The Effects of Poverty on Society
As Chair of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, I am honoured to work with an incredible group of business leaders and philanthropic supporters who give their time and talent to assist The Salvation Army with strategic guidance to help strengthen its national operations and services.
Poverty in Canada is not new and is an issue that remains a constant. With one in seven Canadians living in poverty and food banks reporting that one-third of users across Canada are children, people need to know they are not alone in their time of need―they have an entire army on their side.
The Salvation Army began its work in Canada in 1882 and today, as a registered charity, it is the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Army operates in 400 communities across Canada and, last year, the lives of 1.7 million Canadians were transformed by The Salvation Army through services and programs that include food banks, shelter, life-skills training, education, financial and nutritional literacy programs, long-term care and disaster relief.
In my role I’ve seen first-hand how The Salvation Army gives a hand up, not a hand out, and serves those in need without discrimination or judgment.
With the support of its generous donors and volunteers, The Salvation Army continues to improve the quality of life for those who struggle and adapts to address emerging and changing needs in the communities in which it serves.
The Salvation Army is there, not just in the moment, but for the long-term. As the world continues to change, its work matters more than ever.
National Advisory Board