Minister visits SOS

Edith Chamberlayne, honourary director and one of the SOS founders, presented Krueger with a book.            Auren Ruvinsky Photo -
Edith Chamberlayne, honourary director and one of the SOS founders, presented Krueger with a book. Auren Ruvinsky Photo
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Kevin Krueger, Minister of Social Development, stopped by the Society of Organized Services (SOS) in Parksville Thursday to see what the successful organization is doing right.

“It’s inspirational, the organization embodies the spirit of the community,” he said on a tour of the SOS Thrift Shop.

He said it was amazing to see a volunteer-driven organization able to fund its valuable programs with the thrift shop.

Executive Director Renate Sutherland said they invited Krueger to visit the facility and gave him a tour of both SOS buildings, outlining the organization’s 43 year history and some of the 29 different programs they offer from helping people with abuse issues to children’s programs and volunteer opportunities.

“This organization is a real leader,” Krueger said, noting they were setting up programs for things like sexual abuse and elder abuse “long before the rest of society.”

The minister was not in the area for any formal announcements but had meetings with representatives of various social development type groups in the area.

He said he would take the success of the organization and the things they are doing right with him to other communities around the province.

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