Stories

A Father’s Strength

Posted on 15th June 2018, by British Columbia
Man and woman standing together and smiling
Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers, their strength and courage, and the influence they have on their families. When John became a father he embraced the enormous responsibilities of fatherhood. But when he suffered a head injury, some days were harder than others. That’s when he connected with The Salvation Army’s parent-child resource centre  […]
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A Legacy Gift from the Heart

Posted on 3rd May 2018, by British Columbia
Betty Bonnington
This is the story of bright lights, a generous woman and her legacy. Betty Bonnington was born in rural Saskatchewan in 1927.  She moved to Toronto in 1952 to live near her future husband, Ken Bonnington.  Soon afterward, Betty and Ken married and in 1957 moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia. Ken’s job in international  […]
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Top 5 Benefits of Volunteering!

Posted on 11th April 2018, by British Columbia
Volunteer Salvation Army Man Bread
Meet Vijay! Vijay has volunteered with The Salvation Army for the past 6 years and continues to give back to his community every weekend. In an exclusive interview, we spoke with Vijay about the things he loved most about volunteering and what he gained from the experience. Opportunity to help others This is the main  […]
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Celebrating 15 Years of Sobriety!

Posted on 9th April 2018, by British Columbia
Harbour Light Salvation Army Recovery Worker Sucess Story
After a life filled with abuse, addiction and homelessness, 38-year-old Jay Kivell is celebrating his 15th year of sobriety by getting the biggest promotion of his life. Raised by a single, alcoholic mother, Kivell grew up in a home where he was either physically abused or neglected entirely. “When I was growing up she made  […]
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Road to Recovery

Posted on 9th April 2018, by British Columbia
Recovery culinary program salvation army
It was my alcoholism that brought me to The Salvation Army Belkin House and its here that I’ve rediscovered myself and become healthy. For a long time, Miranda’s addiction impacted her life. Married for over 30 years, Miranda slowly began to see her marriage fall apart as a result of her drinking. Despite her repeated  […]
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Bell Let’s Talk Day

Posted on 31st January 2018, by British Columbia
Man holds head in frustration
Wednesday, January 31st is Bell Let’s Talk Day – A campaign to raise awareness and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness. For every text message, wireless or long-distance call made by Bell customers, for every share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, Bell will donate money to programs dedicated to mental health. It is an  […]
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Thank You For Giving Us Hope When Everything Seemed Hopeless

Posted on 18th December 2017, by British Columbia
Things had always seemed to go well for Sandy. Her loving husband, John, had a stable job that kept the family in a comfortable lifestyle and provided the necessary services for their disabled 14-year-old son. Because they felt blessed, they wanted to share with their neighbors in need. Then, John lost the job he had  […]
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Making Spirits Bright

Posted on 12th December 2017, by British Columbia
Christmas is typically a time of great joy and family celebration. Yet for Erica, a young mother of three small children, the holiday season was overcast by a sense of dread and the harsh reality of poverty settling in. Seasonal questions turned from, “When will I find time to go shopping?” to “How will I  […]
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There’s Always Time to Give

Posted on 24th November 2017, by British Columbia
At 80 years young, Hanna has been volunteering at The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Williams Lake for 48 years. Hanna has been volunteering at The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Williams Lake for 48 years. This summer, she was forced to evacuate her home and was quickly redirected to Kamloops. Before even settling in,  […]
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An Unexpected Christmas Miracle

Posted on 17th November 2017, by British Columbia
As a young woman, Ava made the decision to venture out on an adventure with her four-year-old daughter, moving away from her family to travel and study. Ava was determined to prove to herself and her family that she could make it on her own and worked two jobs to make ends meet. Many days  […]
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