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Spring Ladies Night Out

What’s Happening: Sydney Community and Family Services

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As summer heats up, most organizations are slowing down, but not The Salvation Army’s Sydney Community and Family Services. Sydney has been touching lives as they continue to create new programs and initiatives within their community. The first Spring Into Summer Ladies Night Out event was held on June 4, with an overwhelming turnout of 120 ladies. “We printed off 100 tickets and two weeks before the event we were completely sold out,” says Major Dena Hepditch, Corps Officer in Sydney. “We figured out that we had room for 20

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The Salvation Army participates in disaster response training exercise

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Over 100 people spent a day practicing skills they hope to never use, recently, at the CRESTEX 14 emergency disaster response exercise in Halifax. Numerous organizations, including The Salvation Army, The Canadian Red Cross, and St. John’s Ambulance, participated in the exercise for second responders – those tasked with assisting the population and supporting first responders in times of crises. The day was spent working through the complex scenario for the event, which involved a mass evacuation of roughly 50,000 people from peninsular Halifax, forcing the agencies to adapt to

Majors Kirk and Sharon MacLeod receiving their award

Spryfield Family Resource Centre awarded Non-Profit of the Year Award

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On the evening of June 5, The Salvation Army Spryfield and Family Resource Centre was honored to be the recipient of the Non-Profit of the Year Award. The award, given out by the Spryfield and District Business Commission, is given to a non-profit organization that does exceptional good works in the community. “It’s wonderful for the people who volunteer here, that their efforts are recognized by the community,” says Kirk MacLeod, Corps Officer in Spryfield. The Resource Centre moved into its current location (328 Herring Cove Road) in June 2009.

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The Salvation Army’s renovated soup kitchen in Summerside celebrates grand opening

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The only soup kitchen in Prince County celebrated its grand opening today, as The Salvation Army officially cut the ribbon on its renovated Summerside facility. The renovations added over 200 square metres of space to the facility, expanding the facilities for soup kitchen, which dishes up 60 hot meals per day, five days per week. It also brought The Salvation Army’s Community & Family Services and food bank under the same roof, providing a number of services for Islanders in need at one location. “We are excited to see this

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Why Do You Volunteer?

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A volunteer standing outside in the cold, handing out a cup of coffee to the homeless; a volunteer sitting on the floor, reading a story to a child; a volunteer going through bags of donated clothing, sorting them for a family in need. Statistics Canada reports that over 13.3 million people—accounting for 47% of Canadians aged 15-and-over—did volunteer work in 2010. They devoted over two billion hours to their volunteer activities: a volume of work that is equivalent to just under 1.1 million full-time jobs. The question isn’t are people

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The Forgotten Empress: Centenary of Empress of Ireland tragedy commemorated in Halifax

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The Salvation Army joined with the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, considered the greatest maritime disaster in Canadian history. A grand ocean liner, the RMS Empress of Ireland sunk on the early morning hours of May 29, 1914, after colliding with a Norwegian steam ship in dense fog, in the St. Lawrence River near Rimouski, Que. Nearly 1,200 people died in the accident. Among the dead were over 150 members of The Salvation Army, including

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Red Shield fundraiser helps support Salvation Army work in northeastern Nova Scotia

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The Salvation Army in northeastern Nova Scotia recently held its annual Red Shield Campaign fundraiser in Pictou, raising over $4,000 to help people in need in the region. Held at Pictou Lodge, the fundraiser featured Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef, doing a demo of lobster and mussel preparation, treating the 150 in attendance to sample the prepared food. The event also included a live and silent auction, music and motivational speaker Buhle Dlamini. “Our Red Shield kick off was once again a fantastic event that helped raise critical funds for

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Koodo partners with The Salvation Army in the fight against hunger

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Over 150 Koodo stores across the country are currently collecting food to donate to the Salvation Army food banks. From May 20-31, food items that people drop off at any Koodo location, will be collected , and made available to people in need in the community. “It takes a lot of money to keep those food shelves stocked,” remarks Major Velma Preston, Community Ministries Director. “When groups like Koodo donate food, it helps us stretch the money that we do have further.” Please visit your local Koodo store to drop

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Gen. Rick Hillier, formerly Canada’s top soldier, celebrates Hope in the City in Halifax

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Gen. Rick Hillier (Ret.), formerly Canada’s top soldier, visited Halifax today to support The Salvation Army at its third annual Hope in the City Leadership Breakfast. The event drew approximately 400 business people to the Westin Nova Scotian’s Commonwealth Ballroom, for a morning of networking, entertainment and education about the work The Salvation Army is doing in Halifax. A native of Newfoundland and Labrador, General Rick Hillier rose in the ranks of the Canadian Forces, commanding troops from the platoon to multi-national formation level within Canada, Europe, Asia and the

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Mother’s Day Spa a treat for local women

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For a lot of people, Mother’s Day is about celebrating and pampering those mothers in our lives. For a group of mothers in Halifax, this idea wasn’t just reserved for family, but for community as well. The Open Arms Centre hosted its fifth annual Mother’s Day Spa this week, treating numerous women to complimentary services including hair dressing, massages, manicures, facials and new this year brow waxing. “We started this to pamper some of the members of this community who might not be able to afford these types of services