58 Years and Counting

by British Columbia
Categories: Blog, Volunteer

58 Years and Counting

Growing up with Salvation Army Officers as parents certainly influences the upbringing. For Ron Walker, his role at The Salvation Army started in 1962 when he was only 10-years-old.

“I was born into it, my parents were Salvation Army Officers. Both in corps work with the church and social work. I remember when I was 10-years-old, in P.E.I., I helped my father serve coffee and doughnuts from the back of our station wagon at a house fire.”

His upbringing taught him well. Now 68-years-old, Ron continues to volunteer with several Army locations. He works with family services, while being part of the community council at his own church. He helps with different campaigns all year round such as Christmas, back-to-school and Summer camps; using his talent in graphics to create posters for his church.

Growing up, Ron never knew hunger or homelessness, and although his parents weren’t rich, they still helped their community. Wanting to help is what motivates him to continue volunteering.

“The people in the community are really in need and appreciate what the Army does. Simple things like offering a meal, clothing, hearing God Bless you or even a smile makes a difference in their lives.”

Volunteering with The Salvation Army gives Ron a chance to not only physically help but emotionally and spiritually as well.

“I’ve been out to search and rescues, with the family that lost a member, I would say a prayer with them right there, expressing faith and hope.”

As a long time volunteer and community member, Ron sees the enormous impact the work that our Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) and Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has in Victoria. And because of this he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

“By giving some of your extra time, you are letting the community know that there is hope for everyone. You see the difference you make by being there, by giving a smile, you can help people turn their lives around.”


For more information on how you can become a volunteer with us, visit: salvationarmy.ca/volunteer