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, 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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