOS, the City of Parksville and with the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club. He and his wife have two sons and six grandchildren. Martin enjoyed a career in municipal engineering and land development prior to retiring in 2010. Pamela May-Straka will also be serving on the board. She has a professional background in science, and enjoyed a career as an exploration geologist. Since moving to Nanoose Bay in 2006 with her husband Joe, the couple has made community service part of their lifestyle. Pam is an avid sailor, occasional potter and she’s passionate about learning. She enjoys helping people and organizations achieve their goals.

New board member Dr. Jennifer Mullett is a Community Psychologist, Director of the Centre for Healthy Communities Research and Adjunct Professor at both UVic and VIU.  She has worked abroad and in BC with inter-disciplinary teams on interventions aimed at creating healthy communities and building capacity for social change. She and her husband moved to Oceanside in 2008 and have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Originally a farm boy from Saskatchewan, Gordon Ball went on to have a 36-year career as a busy Calgary lawyer. The new board member moved to Qualicum Beach with his wife Shari in 2008, and now has a part time practice.  He keeps busy speaking about legal matters to local businesses and organizations, writing a monthly newsletter, volunteering, playing hockey and golf, and hiking.

Garry Cox remains SOS president, Janet Smukowich will stay on as the SOS First Vice President, and Wendy Hill was elected as Second Vice President. Barbara Price will remain as the Secretary-Treasurer and Elaine McKinlay and Don Dempson remain as directors.

Back row left, SOS Executive Director Renate Sutherland stands with the new SOS Board of Directors. Back row from left, following Sutherland, Elaine McKinlay, Janet Smukowich, Don Dempson, Dr. Jennifer Mullett and Pamela May-Straka. Front row from left, Martin Fereday, Wendy Hill, Garry Cox, Gordon Ball and Barbara Price.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Annual General Meeting

District 69 Society of Organized Services

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7 pm
SOS Child, Youth & Family Centre
245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville

Thursday, 09 June 2016

Making a difference with friends and colleagues

Tigh-Na-Mara and RBC Royal Bank Parksville help out at SOS

Thanks to a team of volunteers from Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre and RBC Royal Bank of Canada in Parksville for volunteering at the SOS Thrift Shop on May 28.

Luke Nixon-Janssen and his team members from Tigh-Na-Mara were joined by Kevin Gillanders and his team members from RBC. The volunteers tagged and priced items, brought merchandise to the floor and helped at the cash desks.


The volunteer opportunity is part of SOS' Community Partner Initiative, where members of a business or organization come together to volunteer for a shift at SOS. Over 80% of SOS funding comes from the Thrift Shop, enabling SOS to offer more than 30 programs and services, mostly free, to residents of all ages in District 69. Thank you for supporting our community!


Friday, 01 April 2016

Joan Le Moine Honoured by the Province

Joan is a longtime SOS volunteer

Joan LeMoine has devoted a significant amount of time to SOS and the residents of the Parksville Qualicum Beach region for the betterment of our community. That’s why she was honoured on March 31 with the province’s newest honour, the Medal of Good Citizenship, by Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell, who is the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, on behalf of Premier Christy Clark.

“We’re thrilled that Joan was honoured in this way,” said SOS Assistant Executive Director, Susanna Newton. “Joan has a very recognizable face at SOS, having volunteered tirelessly for many years on the SOS Board and in other capacities, and she’s well respected around the community for all the good work she does.”
The Medal of Good Citizenship “through exceptional long-term service, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. The medal reflects their generosity, service and acts of selflessness and contributions to community life.”

At SOS, Joan was on the SOS Board from 1997 to 2004, serving as President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Past President. She also volunteers in the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program and at special events.
Joan has also volunteered for Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock Fundraising campaign, Branch 49 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Tim Hortons Camp Day fundraising campaign, helping children with special needs, with the Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers and at Coffee with Council.LeMoine was also instrumental in establishing the Parksville Beach Festival Society.

“Joan LeMoine is a real unsung hero, having selflessly given her time and talents to causes that have made Parksville a better place. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Medal of Good Citizenship,” Minister Michelle Stilwell said in a press release.
Christy Clark was also quoted in the press release, praising Joan.
“Joan LeMoine is a real unsung hero, having selflessly given her time and talents to causes that have made Parksville a better place. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Medal of Good Citizenship.”


Photos Courtesy BC Government
(Home page Photo) Parksville citizen Joan LeMoine (bottom right) was honoured with the Medal of Good Citizenship by Parksville-Qualicum MLA and Cabinet Minister, Michelle Stilwell on March 31. Former Parksville mayor Chris Burger (back left) Parksville Mayor Marc Lefebvre also attended the ceremony. 
(This Photo) MLA Michelle Stilwell with Joan LeMoine.

Monday, 07 March 2016

STAR program helps residents rent successfully

Free program runs May 24-27 2016

The Star Program at SOS gives residents the skills they need to rent homes sucessfully. The program's name stands for Supporting Tenancy through Action and Resources and was created by the Nanaimo Women's Centre.

This is the second year the program has been running at SOS, where participants learn about budgeting, tenancy rights and living with others. The Spring workshop takes place May 24-27 at SOS in Parksville.

Adults 19 and older are welcome to participate. Upon completion, a certificate is issued. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Call 250-248-2093 ext. 241 to register.

Friday, 08 April 2016

Are you missing out on benefits?

Seniors' Benefits Seminar

Local seniors may be missing out on government benefits.

Upcoming seminars at SOS in Parksville and Qualicum Beach will provide much needed information on the subject.

SOS is hosting two free seminars, one at the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centre in Parksville on Wednesday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the other at SOS in Qualicum Commons on Thursday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The seminars will provide information to seniors on available federal government programs.

Registration is required as seating is limited. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 239 to book your space. The SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre in Parksville is located at 245 Hirst Avenue West in Parksville, and in Qualicum Beach at 744 Primrose Street.

For more information on SOS visit or follow SOS on Facebook at 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Coldest Night of the Year

You can help support homeless initiatives in our community!

It's cold out there and you can help make life a lighter warmer and brighter for our residents in-need. On February 20th, a team from SOS will be walking in the Coldest Night of the Year, where funds raised will go directly to supporting local homeless initiatives. But we need your help. Please visit this link to make a donation to this very worthy cause. Thank you!

Thursday, 04 February 2016

SOS Gradwear is back!

Local grads can get new or gently used outfits for $5!

Glorious gowns and dapper tuxes often make one grand appearance and then never see the light of day again. The SOS Gradwear program is hoping to make use of those threads and at the same time help make grad a memorable event for our local students.Grads simply need to call 240-248-2093 ext 232 and set up a private shopping appointment at the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre in Parksville.

Check out our Facebook Page to see some of this year's stock:

Hanging on to gown or tux that could make a local grad or their date extremely happy? We'd love to take it off your hands. Please drop donations off at 245 West Hirst Ave. Parksville (at the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre) Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

SOS makes Christmas magic for over 1,000 chidren

Caring for Kids, Families and Individuals at Christmas

SOS provided a record amount of Christmas gifts for local children in 2015.
The Caring for Kids at Christmas program has been running for 47 years in this community, and in 2015 a total of 1,151 children in District 69 received a special gift at Christmas, up from 999 children the previous year.

The SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program is for low income families and individuals in District 69. The program provides new gifts for children and local grocery store gift cards for adults, so all our residents can experience some joy at Christmas.

The number of households the SOS Christmas program assisted in 2015 was 874, down slightly from 900 in 2014. Adults who received grocery store gift cards through the program in 2015 numbered 1,184, similar to 2014, when 1,189 local adults received support from the program.

SOS had a fundraising goal of $110,000 and Christmas program donations totaled $104,577 in 2015 thanks to the generous support of community members.

Gift donations to the SOS Christmas program were outstanding in 2015. Over 1,500 gifts were collected from the Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive, dozens of local businesses hosted Angel Trees and brought in over 1,000 gifts for the program, a record high. Hundreds more were brought in from the Silver Spur Toy Ride, and residents, groups and service clubs consistently brought in gifts for childrenand youth throughout the holiday season.

SOS would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all its supporters in 2015. Together we created magic for our residents in-need at Christmas, and we provided positive support through programming and outreach throughout the year. We look forward to working with our community members throughout to further our vision of a healthy and vibrant community.

Oceanside Midget Generals raise money for SOS

Fundraiser brings in $750

The Oceanside Midget Generals Hockey Team is helping make our community healthy and happy. The team and its managers and volunteers recently donated $750 to two SOS programs: The SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program, which ensures local children have a special gift to unwrap Christmas morning, and that adults enjoy a meaningful meal over the holidays, as well as the Recreation Assistance Program, which enables local children and youth to enroll in recreation activities. 

New Groove and Move Dance Class

For Grades 1-3, starts in January

A new, free dance class is being offered at the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centre in Parksville starting in January. The class is called Groove & Move and is aimed at Grades 1 through 3. Children will enjoy a mixture of ballet, jazz and hip hop, along with stretching, technique, fun movement and imagination activities. 

Melanie Peake has volunteered to teach the class at SOS. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and has a strong passion and love for the arts (dance, singing and acting).  Melanie believes that dance should be fun, high energy and accessible to everyone.  

The classes will run every Thursday from 3:30-4:15 starting Jan. 14 until Feb. 25 (7 sessions). No formal attire is required.  Students can wear comfortable clothes to dance in,bare feet or runners. Parents can drop their children off for the class. There is a small room for parents to wait with other siblings if they wish to stay. 

Space is limited for the class. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 242 to pre-register.



Thursday, 26 November 2015

Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive brings in toys, gifts and cash for SOS

Record amount of gift cards and cash

The mood was jolly and generous at the 7th Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive on Nov. 25. People of all ages filed in bringing new, unwrapped toys, gift cards and cash. For more photos visit Here are the excellent results: 
  2015 2014 2013
Toys 1,536 1,6662 1,827
Gift Cards $3,815.95 $2,615.00 $2,165.00
Cash and cheques $6,373.50 $3,732.01 $1,471.25

Monday, 07 December 2015

Bottle Drive Dec. 6 benefitting SOS

Hosted by Oceanside Midget Generals

Gather up all those bottles and cans and contact the Oceanside Midget Generals for a fundraising bottle drive Dec. 6. Half of the proceeds will benefit SOS and the other half will help support this local rep hockey team. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will come pick up your bottles.Thank you Oceanside Midget Generals, parents, volunteers and managers!


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Silver Spur Riding Club Toy Ride

Collecting toys for children and youth in-need

What better sight than a herd of horses dressed up in Christmas attire hauling gifts to the SOS for children in-need. That's exactly what you'll find at the annual Silver Spur Toy Ride taking place November 15, 2015 in Parksville. Silver Spur Riding Club members start at Ballenas Secondary School at noon and head toward Morrison Ave, collecting new, unwrapped toys in their wagons and saddlebags. Once they reach McMillan Street they head up the hill toward SOS where they unload their treasures. The riders and horses take a break and have a snack (provided by Thrifty Foods and hosted by SOS) and then carry on to Standford Place to spread more cheer and collect more donations for the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas Program.

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