Stories

Hope for the Hopeless

Posted on 17th September 2019, by British Columbia
When Tracy arrived in Vernon, B.C., she couldn’t see past her pain and just wanted it to stop. In her mind, suicide seemed to be the only way out. Overwhelmed by hopelessness, she needed people who cared about her. Little did she know that would be The Salvation Army. In 2015, Tracy left her marriage.  […]
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Summer Camps See Spike in Attendance

Posted on 16th September 2019, by British Columbia
Fall is nearing and while some people (mostly parents) are excited for the back-to-school season it also signals the end of Summer and the summer camp programs for kids across the province. This year nearly 1,200 youth attended our camps, including a number of at-risk youth from areas such as Port Alberni who sent 26  […]
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A Fresh Start

Posted on 23rd April 2019, by British Columbia
Five-year-old Christina arrived at her first day of Kindergarten with a black eye and two broken wrists. This would be the first of countless episodes of being removed from her family home. In addition to Christina, who was adopted, her parents also had a biological daughter, but sadly she was never treated the same as  […]
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Salvation Army Honours Volunteers

Posted on 8th April 2019, by British Columbia
Adrianna Fenton volunteers at Toy Mountain
It’s National Volunteer Week and The Salvation Army is saying an extra special thank you to the more than 130,000 volunteers who give the priceless gift of time and skills to help them reach more people in need. “We are grateful and blessed by our volunteers.” “One of the greatest gifts you can give is  […]

Prayers Answered for Families After 2017 Forest Fires

Posted on 12th February 2019, by British Columbia
Group photo posing for disaster services
In 2017, fires tore through our province, causing millions of dollars in damage and impacting thousands of lives. From Williams Lake to Kelowna and parts in between, raging fires forced people to pack-up and leave everything behind to chance. Some came home to see their houses or business still standing … hundreds came back to  […]

How The Salvation Army Saved My Christmas

Posted on 25th January 2019, by British Columbia
Gifts in hamper
“I remember the day well. It was December 19, 2017, and I was happy to be picking up a Christmas hamper and toys from The Salvation Army in Vernon, B.C.,” says Marcus (not his real name). “But 10 minutes from my house, a car from the opposite direction crossed a double line and hit my  […]

Salvation Army Parenting Program Empowers New Mom

Posted on 25th January 2019, by British Columbia
Mother and son smiling
At 18, Jessica learned she was pregnant and was nervous about everything. She had grown up without a mom’s love, nurturing and support, and didn’t know whether she would have the skills to be a good mother. The Salvation Army’s parenting programs helped her with advice, emotional support and ways of coping with the challenges  […]

Meet the Staff: John McEwan, Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director

Posted on 24th January 2019, by British Columbia
John McEwan with award for Disaster Services
In October 2018, John McEwan received the Marie Rogan Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Pacific Northwest Emergency Preparedness Society at the annual Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference. This award recognized John’s 15 years working with Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) as the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, a title he took on after 15 years with  […]

Being There for Others

Posted on 11th November 2018, by British Columbia
WW2 image of soldiers at Salvation Army canteen truck
Private Ian Sutherland Macpherson was, at various times, a gunner, driver and radioman in a Canadian Sherman tank during World War 2. As part of the South Alberta Regiment, he participated in the Allied liberation of Holland during the winter of 1944. He was just a kid, really.  He would become my dad. I remember  […]
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When There’s Not Enough Food

Posted on 4th July 2018, by British Columbia
Three children with mother posing
Since immigrating to Canada, life has been an uphill battle for Samar, a single parent. She says securing enough food and affordable housing are big issues facing her family of four. “I don’t sleep at night,” says Samar. “I worry about feeding my children. They ask for milk and cereal and I can’t afford to  […]
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