The Salvation Army Commemorates 125th Year of Giving Hope to Canadians in Need



    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - 2007 marks the 125th year that The Salvation Army
has been giving hope through service to the marginalized throughout Canada. As
the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada
today, The Salvation Army serves over 1.5 million people each year in over 400
communities across the country.
    To commemorate this significant milestone nationally, The Salvation Army
will host the "Celebration ONETWOFIVE" weekend event at the newly opened
College for Officer Training in Winnipeg, Manitoba June 15th - 17th. This
public event will celebrate the Army's storied history of service innovation
in Canada and leadership in helping those in need abroad, while also looking
toward the future by commissioning the first class of new officers to graduate
from the college.
    The Salvation Army was founded in Canada in 1882, just fifteen years
after Confederation. From the beginning, the Army's goal was simple - to
provide spiritual and practical support to society's most vulnerable. Among
various service innovations, The Salvation Army was instrumental, in its early
years, in developing the first prisoner parole system and the first Juvenile
Detention facility in Canada. The Army was also an early provider of shelter
and service to women in crisis and served alongside the Canadian Armed Forces
during the Great War and World War II. The Salvation Army continues its
critical work to this day, giving direct, compassionate, hands-on service to
1.5 million people each year and restoring hope and dignity to those who might
otherwise remain invisible in society.
    "The Salvation Army has grown up with the Canadian landscape almost since
the country's founding, and we are so pleased that a generous public continues
to support our vital Mission," said M. Christine MacMillan, Territorial
Commander for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. "Throughout 2007,
reflect on The Salvation Army's historical impact on Canada by looking towards
the future, continuing to provide support, including the participation of a
new destiny with those in need."
    The Celebration ONETWOFIVE event will be open to the public and will
feature symposiums and discussions about the Army's role in Canada and an
open-air celebration at The Forks meeting place in downtown Winnipeg. The
weekend will culminate with the commissioning of the first class of officers
to graduate from the recently opened College for Officer Training, Canada's
only school for the training of Salvation Army officers. Please visit
www.salvationist.ca/onetwofive for more information on the event and details
on how to attend.

    About The Salvation Army:

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 111 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people
and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an
addiction.
    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Andrew Burditt, Territorial
Public Relations Director, (416) 845-8231,
andrew_burditt@can.salvationarmy.org


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