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summer of transformation.

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After years spent away studying to be a teacher, Alex Stoney, 28, is happy to be home in Gitanmaax, a village in North Central BC, where he works for The Salvation Army as the Children’s Youth Ministry Coordinator. As important as home is, Alex has also found a place at the Army’s Camp Mountainview, located between Houston and Smithers. Stoney attended the camp for years, first as a camper, then as a counsellor, and most recently as Camp Director. 

“Something has always called me […]

Government of Canada announces funding to help victims of human trafficking.

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Wai Young, MP for Vancouver South, accompanied by Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay, announced funding of more than $88,000 to The Salvation Army Deborah's Gate program to help victims of human trafficking reintegrate into community. This funding follows through on the Government of Canada's commitment to protect society's most vulnerable by supporting organizations that help victims who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation or forced labour. 

With the funding announced today, The Salvation Army Deborah's Gate will […]

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thoughts shared.

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"I have the pleasure of working in a supportive environment where I am able to take ownership, be creative and take on friendships in the workplace.

I take pride in honouring the 50 years of generational success The Salvation Army has in The Comox Valley, which I see as an important ingredient for women.  To be part of something that has longevity and is generational, where their input is long – standing and will be referred to for many generations is like […]

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A Legacy Gift from the heart.

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This is the story of a generous woman, bright lights and her legacy. 

Betty Bonnington (née Rogers) was born in rural Saskatchewan in 1927.  She moved to Toronto in 1952 to live near her future husband, Ken Bonnington.  Soon afterward, Betty and Ken married and in 1957 moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Ken’s job in international collections created a comfortable lifestyle for the couple.  Sadly, Ken passed away in 2002.    

Ken and Betty, who had no children of their own, […]

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green rooftops.

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Belkin House Food Services have literally put "community" into their  community roof top garden!

The team has partnered with Evangelical Chinese Baptist Church, BC Hydro, KPMG, AIG, and  RBC, and AON and through their generosity, they have sponsored a custom designed planter. Constructed in-house by Lionel – an incredibly talented member of the maintenance department – the planters are located on the roof of Belkin House and the buildings around the area serve as a unique urban backdrop for the garden.

In a […]

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harvest for local food banks.

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Constellation Brands Canada, as part of their "Nourishing Neighbours" program, will oversee the tending, harvest and delivery of 3 acres of ground crops for the Oliver and Penticton Community Food Banks.

Captains Tim and Miriam Leslie from The Salvation Army Penticton Community Food Bank were there and expressed their amazement at the organization of the crew and at the joyfulness they put into their labour.  This will mean that there will be the basic fresh vegetables in the food bank recipient's […]

School’s out and the numbers are in.

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Every school day, volunteers and staff from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services and The Salvation Army Caring Place prepare approximately 175 bagged lunches for school children in our communities. With the school year coming to a close, we are pleased to announce that over 28,000 bagged lunches were provided this year.

The school lunch bag program is 100% donation- and volunteer-driven. Major donors to the program this year included the Province of British Columbia Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, […]

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#yoyo4nepal

06
.10

With the recent earthquakes in Nepal, The Salvation Army International Emergency Services team is on the ground in Nepal to support local officials and assess how best The Salvation Army can respond in partnership with other agencies. 

In the aftermath of such devastation, it is encouraging to see communities and individuals partner collaboratively to lend a helping hand.  In Vancouver, one young man in particular has set his sights on raising money for The Salvation Army’s earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.

Michael […]

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A Father’s Story.

06
.09

Tom is no stranger to challenges. At a very early age he was exposed to alcohol, drugs and unhealthy environments that quickly led him to foster care and eventually to The House of Concord, a corrections facility run by The Salvation Army in the late 80’s.  Tom noted that through The Salvation Army programs at The House of Concord he was given opportunity for schooling, to learn mechanics and volunteer at events which made an impact and showed that there […]

The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope steps up to meet need.

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It’s hard to believe this past December the Gateway of Hope distributed a record number of Christmas hampers to singles, couples without children and seniors struggling to make ends meet within our community – over 550 to be exact. So far, 2015 has shown no sign of the need in our community slowing down. Rolling into summer Gateway of Hope has experienced significant increases in the number of people accessing some of its key services.
"We've seen a marked increase over […]