Charities Supported

One of our goals as a car club is to help support local Groups & Charities.

We thank all car enthusiasts who come out to our car shows and help us                         raise funds for these very worthy causes.

 Current Recipients


   North Island College - Automotive Service Technician Program        more info

Freemasons Cancer Car Program                                                          For Oceanside Cancer patients needing a ride to treatment.  Getting to and from cancer related medical appointments can be hard.   Freemasons’ Cancer Car Program in partnership with The Canadian Cancer Society is here to help patients who are living with cancer access these vital appointments.       more info:

home-collage                                                                Errington Therapeutic Riding Association        more info

Canadian Tire  Can Tire JumpStart    more info

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue     more info

Island Health  - Oceanside Urgent Care / Parksville Facility                                             more info

Recipients from previous years

ETRA  Errington Therapeutic Riding Association


    • Therapeutic Riding is widely accepted as a beneficial method of improving the physical and/or mental well-being of riders with a wide range of disabilities.
    • Riding provides an opportunity for invigorating exercise and recreation, and it gives the rider a sense of achievement and self-worth.
  • ETRA’s Instructors are fully certified by the Canadian Equestrian Federation and the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association and hold current First Aid Certificates.                                               

More info:

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

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Jumpstart is dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids (ages 4 to 18) in our community have the opportunity to participate in sports and physical activity.

They assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation.

More info:

Haven House Society

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Haven House  Haven Society’s mission is to promote the integrity and safety of women, children, youth and families and the development of a respectful and healthy community.

As a leading anti-violence organization operating from feminist principles, Haven Society will achieve this mission by providing a range of services, public education and advocacy in the Oceanside area.

More info:


Arrowsmith Search & Rescue


Arrowsmith Search and Rescue  A group of highly-skilled professional volunteers trained to standards set by Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

  • Assist RCMP & local authorities in searching for people missing or individuals in distress.
  • They respond to local calls and assist other SAR groups throughout BC.
  • The main area of operation runs the length of the coastline from Nanoose to Cook Creek, as far inland as Mt. Arrowsmith. Including the Jedidiah and Lasqueti Islands.

More info:


  • A.L.S.  Society
  • BC Lung Association
  • Coombs / Hilliers Fire Department Search & Rescue
  • Cops for Cancer
  • Errington Elementary School Lunch Program
  • Legion Poppy Drive
  • Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation
  • R.C.M.P.  Victim Services
  • S.O.S.  / Salvation Army
  • Vancouver Island Childrens' Foundation
  • Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs


BC Lung Association receives a $1,000. donation from Ocean Idlers Car Club for the BC Lung Patient Assist Program.

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(L to R) Fred Imrie, Club Treas., Bernie Lafrance, BC Lung Association and                     Clay Thompson, Club President


Car Club donates $1,000. to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation towards the purchase of medical equipment for the Oceanside Healthcare facility located in Parksville.

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(L -R) Mireille Marquis, Club VP, Janice Perrino, Foundation Chief Exec.                         and Clay Thompson, Club President


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Presenting $1,000. Club Donation to the Errington Elementary School                              for  their Breakfast Program.

(L to R) Brian Worthen, Errington Elementary School VP,    Mireille Marquis, Ocean Idlers VP, Maleah Carlson, School  Child & Youth Care Worker and Fred Imrie, Ocean Idlers Treasurer.

The Breakfast Program is a school-run program to meet the needs of the 300+ students in grades K-7 at Errington Elementary.

Many studies have shown that good nutrition is just as important to a child's learning as the quality of their education.  This school is doing everything it can to ensure that all students are well fed and ready to learn at their maximum potential.

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Ocean Idlers Car Club contributes $500.00 to Errington Elementary School Coding & Robotics Project.  The allocated funds will be used to purchase robotics equipment.

According to Terry Graff, their teacher, the goal is to teach students (Grades 5 - 7) in a diverse classroom to code and use robotics, this will have a positive impact on student engagement and learning across the curriculum. Improving sensory learning, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills and providing opportunities for hands-on-innovations will be the focus.

Through this initiative, the students will be able to practice real world applications of coding by "playing" with robots; writing code to control their actions and movements using both Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robots and Edison Robots.

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Executive members of the Ocean Idlers Car Club present a $1000 cheque to Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs, Barbara Ashmead, President and three veterans with their dogs.  The non-profit organization adopts suitable rescue dogs from various shelters for this program.  The unique comprehensive training program matches rescue dogs to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

VICD is a Registered Canadian Charity, donations to their program covers the training costs,  veterinary care, transportation, dog food and supplies.

For more info on this program - visit their website



Ocean Idlers Car Club present our annual $1,000 cheque to Sheldon Cleaves, President ALS Society of BC North Central Island Chapter;

In the photo (L-R):
Mireille Marquis, VP of Ocean Idlers;
Clay Thompson, President of Ocean Idlers; ...
Jack Biickert, Secretary of Ocean Idlers;
Sheldon Cleaves, President ALS Society of BC North Central Island Chapter;
Fred Imrie, Treasurer of Ocean Idlers.

The ALS Society of BC is dedicated to providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis ALS.

ALS of BC is a Registered Canadian Charity, for more info visit their website


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Another presentation of $1000 to Tour de Rock - COPS for Cancer when law enforcement and emergency services personnel cycle to raise funds that allow the Canadian Cancer Society to fund life-saving research and caring support programs to reduce childhood cancer.

Our car club in partnership with other local vendors hosted a car show for the previous years and have donated over $10,000 for the past four years.  Unfortunately circumstances have caused this event to be cancelled for 2016.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a registered Canadian Charity, for more info visit

Our ongoing donations include sponsoring university and school bursaries, donating money to the Salvation Army, The Society of Organized Services, Cops For Cancer, Parkinson Society, Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Drive, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, Jeneece Place and the RCMP Victim Services in Parksville.  We also  joined in civic parades, Lee Harrison Auto Events, and the Specialty Vehicle Association.

We thank all car enthusiasts who come out to our car shows and help us                         raise funds for these very worthy causes.