Alberta & Northern Territories Division

Posts Tagged: community

Whitehorse Centre of Hope

Grand Opening Held for New Centre of Hope in Whitehorse

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Sitting in a picturesque valley quietly surrounded by forest and wildlife, the city of Whitehorse, Yukon, was buzzing with excitement on October 6 as The Salvation Army held their official grand opening for the new Centre of Hope.

The event began with a prayer, noting we should all “work for good” from Elder Ann Smith, as the building is on the traditional lands of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwach’an Council. The Hon. Larry Bagnell, Premier Sandy […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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. […]

Sikh community partners with Salvation Army to provide a free community dinner

Salvation Army and Sikh Community Come Together to Feed the Hungry

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It began as an evening to share food; it ended with Medicine Hat’s Sikh community and The Salvation Army sharing their hearts and so much more.

The story has its roots in the 15th century with the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. When he was 12, his father gave him what was then a considerable sum of money: 20 rupees. He was told to start a business. Instead, he took the money and fed the poor in his community. He […]

Gladys

Salvation Army Programs Helped Newcomers Adjust

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Settling in Calgary brought many new challenges for Gladys and her family. Originally from Nigeria, they had immigrated to the UK, but with high unemployment and uncertainty, they decided to move to Canada to raise their little girl.

“Starting over again was hard,” says Gladys. “The high cost of shipping forced us to leave most of our belongings behind. We had no family or friends in Calgary and had to learn how to embrace a new culture. I had a lot […]

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Salvation Army Celebrates Volunteers

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Every Monday night, Candace Neumann serves up food to some of society’s most vulnerable people at The Salvation Army’s hot meal program in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Candace is just one of 140,000 volunteers who help The Salvation Army.

During National Volunteer Week, from April 10 to 16, we want to take time to celebrate their contributions and thank them for their support.

“Every day, Salvation Army volunteers contribute their time and skills to improve the well-being of marginalized people,” says Major Murray […]