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From the Director’s Desk Glenys Cavers, Director of Thrift Shops and SHOAL Centre Beacon Community Services Phone: 250-656-5537 ext. 102 E-mail:

April is always a special month at SHOAL Centre as we host Beacon Community Services Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. This annual event is a chance to say thank you to all of our Beacon volunteers and recognize them for their years of service. SHOAL Centre benefits from over 100 volunteers who lead activities, answer phones, provide office administration, operate the Tuck Shop, file income taxes, arrange drives for medical appointments, help with special events, and more. Please join me in saying a special thank you to all Beacon volunteers this month….as they help people and improve lives every day!

Notices Easter Weekend Hours

SHOAL Community Centre will be closed Friday, April 19 to Monday April 22 inclusive, for the Easter long weekend. However, our front doors will be open 11am - 7 pm. The Tides at SHOAL Dining room will be open every day with our regular lunch and dinner hours. A special Easter day dinner will be held on Sunday, April 21, menu on page 5. Call to make a reservation.

Beacon Community Services Scholarships

Each year Beacon offers up to 4 scholarships of up to $1500 each to graduating students from school districts 61, 62, 63 or 64 who demonstrate exemplary volunteerism/community service or leadership. If you know a deserving youth, encourage them to apply! The application deadline is end of day May 1, 2019. Please send applications to: Scholarship Applications, Beacon Community Services, 2723 Quadra Street, Victoria BC, V8T 4E5, or by email to scholarships@ (include Beacon Scholarships and your school district number in the email subject line). More application information is on Beacon’s website:

Income Tax Prep

Our Community Volunteer Income Tax Program will continue for the month of April. To qualify your income must be modest (single person up to $35,000; couple up to $45,000) and your tax situation must be simple. Your income source must be from employment, pension, benefits such as Canada Pension Plan, disability, employment insurance, social assistance, RRSP’, support payments, scholarships, bursaries or grants or interest (under $1000). Monday - Friday 9 am - 12 pm & 1 - 4 pm This is a free service. Appointments are not necessary as intakes are on a first come first serve basis, each day.

N.E.A.T ! - Neighbours Engaging in Activities Together

Neighbours Engaging In Activities Together (NEAT) is a program for older adults who would like to try a variety of activities in a fun, supportive environment and learn more about resources in their community. Participants do not need to be physically fit or socially outgoing, just open to connecting with others. The program is free and takes place on Wednesdays from 1:45-3:15pm, April 3-May 15 at Beacon’s Wakefield Manor (9924 Third St, Sidney). Contact Laura Van Dyk at for more information.

Sidney Library Pop-up

The Sidney Library is poppin’ up again! Stop in Friday April 5, 12 and 26 for a Pop-Up library from 10am to 12pm in the 2nd floor mezzanine. You will be able to order books and pick them up here every week. SHOAL Community Centre Annual Membership • $50 per year (approx. 14¢ / day!) • Memberships are non-refundable • Reduced rates on drop-in programs and registered classes • A 10% discount on facility rentals • Includes a Beacon Community Services membership • Use of free wireless internet • Free seminars and workshops • A free coffee and scone or cookie on your birthday



TideLines April 2019

Profile for Beacon Community Services

TideLines - April 2019  

The newsletter for Beacon Community Services at SHOAL Centre

TideLines - April 2019  

The newsletter for Beacon Community Services at SHOAL Centre