Ontario Central East Division

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Salvation Army Recognizes One of its Many Dedicated Volunteers

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National Volunteer Week is about acknowledging people who engage in their communities.

“This National Volunteer Week, we recognize the selfless contributions of our volunteers who, last year, donated close to 1.2 million hours of their time to the work of The Salvation Army,” says Michelle Weekes, The Salvation Army’s National Director of Volunteer Services. “It is because of volunteers that we are able to reach more people in need.”

Meet Tiffany

“I had just graduated from college and couldn’t find work,” says Tiffany […]

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Newcomers Learn English and Build Friendships

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Lonely. It’s a word Evie and Julia use over and over again to describe their experience as new Canadians. The two women travelled a long road before arriving at their new homes in Calgary ―Evie from Albania and Julia from Ukraine.

In Calgary, both mothers were at home with young children and found their lack of English skills isolating. “When you stay at home, you have no friends,” says Evie. Both women were in a routine of housework and childcare. They did […]

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Appreciation to those who help build ‘A Mountain of Toys’

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On Wednesday March 29th The Salvation Army hosted their annual Toy Mountain Appreciation Dinner & Awards at Angus Glen Golf Club. The evening was spectacular with Tom Brown, CTV News Toronto Weather Anchor as our Emcee, great food, wonderful friends and having surpassed our goal of over 154,000 toys raised!

The Salvation Army awarded North Thornhill Community Centre, Brianna Baker and the Christopher Skinner Memorial Foundation with the Community Partner award. Enercare & TD Bank were proud recipients of the […]

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New Salvation Army Program Helps Students Combat Weekend Hunger

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When The Salvation Army in Wetaskiwin, Alta.., learned that some elementary school students didn’t have enough food to get through the weekend, they developed a program that not only improves academic performance but gives struggling families one less thing to worry about.

“It surprised me to learn how many kids go to school hungry,” says Lieut. Dae-Gun Kim of The Salvation Army. “Children can’t prepare for their future when they are hungry for food.”

A report by Public Interest Alberta shows that […]

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How a Community Kitchen is Helping Newcomers

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Immigration and anxiety go hand in hand. Adapting to an unfamiliar culture, making healthy food choices and finding ways to feel ‘at home’ are some of the many challenges facing newcomers.

In Kelowna, B.C., The Salvation Army has partnered with Kelowna Community Resources to provide a six-week, hands-on cooking class where participants learn valuable information and, for a few hours, escape the stress of resettlement.  

“I love cooking and eating,” says Akemi, who attends the program. “I come to improve my […]

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March Break Cooking Camp Benefits Kids in Many Ways

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It’s March break and, for the third year in a row, The Salvation Army in Goderich has turned their kitchen into a classroom for children.

“All I did was burn the eggs and now I’m at cooking camp,” says Mason, with a grin. “Mom thinks I need lessons.”

The March break camp, a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Huron County Health Unit, provides children (ages nine to 14) with a hands-on cooking experience that teaches new skills, builds confidence and […]

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Salvation Army Shelter Beds Fill Up as Refugee Claimants Arrive in Winnipeg

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Since the first influx of people entered Manitoba from the U.S., The Salvation Army has provided food and shelter to refugee claimants. But as more people cross the border, shelter beds at its Booth Centre are filling up and space to house them is becoming less available.

“We have worked hard to make beds available for refugee claimants without impacting our other services,” says Major Rob Kerr with The Salvation Army. “We are trying to make more space for them but […]

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Making Life Better for Those with Alzheimer’s

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An intelligent bookkeeper. A talented bowler. A bingo enthusiast. That’s the way Dave Yule remembers how his mother used to be.

Now at age 82, Agnes Yule suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Agnes attends the Adult Day Program at The Salvation Army's London Village five days a week. Brothers Dave and Brian Yule share the duties of dropping their mother off, picking her up and everything in between.

Although her days of bookkeeping at the London Club are behind her, Agnes has found other ways to […]

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Changing the Stories of Homelessness

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The numbers are eye-opening. On any given night in Canada, more than 4,000 women and 2,400 children are living in emergency shelters.

“Homelessness is devastating and confusing when you have no choice but to leave an unsafe situation,” says 59-year-old Marguerite. “After a family altercation I ended up couch surfing with friends. Then I moved from shelter to shelter. Today, thanks to The Salvation Army, I’m living in my own apartment.”

In May 2016 Marguerite moved into Cedar Place, a Salvation Army […]

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Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

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Jamie-Lynn started attending an after-school program at The Salvation Army in Kingston, Ont., when she was seven-years-old. Today, the 14-year-old volunteers at the same place where she learned how to read and write.

“After I learned how to read, write and do math, I passed school with flying colours,” says Jamie-Lynn. “I love it here.”

As a volunteer, Jamie-Lynn assists with anything from helping younger children do crafts to teaching others how to safely cut vegetables to helping with clean-up.

“It’s fun and […]