Community

Resilience on the Waves: Shawn’s Journey with The Salvation Army

Posted on 28th February 2024, by britishcolumbia
Shawn Garbutt’s journey is a testament to the power of love and resilience. Amidst Canada’s soaring inflation and housing insecurities, Shawn found himself struggling to make ends meet. Opting to live on a boat to escape skyrocketing rental prices, he faced the harsh realities of financial strain and uncertainty. But among the darkness, a glimmer  […]
In a heartfelt tradition spanning three years, the Maan family dedicates themselves to collecting toys across the Lower Mainland to brighten the Christmas season for those in need. Inspired by the memory of their late Uncle Vinny, the family channels grief into a joyous cause. “Witnessing the positive influence on families and children during the  […]

New Community Family Services and Admin Office Opens in Maple Ridge

Posted on 1st March 2023, by British Columbia Division
On February 10, our Ridge Meadows Ministries officially opened the newly renovated Community and Family Services and administrative office located at 23315 Dewdney Trunk Road, in Maple Ridge. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for our programs and services has drastically increased and has continued to do so in recent years. In the communities of  […]

How Play Can Bring Recovery & Re-Creation

Posted on 22nd December 2022, by British Columbia Division
Fabio Russo is the friendly face that greets you when you arrive at The Salvation Army’s Harbour Light facility in Vancouver. He’s been working at the front desk for about five years now, but before that he was a client himself. Fabio was born and raised in Montreal. During his younger years, he worked with  […]

Army Provides $1.5 Million in Flood Relief

Posted on 22nd June 2022, by British Columbia
(Pictured above: City of Abbotsford Mayor Mr. Henry Braun and First Nations Emergency Support Society’s Dean Colthorp receiving their funding of $100,000 and $500,000 respectively from Lt. Colonel Jamie Braund) In the Winter of 2021, British Columbia declared a state of emergency as the Lower Mainland experienced the worst flooding to hit the region in  […]

Update: Humanitarian Response to Russia / Ukraine War

Posted on 22nd June 2022, by British Columbia
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services immediately placed a humanitarian response to the conflict and war happening in Ukraine. We’re working with the local government, providing sanctuary and support, accommodation, and delivering essential items. Responding across Europe The Salvation Army has responded to the needs of refugees in all but two of the European countries  […]

Encouraging and Embracing Diversity Through Cooking and Learning

Posted on 22nd June 2022, by British Columbia
As part of their plan to expand their kitchen and programming, The Salvation Army’s Boundless Vancouver Community Ministries has launched a new initiative to embrace their diverse community. The multicultural cooking class, introduced by Pamela Burt, Food Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator, engages members of the community in two-hour classes for cooking and culture sharing.   […]

Coming Together During Our Worst Disaster

Posted on 28th January 2022, by British Columbia
This year, B.C. faced one of the most devastating natural disasters in our history. Communities in the Fraser Valley were devasted by floods that submerged farmlands, killed livestock in the thousands, washed away bridges, destroyed highways, and sadly claimed the lives of family members. The flood is the most costly disaster we have ever experienced  […]

Elementary Students Take a Stand

Posted on 1st October 2021, by British Columbia
Elementary Students Take a Stand When the grade six/seven class at Chaffey-Burke Elementary School in Burnaby were tasked with a project that involved picking challenges they wanted to help address in their community we were proud to hear that they decided to focus on food insecurity and poverty. Once they agreed on the key issue  […]