Over a hundred people came out to celebrate The Salvation Army Canon Ridge location’s grand re-opening this past Saturday. Blessed with great weather, everyone was able to enjoy a free barbecue while kids had the opportunity to take photos with Sally Ann, get their faces painted, make crafts, and take part in an Easter egg hunt.
Canon Ridge, located in Northeast Edmonton, is a satellite office of Community and Family Services. Over the last several months, The Salvation Army has been assessing the needs of the neighbourhood and developing programs to meet them.
“We want to be a lighthouse in the community, a safe place to meet,” says Dayna Curtis, Community Ministries Coordinator for Canon Ridge. “Our goal is to create connections and relationships in this neighbourhood and find ways to serve them.”
In February, Canon Ridge started an after-school kids club on Tuesdays and Thursdays that averages 15 kids a night. A Mom and Tots program meets Tuesday mornings to create a fun place for parents and kids to meet and share parenting tips. The Colour Cafe also meets Thursdays mornings to give the people in the community an opportunity to socialize and relax while colouring together. Emergency food bank services are available on Wednesday as well.
“We are so excited to have met more of our neighbours and to have made new friends,” says Dayna. “Everyone is welcomed here.”