Our Mission

To raise awareness and provide education while working toward a community of


to live, work and play in a barrier-free community

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The Accessible Oceanside Association

Board of Directors

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Sandra Hobson, Chair

Sandra Hobson is Professor Emerita in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University (London, Ontario).  She also holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment at Pacific Coast University, where she teaches workplace health and disability management.  She was the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from the Belarusian State Medical University for her work there. She is a life member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She has both a personal and professional interest in access issues. She sits on Parksville’s Advisory Design Panel, the board of Inclusion Parksville Society, and serves as chair of Accessible Oceanside Association.

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Albert Ruel, Vice Chair

Get Together with Technology Coordinator, Canadian Council of the Blind, is passionate about assistive tech as a means of leveling the playing field, and he is experienced in advocacy for people with visual impairments and rehabilitation. He holds a Social Service Worker Certificate and is committed to helping people connect with their needs.  Most importantly, Albert is solution-focused, flexible, has a positive attitude and has a great sense of humour.

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Maureen Pilcher, Secretary

A long time resident of Coombs, has recently retired from her Land Use consulting business, and is now working with AOA to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for those who are “differently abled”.  Maureen is also actively pursuing accessible transportation options for Area F residents with mobility challenges. (Handi-Dart)

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Barb Read, Treasurer

Has ably served as Treasurer of AOA for a number of years.  She works as Executive Director of Inclusion Parksville Society (formerly Parksville and District Association for Community Living) and serves on a number of other community organizations in the region. Barb is truly dedicated to self-direction and full inclusion of all persons with disabilities in every aspect of community life.

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Report an Issue

See an access issue in your local community or in and around the Oceanside area? 


We want to know about it.  Click the link below to send us a message and we'll get our team of volunteers to have a look.

Together, with your help we will work to making our community accessible for all.

Did you know?

Qualicum Beach is a town in Oceanside that has Canada's oldest population.

According to a 2011 census more than 47 percent of the population was

65 or older.

Did you know?

The number of people in B.C. who identify as living with a disability is almost equal to the population of Vancouver Island?


750,000 People

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Did you know?

There are approximately 4.4 million people with disabilities in Canada, 60 million people in Europe with disabilities and 700 million people worldwide with disabilities.

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