Help create a playground for children with special needs

We need your help, please share! TEAM Child Care, Beacon Community Services hopes you can help us win $50,000!

Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union is aiming to enhance our communities for children and families by giving away a $50,000 grant towards a community-focused project, program or initiative.

We’ve submitted a grant application to help finish off our new playground for children with special needs at our Teen Education and Motherhood (TEAM) child care centre. Please show your support: vote for us at

To vote,  go to and click on one of the emoji symbols (heart, maple leaf, or smiley face) or:

  1. Find our story on the Island Savings Community Grant Volinspire page (scroll through the long list of other projects – some are for other playgrounds — until you reach third from the bottom, which says to vote for Beacon Community Services). Vote by choosing any of the emojis (smile, heart, Canadian leaf). Each emoji counts as one vote and you can only vote for each post one time.
  2. Don’t forget to share the link with your family and friends and even on social media.
  3. Anyone and everyone can vote, so help us spread the word! Only votes placed on Volinspire will count. Voting ends June 23.

Thank you for helping us spread some #SimpleGenerosity in our community!

You’re invited to Beacon Community Services AGM

Enjoy special presentations & complimentary light lunch

Tuesday, June 27, 2017; Noon

SHOAL Centre (10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney BC)

RSVP by 4 pm Friday, June 16 to 250 656-5537 or email

 Members: See the Proposed Bylaws and Constitution that will be presented for approval by Special Resolution.


Fashions from Confederation Tea & Fashion Show

On Wed., May 31 we transported ourselves back in time when we hosted a Fashions from Confederation Tea & Fashion Show at SHOAL Centre. Beautiful ladies showed off their Sunday best in gorgeous gowns from years’ past. It was the first event to kick off our celebrations of Canada’s 150th.

See more stunning dresses here.

Fathering Greatness workshop

We’re offering a workshop for dads looking for some support. Please join us in creating a sense of fun, good times, and optimism for self and with others.

Wednesdays, May 10 – June 14
5:30 – 7:30pm
Childcare provided

For more information and to register call 250-655-5305.

We are so grateful and humbled by the dedication and commitment of our amazing volunteers! Thank you for all that you do! Left to right: Beacon CEO Bob Boulter, MP & Green party leader Elizabeth May, Beacon long-term volunteers Margaret Frew (23 years), Jewel Roberts (22 years), Marilyn Ball (28 years) and Ann Rogers (21 years), and Beacon Board Chair Chuck Rowe

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Beacon Community Services hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 28 at the SHOAL Centre. There are over 500 volunteers that provide services to the residents of the Saanich Peninsula and Greater Victoria; over half of those volunteers showed up at the banquet to be honoured and treated to a buffet lunch and dessert.

76 volunteers were recognized for their years of service to Beacon – and 14 of them have been volunteering with Beacon for 20 years or more.

Beacon was founded by a group volunteers over 40 years ago, and the organization today continues to be largely supported by the work of volunteers across multiple program areas.

From the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful for everything they do.

Nurse Manager Mari Green Named Homecare Provider of the Year

BC Care Providers Association CEO Daniel Fontaine (L) and BC Health Minister Terry Lake (R) presented our Nurse Manager Mari Green with the 2017 BC Home Care Provider of the Year award on Feb 20.

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.