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Beacon will help people and improve lives at new supportive housing complex

Artist’s rendering of Meares Street project (subject to change).

BC Housing has chosen Beacon to operate a new supportive housing complex for marginalized 19-27-year-olds who are experiencing homelessness and who will benefit from a variety of supports to help prevent homelessness as they transition to adulthood. Currently under construction,  the project will be located on Meares Street in Victoria and will house up to 50 people. For more information about the project, please see www.letstalkhousingbc.ca/victoria-meares

Beacon will provide childcare at new elementary school in Langford

We’re delighted that School District 62 has selected us to provide licensed childcare services at the new Pexsisen  Elementary in Langford’s Westhills neighbourhood. Please click here for more details.

Seeking more great people to join our Board

Our charity is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who share their diverse skills and knowledge — and a strong desire to help improve lives in our community! The Board is currently seeking up to 5 new members.

As part of its interview and selection process, the Nominations Committee welcomes expressions of interest from all potential candidates, particularly those with a background in the fields of:

  • Real Estate Development/Property Management;
  • Health Care;
  • Social Work;
  • Business;
  • Finance/Accounting;
  • Human Resources; or
  • Mental Health/Addictions.

A slate of nominees will be presented at the summer AGM election.

For more information or to submit a candidate information form, please email board@beaconcs.ca, including your phone number and other contact details.

Beacon celebrates Caregivers Awareness Month with new Sidney Stroll program

May is Caregiver Awareness Month and Beacon is celebrating with a new walking activity for family and friends who are caregivers for people  55+ who have a chronic illness, disability, life limiting condition and/or frailty.

Participants will start with a coffee or tea at SHOAL Centre and then together enjoy a Caregiver Stroll  through the streets of beautiful Sidney.   

The bi-weekly Sidney Caregiver Stroll starts Saturday  May 21 and then runs the 1st and 3rd Saturday every month.

We would love to welcome you!

Where: SHOAL Centre (10030 Resthaven Dr., Sidney)

When: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month

9:45 am: tea/coffee

10:00-11:00 am: Caregivers’ Sidney Stroll

Please note: this is a drop-in activity for registered participants. Pre-registration is required but once you’re registered, you can choose to join us anytime.

To register for this drop-in group, please call Jenna at 778-351-1446 or email jfoster@beaconcs.ca 

Beacon plans a new childcare centre in Saanichton

Construction is expected to start later this year. Click here for more details.

Beacon is Not for Profit of the Year Award finalist

Beacon was anonymously nominated as Victoria’s  Not for Profit of the Year in the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and  an independent judging panel has now named us as one of the top 2 finalists!

We’re so honoured by the recognition, and delighted to be in such good company and to be recognized for various accomplishments and how the Beacon team:

  • contributes to the community;
  • demonstrates that our services benefit others and how our work is differentiated from other organizations; and
  • has demonstrated leadership and resilience during the pandemic.

A big THANK YOU to the many partners, supporters and team members who make our work possible — and to the nominator, judges, and Chamber for so kindly recognizing us!

Board confirms strategic priorities and mission, vision and values

Beacon’s 11-person, volunteer Board of Directors oversees our charity’s affairs, service quality, and strategic direction, and our team’s delivery on Beacon’s mission, vision and values.

After an extensive consultation process and review of community needs, the Board recently announced strategic priorities to guide Beacon in serving our community through 2025.

At the same time, the Board also refreshed our Mission, Vision and Values:  the new descriptions were designed to better reflect Beacon’s status as a community-based charity which delivers compassionate, innovative services that foster self-sufficiency, volunteerism and well-being while our team strives to help people, empower communities, and improve lives.

Beacon’s values were previously outlined with the acronym DRIVE. However, we heard that our team (and our community!) greatly appreciates the CARE we bring to our services and programs. Accordingly, the Board confirmed our CARE values, representing Compassion; Accountability; Responsiveness; and Excellence.

As we move forward on our mission and vision and continue showing our commitment to the values that shape us, we appreciate the ongoing support and guidance of Beacon’s partners, funders, and communities. And we look forward to reporting on our progress in the coming years!

 Covid-19 health, safety & service at Beacon sites – MAY UPDATE

Please see below for covid-19 service updates on….

Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care

We are delighted to be able to welcome all visitors to Beacon’s Assisted Living and Licensed Dementia long term Care homes!

However, to help keep everyone safe and healthy, all visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID and clear an on-site health check (for Licensed Dementia Care homes, this includes presentation of a rapid point of care COVID test).

Please click here for more details, including designated visiting hours for our Licensed Dementia Care homes.

Free Employment Services available,  

We’re happy to welcome ‘walk-in’ visitors to our  Sidney and Salt Spring Island WorkBC centres and Beacon Community Services’ Employment Services offices!

Please note:  many visitors may have invisible vulnerabilities or for other reasons prefer to wear a mask and/or follow physical distancing protocols. Thank you for respecting their important health and safety needs!

Centres are open as follows.

  • At 9860 Third Street, in Sidney:  Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30.  Walk in traffic is welcome. We’re also open for virtual services or for pre-booked appointments as staffing allows.
  • At 268 Fulford-Ganges Rd, on Salt Spring Island: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-12:00pm;  Wednesdays 9:00-4:00pm (closed 12-1pm for lunch).  At other times, we are open for service virtually or by booked appointment as staffing allows.

To arrange an appointment: for Saanich Peninsula services, call 250-656-0134; email info-sidney@workbc.ca  For Salt Spring Island centre, call 250-931-7687 or email centre-fulford-ganges@workbc.ca

SHOAL Community Centre & Volunteer Services

Things are hopping at SHOAL!

Check out our What’s Happening at SHOAL page or read the current TideLines newsletter for more information.

Need more info, or want to register for a class or program? Need assistance with something? We’re happy to help! We  offer many supports and services: please call 250-656-5537.  

Please respect SHOAL’s health & safety protocols:

  • Visitors to the SHOAL Community Centre must continue to show officially issued proof of vaccination status. We will try to remember all those who have provided us with that information previously so you won’t have to re-show your vaccination status. However, if we ask again, please be patient with us as we navigate this procedure.
  • Masks should be worn at all times in the centre’s common areas and are strongly recommended while exercising.
  • Physical distancing is strongly recommended (7 square meters of floor space per person when exercising; 6 feet if in group settings)

Please also remember the importance of regular sanitizing/hand washing when you arrive at the centre. As always, if you are unwell, please do not come to SHOAL. 

Thank you for following simple steps to provide for  the safety and comfort of our visitors, volunteers and staff!

Eating at the SHOAL

Drop by our  SHOAL tuck shop for a tasty treat and a “hello” from a friendly Beacon volunteer! Now open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

Our dining room  is not yet re-opened to the public for-in person dining.  For the time being, we welcome you to order tasty take-out meals from our SHOAL kitchen!

Child Care

Beacon’s Otter Be Fun out-of-school care program are enjoying a fun and exciting year of learning at Brentwood Elementary.  For more information, please email  otterbefuncare@beaconcs.ca or call 250- 652-6686.

We continue to run licensed childcare programs for children who aren’t yet school-age, with strict sanitization and health and wellness protocols in place. To minimize indoors contact for children, many of our activities take place outside. Families: please make sure your child is equipped for the weather, as we’ll often be outside in rain and cooler temperatures.   For information about licensed child care, please email nhietamaa@beaconcs.ca

Early Years Programs/Peninsula Early Years Centre

Thank you for understanding that masks are required at Beacon’s Early Years programs — vaccines aren’t available for those under 5, and masks are an important part of helping keep vulnerable families safe and healthy at our programs.

As we move toward summer, we hope to be able to accept more program registrations: we continue to monitor the COVID situation in our community

However, for the time being, some programs may be available for only a limited number of registrants or  on only a drop-in basis.   Please click here for details posted on our Early Years Program page. Click here to see our May program calendar.

Thrift Shops & Shop Donations 

We’re delighted to welcome you to all  shops (and to our donations depot) Monday-Saturday, 9:30am -4:30pm.  6 shops are also open Sundays, 10am-4:00pm.  Please note:  masks are highly recommended in our shops. Many customers may have invisible vulnerabilities or for other reasons prefer to wear a mask and/or follow physical distancing protocols. Thank you for respecting their important health and safety needs!

Click here for a thrift shop & shopping hours near you!

Counselling Services

Counselling Services continue to be available through one-to-one in-person appointments at our office, virtually, or  by meeting in community, depending on the comfort of those seeking services.  Thank you for understanding that appointments must be scheduled in advance. Please call 250-656-0134 for further information.

United Way Services

Beacon is very proud to be the anchor, or hub, agency in the CRD for the United Way’s Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative. The BC-wide initiative is a partnership between the United Way’s Better at Home program, bc211, and the Province of BC, launched in response to the Covid-19 emergency.  The United Way selected Beacon as the anchor organization to coordinate Safe Seniors, Strong Communities services for seniors/volunteers across Greater Victoria and on the southern Gulf Islands.

Are you a senior who needs a friendly check-in call or volunteer help with grocery shopping or prescription pick up? Or a volunteer who wants to help? Please call or text 2-1-1 or register at bc211.ca We’ll work with our partner agencies to help get the help you need, or connect you with a suitable volunteer opportunity.