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Open Arms Centre hosts fall registration fun day


The Open Arms Centre got ready to kick off the new school year on Friday, hosting a registration event that featured food and fun for children and adults alike. Families enjoyed a barbecue, face painting, games, prizes and even a bouncy castle, turning a run-of-the-mill registration into much more. Located in downtown Halifax, in Uniacke Square, the Open Arms Centre serves as a positive environment for children and women of the community. The Centre operates programs Monday through Friday. During the morning and early afternoon, the centre hosts women from


School supplies distributed to families in need in Halifax


The Salvation Army handed out more than 150 backpacks full of school supplies to children from low-income families at its Community and Family Services location in Halifax on Tuesday. The children received a backpack full of supplies to start the school year. The backpacks included pencils, pens, glue, loose leaf, scribblers, binders, a lunch bag and more. Children also received a $20 gift card to Wal-Mart to pick up a new pair of shoes. “This backpack program relieves so much stress and tension for me in the back-to-school process,” remarks

Representatives from Siemens and The Salvation Army with some of the computers donated.

Siemens Canada donates nearly 100 laptops to The Salvation Army in Fredericton


Almost 100 laptops are getting a second life in Fredericton, heading to homes in need thanks to Siemens Canada. The computers were delivered to The Salvation Army last week and some have already arrived in their new homes. Siemens Canada, an engineering and technology company, employs over 4,500 people, and like most corporations, routinely upgrades its equipment. Formerly, replaced computers would have their hard drives wiped, and be sent to a recycler. In 2010, members of the company developed a process to refurbish the computers and donate them to local


Hearty produce from the Charlottetown Farmers Market provides food for those in need


This summer, golden carrots, turnip and yellow zucchini brighten the tables of The Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services (CFS) in Charlottetown. This is thanks, in part, to the partnership with the Charlottetown Farmers Market. The vendors have begun donating the leftover produce each week that does not sell. This produce is making a big difference in the CFS Breakfast Room, a drop-in breakfast program open every weekday from 9 – 11a.m. They’ll typically see anywhere from 150 – 200 people every morning. “We make the produce available every day

Counsellor WEB Main

Raising a camper – a counsellor’s story


For many, the camp experience is one of the best times of childhood. The days are filled with outdoor activities, crafts, swimming, campfires and good food. But who is it that makes these fun-filled days possible? Who teaches them soccer-baseball, drama and painting? Who bandages a scraped knee, consoles them when they’re homesick and lends an ear when it’s needed? A camp counsellor does. All summer this 24/7 position is working to meet every child’s needs. We spoke with our Scotian Glen Camp Counsellors to see why they’re spending their

Hope Garden taking shape at the Halifax Centre of Hope

Hope Garden set to brighten space for Halifax Centre of Hope residents


The Halifax Centre of Hope is currently putting the finishing touches on its Hope Garden project. The project has reclaimed some outdoor space adjacent to the Centre that had fallen into disrepair, becoming a dumping ground and after-hours hang-out. Recently a new chain link fence was installed, and work began on cleaning and reorganizing the space. The project is nearly complete, apart from some final tasks including bringing in six benches for seating in the garden. What was once overgrown, out of control and full of garbage, is now a


New Officer Roundup – Lieutenant Sarah Braye, Saint John


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 our fourth instalment in a five-part series introducing you to them. Can you tell me a little about your background? I grew up in The Salvation Army. I was the child of officers, so I moved a lot and I’ve had a lot of experiences in different corps ministries and social


Annual Moms & Tots Camp offers bonding time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life


The idea of a summer vacation – a week spent away from the hustle and bustle of it all – can be a distant fantasy for families in need, even more so if they are mothers of young children. Among the various camps offered by The Salvation Army, Moms & Tots Camp is unique. It invites the mothers to come along as well. The combined camping experience for mothers and their children (aged between one and six) offers equal parts relaxing getaway and family bonding. The week-long experience offers programs

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Small town Cape Breton supports unique lobster tree fundraiser


It’s not every day that you see 115 lobster traps piled in the shape of a Christmas tree, by the side of the road. Danny Leslie, owner of L’Ardoise General Store, said he got the idea from people who were setting them up in Maine, when he saw them on television at Christmastime. From there Danny decided that if that community could do it, well, so could his. Danny and his wife, Dawn, collected 115 lobster traps from lobster fisherman in the small town of Lower L’Ardoise, Cape Breton, N.S.,


New Officer Roundup – Lieutenants Wayne and Elizabeth Knight, Halifax Citadel


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 our third instalment in a five-part series introducing you to them. Can you tell me a bit about your history? Wayne: Bermuda is my home, born and raised there. The Army used to have a program called the Lieutenants Program, which was basically an opportunity to experience what officership was like,