Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

Bring a gift and recieve a free breakfast

Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive

Tigh-Na-Mara is teaming up with SOS for the seventh year to help bring gifts to all local children and youth this Christmas. The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive has been instrumental in filling up the SOS Toy Shop, so that low-income parents and grandparents may shop for free for their children and youth. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or a monetary donation to Tigh-Na-Mara on November 25 and you'll receive a free breakfast. Doors open at 6 am that morning and breakfast runs from 6:30-10 am. For those on a tight schedule, you can drop off your donation and take advantage of the Drive Thru breakfast from 7:30 am to 10 am. There is a strong need for gifts for girls and boys ages 10-13 and 14-17. The event is hosted by Tigh-Na-Mara in partnership with The PQB News, The Lounge 99.9 FM, The Beach 88.5 FM and SHAW TV. The News will also be on-site collecting donations for their Coins for Kids program, benefitting the SOS and the Salvation Army. 

Friday, 02 October 2015

Kids Cuts for Charity

Caring for Kids at Christmas, Kids Cuts for Charity

Benefiting the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas Campaign

Get your child's hair cut and you will be helping the SOS ensure all local children have a gift to unwrap this Christmas, and that families and individuals can enjoy a special meal together. 


Friday, 04 September 2015

Crafts Donated from Michaels

SOS Child, Youth and Family program coordinators got a wonderful and welcomed surprise when shopping at Michaels arts and craft store this week. The coordinators were looking for some T-shirt stencils and a few other Michaels-specific items for their programs and asked a sales associate for assistance. She asked SOS staff some questions about their programs and, realizing the value of the programs and their limited budget, decided they were worthy of some donations. A dozen boxes later the staff were on their way back to SOS! They have now unpacked the items and are overjoyed with all the crafty possibilities that lay ahead for local children and youth. Thank you Michaels!


Wednesday, 12 August 2015 Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Qualicum Commons Celebration Sept. 30

There are great things happening at Qualicum Commons and the public is invited to come see for themselves on Wednesday, September 30 during the Qualicum Commons Celebration.

Service providers in the building will be leading tours and offering snacks while residents peruse the halls and take in the activities that go on regularly in the building.

There will music, crafts and demonstrations throughout the celebration, which runs from 3-5 pm. 

SOS will be welcoming residents to its area of the building and will have play dough, tattoos, bubbles and a water table outside. There will also be information on SOS programs that have recently expanded to the facility, Seniors' Connection and the Emergency Assistance Program.

Other groups in the building include the Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation and Parks, Building Learning Together, The Children’s Discovery Centre, Qualicum Beach School of Dance, Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs, Healthy Wisdom, Pacific Care Child and Family Enrichment Society and the School District 69 Collaborative Education Alternative Program (CEAP).

Qualicum Commons is located at 744 Primrose Street.

Friday, 07 August 2015

Seniors are Talking expanding to Qualicum Beach

Open House September 9

Are you a senior who would like to get out more?

Would you like to meet new people, explore the area and learn?

Seniors are Talking is a social, educational and fun group for seniors 60+ who reside in District 69. There are weekly meetings at SOS, informative speakers,  group presentations, outings to attend and annual events.

Seniors are Talking is expanding to Qualicum Beach in September 2015. There will be an Open House at the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centre at Qualicum Commons, located at 744 Primrose Street, on September 9 from 1 -3 pm. Refreshments will be served.

To find out more information or become a member, call 250-248-2093 ext. 224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Damian Jordan raises funds for SOS

Musician gives all proceeds to SOS

Baritone Damian Jordan performed Folksongs of Love and Longing at Knox United Church on July 16 accompanied by Margaret Nelson, along with Mandy Loban-Jordan, Katrina Jordan and Alicia Jordan. The event was sponsored by Knox United Church. On July 17 Jordan delivered $455 to the SOS to help fund its community programs. SOS currently offers more than 30 programs to residents of all ages in District 69, most of them free, meeting needs and enabling people to live healthy and productive lives. Thank you Damian for choosing SOS as the beneficiary of your event!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

SOS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

SOS Official Grand Opening at Qualicum Commons

It’s official, SOS is open in Qualicum Beach.

On April 15 the sun was shining and the mood celebratory as about 50 residents gathered outside Qualicum Commons to mark the official grand opening of SOS at the former school.

SOS has been offering services to children and families at the former Qualicum Beach Elementary School since February of this year. The non-profit organization has now secured a team of volunteers to help staff at the site, and SOS Executive Director Renate Sutherland has moved her office to the new location. All SOS programs will continue to run in Parksville as normal.

In her welcoming speech, Sutherland acknowledged the other tenants at Qualicum Commons, as well as the SOS volunteers who have already started helping out at the new location.

Board Chair Eve Flynn spoke on behalf of the school district, and said it was exciting to see the repurposed building filled with activities for all ages, including the excited children beside her who  played with their toys as she spoke.

Councillor Neil Horner spoke on behalf of Qualicum Beach Town Council, relaying that nobody wanted to see the elementary school closed, but the new community hub is a positive thing for all residents.

SOS Board Chair Cory McIntosh revealed the programs that are currently running at the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre, and how they are already meeting the social needs of Qualicum Beach citizens.

After the brief speeches, the speakers cut the ribbon, which was held by 3-year-old triplets who attended the SOS Preschoolers on Move program earlier that day.

People then headed inside the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre for snacks and refreshments provided by Quality Foods, and a tour of the facilities. To learn more about SOS programs in both Qualicum Beach and Parksville visit the website or call 250-248-2093. To call the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre in Qualicum Beach call 250-752-2040.

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:



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.

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.” 


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