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FEELING THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS IN OCEANSIDE
As we head into the holiday season, I feel blessed to live in the Oceanside community. Most of us have a fridge full of food, the clothes we need and homes to live in. And this Parksville/Qualicum region is so rich in spirit – the young and the old shine in giving to others in many, many ways! With gifts of time and money, local residents rally support where support is needed. We also have fantastic charitable organizations that excel in serving the community every day.
One of our key charities is the Society of Organized Services (SOS) in Parksville. Quietly operating for the most part below the radar, this organization delivers a host of compassionate services. Approximately 350 active volunteers devote themselves to enhancing the quality of life for children, youth, families and seniors through programs such as Family Night, After School Education Assistance, and Meals on Wheels.
Another organization working to build our community is the Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation. Focused on providing long term resources to long term solutions, this philanthropic group seeks to make our local area a strong and resilient place to live, work and play. They have developed forward-thinking initiatives like the Youth Action Committee which prioritizes a “youth friendly” community that is a great place to grow up.
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