Rebound Recovery Stories
Horne Lake Caves
Adventure is in the air at Horne Lake on central Vancouver Island where a stunning landscape sets the stage for a feast of outdoor experiences that feeds any appetite from mild to wild. We encourage taking advantage of our year-round guided cave tours where animalistic instincts direct your movements as you meander through a natural underground wonderland. Step out of your comfort zone and discover a new inner strength. Challenge your abilities and see the world through a caver’s eye. When you explore the fascinating realm beyond the surface, you also explore the deepest reaches of yourself.
“I was very grateful for the support offered by Rebound Oceanside to help our business deal with the impacts of Covid-19. At the outset of the pandemic, I was very confused by all the information coming from different sources and felt very overwhelmed. It felt great to know somebody was there to listen and had our backs. Our revenues went to zero and we lost over 2800 school tour participants, quickly draining our bank account. We looked forward to a reopening of the park but needed advice and help paying for PPE and Covid-related expenses that were over and above our usual expenses. Corry and Darren were very friendly and helpful in getting our situation sorted out. A big warm virtual hug to Oceanside Initiatives / Rebound Oceanside in helping us get back to business.”
Richard Varela - Park Director
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
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Society of Organized Services (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.
Darren Field and Corry Hostetter, Rebound Oceanside program present a cheque to Susanna Newton.
"We are happy to be reopening the SOS Thrift Shop on June 15 and welcoming back our loyal customers. With the support of Rebound Oceanside, we are able to put in place COVID-19 appropriate safety measures, such as enhanced cleaning, hand sanitizers, and directional signs, and ensure that our customers have a great shopping experience."
Susanna Newton, Executive Director
Society of Organized Services (SOS)
Learn more about the Society of Organized Services (SOS).
Stuart and his wife Bobbie decided to start up a small business baking out of their home in Nanoose Bay, BC. Since the opening of the commercial bakery Stuart and Bobbie provide their British baked goods to local Farmers Markets and specialty shops.
“We are profoundly grateful for the Rebound Oceanside Business Recovery Program. They have supported our business during the pandemic by connecting us with other local businesses. The program has helped us to pivot our business model to attract new local customers, refreshed the perspective on a 10-year-old business, and rebuild our business plan. With the tools that have been given to us, we are confident that we will succeed and grow from this unstable time in our business. I would highly recommend the Rebound Oceanside Business Recovery Program to others.”
See more about Island Highlander, including their food truck schedule.
Oceanside Yoga & Wellness Centre
At Oceanside Yoga we offer a wide range of classes suitable for diverse levels and needs including Vinyasa, Hatha, Gentle Yoga, Restorative and a specialized class called Strength and Balance. Our teachers are highly trained and passionate about teaching yoga to improve range of movement and strength in a safe and inclusive environment. We offer Teacher Training Programs, as well as workshops with wonderful visiting teachers.
Theresa Whitely and Ken Lister receive a cheque from the Rebound Oceanside program.
“We were very happy to have Darren at the Rebound Oceanside Program support our re-opening at Oceanside Yoga Centre. Darren gave us some great advice and helped us to sort out our way forward in this difficult time. “
Oceanside Yoga Centre
Find out more about the Oceanside Yoga & Wellness Centre.
Sea Thrift Artisan Boutique and The Bookcase
Sea Thrift Artisan Boutique is a unique little shop found in the heart of Qualicum Beach. Referred to as Qualicum Beach's hidden treasure by our local newspaper, this wee gift shop is full to the brim with locally made wares by over 30 artisans!
"I found that the Oceanside Initiatives Rebound Oceanside program in Parksville/Qualicum Beach was very helpful on many levels. Cheaper promotions on the radio and newspaper is very helpful after covid letting locals know that we were open again, and also to reach new local markets as we are dependent mainly on local support for our small businesses. They also connected me up with other avenues of promoting and such, which will be great for the future. The reimbursement of funds for hand sanitizer and more was much needed and appreciated. Darren, the man who I dealt with was very nice, informative and helpful. All around, I have nothing but praise for the initiatives program."
Sea Thrift Artisan Boutique and The Bookcase
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The Old School House
The Old School House Arts Centre, the artistic focal point for the area, is located in the heart of the picturesque community of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We are a non profit charitable organization who’s mission it is to foster a vibrant arts centre that promotes and encourages the development of multi-dimensional artists and musicians for the enjoyment of all ages, residents and visitors alike, in Qualicum Beach and throughout central Vancouver Island.
"We at The Old School House Art Centre are very grateful for the support of Oceanside Rebound. Darren and his team were quick and effective to pinpoint where they could help and assist with some funding. Personable and caring, the team and Darren should receive high praise for the fantastic work they are doing for our communities."
"We greatly appreciate the help to get back open and help us digitize our many programs here."
Illana Hester, Executive Director
The Old School House Art Centre, Qualicum Beach
More information about The Old School House.
Dedicated Wellness Trainers honored to support you - to find more Peace, get Healthier & be Happier!!! Interactive, Informative IN-PERSON & ONLINE Wholistic Wellness Events, Services, Classes, Programs & Products.
“We would like to express our appreciation to Rebound Oceanside Program, the entire LeapZone Strategies team, especially Coach Jim, for their guidance and assistance in our efforts to bounce back from COVID-19 and continue to grow and thrive as a new company in the recreation and tourism industry in our area."
"Everyone has been very flexible to our unique business needs and our ever-changing customer engagement landscape. Although, we have just begun implementing the suggested strategies. We are very optimistic about our immediate future and our long-term stability to fulfill our mission to contribute to the health and wellbeing of others – the support and resources of Rebound Oceanside Program and LeapZone Strategies has been invaluable."
From our ♥ to yours, Namaste
Cindy & Stephane Walker
D-Stress Fitness™ INC.
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Arbutus Fashion & Lifestyle
...offering the latest in women's fashions and sterling silver jewellery as well as local artwork In the heart of downtown Qualicum Beach.
"Reopening my small business after over a 2-month closure due to the Covid19 pandemic is what I call “passion over sanity”. Suddenly, when we closed there was no income but still bills for the store full of new seasonal inventory that had arrived, utilities overhead such as: hydro, phone, internet, insurance, security cameras & alarm system. To date, our landlord is still expecting the full rental arrears to be paid too. The new reopening has been happily (we love seeing everyone again) exhausting with the COVID safety protocols of keeping our friends & customers safe ( making sure they’re using the hand sanitizer, social distancing and/or using a face mask & not putting clothes back that they have tried on so that we can retreat the garments). The local community has been wonderful and our Chamber of Commerce always very supportive of all businesses and shopping local. Thanks to the many Chamber of Commerce email newsletters to business members and zoom meetings, I first heard about Rebound Oceanside and Oceanside Initiatives when I was pondering over the best way to go forward in reopening the store. Both Rebound Oceanside and Oceanside Initiatives programs were there to help with business resiliency, perfect timing for me to contact them for advice & help. Being a “small brick & mortar store” with minimal online presence, Rebound Oceanside & Oceanside Initiatives is technically & financially helping me to expand fully on an e-commerce platform with a store website as well as training me (a single mom who never had time & now a senior lol) to be more tech savvy with an online presence. This will all be so helpful with store sales with shoppers that want to shop from home. As during the closure period we only had an Arbutus Fashion Facebook page with a few postings offering to do video shopping and free delivery, including any pickups from my fellow merchants, such as medicine shop or health food store...and I did a delivery of dresses with a couple bottles of wine! Having been in the fashion business in Qualicum Beach for over 24 years it’s always been a pleasure having the social interactions & providing service. It’s always been my motto of being fun & affordable. And with an expanded e-commerce presence I look forward to connecting with friends & customers that aren’t able to visit our store locally."
Arbutus Fashion & Lifestyle
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Academy of Music and Art Parksville
Artisans Michael & Els Schutte.
"We heard about the Oceanside Initiatives Rebound Oceanside Program Support and spoke to Darren about our difficult situation. Because of the Covid-19 situation, we lost 70% of our clients and needed some support. Darren listened very well to our problems and did his utmost to come up with support. We got financial support for some advertising. Thanks to Darren we received also support from DER3 Program where Sharon gave us excellent advice on how to improve our Website.
Overall, very nice friendly people with a good understanding of our situation. Thank you so much for doing this, we appreciate it."
Michael and Els Schutte,
Academy of Music and Art Parksville.
More about the Academy of Music and Art Parksville.