Ontario Great Lakes Division

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Healthy Homes Provides Hope on and off the Court

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By Shannon Wise

On any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness or addiction.

Thirty-two-year-old Glen Kurti, who started as a volunteer with The Salvation Army, happens to be that 1 in 5.

After years of highs and lows, and struggles with relationships, Kurti was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and credits the Healthy Homes Program for the support he’s received during this difficult and challenging time.

“It’s a no judgement, safe zone. […]

Making Life Better For Those With Alzheimer’s

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By Shannon Wise

An intelligent Bookkeeper, a talented bowler and 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 & Brian Yule share the duties of dropping their mother off, picking her up and everything in between.

"This is her happy place."

Although […]

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Former Divisional Commanders now Territorial Chief Secretaries

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By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:39:21 EST PM

It’s safe to call Salvation Army Colonels Deborah and Lee Graves a power couple.

After all, the pair now hold two top leadership spots in the international Christian organization’s Canada and Bermuda operations.

Col. Lee Graves, a St. Thomas native, is settling into his new title of chief secretary for all Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda territory — two areas linked up for their historic commonwealth connections. His wife Deborah Graves […]

London’s Kettle Campaign Sets New Record

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The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign final numbers are in, and several records have been broken.

A total of $648,173 was raised in London, surpassing its goal of $500,000. There was also a record set for online donations, $10,815, made to the city of London through FillTheKettle.com

“We are blown away by the generosity of Londoners,” says Shannon Wise, the Public Relations & Development Representative for the Ontario Great Lakes Division. “We want to sincerely thank our donors, volunteers and community partners for their […]

Carl Churchill presents a $25,000 donation to the London Christmas Kettle Campaign, Shown from let to right, Salvation Army Mascot Sally Ann, 2016 Kettle Champion Anne Marie Decicco-Best, Carl Churchill, Divisional Commander Everett Barrow, and London Media Relations Representative Shannon Wise.

Churchill Family Donation Benefits London Christmas Kettle Campaign

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On Thursday December 22, Carl Churchill visited the Ontario Great Lakes Divisional Headquarters to present a generous gift of money towards the London Christmas Kettle Campaign.

In 2014, the Churchill Family became aware of the shortfall in revenue towards the campaign that year and decided to match the amount taken in on the last full weekend of the campaign up to $25,000. That amount put the campaign over the top, and Carl has continued to support the campaign every year since […]

Ontario Great Lakes Division launches 126th Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign

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Toronto, ON November 23, 2016 – The Salvation Army has launched its 2016 Christmas Kettle Campaign. Now in its 126th year, the annual holiday campaign seeks donations from the public to help The Salvation Army assist millions of Canadians living in poverty. With one in 10 Canadians struggling to make ends meet, The Salvation Army’s advertising campaign focuses on the fact that “Poverty isn’t always easy to see, especially during the holidays.”

With a Divisional $4.9 million fundraising goal, the Christmas Kettle Campaign enables local […]

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Volunteers Needed in London for Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference

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The City of London, in cooperation with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH), is seeking volunteers to assist with this year’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness which will run from November 2 to November 4, 2016 at the London Convention Centre. More than 750 people from across Canada will be in attendance including individuals with lived experience.

Volunteers are needed from November 1 to November 4, 2016. Board of Directors, existing staff and/or volunteers from organizations are being asked to […]

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Bikers Ride in support of London Christmas Hamper Program

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August 20, 2016

The Home Depot in east London was the site on Saturday August 20 for the 33rd annual London Toy Ride.

As many as 170 toys were collected that bikers brought in as part of their registration process. The toys were loaded up into Salvation Army vans and taken for storage at the Community and Family Services building until they will be used for the annual Christmas Hamper program.

Stephen spoke to the group of 200 bikers and riders about what […]

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Welcome of New Divisional Leaders

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Welcome & Installation

of Majors Everett & Vi Barrow

As the Divisional Leaders of the  
Ontario Great Lakes Division

Conducted by
Commissioner Susan McMillan
Territorial Commander

Supported by
Colonels Mark & Sharon Tillsley
Chief Secretary & Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries

Join us               
Thursday, September 8, 2016 
7:30 p.m. 
Meadowlands Corps  
187 Stone Church Rd.  Ancaster, ON  

Featuring
Impact Brass, Meadowlands Songsters,  Laotian Corps Dancers & Cambridge Citadel Worship Team