British Columbia Division

The Salvation Army responds to Tornados in Alabama


Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams are responding to the destruction left by an outbreak of tornadoes that tore through the South Eastern parts of the United States.According to news reports, more than 190 people have lost their lives, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama has suffered a great deal of damage. More storms are tracking through N. Alabama, N.W. Georgia, and S.E. Tennessee.

The Salvation Army already has teams providing food, drinks, and spiritual support to storm survivors in Tuscaloosa, Guntersville, and Lauderdale […]

Hoops for Hospice


Kelvin Leung of Richmond, British Columbia organized the first, Hoops for Hospice Basketball Tournament

This event was inspired by Kelvin’s Grandparents whom both spent time at The Salvation Army Rotary Richmond Hospice.  Kelvin shared, “The two patients who went through the hospice meant the world to me and that was enough motivation in itself. My initial plan was to have a small fund raiser to give back to the hospice.”

Ultimately, through his hard […]

Remembering Vimy Ridge on 94th Anniversary


94 years ago, the courage of Canadian soldiers during the Battle of Vimy Ridge were remembered at Victory Square in downtown Vancouver.

A Canadian force of 40,000 strong, moved in on German forces on Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917.

The historical victory came at a heavy cost with than 3,600 Canadians killed and approximately 7,000 wounded in what was three days of battle.  An estimated 700 to 800 of those who died in the battle were soldiers from British […]

Big Crowds … A beautiful Day … & Lots of Clothes!



With almost fifty thousand people filling Georgia Street, dancing to live music and with spirits running high, everyone was ready to head off to run the largest 10km race in Canada.

For the 5th straight year, The Salvation Army was found at the start line for the annual Vancouver Sun Run on April 17th, collecting donated clothing from runners.

 “It was another successful year in our partnership with The Vancouver Sun […]

Japan Update


Commissioner Makoto Yoshida of The Salvation Army Japan provided us with an updated report on relief work taking place in the country.

General recovery efforts are progressing well – super markets are gradually reopening, 80-90% of gas stations in northern Japan have resumed business, and about 70% of roads are accessible. The Japanese government is significantly supporting the country’s relief efforts and providing much of the needed temporary housing.

However, he says the unresolved nuclear power station failure is causing […]

Kelowna Fire


Residents of the Laurentian Heights 3 condominium building at 1405 Kelglen in Kelowna were evacuated early yesterday morning after a fire swept through part of the complex.

The Kelowna Fire Department’s immediate response included 21 firefighters, four fire engine trucks, two ladder trucks, a Rescue truck as well as one command unit.  Another 45 career and paid on-call staff were called to the scene and to assist firefighting crews with other emergencies.

Most residents were taken to the Emergency Social Services reception […]

Dignity Speaks


The Salvation Army has declared May as Dignity Month. “Dignity Speaks” is a national event that will be held at The Salvation Army Toronto Harbour Light on Sunday, May 15th.  The evening is intended to entertain, educate and inspire people about the importance of respecting the rights of the addicted, the homeless and those who have met with hard times.

Hosted by the voice of the Toronto Raptors, Herbie Kuhn, guests will include the Juno award-winning group Downhere; Hark […]

Brian Gentry performs live!


The talented, Brian Gentry of Marvin & Gentry, will be performing two live shows at the end of the month in Vancouver!

A gifted singer / songwriter and recording artist from Nashville, TN … Brian will be at Belkin House for a coffee house inspired concert as well as performing a second show at the New Westminster Corps.

Brian’s music is produced by the same team behind another well known Christian band, Jars of […]

Calling all Runners!


Please drop your gently worn clothing items at the start line of The Vancouver Sun Run happening Sunday, April 17th and The Salvation Army will pick it up and make sure that it’s put to good use.

Last year, over 4000 lbs. of clothing was collected and we look forward to surpassing that number this year!