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photo Lt Col Bev Slous and volunteer in Port Alberni

Emergency Coastal Response Exercise Leaves Province Better Prepared


Emergency Management BC Exercise Specialist Rob Dodds has said that "this exercise will leave our region much more prepared to deal with a natural disaster." The location for the mock disaster was chosen because of the history of the tsunami of 1964 that had devastating affect on Port Alberni and because they have a tsunami warning system.
More than 60 federal, provincial and local agencies gathered to carry out this emergency response exercise. Amid the myriad of volunteers were more than […]

Story Credit: Larissa Cahute, The Province

Daughter ‘thinks I’m an elf,’ says grateful Salvation Army volunteer


Vancouver’s Suhaila Hamed has been volunteering at The Salvation Army so much that her seven-year-old daughter thinks she’s “working for Santa.”

“She thinks I’m an elf,” Hamed said with a laugh.The 41-year-old mother of three is a regular volunteer at the charity’s Vancouver Community and Family Services — one of 27 community organizations sponsored by The Province’s Empty Stocking Fund. While she donates her time year-round, she’s currently helping the organization with its Christmas Assistance program by packing food hampers and […]


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


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 […]

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


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 […]

It’s all about the volunteers.


Half of all Canadians contribute their time, energy and skills to charitable groups and non-profit organizations volunteering more than two billion hours annually.
Volunteering is integral to the Canadian way of life and the continued sustainability of countless organizations across the country. That’s why April 12 to 18 Chilliwack will recognize its thousands of volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Volunteers and the act of volunteering bring multiple benefits to organizations, communities and people. Organizations receive enormous contributions of time, talents and skills.

Communities […]


Dynamic duo at Belkin House.


“I first met Richard Louis and Albert Schoemaker 5 years ago when I joined Belkin House as the Food Services Manager and little did I know how special, devoted , and committed this “dynamic duo” was … For the longest time, there were many rumors on how long they have served at Belkin House.  Some, including Richard and Albert, say 4 years, others say 14 years!

The fact is that Richard volunteers 3 days every week and Albert volunteers 5 days every week. […]

used Donates Items to Assist Victoria’s Beacon of Hope House.


On May 1st, donated items collected from its site,, to the Salvation Army, fulfilling a wish list for the Beacon of Hope House.

Recently, the Beacon of Hope House moved from Vic West to Saanich and the items donated by will transform the facility into a home for the male youth who utilize the residential addiction treatment facility.

The Community Angel Program managed to collect dozens of items from sellers on its site. Upon learning of the […]

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Freedom Gala: A Night to Combat Human Trafficking.


For the past seven years, influential members of the Vancouver community have gathered annually to the Hope in the City Luncheon. This Friday will mark the inaugural Freedom Gala, which evolved out of the expanded need to educate the community on this very important issue, and provide much-needed additional financial support for victims.

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of exploitation. Sex trafficking exists in highly-visible venues, such as street prostitution or strip clubs, as […]


Getting fit with The Salvation Army.


Helping people to make healthy changes in their lives is the prime focus of a new program at The Salvation Army in Williams Lake, BC.

Instructor Candice Drouin offers a range of free programs for adults, families and children, including yoga, Zumba, aerobics, cardio and stretching and strengthening exercises.

A YMCA certified fitness instructor, and a trained Zumba dance teacher, Candice worked at a fitness centre for two-and-a-half years, and got her start at the Salvation Army as a volunteer last fall.

“When […]


We need your help for back to school.


With our Backpack & School Supply Drive moving along nicely and concluding on September 11th, we need your help.

Items in need are glue sticks, washable markers ( packs of 12 or 24 ), crayons, scissors, pencil sharpeners, 1 – 1.5″ binders and smaller backpacks for young boys.

Please donate at participating Starbucks and Fitness Town locations and you can make a financial donation at participating Staples or by texting, GIVEBC to 45678 to make a $5 donation.

Thank you for your help […]