Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Bruce Bowie wins teh AFP National Philanthropy Award in Edmonton for his years of service at The Salvation Army

Long-time Volunteer Bruce Bowie Recognized with Philanthropy Award

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Always a voice of compassion and advocacy for the marginalized, well-known Edmonton radio personality Bruce Bowie has been on The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board for 18 years. He’s a dedicated volunteer and an always engaging host at the many events he has emceed for the Army over the years.

This year, The Salvation Army was honoured to thank their good friend for his service, with a nomination for the AFP Edmonton National Philanthropy Award which recognizes those who “contribute […]

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Rex Murphy and $200,000 Kick-Off Calgary Kettle Campaign

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Political commentator and media personality Rex Murphy captivated the audience of 600 people at the Hope in the City Luncheon in Calgary. The event kicked off the 2016 Christmas Kettle Campaign, which aims to raise one million dollars.

Murphy’s address spoke to The Salvation Army’s persistent, though often quiet, response to need in society. “Spirit lifts us in ordinary and extraordinary ways when there is manifest need – it is the Albertan and The Salvation Army way.”

Prior to Murphy taking the […]

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Kettle Campaigner: Making a Difference

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By her own admission, Jacci Bibeau is one fussy volunteer. “I do a lot of research before I do anything. I have to know it’s making a difference and that the money goes where it’s supposed to go."

The Salvation Army passed Bibeau’s scrutiny with flying colours, but that’s not the only factor that keeps her at her station five days a week during the Christmas Kettle Campaign. “I enjoy it. I love talking to people. I heard some incredible stories […]

Volunteer at a Kettle and Help Bring Hope This Christmas

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Can you spare a few hours to ring the bells at a Kettle this Christmas season? Our Kettles are open for donations only if we have a volunteer available, and thousands of Kettle volunteer hours are needed to help reach our goals. The money raised stays local and supports our year-round programs and services, such as food hampers, toys, clothing, counselling, summer camps, addictions recovery, and employment services. You can volunteer on your own, with a child or grandchild, or even as a group! To find out […]

Calgary coat distribution day

Calgary Stampeders Help Distribute Donated Coats

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Calgary Stampeders fan favourites Brandon Smith and Drew Tate were kept busy at The Salvation Army Coat Drive Distribution Day on November 8. The two acted as personal shoppers by helping families pick out coats and other necessities to get them through the cold winter. Mittens, scarves, hats, and even pajamas were also available for anyone needing some extra warmth this winter.

Hundreds of Calgarians attended the family coat distribution to receive one of the 5000 winter and summer […]

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Salvation Army Employment Centre Opens in Edmonton

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Edmontonians who struggle with chronic unemployment have a new service to help them find work. The Salvation Army FUTURES Employment Centre, located at 9611 102 Avenue NW, officially opened its doors on November 3.

The space includes two stations with “well-seasoned” computers, work spaces, job boards, and stations for more computers as the funds become available. Staff from other programs will take shifts throughout the week, with the long-term goal being a full-time, dedicated employee. Volunteers are also needed to assist […]

2016 HArvest Brunch and Auction

Harvest Brunch & Auction Raises Over $75,000 For New Program

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Edmonton’s 2016 Harvest Brunch & Auction had it all: the concert debut of a pianist with only a few weeks of lessons, a choir performance, a painting produced in real time, as well as the unique and distinctly unusual items for auction.

It was all to support a new program for The Salvation Army’s Castledowns Corps, a Community Music Program. When the results were tallied, there was $75,000 raised to buy equipment, instruments, music, and other materials needed by the students and […]

Feed My Lambs breakfast program in St. Albert, Alberta

Feed My Lambs Breakfast Program Gives Students a Good Start

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One breakfast at a time, The Salvation Army is making sure elementary students are getting the best possible start to their day. "Feed My Lambs" is a new school breakfast program in St. Albert, a small city northwest of Edmonton, for any children who missed out on breakfast. The breakfast bags are delivered to 14 elementary schools from both school boards, and they include a fruit cup and juice, with either a granola bar, oatmeal, or cold cereal options. The schools are also […]