Everyone Needs An Army

As chair of the National Advisory Board, it is my honour to serve with a distinguished group of advisory board members who voluntarily use their professional skills and knowledge to strengthen the presence, operations and services of The Salvation Army in Canada.

A national charitable organization that began its work in Canada in 1882, The Salvation Army has grown to become the largest non-governmental provider of social services in the country.

In a nation that continues to deal with much uncertainty due to COVID-19, it’s important that people know they are not alone in their time of need. That’s where The Salvation Army steps in. Providing a wide range of services that includes immigrant and refugee settlement programs, anti-human trafficking initiatives, English conversation circles and parenting programs, The Salvation Army stands true to its promise of Giving Hope Today—and every day.

Today, one in 11 Canadians lives in poverty. An organization that has people at the core of its mission, The Salvation Army continues to adapt its programs and services to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. But they can’t do it alone.

The Salvation Army counts on you and me to be partners in mission—helping people to move from a life of repeated crises to one of self-sufficiency. Over many years, I have witnessed first-hand the commitment of The Salvation Army to provide much-needed support to those who are overlooked by society. As you read through this report, you will meet some of the people behind the numbers served—real people whose lives have been changed for the better.

I am grateful to be part of The Salvation Army’s mission of giving hope and for the opportunity to help them identify issues that are strategically important to the organization—programs and services that will make the biggest difference in the communities in which they serve. As long as there are people who need them, The Salvation Army will be there—whenever, wherever, however—to help them get back on their feet, because everyone needs an Army.

Jan Barton

Jan Barton
Chair
National Advisory Board