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!

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Parent-Child Mother Goose Program – Free for parents & children

Enjoy an hour of rhymes, songs and stories with your child. Learn new ways to support your child. And meet other parents.

When: Beginning the first week of October – Toddler program 9:30 – 10:30am; Infant program 10:45 – 11:45am

Where: Brentwood on Tuesdays (Cultural Centre Room A, 1209 Clarke Rd.)
Sidney on Wednesdays (Sidney Library’s Nell Horth Room, 10091 Resthaven Dr.)

Contact: Suzanne Lorimer at slorimer@beaconcs.ca to register. Or call the Peninsula Early Years Centre at 250-415-9794.


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.


Celebrating community partners

We’re so fortunate to have great community partners, like the team at Legion Manor! We recently hosted a recognition party for our home support team who work together with Legion Manor staff in celebration of the great work we do together to care for residents at the manor. We presented a certificate of thanks to the Manor as a way of “Celebrating our partnership in care.”

     


Scholarships awarded at Annual General Meeting

At our 43rd Annual General Meeting on June 27, we also acknowledged community service and volunteerism with $1500 Beacon Community Services scholarships to: Misha Hasan (SD 61, Oak Bay Secondary School); Lajah Warren (SD 62, Edward Milne Community School); Chynna Tran (SD 63, Claremont Secondary); and Catelyn Creswick (SD 64, Gulf Islands Secondary). Beacon Community Services’ $500 Donna Godwin Humanitarian Award went to Parkland student Maya Goodsir. L – R: retiring Beacon Board Chair Chuck Rowe, Lajah Warren, Chynna Tran, Beacon CEO Bob Boulter


Roots of Our Community – June 26, 2017

On Monday, June 26 we celebrated the Roots of Our Community at SHOAL Centre in Sidney. A beautiful maple tree will be planted to commemorate Canada’s 150th, Sidney’s 50th anniversary and Beacon’s 43rd. Guests at the buffet lunch were asked to write favourite memories and thoughts about what they love about Canada, Sidney and Beacon and place them on a tree inside SHOAL Centre. Below, Sidney Mayor Steve Price and Beacon CEO Bob Boulter break ground during the tree planting ceremony.

Click here to see more photos of the event

     


 

New English as a Second Language program starts up

English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Group is a free program that offers newcomers the opportunity to improve their English skills by engaging in conversation with friendly, supportive volunteers. This program is offered through a partnership between Beacon Community Services, the Vancouver Island Regional Library and the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Drop ins welcome, for more information call 250-656-0944.