Posts Categorized: Our Leaders

Salvation Army Convenes to Elect New General

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The Salvation Army’s 17th High Council convened on Friday, January 21, at Sunbury Court, United Kingdom, to elect the 19th General of The Salvation Army. The current General, Shaw Clifton, will retire at midnight on April 1, 2011. Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory, was elected president of this, the largest-ever, High Council with 109 members. He, along with Vice President, Commissioner Betty Matear, will guide the High Council through the procedures required to elect the Army’s new general. Commissioner Francis noted that 65%

Interfaith Leaders Gather at 2010 World Religions Summit

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Up to 100 religious leaders from diverse faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Islam, Indigenous Spirituality and Shinto traditions gathered in Winnipeg on June 21-23, 2010. It was the first time Canada hosted the G8 Religious Leaders Summit which, for the past five years, has been organized to complement the meeting of G8 political leaders. Commissioner William W. Frances, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda was co-chair of the event. At the summit, from shared values, leaders were called on to take courageous and concrete

Salvation Army Health Centre Celebrates Opening of Rooftop Garden

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On Friday June 25, 2010, The Salvation Army’s Toronto Grace Health Centre Irwin Rooftop Garden was officially opened by Commissioner William W. Francis, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. In October 2009 the Health Centre received its largest donation in the more than 100-year history of the hospital. A portion of the $1.9 million estate gift by the late John Irwin supported the renovation of a sixth floor rooftop into a beautiful garden space accessible to all. The garden allows patients, families, visitors and staff to

National Office Staff Appreciation BBQ

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On Thursday, June 10, officers and employees at Territorial Headquarters enjoyed great fun and fellowship over food that was prepared by executive officers and their staff. The luncheon, in recognition of hard work and contributions, was appreciated by all.

Maritimes Celebrate 125 years – Rooted in Hope

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This year marks the 125th Anniversary of The Salvation Army ‘opening fire’ in the Maritime Division. In those early years, there was much curiosity about their methods and message but the seed of Salvationism took root. It has stood the test of time. While methods may change over the years, the message must remain constant. We are a “Salvation” Army and we must “stand for Christ, for Christ alone”. The Division has embraced the theme “Rooted in Hope” for this year of celebrations. Various commemorations are planned in several communities,