London Leaves Lasting Impression on National Advisory Board

London Leaves Lasting Impression on National Advisory Board
by Ontario Great Lakes
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    By Shannon Wise

    Each year in the fall, the National Advisory Board visits a different city in Canada to see first-hand the work of The Salvation Army. This year’s visit was to London, Ontario. Ministry Unit tours included the London Village, Correctional & Justice Services and the Centre of Hope.

    “Such opportunities have proven to be both informative and inspiring,” said Chair of the Board, Andy Lennox. “London was no exception.”

    The London Village offers a licensed daycare and school-age programs, respite program and the adult day program. The board members were especially impressed by the size of property for the children to enjoy (approximately eight acres) and the on-site pool that many children are able to use during the hot summer months.

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    “The location is outstanding,” said Lennox. The  resources the Village has at its finger tips makes them a leader in providing these essential services to community members who require a bit of extra care.”

     

     

    The next visit was eye opening for many – Correctional and Justice Services. Outreach Worker, Aura Burditt presented the shocking reality of human trafficking that’s become rampant in Canada.

    CJSMembers of the board were updated on the ‘Buying Sex is A Crime’ campaign, spearheaded by Executive Director Julia Parker–a campaign that’s been supported by London Police, O.P.P., Crime Stoppers, London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee and London Abused Women’s Centre.

    “We were inspired by Julia Parker explaining her edgy approach to helping the victims of human trafficking,” added Lennox.

    A lasting impression was made by the quality of the exceptional programs and services offered at London’s Centre of Hope. Board members were amazed at the variety of programs available through Community and Family Services, such as the food bank, healthy homes, children’s adventure camps and the Christmas hamper program. Lennox and his fellow board members were complimentary of spiritual care, housing stability bank and hostel services that are offered as well.

    “The commitment and dedication of its employees and officers was very moving,” Lennox said. “We enjoyed seeing the good work at the London Centre of Hope.”

    The day ended with a lovely meal at the Doubletree by Hilton which included representation from the Windsor, Hamilton, London and Thunder Bay Advisory Boards. Councillor Harold Usher brought greetings from the city and Windsor Board Chair, Gerry Pocock, welcomed the members of the National Advisory Board to the Ontario Great Lakes Division.

    NAB leadersThe guest speaker was Deputy Premier, MPP Deb Matthews who concluded the evening with a thoughtful and passionate discussion surrounding the issue of poverty reduction. By the end of the visit, board members, staff and special guests all had the same take away as Lennox.

    “The diversity of services the Army provides is truly remarkable.”