Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Wetaskiwin Salvation Army Feed My Lambs program

New Program in Wetaskiwin Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

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When The Salvation Army in Wetaskiwin, Alta., learned that some elementary school students didn’t have enough food to get through the weekend, they developed a program that not only improves academic performance but gives struggling families one less thing to worry about.

“It surprised me to learn how many kids go to school hungry,” says Lieut. Dae-Gun Kim of The Salvation Army. “Children can’t prepare for their future when they are hungry for food.”

A report by Public Interest Alberta shows that […]

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After-school Program Partners with Library to Promote Literacy

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It’s 3:45 p.m. on a cold Tuesday afternoon at The Salvation Army’s Canon Ridge centre, and kids of all ages are streaming in the door for the After-school Zone program. Shaking off their boots and winter coats, they eagerly look around to see what they’ll get to do that day. Tuesdays are special here because the Edmonton Public Library’s epl2go Literacy Van has arrived, and the kids are excited to see librarian Kara busy setting up the books and […]

Learning english as new Canadians helped make the transition easier.

Learning English & Building Friendships at the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre

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Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia use over and over again to describe their experience as new Canadians. The two women travelled a long road before arriving at their new homes in Calgary – Evie from Albania and Julia from Ukraine.

In Calgary, both mothers were at home with young children, and they found that their lack of English skills isolating. “When you stay at home, you have no friends,” says Evie. Both women were in a routine of housework and […]

New volunter gains experience and fulfillment at The Salvation Army

Student Gains Experience and Fulfillment by Volunteering

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Months into her volunteer experience with The Salvation Army, Camille Cunningham still has a hard time wrapping her head around the scope of the organization she has joined.

“I didn’t realize it has such a long, rich history. As well, the huge range of programs, and not only just to combat homelessness, but feeding families and working with children and vulnerable persons of every shape, kind, and color all over the world. I didn’t realize it was such a huge organization. […]

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Kettle Campaign Raises $3.3 Million in Alberta & Northern Territories Division

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The red kettles have been put away for another year and the final tally has been made. The 2016 Kettle Campaign exceeded its goal by over $100,000 and raised over $3.3 million! The campaign operated in 15 communities across the Alberta & Northern Territories Division, and involved thousands of volunteer bell ringers at hundreds of retail kettle locations during the six weeks leading up to Christmas.

“It has been a tough year economically for many Alberta families,” says Captain W. Mark Stanley, […]

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Prompts Increased Need for Help this Christmas

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This Christmas, families and individuals in Fort McMurray who were affected by the wildfire in May are starting from scratch and The Salvation Army is offering practical support to help.  

“I can go to my storage containers and pull out my winter coat, boots, Christmas tree, and decorations,” says Major Marina Jennings of The Salvation Army. “But those who have lost everything can’t do that.”

The wildfire forced all 90,000 Fort McMurray residents to evacuate the area and destroyed 2,400 homes […]

Christmas hampers are distributed by air in Canada's northern communities

Christmas Hampers Get Special Air Delivery in Canada’s North

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It has all the ingredients of a classic Christmas tale: a busy workshop, dozens of helpers, and seasonal gifts that fall from the sky. But if you were expecting what follows to include a red suit, elves, and reindeer – you’re in for a surprise.

“I wonder if people really know how truly far we are from the North Pole,” laughs Lt. Laurie Sauder. Although Yellowknife is “north” by the standards of most Canadians, a web search reveals that the geographic north […]

Games night at the CRC in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat Nursing Students Build Relationships at Salvation Army

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There were accusations of cheating. Followed by laughter. Shouts of victory. Yells of losses. More laughter.

It was game night hubbub that was welcome to the ears of Ian Scott, Director of Medicine Hat’s newly opened Salvation Army Community Resource Centre (CRC). It came about at the hands of the city’s College of Nursing.

Ian explains that he received a call from a nursing instructor at the college who was interested in any learning opportunities for her first-year students at the CRC. Many […]

Kettle Campaign

Kettle Volunteer Transforms into Santa During Campaign

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“Lo and behold, I lucked out.” That’s how Gabe Bakos explains what followed after his wife, Linda, suggested that he volunteer at The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles.

Linda’s family had a long tradition within The Salvation Army church. When Gabe married her almost four years ago, he says he knew, as do most people, about the kettles and the shelter. But he admits he had no idea there was a church, let alone children’s camps, an international disaster response team, community […]

Stahl Peterbilt celebrates their 10th Toy Drive for The Salvation Army

Stahl Peterbilt Celebrates 10th Toy Drive and 8,000 Toys

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There is something extra special about helping make Christmas happen for someone you don’t even know. This year, Stahl Peterbilt, a heavy duty truck dealership in Edmonton, celebrates 10 years of doing just that with their annual toy drive, collecting 895 toys this year alone for The Salvation Army’s Christmas program.

They’ve collected 8,000 toys since that first year, and they go all out with the toy display throughout their campaign. There’s a floor model truck in the middle of the […]