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International Salvation Army Celebrates 150 years

International Salvation Army Celebrates 150 Years

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From July 1-5, 2015, more than 15,000 (1,000 from Canada) Salvation Army members and friends will unite in London, UK, at the Boundless Congress, to celebrate 150 years of bringing help and hope to the world’s most vulnerable.

The Salvation Army began its work in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit and took his message of hope to the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

By 1867 The Salvation […]

Remembering the “Empress of Ireland Disaster”

Remembering the “Empress of Ireland Disaster”

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The Empress of Ireland is an important part of history for both The Salvation Army and Canada.

On the morning of May 29, 1914, the nation was shocked to learn that the Empress of Ireland had been rammed and, just 14 minutes later, sank into the St. Lawrence River. Of the 1,477 people on board, 1,012 died.

Although the tragedy impacted the whole country, The Salvation Army bore the brunt of its blow, losing almost 150 of its members that […]

National Tour Traces Descendants of Immigrants Sailing on the Empress of Ireland

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Do you know if your ancestors came to Canada onboard the Empress of Ireland? Would you like to know more about this Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s ship?

May 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland where a large number of Canadian Salvationists lost their lives.

In the year leading up to that anniversary “Site historique maritime de la Pointe au Père” (SHMP) will tour Canada to trace down descendants of immigrants who came to Canada onboard […]

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What are Your Memories?

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The Salvation Army began its work in Canada in 1882, just fifteen years after Confederation. By July that year, The Salvation Army in London, Ontario, had grabbed the attention of the press. The success of the Army was remarkable and its growth was amazingly rapid.

Since opening its doors in Canada, The Salvation Army has served millions of people who have come to them in their hour of need.

Today, across Canada, in more than 400 communities, The Salvation Army continues […]