On this page, you will find out about what charities our members have supported, and how to find information on Oceanside charities.


$28,900 donated to Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society

At our fourth online meeting on April 7, 2021, our members awarded $28,900 to Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society.


Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society has been providing therapy to stroke survivors and support to caregivers in Oceanside since 1986. This area includes Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, Coombs, Errington, Whiskey Creek and the surrounding communities.


$26,300 donated to Arrowsmith Search and Rescue (ASAR)

At our third online meeting on January 6, 2021, our members awarded $26,300 to ASAR.


Arrowsmith Search and Rescue 

Arrowsmith SAR (ASAR) is responsible for all land and inland water searches and rescues from Cook Creek to Lantzville, up to the east end of Cameron Lake and to the islands of Lasqueti and Jedidiah. We work with all other groups around the province, the RCMP, local Fire Departments and BC Ambulance to provide the best response and care for those who are injured or missing in BC.

All Search and Rescue groups in BC operate under Emergency Management of British Columbia, and most of our training is administered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia along with other training partners. All of BC Search and Rescue groups are 100% volunteer and on-call 24/7, 365 days a year.

$26,400 donated to Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs (VICD)

At our second online meeting on October 7, 2020, our members awarded $26,400 to VICD.


Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs (VICD)

VICD, a Division of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, endeavours to help people with Operational Stress Injuries (OSI), such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). VICD matches recipients with a Service Dog that meets all of the Assistance Dogs International (ADI) standards and has specific additional traits that demonstrate suitability for the work. Together they embark on a unique 52-Week Healthy Community Living Program that helps transition the recipient back into their communities, providing them with renewed purpose, confidence and unconditional support.


$25,800 donated to Society of Organized Services Society (SOS)

At our first online meeting on July 15, 2020, our members awarded $25,800 to SOS.


Society of Organized Services Society (SOS) 

SOS is a not-for-profit, registered Canadian Charity. Since 1968, SOS has responded to the needs of individuals and families in District 69. With the support of 350 volunteers, staff, and community collaborations, SOS provides 30 programs and services to all ages, including programs that meet basic needs, as well as programs that promote healthy living and social connections. The SOS Thrift Shop is the key funder of SOS.


$26,400 donated to Bowser Housing Society

At our meeting on January 8th, 2020, our members awarded $26,400 to Bowser Housing Society


Bowser Housing Society

Their,  hope, wish, and dream is to build Lighthouse Villa, an independent living complex of 22 mostly one-bedroom suites, in the Bowser village core.  Many seniors who have lived in their homes for years may find themselves unable to take care of their property as they age, but they want to stay in their community.  At the moment they are forced to leave the area, their friends, and familiar surroundings.  Their vision is to change this scenario and provide a local choice for our seniors.


$24,400 donated to Kidsport Parksville/Qualicum

At our meeting on October 2nd, 2019, our members awarded $24,400 to Kidsport Parksville/Qualicum


Kidsport - Parksville/Qualicum 

KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process we provide grants so they can play a season of sport. Nationally, KidSport is comprised of a network of 11 provincial/territorial KidSport chapters and 166 community KidSport chapters. Since its creation in 1993, over 750,000 kids across the country have been given the chance to play sport through KidSport grants and sport introduction programming.


$23,100 donated to OBLT

At our meeting on July 3rd, 2019, our members awarded $23,100 to OBLT 


Oceanside Building Learning Together

Oceanside Building Learning Together (OBLT) supports early learning and literacy for children and their families as well as many youth, adult and senior programs. 

At the core of OBLT are the beliefs that:  

  • Parents play a crucial role in preparing their child for a lifetime of learning

  • There is much parents can do to ensure their children get a good start in school, and in life

  • It is in the community’s best interests to ensure parents have access to resources – because when our children succeed, our community thrives.


$22,000 donated to ETRA

At our meeting on April 3rd, 2019, our members awarded $22,000 to ETRA 


ETRA Therapeutic Riding Association

Provides the benefits of therapeutic riding to the mid-Vancouver Island region for children and adults who face a wide range of physical, mental, emotional or cognitive challenges where therapeutic riding would benefit them.  We provide exercise and therapeutic activities for our clients in a safe and fun environment which gives our riders a sense of achievement and self-worth.


$21,700 donated to Forward House Community Society


At our meeting on October 10th, 2018, our members awarded $21,700 to the Forward House Community Society.  


Forward House Community Society - nurtures mental wellness through creative programs, relevant education, and dynamic community partnerships.

  • Provides varied and meaningful opportunities to adults in Vancouver Island's District 69 who have mental health challenges and may have concurrent substance use issues.

  • Enhances social, vocational, and independent life skills through psychosocial rehabilitation practices.

  • Provides community education around mental health and addiction issues in order to promote healthy support systems and community inclusion.

  • Creates partnerships with community stakeholders and liaises with health and education providers to promote mental wellness in Vancouver Island's District 69.

$21,500 donated to CFUW PQB Scholarship & Bursary Trust


At our meeting on July 4th, 2018, our members awarded $21,500 to the Canadian Federation of University Women Scholarship and Bursary Trust. 


CFUW PQB Scholarship & Bursary Trust - In June 2018, the Trust awarded 4 Secondary School Scholarships; 3 Memorial Scholarships; 2 PostGraduate Scholarships and 2 Return to School Bursaries. All of the recipients have been local women. In addition, we administer the J.C.Reid Memorial Scholarship on behalf of the Reid family and as of 2018 North Island College administers an award on our behalf for a local woman continuing her studies in a Red Seal Trade programme. Since 1985 the Trust has awarded over a quarter of a million dollars.

$20,600 donated to Oceanside Hospice Society


At our meeting on April 4th, 2018, $20,600 was awarded to the Oceanside Hospice Society by our members. 


Oceanside Hospice Society offers compassionate support to individuals and families who are facing advanced illness, death, and bereavement.  They provide services free of charge in the Oceanside community:  Equipment Loan program, on-site grief counselling, palliative and caregiver support groups, vigils, healing touch, Reiki treatments and respite services.

$19,000 donated to Nanoose Community Services


At our meeting on January 3rd, 2018, $19,000 was awarded to the Nanoose Community Services by our members. 


Nanoose Community Services  assists the residents of Nanoose Bay by providing: monthly grocery gift cards to help registered clients with at least one week’s worth of food per month. Emergency funds for shelter, medications, or other unexpected costs as deemed necessary. Assistance to students for programs such as extracurricular activities, school excursions, etc. Emergency dental and optical care. Christmas gifts for families and seniors

$17,600 donated to Haven Society


At our meeting on October 4th, 2017, $17,600 was awarded to the Haven Society by our members. 


Haven Society is a leading anti-violence organization providing a range of programs and services, public education and advocacy in the promotion of the safety of women, children, youth, and families and the development of a respectful and healthy community.

$16,400 donated to the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society


At our meeting on July 5th, 2017, $16,400 was awarded to the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society by our members. 


Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society has been providing therapy to stroke survivors and support to caregivers in Oceanside since 1986. This area includes Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, Coombs, Errington, Whiskey Creek and the surrounding communities.

$13,000 donated to the Manna Homeless Society


At our inaugural meeting on April 5th, 2017,           $13,000 was awarded to the Manna Homeless Society by our members. 


Manna Homeless Society has operated in the Oceanside Area since 2011. MHS cares for the well-being of the homeless and impoverished in the Oceanside area.


Kathleen Falvai

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society

Recipient of $28,900 from 100+ Women Who Care,  April 2021

On behalf of Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society, I wish to convey our deep appreciation  for your very generous donation of $28,900. 

How wonderful it is to know that we will not have to worry about funds to keep our  therapy programs going and re-instate the programs that we have had to put on hold  due to safety restrictions. Your donation will touch so many lives and will help our  stroke survivors and their caregivers to improve their quality of life and heal to the best  of their abilities. A simple thank you just doesn’t seem enough, but please know that all  of you amazing ladies are deeply appreciated for all of the ways you have helped your  community of Oceanside to thrive. You are awesome!!!


Recipient of $26,400 from 100+ Women Who Care,  October 2020



Congratulations - Ocean is here! On behalf of all of us BC & Alberta Guide Dogs it is our pleasure to share with you that Ocean has arrived. She is an adorable black lab puppy, born on December 21, 2020 to the proud parents of Bertie and Bert. 


Ocean has just been placed with her Puppy Raised in Victoria and I am sure is settling in well. She has a lot to learn in the next year! 


All of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs’ are raised in safe and loving volunteer homes. The role of a volunteer Puppy Raise is to raise a calm and confident puppy that is well behaved in all environments and situations. 


When she is ten weeks old Ocean will start doing obedience classes, where she will begin learning commands such as ‘sit’, ‘come’, and ‘heel’. Because of Covid, our Puppy Training managers and Puppy Raisers have adapted well to both virtual and in-person classes. 


Outside of obedience classes, Ocean’s volunteer Puppy Raiser works on a graduated program to socialize her as permitted. 


Once again, to all of you, our heartfelt hanks to you for your wonderful support. We will endure that little Ocean has the best possible opportunity to become a life-changing dog for someone who is blind or visually impaired, a child with profound autism, or perhaps a Veteran or First Responder living with PTSD. 


Stay healthy and happy. 




Nicole Langton

Manager, Development (Alberta) 

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs | Autism Service Dogs | PTSD Service Dogs


We will let you know as you other names are used for upcoming litters. 



Lorna Miller

CFUW PQB Scholarship & Bursary Trust

Recipient of $21,500 from 100+ Women Who Care,  July 2018

100 + Women Still Working


You may remember that when CFUW Scholarship and Bursary Trust was awarded money, I promised that we’d use it over 3 years so that we could double the amount of money going to 4 Oceanside women studying at university.  Last October I told you a little about last year’s recipients  and now would like to let you know about this year’s group.  Three are studying at Vancouver Island University. One is an honour student in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  The second is in her 3rd year of a Bachelor of  Arts in Child and Youth Care and the third is  in her 2nd year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  The last winner is in her 3rd year of the Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Legal Studies and Accounting at McEwan University. I’m sure you join me in wishing them all the very best in their studies, especially in these difficult times.

Judi Malcolm



Recipient of $23,100 from 100+ Women Who Care,  July 2019

Kathy Calvin, head of the United Nations Foundation once said, “Giving is not just about making a donation.  It’s about making a difference.”  

The generous donation from 100+ Women to Oceanside Building Learning Together (OBLT) will touch the lives of many people in the community.  We are still reviewing all programs and will judiciously allocate your funds to where they are needed most.  

Some of the funds will be directed to updating and renovating our Qualicum Beach Munchkinland, a popular program where parents and children learn through playing together. We will also look to expand our outreach programs by enabling our WOW (Words on Wheels) bus to increase visits to communities such as Nanoose, Meadowood, Bowser and Errington.  

OBLT believes that communities who support and nurture families build stronger and more successful places to grow up, filling our neighborhoods with capable and contributing citizens.  

With your support and the significant donation made by 100+ Women, you can be assured that you did indeed, make a difference.


Merle Dulmadge



Recipient of $22,000 from 100+ Women Who Care, April 2019

The overwhelming generosity of 100+ Women Who Care – Oceanside came at a time when ETRA was in a period of transition as our long term Instructor was leaving and we were searching for a replacement.  Because we require the highest level of Instructor certification, this has not been an easy task.  It sometimes takes years to acquire full certification.  Because of this transition period, we have incurred the expense of paying for two Instructors.  


As part of ETRA’s long-term investment we also need to ensure we have adequate tack for the horses and equipment and games to challenge our riders in their therapy sessions.  2019 is ETRA’s 30th Anniversary and your donation has been like a gift from heaven at a time when we would have been financially challenged to keep up with our added expenses.


Please know that the impact 100+ Women Who Care has made has not only benefited ETRA, our riders and volunteers, but the Oceanside community and business owners you have supported.  The ripple effect of your generosity reaches further than you can ever imagine today and for the future.  Your team of amazing and generous women are the change the world needs.  Thank you.

Sharon Welch

Executive Director

Forward House

Recipient of $21,500 from 100+ Women Who Care, January 2019


Thank you so much to all of the amazing Women Who Care in Oceanside for the $21,700 donated to Forward House in October 2018. While our core program funding for mental health and addictions comes from Island Health, there are so many capital projects and special programming opportunities that can only be undertaken with grants or community donations. Our aging house has been desperately needing a new roof, so we can finally undertake this project in 2019 with the Women Who Care’s help. Further, our client numbers have been expanding rapidly, so we need to create more ‘quiet spaces’ on our property for people who feel anxious in larger groups. We will be creating some of these more private, beautiful spaces in our front yard while also enhancing some of our programming with the Women Who Care funds. You are helping our clients stay in their homes, out of hospital, and connected to community. And you are literally keeping a roof over our heads!


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.


Edie Ross

CFUW Bursary Trust, Parksville, Qualicum Beach

Recipient of $21,500 from 100+ Women Who Care, July 2018

Thank you to all the members of  100+ Women Who Care Oceanside .  Your donation has made an enormous difference.


Each year, as we review applicants for our scholarships and bursaries, we realize that we are unable to satisfy the needs of so many deserving young women.  We agonize that we cannot help more of these bright, capable, local women with their post secondary education.  Each of the applicants has a compelling story and their needs are great.


This year, we rejoiced on hearing of your generous donation of $21,500 which will be awarded as scholarships and bursaries.  Your donation will mean that we can lighten the financial burden of more local students. They are the future.


You are all, as members of 100+ Women Who Care, making our world a better place by supporting the studies and successes of these incredible young local women.

Don Shadbolt

Member, Caregiver & Stroker

Oceanside Stroke Recovery Centre

Recipient of $16,400 from 100+ Women Who Care, July 2017


"Many thanks ladies for your support. The one thing missing in our history is a Major Benefactor.  As a Major Benefactor your input allows our volunteers to do what they do best to assist the Strokers and Caregivers as well the professionals with the various programs offered by Stroke Recovery.  Your input is much appreciated and valued."

Robin Campbell

President, Manna Homeless Society

Recipient of $13,000 from 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside, March 2017


"I will never forget that powerful energy in the room and being part of this has truly encouraged me and I will draw from it for a great time to come. But I am sure in one of your meetings you will touch someone and they will go home and tell their husband and a 100 men club will spring up from it.  I will be one of its first members.  Your group is a blessing to the community and also I believe you will encourage others to do things similar.


I believe that when we are brought into this world it is in the design of how we are made to have a desire to leave this world a little better than how we found it.   This is what you are doing and that is why there was this powerful pure beautiful energy flowing through the room that night.”



Ocean - 7 weeks old




Currently, there is not a comprehensive list of charities in the Oceanside area. Two resources that you may find useful for searching local charities are:

1) Canada Revenue Agency

For each community in Oceanside, enter the community name under "City" and enter BC under "Province". The Oceanside area consists of 9 communities: Nanoose Bay, Parksville, Errington, Coombs, French Creek, Qualicum Beach, Bowser, Qualicum Bay and Lasqueti Island.


2) Canada Helps

Under "Search by Charity Keywords", enter individually any of the above Oceanside communities.



We welcome nominations of charities that have a significant impact in the Oceanside area but have their offices registered elsewhere.  

Some examples of these charities are:


During the charity nomination vetting process the organizing committee will speak with the nominated charity to ensure our members' funds will go into the Oceanside area.