Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Calgary's backpack program for back-to-school

Calgary’s Long-Standing Backpack Program Offers a Twist This Year

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With the end of summer break on the horizon, many families may be looking at budgets already stretched and wondering how they’ll be able to pay for school supplies for the upcoming year.

The Salvation Army has a long-standing backpack program that supplies kids from elementary school up to high school with much-needed school supplies. With the average cost of a filled backpack ranging from $30 in elementary up to $180 for students in high school, the program helps relieve much of the […]

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Pine Lake Camp Welcomes Kids from All Walks of Life

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The Salvation Army Pine Lake Camp is a special place. Aside from the abundant natural beauty, there is a feeling of community that draws campers back year after year. Kids aged 7-16 come from all over the province to spend a week at camp to visit old friends and make new ones, choose and enjoy activities that peak their interests, and connect with the outdoors.

Every summer Pine Lake Camp hosts 450 kids from all over the province. The camp welcomes kids from […]

Capt. Isobel Lippers, Lethbridge Corps Officer

Lethbridge’s Emergency Disaster Services Team

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The first time that the team of Salvation Army volunteers from Lethbridge’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program took their brand new community response vehicle out, it was so new that the city’s health inspector had to certify the truck while the team was serving food for the very first time. A grass fire had erupted along the edge of the city and the team had mobilized to provide food for the city’s first responders. Since then, the EDS program in […]

Calgary Citadel Band in 1892

Glenmore Temple Band Celebrates 125 Years of Making Music

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This year is a pretty big one for the Glenmore Temple Band as they are celebrating their 125th anniversary. Formed in 1892, the band has been providing Calgary with music at community events, seniors’ residences, worship services, the Stampede Parade, and at Salvation Army Christmas Kettles.

In fact, Glenmore Temple Band is the longest participating band in the Calgary Stampede Parade, having only been absent from three parades in 105 years. Today the band is made up of 37 volunteer musicians ranging in age […]

Berkshire senior's group

Berkshire’s Young at Heart Seniors Build Community

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When Margaret McPherson came to her first tai chi class at The Salvation Army’s Berkshire’s Citadel, she wasn’t sure what to expect. In the midst of recovering from a serious health issue, Margaret felt the need to get her body moving. At the class's break time, she was invited to attend that Sunday’s special Thanksgiving service which would also have a full turkey dinner after.

“I went to that first Sunday service and I haven’t missed once since,” says Margaret with […]

Grace Manor Edmonton

Edmonton’s Grace Manor Creates a Home for Seniors

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When Bob* (a nickname bestowed upon her by her grandchildren) first came to Edmonton’s Grace Manor over 15 years ago, she wasn’t sure what to expect. The facility was transitioning into a new building and shifting from women’s only programming to an assisted living facility that would accommodate both men and women aged 65 or over who have a diagnosed mental health condition.

For Bob, independence is crucial. She relishes popping out to Tim Horton’s for a coffee, picking up some […]

15th Annual Supreme Group Salvation Army Golf Classic

15th Annual Golf Classic Raises Over $233,000 for Camp

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It’s hard to believe 15 years have passed since the first Supreme Group Salvation Army Golf Classic was held in Edmonton. Those first few event years were lean, but with hard work and our very dedicated sponsors and committee members, the tournament regularly brings in over $200,000 a year. In total, the golf tournament has raised over $3.1 million for Salvation Army programs in Edmonton and Pine Lake Camp. 

Over $233,000 was raised at the 2017 event, which will […]

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Creating Community Through Music

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“It is the most welcoming choir you will ever find, and there is literally everybody there from people who have studied music to people that occasionally sing along to the radio,” says Castledowns Community Choir member Laura Doyle. “Everybody is there helping and supporting and cheering everyone else on. You find companionship, fellowship, and a greater enjoyment of music just from being there.”

The choir launched in October 2016 and currently has 30 members that gather together every Wednesday night. The […]

Fort McMurray wildfire 2016

Fort McMurray Community Continues to Support One Another

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It has been one year since the wildfire called ‘The Beast’ raged through Fort McMurray burning 5,000 square kilometres, destroying 2,400 structures, and leaving thousands homeless.

Much has changed in Fort McMurray since the entire city was evacuated. Roughly 15,000 people have not returned to the community and for those who have returned, the psychological impacts of going through such a traumatic event are still being felt.

“There’s still a lot of anxiety, there’s still a lot of stress and high emotions,” […]

Practical Programs and Services Offered in Medicine Hat

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From hot meals, daycare options, thrift stores, and more, The Salvation Army in Medicine Hat offers practical programs and services to anyone in the community that needs them. To volunteer, donate, or receive more information about what we have to offer, please call 403-548-3247.