Maritime Division


10 years of helping families with back to school needs


Although it was raining, smiles were aplenty at the Halifax Centre of Hope Community Family Services back to school program. Approximately 175 children and parents lined up to receive a new backpack filled with school supplies that will be much needed in the upcoming school year.

Volunteer Linda Elliott began the back to school program ten years ago gathering 12 backpacks to donate to families in need. The program has grown rapidly ever since, partnering with organizations such as: Bell/Aliant and the Capital Inter District Soccer […]

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Back-to-school costs take a financial toll on families


For many families, back-to-school is an exciting time as children prepare for  the chance to reconnect with friends, and to explore the wonders of their new classrooms.  However, for some families, the financial struggle of sending students back to school, can be an overwhelming burden.  A Bank of Montreal survey shows that Atlantic Canadians will pay over $450 on average to send each child back-to-school fully equipped for the new year. This number is staggering, as so many families have to make serious […]


The Salvation Army ARIS Program receives funding


The Salvation Army Atlantic Refugee & Immigrant Services (ARIS) is a project that operates year-round at The Spryfield Community Church and Family Resource Centre. It is the only program of its kind in the Maritimes and aims to help refugees and immigrants reunite with their families.

This summer ARIS has a fantastic new addition Emma Neynens, a law student from Dalhousie University who is working with the program for 11 weeks. Emma volunteered as part of Dalhousie University’s pro-bono program during […]


New Officer Roundup – Lieutenants Stephen and Rosalyn Toynton, Springhill & Amherst


Summer at The Salvation Army brings with it a number of new beginnings as officers around the country transfer to new appointments. Here at the Maritime Division we are welcoming nine new officers in five different locations. Here is the first installment in our five-part series introducing you to them.

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Before arriving in the Maritimes we were at the Training College. We enjoyed our time there, and found it to be challenging […]