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‘Putting on the purple’ for World Alzheimers’ Day…

Purple is the colour associated with Alzheimers.

That’s why many  of our Beacon team members were decked out in purple for Sept 21 World Alzheimers’ Day.

At SHOAL Centre, our team also hosted an information booth to help educate people about Alzheimers.’

And hand-made purple hearts were given out to celebrate and support the resilience of family and friends who serve as unpaid caregivers for loved ones who are navigating the Alzheimers’ journey.

Are you an unpaid caregiver for someone who has Alzheimers’ or another form of dementia?

The coordinator of our Family and Friends Caregivers Program would love to connect you with helpful resources and support! Please contact Jemma at jtempleton@beaconcs.ca or call 778-351-1446.

We’re opening a new Neighbourhood Learning Centre in Saanich

The new Children’s Development Centre
Photo: Province of BC

After lots of planning, the doors are opening on a new Children’s Development Centre in Cordova Bay!

The beautiful new building will also house a new Neighbourhood Learning Centre — a special place where the Beacon team will deliver programs and services that help support children and families’ emotional and social well-being, and encourage healthy child development.

We’re honoured to partner with School District 63 on this project… and are looking forward to welcoming families with the start of the school year!

For more details, please click here to read the provincial government’s news release about the centre’s opening.

Fun public FASD Awareness event scheduled for Sept. 11

We’re proud to be working with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the Island Metis family & community services society to help raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Our three organizations are coming together for a special public awareness park at Hampton Park from noon-4pm on Saturday, Sept 11….

There’ll be ice cream and face painting! We’d love to know you’re coming: please contact msymons@beaconcs.ca to  let us know, or get information.

Please click here to read the news release for more details.

Pandora store added to list of Beacon thrift shops  open on Sundays

Starting Sept 5, Beacon’s 715 Pandora Ave thrift shop will be open for Sunday shopping from 10am-4:00pm.

Three other shops opened for Sunday shopping in August:

  • 9756 Third St, Sidney;
  • 9781 Third St, Sidney; and
  • 2644 Quadra Ave. in Victoria

All 7 Beacon thrift shops are also open  from 9:30-4:30pm Monday-Saturday (except on statutory holidays).

As always, sales proceeds fund our 100% local charity’s community programs.

FRAUD ALERT: caller falsely claims to be soliciting donations for SHOAL Centre/kids meals

We know at least one local resident who was recently contacted by someone  claiming to be from SHOAL Centre and requesting money for local childrens’ meals.

Please note: Neither SHOAL nor Beacon Community Services is soliciting donations by phone. Nor are we asking residents to donate money for this purpose. 

If you’re contacted with such a request, please hang up and report the call to police. Please do NOT give the caller any personal information or money….

Former Beacon Board member passes away

Beacon joins the community in mourning the July 23 passing of Hal Irwin, who served on our Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014.  The owner of Philbrook’s Boatyard in Sidney, Hal was a kind man, known for his positive energy and spirit, his wide scope of  varied interests, and his love of family and community. Please click here to read Hal’s obituary. 

A Celebration of Life was  held for Hal on August 12.

In lieu of flowers, Hal’s family has kindly requested donations to Beacon Community ServicesPlease click here to access our donations page.

Join our Brentwood Bay thrift shop volunteer team

YOU can help people and improve lives in our community by volunteering as a cashier or sorter at one of Beacon’s Brentwood Bay  thrift shops! Our thrift shops raise funds for Beacon’s community support programs — with only a few hours a week, you can help make a difference in our community….

This is also great opportunity to meet new people and gain experience in customer service and cash management.

Training is provided. Shifts are 3 hours weekly.

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 778-426-8767 or find our application here: https://beaconcs.ca/join-our-team/online-application-form/

Beacon publishes 2020-21 Annual Report

The report to our members and community was released earlier this summer. It gives a glimpse into what’s been keeping Beacon busy. Please click here to read it.

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

Beacon is committed to helping our community as we navigate the continuing pandemic. Please see below for covid-19 service updates on…. 

Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care

We’re very happy to  be able to welcome visitors in Beacon’s Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care homes. Please click here for details about protocols and requirements for visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For everyone’s health and safety, Provincial Health standards require ALL visitors to wear a medical-grade mask when in common ‘shared’ spaces of our homes (including hallways) and when moving through our homes.  Provincial Health Orders also require visitors to provide proof of vaccination.

All visitors will be screened for wellness (including with 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 visit at another time… even if you have been vaccinated against COVID!

We’re also excited to be able to welcome double-vaccinated volunteers back to our homes! Please contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator for more information about our volunteer program and roles: phone 778-426-8767  or email volunteer@beaconcs.ca

SHOAL Community Centre & Volunteer Services

Health & Safety Protocols:

To comply with Provincial Health Orders, all visitors to the SHOAL Community Centre will be required to show proof of vaccination status, effective Sept 13.  Masks must also be worn in the centre’s common areas & while participating in many of our classes & programs —  this is also mandatory under Provincial Health regulations.

Please also respect that some of our visitors may prefer to physically distance and remember the importance of regular sanitizing/hand washing when you arrive at the centre.

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

Programs & Services:

Participants who were registered for SHOAL classes in Fall 2021 are being contacted as their classes restart. Classes include: Bootcamp, Senior Fit 1 & Senior Fit 2, Balance Booster, & Chair Fit. If spots become available, we will also welcome new, pre-registered participants. To be placed on a class waitlist (or get more information about the classes)  please contact SHOAL at 250-656-5537.

In the meanwhile, please click here to see the September edition of our Tidelines newsletter and read about interesting activities which are available. The newsletter also includes information about Beacon community support services available through Beacon’s volunteer and staff team at SHOAL.

And if you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at 250-656-5537. We’ll do what we can to help!

Thrift Shops & Shop Donations 

We’re delighted to welcome you to all  shops (and to our  donations depot) Monday-Saturday, 9:30am -4:30pm.  4 shops are also open Sundays, 10am-4:00pm.  Please note: Effective Aug. 25, Provincial Health regulations required that everyone 12 and older wear a mask while in our stores.

Please also respect physical distancing protocols.

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

Free Employment Services

Sidney and Salt Spring Island WorkBC centres are now open for walk-in visits on Tuesday-Thursday.  Please note that masks must be worn at our sites, as required by the Provincial Health Officer for the health and safety of staff, clients, and visitors. For the safety and well-being of other clients, visitors and staff, please respect the requirement for masks and also adhere to all other onsite COVID-19 protocols.  We also remain open for free ‘virtual’ services to support your job search or development needs.

Tuesday-Thursday walk-in hours: Sidney 8:30 am-4:30pm; Salt Spring Island 9 am-noon. For Saanich Peninsula services, call 250-656-0134; email centre-sidney@workbc.ca  For Salt Spring Island centre, call 250-931-7687 or email centre-fulford-ganges@workbc.ca

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 are scheduled in advance. Please call 250-656-0134 for further information.

Child Care

Beacon’s Otter Be Fun out-of-school care program is looking forward to 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. For information about licensed child care, please email nhietamaa@beaconcs.ca

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 appropriate COVID safety and health measures in place).  Some in-person activities are outdoors and so are subject to good weather.

Looking for information on parenting, child development, or other early years topics? You can generally  connect with us on weekdays (except stat holidays); 12-2:30 pm.   Call 250-415-9794 or email slorimer@beaconcs.ca  for information about our programs and services. Our early years team looks forward to chatting with you!

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.