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.

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.

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 www.sosd69.com or follow SOS on Facebook at facebook.com/sosd69. 

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