Got some free time to fill? Want to exercise your mind or body? Take a look at the SHOAL Centre’s drop-in activity schedule.

Want to know what’s happening at SHOAL this month? View the monthly event calendar

Check out SHOAL’s interesting news and upcoming events. View this month’s Tidelines newsletter.

The countdown is on for Canada’s 150th birthday! SHOAL centre is kicking off the celebrations with a “Roots of our Community” luncheon on Monday, June 26. Celebrate Canada’s 150th, Sidney’s 50th and Beacon Community Services with a tree planting ceremony, special visit by Town Crier Kenny Podmore, opening ceremonies by the Mayor of Sidney and a great buffet lunch with an official Canada Day cake. Selection of Canadian Music by the Splinter’s singing group. The event runs from 11 am – 2 pm and is just $10! Call 250-656-5537 to order tickets over the phone or stop by the centre and pick them up today!

We were thrilled to receive a Barrier Buster grant for over $25,000 from the Rick Hansen Foundation this Saturday at Access Awareness Day to help make SHOAL more accessible! SHOAL is committed to making the community centre inclusive for everyone. This generous grant will help us help those with mobility, vision, hearing and mental health challenges move beyond these barriers. We are so grateful, a big THANK YOU from us all!

The Jeannette Hughes award is given on Access Awareness Day to a business or organization in appreciation of the work they do in decreasing barriers and promoting accessibility and inclusion in Sidney. This year, Star Cinema was the recipient of the award. Owner Sandy Oliver has been committed to accessibility and inclusion as long as she has owned the Cinema offering open captions on screen if available, keeping things affordable and creating space for walkers and wheelchairs. Sandy could not be present at the fair so the award was presented to Anna Hudson, a Star Cinema Volunteer. Congratulations to Star Cinema for this accomplishment!

We have new programs starting this month. It is great to learn new things to help keep your mind sharp and meet people with the same interests as you! Browse through the Tidelines magazine to see what interests you. We also have a new SHOAL Facebook page. Be sure to like and follow us to stay up to date with what’s happening at SHOAL.

We hope to see you here at the SHOAL Centre.