Our Vision:  To build and operate a well respected, not-for-profit independent living facility for seniors within the Bowser community.

Our Mission: To provide seniors with comfortable, independent living spaces at low to moderate rents, while maintaining their sense of community near friends and family.

Our Objective: To enable Bowser and area seniors to remain in their community, continue to contribute in and to their community and enjoy their community long after they reach the point when they need to move from their home.


As of May 2023, we have the following milestones in the hands of regulating authorities for approvals:

  • Crown Land transfer from Ministry of Forests to Ministry of Housing – approved Mar 17, 2023
  • Once the administration of the land transfer is completed, the following steps can be finalized/obtained:
    • New Development Permit – submitted to the RDN for approval Sep 13, 2022
    • Building Permit – submitted to the RDN Mar 31, 2021
    • Project can be tendered and our proforma updated
    • Provisional and Final Project Approvals from BC Housing
  • We have received confirmation of $2.2 million in initial funding from BC Housing and will also apply to CMHC for federal funding assistance

Please go to Lighthouse Villa, Project Overview to see more details.


Helps to reduce the amount we will have to borrow and moves us closer to our goal of building Lighthouse Villa.

News and Events

2023 Summer Raffle Winners Announced!


Wow! – thank you so much to our great community and Bowser Seniors Housing Volunteers for a very successful summer raffle event, where we actually sold out of tickets!

Ann Graham (our Raffle coordinator extraordinaire) got to sell the very last ticket at this years Lighthouse Country 50th Annual Fall Fair.  The Bowser Seniors Housing Society team were able to happily raise over $7000 to our goal of building Lighthouse Seniors Villa.

We want to thank Ann for her tireless contributions each year coordinating the Lighthouse Villa Raffle.  Total funds raised through Ann’s efforts was $35,000!  We also got the chance to bid a sad farewell to Ann as she moves closer to family and won’t be able to continue as coordinator next year.  Thank-you Ann!!


Lighthouse Villa Raffle Winners:

1st Prize   $750 Gas Money                                          Mark C.

2nd Prize  BC Ferries package plus $200 cash             Mark C.

3rd Prize  $100 Quality Foods gift card                          Lyn S.


In attendance at the ticket draw were :

Ann Graham (BSHS Raffle Event Coordinator), Laurie Basok (President BSHS), Chief Michael Recalma (CFN), Stuart McLean (RDN Area H Director)



Volunteers Needed!

Come have fun while helping raise funds

We have a lot of fantastic events that could use some of your help!



2 to 3 hour shifts in pairs, various locations, April-August


July 15th 11 am-2 pm & August 9th 4:30-7:30 pm behind the Bowser Legion


–  4-hour shifts:  July 26th & August 5th, 8th or  15th


  – Nov. 1st – 9th:  Help solicit & collect auction items May–mid-Oct.

GALA EVENT – November 25th

– Our biggest event of the year!  Help decorate hall, set up tables & chairs, assist in kitchen, clear tables, wash dishes, etc.

If you’d like more information on helping at any of these events, please contact president@bshs.ca .


Dog Days of Summer - Hot Dog Sale

What a fun afternoon!

Our Dog Days hot dog sale this sunny month of July, was another success story:  270 meals served, netting $1200 in support of Lighthouse Villa!

Sincere thanks go out to each one of you who helped to plan this event, buy supplies, set up, sell, cook, serve, clean up, take down, etc.; and also to everyone who came out to enjoy and support Dog Days.  We also extend our gratitude to First Credit Union and Mosaic Forest Management for their financial support, to Georgia Park Store for the donation of ice, to the Legion for the use of their barbecues and kitchen, and to Doug Harrison for inviting us to participate.

It takes a community to make great things happen! 


BSHS Volunteer Coordinator



June 2023 Pancake Breakfast

A big shout out to all that visited and volunteered at our most recent Pancake Breakfast in Qualicum Bay June 11th.  With over 30 volunteers manning the kitchen, the tables or the trunk sales – their efforts were able to fundraise over $1500 towards Lighthouse Villa! We also really appreciate the financial assistance from First Credit Union and the beautiful strawberries from Qualicum Foods.  Here’s a few pics to show our spirit!

2023 Annual General Meeting Announcement

May 4th 7pm Magnolia Court - 2nd floor meeting room

  • We’re pleased to announce guest speaker, Andrea Blackman – CEO of Ballenas Housing Society


  • Members will receive AGM information via email on May 1st. Please respond by NOON on May 4th with your votes, if not attending in-person.


  • This meeting is in-person with no Zoom component. If you cannot attend the meeting, please email your voting responses as per the instructions in your AGM package.


  • BSHS Board of Directors will collate all email responses and add them to the in-person votes when they meet to conduct the AGM in-person at 7:00 pm on May 4th.


For more info email: president@bowser-seniors-housing-society.org

Annual Membership $12 (available for purchase at door)

Also available online at www.bowser-seniors-housing-society.org , payable at the First Credit Union or by cheque mailed to: BSHS, PO Box 155, Bowser BC V0R 1G0

2023 Easter Pancake Breakfast

Thank-you to all who turned out!

What a fun Easter!  Bowser Seniors Housing hosted another successful Pancake Breakfast at the Lighthouse Community Center on Sunday April 9th 2023.

The Easter Bunny had his hands full visiting all the happy diners and volunteers.  Thanks to all of those that volunteered and visited – together we’ve raised over $1200 towards Lighthouse Villa!

We hope to see you at our next Pancake breakfast June 11 at the Lighthouse Community Centre 👍

2022- 2023 Fundraising Efforts Update

With appreciation to community partnerships

Bowser Seniors Housing would also like to warmly acknowledge the local businesses and Foundations in their contributions to our fundraising.

The Society is fortunate to be able to apply for and be awarded funds from a variety of local community-minded sources.

So far, in this 2022/23 fiscal year, we have received generous grants/sponsorships from the following:

Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation                       $1,000

Mosaic Forest Management                                                         $500

Ian Lindsay, Realtor                                                                       $200

Eagle Rock Charitable Fund                                                       $1,500

First Credit Union                                                                           $750

We are so grateful for the continued support of our community!!

September 2022 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Thank you to all who came out and supported our September 11th Pancake Breakfast at the Lighthouse Community Centre!  With the help of many volunteers that day, we fed more than 200 people.  Here’s a couple photos of some of the crew that made it happen!


2022 BSHS Raffle Ticket Winners

What a wonderful community effort in selling raffle tickets! Bowser Seniors Housing was able to raise over $7000 towards our goal of building Lighthouse Seniors Villa – Thank you so much to all of those who bought tickets, and a special thank you to those who helped sell them. Ann Graham once again did a fantastic job coordinating and selling many of the raffle tickets 🙂

We had members of the Board, along with volunteers and Stuart McLean pick the following winners:

1st – Orlis M – $750 Gas Card

2nd – David M – BC Ferries Package and Cash

3rd – Dianne F – Quality Foods Gift Card

A big congratulations to our winners!!

2022 Fundraising Efforts Update

With gratitude to our volunteers

With the coziness and comfort that Fall brings, it seems only appropriate to let our members and volunteers know how much your time, efforts and donations throughout 2022 has been truly appreciated.  From the online auction in April and continuing with raffle tickets, hot dogs, pancake breakfasts, trunk sales, sandcastles, and so on, your support has helped push our fundraising total past the $330,000 mark.

We most recently received $3395 for our efforts volunteering as Ambassadors at the Parksville Sandcastle event this summer!  Below is a photo of the cheque provided to a variety of charities (including ours) from the area who benefited from the well-run family event.

We look forward to next year’s events and activities as we continue to work towards building Lighthouse Villa.

With sincere thanks from the Board of BSHS

Laurie, Eileen, Carol, Laurel, Don, Kathy, Julie, John, and Amanda


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