Celebrating the season with our volunteers

On December 1, we celebrated the spirit of giving with a Christmas Lunch to thank our amazing volunteers for all the incredible work they do in our community each and every day. What a treat it was to hear Christmas music from the Mendelssohn choir! Happy holidays everyone!


Our very special volunteer “elves”

Special thanks to our fabulous volunteer “elves” for helping us to get in the spirit of the season!

    


SHOAL Centre’s Annual Christmas Craft Fair a Success

On Saturday, November 18, our SHOAL Centre in Sidney hosted it’s annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale – one of SHOAL’s biggest fundraisers of the year. This year was a rousing success with over 600 people through the door and raising close to $5,000 in support of the many activities and programs at the Centre that help people and improve lives on the Saanich Peninsula. Thank you for your support! We hope to see you there next year!

 


Beacon honours our veterans

Beacon was honoured to participate in Sidney and Salt Spring Island Remembrance Day ceremonies to honour those who serve. Board member Graham Sanderson laid a wreath at Sidney’s cenotaph and (pictured) the children of Crystal, a Beacon Community Health Worker, represented our Beacon family during the Salt Spring ceremony.

   


Nov 7 Barrier Buster celebration event

A huge THANK YOU to the Rick Hansen Foundation for giving us a Barrier Buster grant! Because of this grant, we were able to make renovations to our SHOAL Centre in Sidney to make it more accessible for those with hearing, mobility and vision impairments. Today a large crowd gathered at the Centre to celebrate the completion of the renovations. We’re so grateful for all the support, thank you! 

Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador Stephanie Barber with Town of Sidney Mayor Steve Price

This Barrier Buster project is made possible by the Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 Signature Project, support by the Government of Canada.


Out of the Rain youth shelter opened Oct. 15

The Out of the Rain youth shelter opened on Sunday, October 15, and remains open until April 15, 2018. The shelter is open each night from 9 pm and closes at 8am with 30 spaces for homeless youth aged 15-25. Out of the Rain volunteers provide support to shelter staff as a shelter helper or donate a cooked hot meal as a volunteer cook.

The shelter rotates among host sites in the community in an effort to maximize community resources to meet the needs of homeless youth. Click here for the location schedule.


Alzheimer’s Society Coffee Break

On Friday, Sept. 29 Beacon Community Services hosted an Alzheimer’s Society Coffee Break. Staff gathered in support of this national annual fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the local Alzheimer Society. Hosts and attendees make their coffee count by exchanging donations for a cup of coffee, tea or other treat. It is estimated that 70,000 British Columbians are affected by dementia and this number is growing so every little bit helps!


Congrats to our SHOAL Centre and Thrift Shops!

The Peninsula News Review’s 12th annual Readers Choice Awards were celebrated on July 11 and our very own SHOAL Centre in Sidney received 1st & 2nd place for Best Seniors Services, 2nd place for Senior Friendly Establishment & 3rd place for Favourite Exercise Facility! And, our Beacon Peninsula Thrift Shops received 3rd place for Favourite Thrift/Consignment Store! We could only do this with all of your generous support, thank you!

 


Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie applauds Beacon

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie spoke at the recent Roots of Our Community event, held  to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and Sidney’s 50th. As past CEO of Beacon, she tells the crowd about how Beacon Community Services has been strongly linked to the community — shaping it, and being shaped by it — since our beginning in 1974.