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: www.facebook.com/sosgradwear

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 www.facebook.com/sosd69. 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.

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 www.sosd69.com 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.

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