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.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

SOS wins on Canada Day!

We won! Our thanks to all the amazing volunteers and program participants who joined us on Canada Day and helped us win 1st place in the Community Entry Category! And thanks to all of you in the crowd who cheered us on with so much enthusiasm. What a great way to celebrate our country.


Bus Copy


Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Join SOS for our AGM

June 22 at 7 pm

Join SOS for our Annual General Meeting on June 22 at 7 p.m. Members will elect new directors, our new Annual Report will be revealed, and audited financial statements will be presented. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by June 16, 2017, to the SOS Administration Office 250-248-2093 ext. 0. The AGM will take place at the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centre at 245 West Hirst Ave. 

Monday, 29 May 2017

SOS Wins for Community Spirit

It was a fun-filled day, packed with action at Qualicum Beach Family Day this year. We were thrilled to be part of the parade and win second place for Community Spirit! Thanks to all the families who came and had fun with us at our booth. What a wonderful event for our community.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

SOS Video on TIC TAC program

SOS is able to offer a wealth of vital programs and services to our residents because of the support we have from the community, and our volunteers. This video gives insight into our TIC TAC Program (Time in Comfort for Tots and Caregivers) and recognizes how essential our volunteers are.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Share your SOS story and win!

Has SOS made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know in a meaningful way? Did SOS help you find your smile, connect you with a good friend, or give you the support you needed at a trying time? What would life be like without SOS? We want your stories, and there’s something great in it for you! It’s SOS’ 50th Anniversary next year and we are celebrating with a compelling stories contest! Your story could earn you a shopping spree at the SOS Thrift Shop. Think about it, you, with a gift card in-hand, perusing 18,000 square feet of trendy clothing and shoes, eclectic furniture, household items, sporting equipment, books, toys, and more! First place will win $50 in gift cards, second place $30, and third place $20 in gift cards. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring a copy of your story in to either of the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centres in Parksville or Qualicum Beach.
Contest closes Dec. 31, 2017.


Thursday, 04 May 2017

We are celebrating Youth Week!

SOS is celebrating Youth Week this week! We believe strongly in supporting our Youth and giving them the tools and resources they need to thrive. During Youth Week our School Nite Out Group checked out Airhouse Nanaimo Trampoline Centre and we had a blast (evident in our photos)! And our Teen Nite and Youth Open Space programs will be doing wonderfully crafty projects this week.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spring 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Event

Some photo memories

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who came out for the Spring Volunteer Appreciation Event and Years of Service Ceremony, we enjoyed celebrating you and the impact you have on our community! Our thanks also to MP Gord Johns for attending, Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Parksville City Councillor Mary Beil. Here are some memories.

Monday, 03 April 2017

Need help in Math or English?

Do you know a local student in Grades 6-9 who is struggling with Math or English? They are not alone! And we are here to help. The SOS After School Education Assistance program has 2 spaces available for students to get some extra FREE help on Mondays, from either 3:30 to 4:30 pm or 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Please call us at 250.248.2093 ext 242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Confused Math Boy

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.





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