OOPS… our phone system is having some challenges
As of June 22, a technical issue is affecting the phone system at Beacon’s main administrative office, on Quadra Street.
We’re sorry for any difficulties you may have when trying to reach us by phone. Please be assured that technicians are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. In the meanwhile, please email or try calling back later. And thank you for your patience & understanding!
Acknowledging National Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Our SHOAL Centre team (pictured) donned the orange shirts which have come to represent the harm caused by the residential school system and also serve as a reminder that every child matters….
Notice of June 29 AGM
Beacon Community Association (Beacon Community Services) will hold its Annual General Meeting at 1:00 pm June 29, 2021.
All members of our society are invited to attend the ‘virtual’ (teleconference) meeting to hear Beacon highlights of the past year, receive the financial report, appoint auditors for the coming year, and elect members to Beacon’s Board of Directors.
Beacon Members: to register to attend, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 250-656-5537 by June 23.
To ensure registration and get information about how to access the meeting, please:
- Include your full name (first & last) AND phone number
- Put “AGM Registration” as the subject line of your email
We look forward to your attendance; thank you for participating and supporting our organization!
Beacon thrift shops open longer to serve you
We’re expanding the shopping hours at all Beacon Community Services thrift shops. Effective May 31, shops are open Monday-Saturday, with an extra shopping hour added to each day. Our volunteer teams are excited to offer you even more time to find even more great deals!
New store hours: 9:30-4:30 effective May 31.
For the safety of our customers, donors, volunteers and staff, COVID-19 health and safety protocols remain in place, including:
- physical distancing;
- use of plexiglass screens and sanitizing wipes in cash areas;
- quarantining donated items before processing them; and
- encouraging debit and credit card payment.
Thank you for your understanding that change rooms remain closed for the time being and sales are considered final. And, as for all retail environments, by order of the Provincial Health Officer, masks MUST be worn inside our shops and when lining up to enter the store.
Thank you, too, for supporting our stores! Every treasure you donate or buy helps us to fund many LOCAL community programs and services that help people and improve lives.
Beacon appoints new CEO
We’re adding a new member to the Beacon family!
Tricia Gueulette will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer effective June 10. Beacon Community Services’ Board of Directors announced her appointment on May 7.
Her appointment follows an executive search that began when current CEO Bob Boulter announced, earlier this year, that he planned to step down from the position.
We look forward to working with Tricia in the coming months and years.
And we offer very best wishes (and a sad goodbye) to Bob — along with thanks for his leadership and care for Beacon and our community.
Beacon thrift shops offer volunteer opportunities
Adding new team members at Quadra & Brentwood Bay shops
We’re looking for volunteer cashiers and sorters at our Brentwood Bay and Quadra Street Thrift Shops. Please contact Sara at 778-426-8767 or click here to fill out the easy volunteer application form on our Volunteer Services page.
Beacon’s Thrift Shop volunteers play an important role in helping people and improving lives in our community. They make it possible for people to access affordable goods at our shops — and, by doing so, they raise funds to support many of Beacon’s local community programs.
This is a great opportunity to meet new people, help our community, and gain experience in customer service and cash management.
Training is provided. Shifts are 3 hours weekly.
Beacon offers paid training program to prepare youth for the world of work
JETS stands for Jumpstart Employment Skills Training — and for 15-to-30-year-olds, this Beacon program can serve as an employment launchpad. Youth are paid for their time while skilled, professional Beacon advisors help them strengthen their readiness for employment. Click here to get more details in our April new release.
Quadra Street Thrift Shop offers lots of party supplies
Get ready to host friends and families as COVID-19 health restrictions are eased
Visit Beacon’s Quadra Street Thrift Shop (2644 Quadra St., across from Fairways) for a HUGE selection of streamers, stickers, party props, napkins, paper tableware.
We have everything you will need to welcome friends and family to your ‘post-COVID’ special events.
GREAT PRICES. CONVENIENT, ONSITE FREE PARKING.
Open Monday-Saturday, 10-4 (effective May 31, open 9:30-4:30).
The Quadra thrift shop is also a great place to shop for clothes, books, stationary, household items….
And, as always at Beacon thrift shops, your purchases help fund programs that help us to help people and improve lives.
Thrift Shop donations gratefully (and safely) accepted
Check out how you can help us with thrift shop donations…
We deliver affordable, healthy meals to seniors
Thanks to United Way funding, Beacon Community Services is continuing a seniors’ meal program that was started in 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to partner with James Bay New Horizons and 14 other agencies throughout the capital regional district to deliver 3 prepared meals a week to seniors – the goal is to provide up to 1,000 meals a week to clients identified at their local agency. Not only do the meals warm the belly, but the opportunity to visit with those delivering can truly brighten someone’s day.
Meals are modestly priced, according to a sliding scale; for many seniors, there is no charge.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from this service, please give us a call at 250-656-5537.
Beacon is committed to helping our community through this challenging time. Please see below for covid-19 service updates on….
SHOAL Community Centre & Volunteer Services
The SHOAL Centre team is planning the centre’s ‘restart’ but regular in-person activities and events are suspended for the time being. Participants who were registered for SHOAL classes in Fall 202o will be contacted when their class is scheduled to restart. Classes include: Bootcamp, Senior Fit 1 & Senior Fit 2, Balance Booster, & Chair Fit.
If spots open up or class size can safely be increased when classes resume, we will also welcome new participants (by pre-registration only, not drop-in). To be placed on a class waitlist (or get more information about the classes) please contact SHOAL at 250-656-5537.
In the meanwhile:
- Personal exercise training is available. SHOAL programs are suspended but fitness instructors Josh and Justine can offer some personal and very small group training. For more information, call them at 250-217-9063 or email email@example.com.
- SHOAL’s Information & Referral Services are open. If you or someone you know needs support (or has questions about our programs) please call 250-656-5537.
- Beacon’s community support programs also continue through SHOAL. Our volunteers and staff continue to support our community with:
* reassurance/wellness checks by phone;
* family caregiver supports and info;
* grocery shopping and delivery;
* seniors 1-1 peer supports;
* and more!
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at 250-656-5537. We’ll do what we can to help!
In the meanwhile, please stay safe! And if you’re visiting the SHOAL Centre for any reason, please remember to wear a mask, respect physical distancing, sanitize/hand wash when you arrive at the centre, and follow our team’s other on-site instructions and guidance for health and safety.
Counselling Services are 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, for the time being, appointments are scheduled in advance. Please call 250-656-0134 for further information.
Beacon’s Otter Be Fun out-of-school care program is currently accepting registrations for Summer Camps at Brentwood Elementary. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For information about licensed child care, please email email@example.com
Early Years Programs/Peninsula Early Years Centre
Beacon’s Early Years team continues to offer online programs and a few small in-person group opportunities (with COVID safety and health measures in place). Some in-person activities are outdoors and so are subject to good weather. Please click here for Beacon’s June Early Years program calendar.
Looking for information on parenting, child development, or other early years topics? Want to have free helpful resources delivered to you (including fun Play and Chat packs that will entertain your young child and support their healthy learning)? You can generally connect with us on weekdays (except stat holidays); 12-2:30 pm. Call 250-415-9794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Our early years team looks forward to chatting with you!
United Way Services
As the community bands together to deal with covid-19, 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.
Thrift Shops & donations open
We’re now open longer to serve you! Our shops, donations depot, and donations pick-up are open Monday-Saturday, 9:30am -4:30pm.
Click here for a thrift shop near you! We look forward to welcoming you! To keep everyone safe, we:
- encourage physical distancing;
- use plexiglass screens and sanitizing wipes in cash areas;
- quarantine donated items for a minimum of 5 days before processing them;
- encourage debit and credit card payments;
- have closed all change rooms; and
- must consider “all sales final.”
Please note: By order of the Provincial Health Officer, masks MUST be worn inside our shops and if lining up to enter the store. Please respect this — and our other customers and donors as well as our staff and the dedicated volunteers who give their time to serve you. We’re happy to provide you with a mask if necessary. To supplement your mask, face shields are also available for a small fee.
Thrift Shop donations
We’re very grateful to accept donations at designated locations. Your donations help support many wonderful community programs and we very much appreciate them! However, so we can continue accepting donations in safe and healthy environment, please follow our Contactless Donation Protocols.
Support for homeless youth
Our Out of the Rain seasonal shelter for homeless youth closed for the season on its usual closing date of April 15. The shelter will re-open October 15. In the meanwhile, we continue to offer the Homelessness Prevention Program to connect people with appropriate accommodation and services.
Free Employment Services
Sidney and Salt Spring Island WorkBC centres are open to serve you, by appointment. We’re also open for free ‘virtual’ services to support your job search or development needs. For Saanich Peninsula services, call 250-656-0134; email email@example.com For Salt Spring Island centre, call 250-931-7687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care
We’re very happy to now be able to welcome visitors in our Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care homes, by prior arrangement. For the time being, visits must be scheduled ahead of time, in accordance with Provincial Health requirements. Please note: public health authorities currently limit residents to having two adult (plus a child) social visitors at a time, for a minimum of 1 hour.
Please note: Rigorous health and safety protocols are in place, including that each visitor must wear a mask and other protective equipment. Each visitor also has a health screening at every visit, including a temperature check. Please remember: if you are feeling at all unwell or have any symptoms of covid or other illness, please stay home and reschedule your visit for another time.
We unfortunately can’t yet welcome Beacon volunteers back to their usual roles inside Beacon homes. However, we look forward to doing so as soon as possible!