Message from the Territorial Commander
It's time to end poverty
The world keeps moving forward. Why are so many left behind?
Over the past year, The Salvation Army issued the following challenge: “It’s time to end poverty.” This call to action was not only for the public's attention but also for those of us working within the organization. What are we doing to help people break free from the stranglehold of poverty and to help prevent others from falling through the cracks of society?
With one in 10 Canadians impacted by low incomes, we are seeing growing numbers of people requiring assistance with basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. While we continue to meet these needs, we are also striving to provide services that move people forward to independence. For example, we teach people living on low incomes how to live within their budgets while providing healthy, nutritious meals for their families. We help people break free from the chains of addiction through our treatment programs. We assist people in finding a home to call their own through our homelessness and housing programs. And our many other life-skills programs help participants not only realize their potential, but also acquire the resources necessary to lead productive, healthy lives, which can be passed on to future generations.
One in seven children goes to school hungry, so it’s clear that poverty affects all ages. We know that children can’t focus on learning if they are hungry or poorly nourished. Our school nutrition programs provided more than 150,000 meals through breakfast, lunch and snack programs for school-aged children. And in many locations across Canada, we operated after-school programs that offered a safe, fun and nurturing environment for children and youth.
A growing concern is the increasing number of elderly Canadians at risk of social isolation. Whether hosting games and activities at our community centres to help keep minds alert, or offering workshops that address health and safety issues such as managing arthritis, how to eat healthy on a tight budget and ways to prevent a fall, our seniors’ programs exist to promote a sense of belonging, sustainability and personal wholeness. In addition, our residential and long-term care facilities foster an environment where people can age with dignity.
As an international organization at work in 127 countries, we recognize that the challenges faced by people in Canada often pale in severity to those faced by people in the developing world. Thanks to the generosity of donors in Canada, we are able to support education, healthcare, water and sanitation, and livelihood development projects that are helping families and communities abroad work towards self-sufficiency.
It’s time to end poverty, but we can’t do this on our own. That’s why we remain committed to working with all levels of government, other social agencies, key community stakeholders, our generous donors, and the people we serve. Together, we can build a world in which every person is treated with dignity and has access to the necessities of life such as nutritious food, a safe place to sleep, health care, education and economic opportunity.
Thank you for supporting the mission of The Salvation Army.
May God bless you,
MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
Investing in people
Message from the National Advisory Board Chair
After spending my professional life in the financial industry, I understand the importance of sound investment. One of the many reasons I support The Salvation Army—and am proud to serve as the chair of its National Advisory Board—is that it recognizes the value of investing in the lives of vulnerable and marginalized people.
In situations where many would only see failure or hopelessness, The Salvation Army sees potential and hope for the future. In its hundreds of social service programs offered in 400 communities across Canada and Bermuda, the Army helps one person at a time, believing that each person is valuable and worthy of dignity. That’s why the Army is passionately committed to eradicating poverty and caring for all people who are struggling.
With a proven track record that goes back over 130 years in Canada, The Salvation Army is one of the largest providers of social services in the country. Its work is only possible through the contributions of its countless donors and volunteers.
I’m grateful for the ongoing support and commitment of my fellow National Advisory Board members, a dedicated group of business leaders and philanthropic supporters who provide strategic guidance on the organization’s national operations and services. Together we thank you, the public, for your ongoing support of this compassionate organization.
National Advisory Board
National Advisory Board
Dr. Gail Cook-Bennett
Robert G. McFarlane
Marnie A. Spears
Bruce V. Walter