British Columbia Division

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Reaching out made her a better person

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Asking for help was one of the hardest things Kelly Jane Hanvey had to do, but when the Victoria mom was down to her last $20 and Christmas was coming, she had no choice but to reach out.“It was the most humbling experience of my life, because I had never needed to ask for anything,” said Hanvey, 36.A collision with a drunk driver in 2009 had left the mother of two with a number of long-term disabilities — nerve damage, […]

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A Barn Burns and a Community Rallies

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It was at 6.00am on June 28th, in the midst of one of the driest summers on record in the Fraser Valley, that a milking vacuum pump overheated and burst into flames.The Cedar Valley staff had only minutes to get all of the cows out of the barn; while firefighters, friends, family, and other farmers arrived quickly on scene to assist.

Marian Vanderwal recalls, "As I arrived on scene, flames were shooting out of both ends of the barn.The heat from the […]

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William Booth Luncheon a Success

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The 2015 William Booth Society Luncheon was held at The Vancouver Club on October 15. The event  focused on honouring our generous donors for their contribution to The Salvation Army in British Columbia; as well as hosting guests like Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Our guest speaker was past Kate Booth House client – Kamal Dhillon. Dhillon is a survivor of horrific domestic violence and her story, though difficult to hear, is inspirational. After finding […]

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Giving Thanks at The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light

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With other non‐profit organizations hosting meals last week, The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light wanted to ensure that there were not overlapping efforts, choosing to provide the meal on Sunday, October 19, from 11am until 2pm at 119 East Cordova Street, Vancouver.  By working through a collaborative effort, social service agencies are ensuring all members of  the community will be well looked after at this seasonal time of thanks.

Through generous community sponsorships a menu for 1500 clients included: 120 x […]

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Valley First Staff Makes a Difference in Penticton

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Valley First and its community program Feed The Valley has been an integral support to The Salvation Army Community Food Bank in Penticton for more than five years.  Almost 65,000 pounds of food has been collected and more than $943,000 has been donated since the launch of the Feed The Valley program in March 2010.

Valley First support does not stop with food donations.  They were one of the first community partners to embrace the Food Bank’s vision of providing nutrition education to […]

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The Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club is in the community this Thanksgiving.

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Vancouver, British Columbia | October 7, 2015 — The Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club in partnership with Safeway delivered family-sized turkeys as part of the annual ‘Canadians Thanksgiving’ on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:30pm to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community and Family Services.

Canadians front office staff was on-hand, in joining a number of volunteers from Safeway who generously donated 100 family-sized turkeys, 100 cooking trays as well as enviro-friendly bags for those receiving this donation.

“The partnership with the Vancouver Canadians and […]

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Penticton’s Edible Garden a Success

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The Salvation Army in Penticton partnered with Incredible Edible teaching garden in order to promote community engagement and to harvest fresh produce for the Food Bank.

The project was spearheaded by a local community builder, Hilma LaBelle. She was originally inspired with this idea after watching a Ted Talk given by Pam Warhurst, the founder of Todmorde garden. The Penticton garden project began in October 2014 at 613 Martin Street and this year alone it produced 1,515 pounds of free harvest for […]

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The Salvation Army and Craftsman Collision continue the fight on hunger.

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Vancouver, British Columbia | September, 2015 – For the past 6 years, Craftsman Collision has hosted the Make A Dent Food Drive in partnership with Overwaitea Foods, benefiting The Salvation Army. Thus far, the campaign effort has raised an overwhelming $197,282 for The Salvation Army in British Columbia.

The Make a Dent Food Drive is held at 13 participating Save–On–Foods and PriceSmart locations and continues to grow across the province each year. The Make a Dent event encourages customers to donate […]

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An Amazing Race

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On September 12, 2015 The Salvation Army Belkin House enjoyed participating with Payfirma in their Amazing Race. A team of 75+ participants raced around the downtown core in an Amazing Race style event, completing fun random acts of kindness at stations themed with Payfirma's core values.

Belkin House, a residential program facility in the heart of Vancouver that is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness, represented the station themed to Inspire Those Around You. Tasks included serving drinks at Victory […]

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#JUICE4HOPE hits the streets of Vancouver’s DTES – again!

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The Salvation Army believes that everyone is deserving of dignity – and that everyone should have access to healthy, nourishing produce. In Vancouver, The Salvation Army, in partnership with local food truck, The Juice Truck, celebrated the dignity given every day at The Salvation Army by giving hope and juice to 400 Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light food line clients on September 16.

 

The Salvation Army is excited to work with The Juice Truck in distributing two of their signature juice […]