British Columbia Division

Surrey Thrift Stores Raise Funds


Two Surrey Thrift Stores combined their efforts in supporting their local Community and Family Services of The Salvation Army in kindly asking customers to lend their extra change to the cause and in turn, make a direct impact.  To the tune of $3,138.51, the community responded.

Through the total cash donation received, the funds will continue to help members of the community with food and other needs through the year.  This is a true testament to Giving Hope Today.

Teen Goes the Distance


Candace Sutherland has overcome some insurmountable odds in her young lifetime – having experienced a childhood of poverty, dependence on food banks and a brief stay in foster care – and through it all, triumphed. 

By the tender age of twelve, she began focusing her energy and talent towards a love for running.  Running distances of ten miles plus, she competed in numerous marathons along with long distance prize races.  From there, Candace dedicated her running skills to help raise awareness and […]

The Dignity Project: Human dignity is a fundamental right for all


The Salvation Army launches The Dignity Project: Debunking Myths about Poverty in Canada – an initiative designed to inform the public about the reality and effects of poverty in the 21st century while reaffirming the notion that everyone deserves basic human dignity.

Today, approximately three million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue, and that everyone has a right to access basic necessities such as nutritious food, health care, […]

SFU students initiate BIG Book Drive!


“The BIG Book Drive”, an inaugural initiative inspired by three local Simon Fraser University: Beedie School of Business Project Management students – Joseph Choi, Alex Venetis and Steffi Chua – aim to collect over 2,000 books for the Salvation Army.

With two separate book drives planned in both Richmond and Burnaby, the first will take place on Saturday, February 26th inside Lansdowne Mall in Richmond while the second event will be marked on March 19th – 20th at The […]

Good Friday Service, April 22nd














This year’s speaker:  Divisional Commander, Major Susan van Duinen

Time:             10.30am

Location:       Cariboo Hill Temple @ 7195 Cariboo Road, Burnaby, BC

Because of Good Friday, “Jesus is Lord.”

Lord, we pray for this city,

We ask for mercy here,

Lord, we know

You love this city,

Oh Father, draw them near,

Oh Father, draw them near.

One Year Later








Haiti Earthquake Response

On January 12, 2010, having built community networks, and known for its longstanding record in humanitarian services, The Salvation Army responded immediately to the destructive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

Due to extensive damage to buildings and significant loss of life, The Salvation Army’s initial response was aimed at helping people survive. More than 700 Salvation Army personnel from Haiti provided food, water, medical supplies and shelter to more than 25,000 people.  And on January […]

BC Lions: Committed both on and off the field


The BC Lions, like The Salvation Army, have deep roots in the community dating back to 1954. 

We would like to extend a gracious Thank You to the BC Lions Football Organization for their endless support, in particular through the Lions Share program.  This unique program fosters opportunities for local charities to be invited to a home game and fundraise for their respective causes with proceeds benefiting local organizations.

Along with the BC Lions, The Salvation Army would like to acknowledge, Game Day […]

Minister Ambrose visits Salvation Army Community & Family Services


The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister for Status for Women, visited The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services ministry unit to touch base regarding the progress of the on-going Single Mothers Breakthrough Program as supported through the Community Fund of the Women’s Program, Status for Women Canada.

The Single Mothers Breakthrough Program is a much needed initiative that takes concrete steps throughout the course of a year wherein, single mothers are able to attend workshops and receive support through mentors in […]

Salvation Army Hosts Annual Christmas Meal


With approximately 400 more people this year compared to last, over 1500 people from Vancouver’s Downtown Lower Eastside community were served a wonderful meal on Christmas Day.  The traditional fixings included everything from turkey, cranberries and stuffing to dessert. 

Doors were open from 10am – 2pm welcoming food line guests and in house clients with a definite festive spirit in the air as a result from the camaraderie from volunteers and guests alike, the music and holiday decorations!

As a final Christmas […]

Cape Crusaders


On December 24th, members of the Downtown Lower Eastside Community became a lot more prepared for the harsh Vancouver elements, thanks to Arc’Teryx Equipment Inc.

Working on three separate Saturdays at the Arc’teryx manufacturing facility located in Burnaby, volunteers cut and sewed 560 specially-designed capes for Vancouver’s homeless that will repel wind and rain during the city’s often dreary winter weather.  Especially notable, on Saturday, November 26, over 300 capes were produced in one day. When last year, 300 […]