Yvonne Geigle, left, and Jane Parham with some of their baked goods at the Project Connect Health Fair on last year. Geigle and Parham, Forward House clients, were at the fair handing out baked goods that they had helped make during the baking class at Forward House. This year, the Project Connect Health Fair is Oct. 12 in Parksville. — NEWS file photo

Connect Fair returns to Parksville for fourth year

Event offers free hair cuts, hearing exams, foot care, public health testing, portraits

An event in Parksville on Oct. 12 will give residents who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, access to free services, give-away items and resources, while bringing community members together to show their support for our region’s most vulnerable.

The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness is hosting the fourth annual Project Connect Health Fair on Oct. 12 at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, from noon to 3 p.m.

This event coincides with Homelessness Action Week in B.C.

A number of service providers will be present at the event, including Island Crisis Care Society, Forward House Community Society, Society of Organized Services (SOS), Canadian Mental Health Association, The Career Centre, Mental Health &Substance Use and Ministry of Social Development, among many others.

The event will offer free haircuts, hearing exams, foot care, public health testing, portraits and many other valuable services. A veterinarian will also be on hand for those who have pets. Donations from service providers and community members will provide giveaway items including food, pet food, and hygiene items.

Along with serving residents in need, the event aims to raise awareness about homelessness in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding communities, and to give service providers a valuable opportunity to connect with each other about their services.

— Submitted by the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness