Ontario Great Lakes Division

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Happy Birthday, Canada!

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We are very excited and proud to display our Canada 150 banner for all of London to see!

The team at London’s Centre of Hope installed the artwork on 261 Wellington (right by the Community Garden) earlier this week.

If you look closely, you are able to see lovely pictures and birthday wishes to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Thank you to all those who participated and shared their stories, memories and what they love most about Canada.

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Kindness Meters Land in London

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By Charlie Pinkerton, The London Free Press

A new set of parking meters is up and running in downtown London, but they’re there to give your money instead of take it.

They’re called Kindness Meters and after nearly two years of lobbying by London’s Lincoln McCardle, they’ve finally arrived.

“I’m relieved, happy, delighted and tickled pink just to have these five in and finally get it off the ground,” said McCardle.

The refurbished parking meters were set up in downtown parks this week. There, […]

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Donut Day a Delicious Celebration

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National Donut Day was a hit across the Ontario Great Lakes Division!

Almost 700 donuts were given out to celebrate National Donut Day in London. We would like to thank Rundle's No Frills for their generous donation in order to make this event a tremendous success.

http://london.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1138479

Also, over 4,000 timbits were handed out in Owen Sound & Port Elgin. A special thanks to all the volunteers and City Police for their dedicated service to help make this day possible.

“The donut is a symbol of our history and […]

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Are You Prepared?

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Did you know 2 in 5 Canadians have experienced a major emergency in their lifetime? Are YOU prepared?

May 7-13 is Emergency Preparedness Week. It's meant to encourage important conversations to have with loved ones to develop a plan in the event of an emergency situation. These three steps are critical. Plan. Prepare. Be Aware.

Make sure you and your family are ready – https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

 

London Hope in the City 2017 Save the Date

National Hero Bringing Hope to London

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London, Ontario – We are thrilled to announce our Keynote Speaker for our 6th annual ‘Hope in the City’ breakfast. You’ll recognize him as the face of the monstrous Alberta wildfires–former Fire Chief Darby Allen. Allen was Regional Fire Chief of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (now retired), an area that encompasses the community of Fort McMurray.

In spring 2016, he spearheaded the evacuation of the city’s entire population while the rest of the world watched. Throughout the ensuing weeks […]

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Salvation Army Camp Builds Confidence

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Healthy, hearty meals, bible lessons, canoeing, tight ropes and campfires.

That’s what over 2,500 children will experience at Salvation Army camps this year.

Executive Director for Ontario Camping Ministries, Captain Rick Zelinsky attended Salvation Army camp as a child.

"It’s a friendship that moves beyond the borders of our camp property.”

If kids are looking for a fun, well-rounded summer camp experience, this is it.

“Camp gives them freedom to be a kid,” says Captain Zelinsky. “It’s a great opportunity […]

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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 […]