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Thank you to Best Western Plus Emerald Isle Hotel

We’re grateful to this local business for inviting us to their ‘year long’ birthday party! They’re celebrating their 35th year in our community — by hosting Waffle Wednesdays for Beacon Community Services.

Emerald Isle/Smitty’s Restaurant in Sidney will generously give us the profits from every waffle they sell on the 3rd Wednesday morning of every month. The sweet donations will be used to help support our community programs and services.

SHOAL Centre closed as precautionary measure effective 4:30 pm March 13

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic,  SHOAL Community Centre is currently closed. Please click here to read the announcement. 

Visitation is restricted at Beacon care sites

Precautionary measure due to COVID-19, effective March 16

We recognize that residents at Beacon’s Assisted Living and Dementia Care homes love to see  family, friends, and Beacon volunteers.

But to help protect all residents’ health and safety, visiting is strongly discouraged at Assisted Living and Dementia Care sites for the time being.  We can welcome visitors only if care staff identify that special circumstances require an essential visit to  a particular resident. 

We look forward to welcoming visitors back as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, please keep in touch with residents —  many will be DELIGHTED to get cards and letters from you!

In advance, thanks very much for your understanding and co-operation!

Feb 10 fire at Brentwood House

THANK YOU to everyone who assisted at our Brentwood House dementia care home on Feb. 10. Staff very quickly and safely evacuated residents and  local emergency teams quickly responded. A small fire damaged one room and water affected others — thankfully, everyone is safe and well.

All residents have been comfortably relocated while we work to repair Brentwood House.

We look forward to welcoming everyone home as soon as we can!

Beacon filled 110 Christmas hampers for families in need

THANK YOU to everyone who donated toys, books, games, gift cards, and special treasures to Beacon’s hamper drive during the recent holiday period. Thanks to your generosity, nearly 110 hampers were filled to over-flowing for local families. And thanks to the kindness of the 1st Tsartlip Scout Group and local Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, more than 50 children were also treated to special holiday gift bags, which we were delighted to distribute.

Beacon volunteers were jazzed up for the holidays…

Dec 6 saw us kick off the festive season with a luncheon for Beacon’s volunteer team. More than 200 of our 500+ adult volunteers enjoyed the jazz tunes of singer Shanna Dance, a visit from Santa, and a Christmas lunch with all the trimmings… Just a few of the ‘Beacon volunteer family’ are shown below (including members of our volunteer Board of Directors, Tom Vincent and Chair Bryan Waller, who made sure to get a photo with Santa and Mrs. Clause.)

 

Thanks to everyone who helped us sparkle!

Beacon had so much fun at the Sidney Sparkles Parade! Thanks to the Beacon residents, clients and volunteers who got together with our staff and walked (or drove… or scootered) in this fun community event.  Young and old enjoyed holiday treats and music before the parade, decorated, and visited with each other — and it was so much fun, planning is already underway for next year!

People wearing lights and santa hats, holding Beacon Community Services banner and umbrellas with Christmas lights

Just a few members of the merry Beacon crew who celebrated the Dec 1 Sidney Sparkles parade.

Home support services have transitioned to Island Health

On Nov 1, Beacon’s home support services transitioned to the Island Health Authority. (Please click here to read a news release with more details about the original announcement) Beacon home support staff joined Island Health’s team; we’ll miss our colleagues and always consider them part of the Beacon family — so we look forward to keeping in touch, and hearing about their continued success in helping people and improving lives in our community!

Beacon’s other program staff — and our volunteers — will continue serving our community through our many other programs and services.

Home support clients/families, please see our Home Support Program page for information about who to contact for assistance with your home support needs — and please know that we wish you all the best. It was a pleasure to serve you!

The Beacon team gets ready….

Beacon CEO Bob Boulter rolls up his sleeves to get ready for the flu season. Bob was one of many Beacon team members who got their flu vaccinations the week of Oct. 14. Please note: Beacon will host free flu clinics for seniors & their families Oct 29 & Nov 5 (1-4 pm at SHOAL Centre; 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney)

 

Woman is under desk, covering her head; a woman in a safety vest is peering under the desk, checking that she's in correct duck, cover and hold position for earthquake safety

Beacon joined THOUSANDS of British Columbians in the Oct 17 Great BC ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill. Beacon staff, volunteers, clients & residents practiced “Duck, Cover & Hold.” (Here, HR Assistant Carol shows off her skills while Recruitment Specialist/Safety Warden, Andrea, checks to see she’s fully covered.)

New Beacon Ambassadors will connect caregivers with support

Did you know that 60% of people who care for a family member/friend don’t recognize themselves as caregivers? This can mean they miss out on valuable supports and connecting with others in similar circumstances.

So we’re training friendly, caring people who enjoy interacting with the public to serve as volunteer Caregiver Ambassadors. They’ll make a world of difference by attending Saanich Peninsula events to help people identify themselves as caregivers and to inform them about the support that’s available for them at Beacon Community Services and Family Caregivers of BC.

We look forward to introducing this program later in the fall. If you might be interested in volunteering with our Caregiver Ambassadors, please connect with our friendly volunteer services coordinator (Sara) at 250 656-537 or volunteer@beaconcs.ca

New Children’s Development Centre will host Beacon programs

This summer, BC’s Ministry of Education announced a new project: a new, larger facility for the Children’s Development Centre in Cordova Bay.

We’re especially excited about this because Beacon Community Services and the Saanich Schoool District are partnering at the centre …. We’ll deliver additional services to strengthen local families, support youth, and enhance children’s development in their early years.

Construction will start in the spring of 2020 and should be completed by the fall of 2021.

Please click here to read a news release with more details.

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Home Support services to transition to Island Health this fall

This spring, it was announced that the delivery of publicly funded home support services  on Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (currently delivered by Beacon, on behalf of Island Health) will transition to the Island Health Authority on Nov 1, 2019. This is to help ensure a consistent approach to implementation of a new, team-based, integrated primary and community care model across the health authority.

Beacon home support staff are being offered opportunities to join Island Health’s team; staff in Beacon’s other programs — and our volunteers — will continue serving our community through Beacon’s many other programs and services.

Please click here for the news release. Home Support clients and family members, please click here for questions and answers about this upcoming change.