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5 Frontlines

26 Talking It Over Truth and Justice by James Read and Angelica Sulit

28 International Development Under the Tree by Major Heather Matondo

30 Perspectives A Pivotal Moment by Lt-Colonel John P. Murray

31 People & Places

34 Parting Salvo Penney for Your Thoughts Interview with Jillian Penney


4 Editorial Inspired and Refired by Geoff Moulton

29 Grace Notes

Parting With Privilege by Captain Laura Van Schaick


8 Lifting Each Other Up

As Commissioners Lee and Debbie Graves return home as our territorial leaders, they remind us of the importance of taking risks, investing in people and keeping the main thing the main thing. Interview by Geoff Moulton

10 A New Era

The Canada and Bermuda Territory’s new training and development model will equip officers for ministry. by Michael Boyce

12 Unity in Access

A new sensory room at St. Thomas Citadel, Ont., is creating a more understanding church. by Abbigail Oliver

14 INSPIRED for Mission Territorial conference and congress welcomes international leaders and equips Salvationists for ministry.

24 An Enduring Faithfulness

How The Salvation Army shaped my town—and me. by Colonel Genevera Vincent


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18, Number 5

Inspired and Refired

That’s a wrap on the territorial INSPIRE Conference and Congress! This month, we’re bringing it all together with a special commemorative issue of Salvationist magazine.We hope this is an issue that you will save as a memento, to look back at years from now and celebrate the Canada and Bermuda Territory coming together in a wonderful way.

For those of us behind the scenes, it was an exhausting but rewarding journey. Our planning team often joked in the lead up to this event that we were going to inspire, then perspire, then expire. Well, thankfully we didn’t expire, but I can say with confidence that we did plenty of the first two! And I believe, ultimately, this event has also refired the territory for mission—God’s Spirit has lit a flame that will not be extinguished.

From the amazing worship at Massey Hall, to the insightful plenary sessions and workshops, to the engaging events in Yonge-Dundas Square, everything about INSPIRE came together thanks to the enthusiasm of participants and the work of the planning team. Under the leadership of Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, INSPIRE stood as a fitting capstone to their faithful service as territorial leaders. We pray God’s blessing on them in the days ahead.

It was a joy to have then-international leaders General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle as

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our guests for the INSPIRE weekend. In one of his last appearances in office, the General challenged Salvationists with these words: “We are a vast Army scattered around the world that is standing firm against the darkness … that is pushing forward into the injustices of the world with shield and banner bright. This is the Army that we need in the Canada and Bermuda Territory.”

We also have a change of territorial leadership, and I would invite you to read our interview with the incoming territorial commander and territorial president of women’s min istries, Commissioners Lee and Debbie Graves (page 8). Looking to the future, Commissioner Lee Graves affirms, “I have faith to believe that God, who raised up this Army, will sustain it.”

If you missed any part of can visit or salvationistmagazine to view the livestreams, written reports and videos that captured the key moments. For now, you can enjoy the extensive photo essay in the centre of this issue (page 14).

Thanks to everyone who worked to make this event such a success, particularly Lt-Colonel John Murray, territorial secretary for communications, who spearheaded the Executive

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and Planning Committee. We appreciate the tireless, dedicated hours spent bringing INSPIRE to fruition.

I pray that everyone who participated gained a deeper appreciation of The Salvation Army’s mission and drew closer to each other and closer to God. In the end, the glory goes to him, and we pray this event will reap rich dividends in the life and ministry of the Army across the territory.


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Salvation Army Media Wins 22 Awards

In May, The Salvation Army’s territorial magazines, website, digital media, and marketing and communications department won 22 awards from the Canadian Christian Communicators Association (formerly the Canadian Church Press) in their first in-person ceremony since COVID.

Overall, Salvationist took home 13 awards, Faith & Friends received six and digital media garnered three. Award categories ranged from Photo Essay to Biographical Profile to General Excellence—Website.

The territorial headquarters’ marketing and communications department took home third place in the General Excellence— Institutional Publication category for their 2021/2022 Annual Report. Also highlighted was the editorial department’s Salvationist Podcast for Audio or Visual Interview, which earned a first-place award. The awards were given for work published in the 2022 calendar year.

Geoff Moulton, director of internal communications and editor-in-chief, notes, “A hearty round of applause to all the winners. In addition to the editorial department, it was great to see our colleagues at Booth University College’s advancement office garner two well-deserved awards. Marketing and communications, international development, Indigenous ministries and front-line ministry teams were also well represented. We are thankful for all our writers, editors, designers and digital specialists who keep our territorial communications going from strength to strength.”

The Canadian Christian Communicators Association includes representatives from approximately 47 member publications, including mainline, Catholic and evangelical churches. Member publications were invited to enter in more than 30 categories. The awards were judged by accomplished journalists and academics from both the religious and secular media.

For a full list of awards, visit salvation-army-media-wins-22-awards.

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Embrace the Grace Fundraising Gala Celebrates Toronto Grace Health Centre

OnMay 30, The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre (TGHC) celebrated its inaugural gala event, Embrace the Grace, at the Toronto Reference Library, attracting 330 attendees. Originally scheduled for May 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic, Embrace the Grace aimed to raise funds, foster new friendships and increase awareness about the work of TGHC.

Hosted by Michelle Dubé of CTV News, the evening included a dinner provided by Daniel et Daniel and a silent

auction, offering a wide range of items, such as sports memorabilia, exclusive dining experiences and personal care packages.

However, the highlight of the night was the music, with performances by headliner Robert Pilon, known for his roles in Toronto productions of Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. Pilon was joined by The Salvation Army’s own Canadian Staff Songsters, led by Major Len Ballantine, and choral group Edge of the Sky. Performers then came together

for a moving rendition of Amazing Grace. TGHC plays a vital role in the community, providing compassionate care and support to those in need. “The gala dinner provided space to tell the Grace story while educating attendees about the significant community health-care programming of the facility,” says Lt-Colonel John Murray, territorial secretary for communications and chair of the Board of Trustees for TGHC. “The event was billed as a fundraiser and friend-raiser, and it exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

Divisional Names and Headquarters Locations Confirmed for Merging Divisions

Earlier this year, the Canada and Bermuda Territory announced the new divisional mergers that will take effect in January 2024. Representatives from the merging divisions worked together to brainstorm and submit their top choices for new divisional names that would best reflect the diverse regions. The objective was to select a name that would resonate with the current divisions and connect them geographically.

In May, the names were submitted to International Headquarters, and they have approved the following:

• The Quebec, Maritime, Newfoundland and Labrador, and

Bermuda divisions will merge and be called the Atlantic Division.

• The Prairie and Alberta and Northern Territories divisions will merge and be called the Great Plains and Northern Division.

In addition, divisional headquarters (DHQ) locations of merged divisions, effective January 2024, were confirmed as follows:

• The DHQ for the Atlantic Division will be in Halifax.

• The DHQ for the Great Plains and Northern Division will be in Winnipeg.

These locations were selected based

on their geographical ability to ensure effective leadership across the division. DHQ represents the divisional commander’s home base, so a central location will help facilitate travel and allow them to be present in and more easily connected to their division. It also ensures adequate leadership representation across the division with members of the divisional leadership team dispersed throughout the divisional offices.

Divisional offices will remain operational in all locations where there is currently a DHQ (i.e., Edmonton, Montreal, St. John’s, N.L., and Hamilton, Bermuda).

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From left, Jake Tran, president and CEO, TGHC; Patricia Skol, vice-president clinical programs and chief nursing executive, TGHC; Raymond Lam, vicepresident finance and chief financial officer, TGHC; and Antonietta Kontanidis, vice-president human resources and chief human resources officer, TGHC Vocalist Robert Pilon sings with the Canadian Staff Songsters

Park Street Citadel Transforms Land Into Community Park

to people with wheelchairs, walkers and families with strollers. The trail, with three loops that measure one kilometre, is lined with benches and growing trees, providing resting spots for visitors along the way.

“There are many seniors in this area but no park or trail within walking distance,” says Major Peter Rowe, corps officer. “This park will provide a safe place for walking and other recreation, and it is an opportunity for healthy outdoor activity.”

Thissummer, The Salvation Army’s Park Street Citadel in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., transformed their one-hectare grassy property into a thriving public park. Once an unused car dump, the land has been revitalized to cater to the needs of people in the community, including seniors, families and nearby schools.

Park Street Citadel received an innovation grant for the project, which they called “Green Space Gospel,” allowing them to build a covered platform equipped with electricity, pot lights and electrical outlets for outdoor concerts and other events. Upgrades have been made to the park’s trail, making it accessible

Salvation Army Work in Thailand

Officially Recognized

Following a meeting of The General’s Council in June, General Brian Peddle, then international leader of The Salvation Army, approved the official recognition of the commencement of the Army’s work in the Kingdom of Thailand, under the direction of the Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory, making it the 134th country in which The Salvation Army has a legally and officially recognized ministry.

The Salvation Army began to explore the possibility of ministry in the country during a visit to Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, in 2012. Thailand is a developing country with a population approaching 70 million, and despite a strong economy and freedom of religion, many still live in poverty. The Salvation Army recognized a need for the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Army.

In August 2014, pioneering work in Chiang Mai was undertaken when International Headquarters appointed Majors Ken and Neva Phiouthong to initiate research and development, work that continued to advance under subsequent officers and lay personnel. There has been a worshipping community since 2015, with soldiers enrolled under each leadership team.

The activities of The Salvation Army in Thailand have been diverse, including assisting flood victims, visiting prisons and offering support to those experiencing homelessness. Other work has included camps for underprivileged children, sports ministry, Bible studies, fundraising, fellowship events and home visits.

The project also implemented 14 community gardens within the park to help provide fresh produce for residents, alleviating the rising cost of groceries and offering a new place for social connection. Park Street Citadel has also welcomed motorhome visitors looking for a safe place to park for a few nights. “One couple from British Columbia who spent a few nights here actually came to church one Sunday. They later left a generous donation,” says Major Rowe. “We’re now exploring the possibility of obtaining a permit to create a designated safe zone here for travellers to stay for a night on our parking lot.”

Major Rowe expressed gratitude for the generous support of the community, including donated benches and discounted construction services, allowing for additional investments in essential equipment and supplies such as gardening tools.

The park is open to the community, other churches and organizations who wish to utilize the space. It has become a hub for various events, including partnerships with a nearby daycare and local schools that use the park for outings.

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Volunteers rest while building a gazebo at the park Photo: Major Peter Rowe Currently the corps in Chiang Mai has 15 senior soldiers, eight recruits for soldiership, five Sunday school participants, six corps council members, eight in the women’s group and seven people attending online meetings Thailand is the 134th country in which the work and ministry of The Salvation Army is officially recognized

Lifting Each Other Up

As Commissioners Lee and Debbie Graves return home as our territorial leaders, they remind us of the importance of taking risks, investing in people and keeping the main thing the main thing.

The Canada and Bermuda Territory welcomes home

Commissioners Lee and Debbie Graves this month as territorial commander and territorial president of women’s ministries, after five years of ministry in London, England.

Commissioner Lee Graves most recently served as the international secretary for business administration at International Headquarters (IHQ), and Commissioner Debbie Graves as IHQ chaplain and City of London liaison officer. Editor-in-Chief Geoff Moulton spoke with them about their international service, leadership lessons and hopes for our territory.

What’s the best thing about coming home?

Commissioner Debbie Graves: The best thing about coming home is being close to family—our four children and 11 grandchildren—as well as reconnecting with friends and being involved again in the ministry across Canada and Bermuda.

Commissioner Lee Graves: To quote another, “There’s no place like home.” It’s been five years since we left for appointments in England. We now have the ability to see the Canada and Bermuda Territory from a global perspective and to realize how important this territory is to the worldwide Army: for its global influence and reputation; for its generosity and kindness; and for its leadership and cutting-edge programs. It’s great to be part of the territory again.

What will you miss most about your time in England?

DG: I’m going to miss the people—from the corps, from IHQ and from the community. I also grew to appreciate the culture, the creative arts, the architecture. It’s been amazing to walk by St. Paul’s Cathedral every day on the way to IHQ—such a rich history.

LG: London is a welcoming city, a worldwide destination where people of every nation converge. Living there has been a remarkable experience. Initially, for two years we served in the United Kingdom and Ireland Territory as chief secretary and territorial secretary for leader development, respectively, which gave us an opportunity to experience the Army in a new context.

When we joined the IHQ team, I was privileged to work closely with the IHQ business administration department, particularly supporting our 46 supported territories. It has been a privilege to be part of the Army in London, our movement’s birthplace.

How has being at IHQ broadened your perspective on the work of the Army?

DG: My eyes have been opened to the ministry of the Army around the world. I admire the faithfulness of officers, many of whom work and live in very difficult circumstances and yet always seem to be happy in the Lord and prepared for mission.

LG: I’ve met many international officers, soldiers and employees whose motivation at heart is God’s kingdom

first and foremost. Every territory makes a unique contribution to the greater movement and our God-given mandate as a Salvation Army.

I have been constantly reminded of the foundations of our movement: to preach Christ to the spiritually lost; to disciple people in their faith; to be a prophetic voice in a hurting world; to declare the sanctity and importance of every human life and to seek justice for all; to love and care for the dispossessed; to care for the environment; and to unapologetically live out our mission purpose.

I’m also more conscious of the need to release personnel and resources to address global priorities. I have a greater awareness of the evergrowing global migration movement, due to war, the environment and political strife. We must ensure we are welcoming people from other countries and continue to participate in resettlement programs.

Commissioner Debbie, you attended the INSPIRE Congress and Conference in Toronto. What were the highlights?

DG: I really enjoyed the different expressions of worship. It was great to see people from all over the territory share their giftings. Also, just the excitement of being together. People were genuinely happy to see each other and there was a beautiful spirit at work. INSPIRE has given the territory a new shot in the arm—people have been equipped and inspired for new possibilities of ministry.

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Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd have stepped aside from leadership due to health challenges. How can we support them?

LG: We all share a deep affection for Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd. I would encourage people to continue to do as they have been doing—lifting and holding them up with much prayer and surrounding them with our love.

Tell us about your calling to officership.

DG: When I was younger, my parents worked for the Army in youth corrections, and I saw lives changed through practical ministry. I felt a growing sense that I also wanted to be part of bringing change in people’s lives. What motivates me today, as it did then, are the opportunities for impact that we can be part of through community mission.

LG: I was a teenager when I first sensed God’s call upon my life to officership, and I pursued that possibility until confirmation and affirmation was found. I entered training at age 20. The prospect of full-time ministry as a corps officer was highly motivational for me, although corps officership only accounts for 16 of my 40 years as an officer. Administrative appointments have afforded amazing opportunities unimaginable to me. I continue to be humbled by the thought that God would choose to use me to be part of this great worldwide movement.

What is the future of officership?

LG: We need people to discern the will of God for their lives, to be people of the Word and of prayer, to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to respond to the possibility that God is calling to officership. I have faith to believe that God, who raised up his Army, will sustain it as long as he has need of it, and as long as we’re fulfilling his purpose. He has drafted us into the great spiritual war that is raging all around us. The Great Commission is still the Great Commission. And so, we need every corps and social service centre to be alert to the idea that God is working in the lives of people toward a specific call to officership. The fields are white unto harvest, so we pray the Lord of the harvest will respond and send workers. We also need godly, Spirit-filled people who will step into employment opportunities with the Army to help us fulfil our mandate.

In the last three years, the Canada and Bermuda Territory has spent $9 million in innovation grants. Why is innovation so important?

LG: Our movement is living and organic. We need to continually reimagine our expressions of ministry. Investing in fruitful opportunities is “mission critical.” Rather than saying we “spent” on innovation, I’d like to celebrate that we have “invested” as the Lord has made resources available. We’re investing in our people, our movement, our communities.

We also need to have the courage to conclude those activities that are fruitless, that we continue to do just because we have always done so. We need to be brave enough to honestly measure effectiveness. If the results are not satisfying, we need to pivot and keep moving forward. Ultimately, we need to pay attention to what the Lord is doing and join in the work of his Spirit, redeploying our resources as appropriate.

than it did when we were young.

LG: INSPIRE is a beautiful example of his Spirit at work in this territory. All around the world we are seeing the Spirit working in creative and innovative ways. The highest growth in soldiership is taking place in the most difficult parts of the world. The Spirit is doing something in those regions that should speak to the rest of the global movement.

What do you do to relax or unwind?

DG: I like to read—mostly novels. And even though I sometimes grumble about it, I enjoy walking.

LG: I also love walking and nature. Debbie sometimes complains that she spends her time trying to keep up with me. Walking gives us time to contemplate, reflect and sharpen our focus.

Is there a Scripture verse that God has laid on your hearts?

DG: Psalm 91:1: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Henri Nouwen’s writing about “practising the presence of God” references this text. I find this to be a reminder of God’s comfort in whom I find safety, solace and peace.

What leadership lessons have you learned?

DG: Relationships are key. And it’s important that a leader does more listening than talking.

LG: Don’t get distracted from the main thing: God’s kingdom work. Also, we need to take risks in people. We have to give younger officers, corps leaders and employees an opportunity to lead earlier at every level of our movement, remembering that somebody once took a risk on us.

Where do you see the Spirit of God at work?

DG: God is working in our young people. They are excited about the gospel and being in community. That was evident at INSPIRE where they were on the streets and sharing the gospel. I’m praying that we adults are encouraging them to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and be who God is calling them to be—even if that looks different

LG: The text I am drawn to in these days is 2 Corinthians 4:7: “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our power is from God, not from ourselves” (NLT). It’s a picture, a recognition that God works through us, even though we can be flawed, cracked or broken. I am reminded that I don’t have to be perfect for God to use me. I often feel that I have clumsy hands touching a thing of exquisite beauty as I handle the Word of God and give my best to fulfil his will in my life.

How can we support you?

DG: Prayer is always appreciated. We want to be part of the ministry of this great territory and serve alongside those who are also committed to the mission.

LG: Please engage with us in conversation. This would be a gift to us. We want to know what people are thinking. Allow us to join you aboard the journey the territory is on so that we can lift each other together as we climb.

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”I have faith to believe that God, who raised up this Army, will sustain it.”
—Commissioner Lee Graves

A New Era

Over the past several months, the College for Officer Training (CFOT) has shared plans for its new training and development program with the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Through articles, presentations and virtual townhalls, we’ve outlined the details of the program as well as the philosophy and rationale for these considerable changes in how we prepare future Salvation Army officers for successful ministry in the 21st century.

To summarize the focus of CFOT’s new approach: we are training and supporting cadets and officers in an environment that reflects the realities of life as a Salvation Army officer. By increasing the quality of the field experience, and having cadets work alongside seasoned officers, lieutenants should find the transition to their first appointment easier, setting them up for long-term success.

Hybrid Model

This field-focused training, however, is not the only significant change at CFOT. There’s also the change of location and space to best suit the needs of the ongoing training and development of Salvation Army officers. This change

is so much more than a simple “move back to Toronto.” Instead, it’s part of the larger philosophical shift that has driven the programmatic changes. Even when located in Toronto and St. John’s, N.L., prior to the move to Winnipeg in 2006, CFOT had its own space—a separate campus apart from the rest of Army ministry. With the relocation to territorial headquarters (THQ) in Toronto, both CFOT and THQ will be demystified for cadets, officers and employees.

“During the two years of training, cadets will live in the Greater Toronto Area, in proximity to their home-based corps, and will come to CFOT two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Normally on those days, cadets will be together and engaged in classroom learning; however, the delivery of all CFOT education will be done virtually in some form—some will be in person, with a virtual option for those travelling or for Booth University College faculty; some will be asynchronous online courses, where cadets work independently.

A fully hybrid delivery ensures cadets receive quality education and training while experiencing ministry opportunities at their home-based corps and

visiting ministry units throughout the territory without missing class. By prioritizing hybrid delivery for our academic courses, CFOT maintains its relationship with Booth University College. We can also engage Salvation Army-specific instructors from the wider territory.

A Space for Training

As I write this, construction has begun on the classrooms on the fourth floor of THQ, making the space ready for learning and education. The classrooms have been designed to allow cadets to attend academic courses together and equipped with technology to allow the best virtual learning experience for cadets and instructors. This technology will also allow us to engage with auxiliary-captains in the field for their training program.

In addition to classes, these “oncampus days” will comprise meetings, interviews, chapels and additional spiritual life development, as well as THQ departmental workshops and networking opportunities for the cadets with THQ officers and employees. The THQ department workshops and seminars delivered to cadets fall under the mission and ministry formation pillar of training,

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The Canada and Bermuda Territory’s new training and development model will equip officers for ministry.
Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, then territorial leaders, and Colonel Evie Diaz, then chief secretary, and Mjr Deana Zelinsky, training principal, CFOT, with the first group of cadets who will attend CFOT at THQ Mjr Deana Zelinsky welcomes guests at a service of blessing for the new space designated for CFOT at THQ in Toronto

which introduces and forms the cadet’s understanding of the mission of The Salvation Army and the many expressions of that mission. It’s an essential aspect of the training period.

One of the distinct advantages to having CFOT at THQ is the ability to leverage the knowledge and expertise of Salvation Army personnel. Having cadets physically present at THQ will allow more meaningful engagement with officers, employees and departments, providing vital supplemental contacts and facilitating need-to-know training opportunities in the multitude of ministries.

THQ departments have been an important part of cadet training in the past and will continue to contribute in a more focused and deliberate way to the long-term ministry success of officers. Historically, these workshops have been offered as in-person seminars in the two years of training. The new model of training and development allows for more strategic engagement with Salvation Army content experts to give cadets and lieutenants a foundational understanding of The Salvation Army—policies, ministries, departments—as well as ministry relevant workshops in a meaningful

and timely way. Being located at THQ, and through the relationships with THQ departments, CFOT will be able to adjust the focus of seminars to meet the needs of officers and the territory as they arise and as experts have new information and initiatives to share.

Going forward, CFOT will work with the department heads and employees to move some of these introductions and need-to-know workshops to short, asynchronous modules that not only give cadets an introduction to the many ministries of the territory, but which can be revisited later in their own ministry when it’s needed. The classroom technology will assist us in creating quality virtual, asynchronous workshops and seminars. When they’re virtual, these workshops can be attended (and revisited) by lieutenants at a time that makes the most sense.

Ongoing Development

As the CFOT training and development program doesn’t end at commissioning, this new model creates a stronger bridge between THQ departments and lieutenants in appointments. Lieutenants have ongoing development as part of their requirements before they’re promoted

to captain. This development includes workshops and seminars that will be most impactful during their time in an appointment rather than the two years as a cadet. For example, we will be engaging the corps mission department to develop a workshop on congregational health in their sixth year, when it’s most applicable to their ministry.

As the fourth floor of THQ takes shape—as classrooms are built and equipment installed, as furniture is unpacked and assembled—CFOT takes shape, and a new era of training and development commences. We are building a space that needs to meet many different needs—a space for academic learning, a space for worship and prayer, a space for fellowship. It’s a space that will bring cadets in the Greater Toronto Area together to learn and share, and a space that connects the larger territory both in person and virtually. We are building a space for the crucial task of training and supporting future Salvation Army officers for the mission of ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively.

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Dr. Michael Boyce is the director of program implementation at the College for Officer Training.

Unity in Access

As a parent of a child with exceptional needs, Captain Tracy Savage, corps officer at St. Thomas Citadel and Community Ministries, Ont., set out to answer one question: “How do we, as pastors, allow for all families to worship with us in a way that is supportive and easy?”

Attending regular services and engaging in church activities can present unique challenges for families with children who experience additional needs. Recognizing

this struggle within her congregation and her own family, Captain Savage led the creation of a sensory room and supportive programming at the corps.

Initially intended to give children and their parents a safe and calming place to go during Sunday worship, the sensory room had an unintentional positive effect on the community—it opened the door to a more understanding church, helped answer difficult questions and created a sense of unity

Supporting Families

In December 2022, St. Thomas Citadel received funding through home missions to implement a sensory room at the church, repurposing unused space within the building to create a room that was quiet, calming and open to anyone who needed it.

Equipped with sensory lights, comfortable seating, a swing and other activities, the sensory room has become a sanctuary for children with exceptional needs. It is a comfortable space free from excessive noise and stimulation. It also supports families who want to know that their child is safe while remaining connected to the service. The room features a speaker, enabling parents or support workers to listen to the worship service while accompanying their child or client.

Beyond its use on Sundays, the sensory room has been integrated into Thursday youth programming. Children from the congregation and the community utilize the space if they need somewhere quiet to go while programs run.

“Many people don’t know we have this room at the corps,” says Captain Savage. “But every now and then we find kids just sitting in there because it’s so calming. They love it in there. It’s a space where they can sit and relax before going back to their program.”

St. Thomas Citadel also implemented “sensory bins” as part of their programming. For children who may require additional support during services, or who struggle in a typical Sunday school setting, these sensory bins offer an alternative method of delivering Sunday school lessons.

“The bins contain sensory tasks and activities related to Bible stories,” explains Captain Savage. For example, children can interact with animal toys and books that tell the story of Noah’s Ark, allowing them to learn comfortably at their own pace. “Anyone can take a bin and use it during church. It’s inexpensive and not messy, and it ensures they are learning in a way they understand.”

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A new sensory room at St. Thomas Citadel, Ont., is creating a more understanding church.
Alison Boyd explores activities in the sensory room Photos: Jodie Boyd

A Grateful Family

Jodie Boyd attends St. Thomas Citadel and is a mother of three children, two of whom have exceptional needs.

Boyd explains that lights, noises and people at church can be overwhelming for her nine-year-old daughter, Alison, who requires careful supervision and support to safely navigate her surroundings. Her inclination to run, often toward the emergency exit behind the pulpit, added to the concern. “When she feels upset or dysregulated, having a place where she can go alone to calm down really supports Alison and helps maintain her dignity,” says Boyd.

Beyond the positive impact on Alison’s well-being, the sensory room has been a valuable support for the family. “It has been a huge ministry for my husband, who doesn’t regularly attend church. He is used to Alison being excluded from things. But seeing her embraced just as she is, even when struggling, truly shows the love of Jesus in action,” says Boyd.

Understanding and Unity

Captain Savage admits that, at first, there was a lack of understanding within the congregation about how to best support families who have children with exceptional needs. The sensory room has played a vital role in promoting understanding and fostering unity within the congregation. When it was first implemented, it opened conversations that were new to some people. It was a teaching moment for congregation members and corps leaders to better understand each other.

“I am learning,” says Captain Savage. “I have some wonderful parents here that are learning as well. We’re all working together on this.”

The corps, along with the dedicated parents, has collectively worked toward educating others and creating an envi-

ronment where all children feel accepted. By addressing the unique challenges faced by these families, the corps has not only made it easier for them to attend church services but has offered the same opportunities for everyone to participate in Army life—including proudly enrolling two children with exceptional needs as junior soldiers.

“With my son having exceptional needs, it has taught me about inclusivity,” says Captain Savage. “Everybody wants their child to have friends and to feel that they are wanted and welcome at church. We don’t all have to be the same to hear about Jesus and worship him.”

This is the final article in a four-part serious on accessibility in the church. To read more articles in this series, visit

And for Boyd, the sensory room brings comfort and reassurance in knowing that Alison has a safe environment where she can experience Christ in her own unique way, and that she is loved and accepted at the church. “It’s been an opportunity to educate and challenge preconceived ideas that others may have about kids with disabilities,” she says.

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The sensory room brings comfort and reassurance in knowing that Alison has a safe environment where she can experience Christ in her own unique way, and that she is loved and accepted at the church.
The sensory room features comfortable seating, a swing, sensory lights, a tent and stuffed animals


for Mission

Territorial conference and congress welcomes international leaders and



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(Right) North Street Lyrical Dancers in action (Above) General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle receive a warm welcome home to the Canada and Bermuda Territory equips for ministry. (Far right) Violinist William Barter from St. John’s Temple, N.L. CONFERENCE & CONGRESS 2023

(Above) On June 22, 1963, Mjr Shirley Godfrey walked across the stage of Massey Hall to be commissioned. Sixty years later, she returned for INSPIRE events, remembering the joy and excitement of embarking on ministry. “It was a great adventure,” she says

Thousands of Salvationists, officers, employees and friends gathered with General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, then international leaders of The Salvation Army, for the INSPIRE Conference and Congress held at the Westin Harbour Castle and Massey Hall in Toronto, from June 26 to July 2.

“How we have anticipated this meeting,” said Commissioner Floyd Tidd, then territorial commander, as he greeted delegates during a welcome banquet, “anticipating what God wants to do during these days.” Commissioner Tracey Tidd, then territorial president of women’s ministries, and Colonel Evie Diaz, then chief secretary, were also in attendance.

Attendees were treated to a special performance of Skeleton Army, the Salvation Army musical that had its Canadian premier at INSPIRE (see “Skeleton Army” on page 17).

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—Commissioner Floyd Tidd
(Above) Gitwinksihlkw Four Crest Dancers on stage at Massey Hall (Left) Cpt Keith Barrett, CO, Glace Bay, N.S., participates in a grand processional (Left) The Reflectors of Holiness are ordained and commissioned at Massey Hall in Toronto

Baseball and Blessings

Tuesday’s events started with a plenary session featuring Dr. Reggie McNeal, Christian thought leader and author of Kingdom Come. For the remainder of the day, and throughout the rest of the conference, delegates attended workshops on topics including business, children and youth, community engagement, corps health, social mission, poverty reduction strategy, discerning God’s voice, and trauma and caring.

That evening, nearly 1,500 delegates converged on the Rogers Centre for Salvation Army Night at the Toronto Blue Jays, which began with Canadian Staff Songster Alexandria Venables singing the national anthems. Perhaps the most anticipated moment of the night was when the General stood on the pitcher’s mound to throw the first pitch of the game, dressed in a custom “Peddle 21” jersey—a number chosen for his role as the 21st General of The Salvation Army.

People of Hope

Wednesday began with an uplifting service filled with music led by North Street Worship Team from Hamilton, Bermuda. In her message, Commissioner Tracey Tidd shared from Romans 5:15. “We are a people of hope, and we are committed to sharing that hope,” she said. “Allow yourself a moment to step back and take time to receive hope where you need it most. Our hope comes from Jesus.”

In the afternoon’s plenary session, delegates heard from Jeff Lockyer, lead pastor at Southridge Community Church in St. Catharines, Ont., and author of Finding Our Way: Reclaiming the FirstCentury Church in the Twenty-First Century.

Salvationists Recognized for Pandemic Service

Attendees began the fourth and final day of the conference portion of INSPIRE events with a time of worship led by Laura Rowsell, worship ministries director at Calgary’s Glenmore Temple, and representatives of the music and arts ministries department.

Thursday morning’s plenary session featured Ann Voskamp, bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts. “Anywhere you see the Salvation Army logo around the world, you know that the hands and feet of Jesus are there to touch wounded places,” she said. “You are meeting emotional, physical and spiritual needs like no other community in this country.”

That evening, the General and Commissioner Peddle joined delegates for a gala dinner and COVID19 Excellence Awards ceremony. Ontario Premier Doug Ford was in attendance and expressed his gratitude to the Army for its exceptional contributions to Ontario communities during the pandemic. Attendees watched the territory’s award-winning documentary, Everybody Needs an Army, before individuals from across the territory were recognized for their COVID-19 response efforts (see “COVID-19 Excellence Award Recipients” on page 20).

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(Top) General Brian Peddle with Nate Pearson, pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, and Ace, team mascot (Above) Alexandria Venables sings the national anthems at the Rogers Centre on Salvation Army Night at the Toronto Blue Jays (Right) Plenary speaker Dr. Reggie McNeal Photo: Courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays


Performances of Skeleton Army, an interactive musical that made its Canadian debut at INSPIRE, were staged throughout the week. With words and lyrics by Major Len Ballantine, leader of the Canadian Staff Songsters, Skeleton Army was conceived by Neil Leduke, territorial director of marketing and communications for the Canada and Bermuda Territory, based on a book by John Copeland and produced in collaboration with The Salvation Army U.S.A. East Arts Ministries Bureau. The musical is set in the East End of London in 1881 during the uprising of the Skeleton Army, a group opposing The Salvation Army’s presence on the streets. Starring Canadians Kyle and Kathryn Higgins, Skeleton Army invited audience members to participate in the performance—as gang members enjoying a “pint” at the Blind Beggar Pub or congregants singing in a watchnight service.

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(Above left) Bermuda Div’s North Street Worship Team (Bottom middle) Laura Rowsell leads a time of praise and worship with massed divisional youth bands, NewFound Brass, Impact Brass and Solidarity Brass (Above) Dr. Terry LeBlanc shares during a workshop
—Commissioner Tracey Tidd
(Left middle) Jeff Lockyer greets Salvationists during his book-signing event

Friday Night Lights

Toronto’s historic Massey Hall was filled with Salvation Army music and praise on Friday evening as Salvationists gathered for a welcome celebration at the start of the congress portion of INSPIRE events. In their opening remarks, Commissioners Tidd referenced Ezekiel 37. “Unless we respond to the invitation to call upon the Spirit to breathe fresh wind into this body called The Salvation Army, we cannot live, we cannot stand up,” said Commissioner Floyd Tidd. “As we make ourselves ready and willing to accept the fresh breathing of God upon us, he will again stand up a vast army for his purposes,

vision and glory.”

The General and Commissioner Peddle received a warm welcome as they entered the auditorium following a processional led by British Columbia’s Gitwinksihlkw Four Crest Dancers.

A video celebrating the history of the Army in Canada and Bermuda was followed by Shine On Us, sung by Toronto’s Yorkminster Singing Company and the Canadian Staff Songsters (CSS) and accompanied by the Canadian Staff Band (CSB). During the song, and at other points throughout the service, digital bracelets distributed to attendees as they entered the auditorium cast a myriad of twinkling

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—General Brian Peddle
(Top) Salvationists gather at historic Massey Hall for INSPIRE congress (Above left) Jazz singer Elizabeth Shepherd performs during the gala dinner and COVID-19 Excellence Awards ceremony (Above middle) Yorkminster Citadel Singing Company

lights to light the darkness.

Prayers for the congress were simultaneously offered in English, Nisga’a, Spanish, Korean, French and Cantonese, accompanied by drummer Drae Azak.

It was a special moment when Colonel Diaz invited Commissioners Tidd to the stage to acknowledge their faithful service to the territory throughout his ongoing health concerns. The audience responded with a standing ovation as an expression of appreciation and support.

The General and Commissioner Floyd Tidd presented the Award of Exceptional Service to Major Len Ballantine,

musician, composer and leader of the Canadian Staff Songsters, in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the Army’s mission and ministry, and Sharon Wynne for her 55 years of service as an executive assistant for 15 divisional commanders in the Prairie Division.

In his message, General Peddle shared the importance of gathering in the light of God. “You can’t be The Salvation Army and deprive yourself of the light of God in your life,” he said. “God has infused us with the brightness of his light, the hope of glory and the responsibility to reflect that glory in the world in which we live. I felt the

challenge again tonight.”

Earlier in the day, officers’ councils provided an opportunity for the international leaders to offer words of encouragement to their fellow officers, the supplies and purchasing department staged a fashion show as bystanders cheered on the latest Salvation Army clothing, and members of the National Advisory Board gathered for a special dinner with the General and Commissioner Peddle. A highlight of the event was the presentation of a Certificate of Life Membership to the Honourable Roger Simmons, Andrew Lennox and Daniel Burns.

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(Circle) Commissioners Tracey and Floyd Tidd salute Salvationists gathered at Massey Hall (Below) Ann Voskamp speaks during a plenary session (Left) Ontario Premier Doug Ford with General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, and Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd (Left) The Canadian Staff Songsters perform at Friday’s congress welcome celebration


Recognized for outstanding pandemic response efforts across the Canada and Bermuda Territory were:

B.C. Div—Damian/Erica Azak, Gitwinksihlkw; Jonathan Hopkins, executive director, Victoria ARC; Alta. & N.T. Div—Mjr Margaret McLeod, Calgary Agape Hospice; Cpt Peter Kim, Grande Prairie CC; Prairie Div—Ivy Scobie, William Booth Special Care Home; Mjr Brenda Hammond, Portage la Prairie Corps; Ont. Div—Mjrs Marilyn/ Sean Furey, Sault Ste. Marie; Meighen Manor

COVID-19 Response Team—Leadership Team: Julie Wong, retired executive director; Glenn van Gulik, response team co-ordinator; Cpt

Ian Scott, response team co-ordinator; Mjrs

Beverly/David Ivany, team chaplains, emotional and spiritual care; Joanne Tilley, divisional social services secretary; Mjr Faye Shail, chaplain; Mjr

Patricia Tuppenney, chaplain; Team Members:

Cpt Graciela Arkell, Lts April Barthau/(Dr.) Marco

Herrera Lopizic, Marlie/Rick Boville (Oshawa), Mjr Paulette Bungay, Mjr Stephen Court, Mjrs

Jennifer/Terence Hale, Mjr Darlene Hastings,

Cpt David Hickman, Cpt Kathleen Ingram, Mjr

Jeff Johnston, Mjr Steve Manuel, Mjrs April/

David McNeilly, Hannah McNeilly (Toronto), Mjr

Jim Mercer, Cpts Keesom/Tina Phanthaamath, Mjr Laurie Reilly, Cpt Ian Robinson, Mjr Mark

Stanley, Kevin/Nancy Thompson (Oshawa), Cpts

Deb/Jim Vanderheyden, Mjr Lynda Wakelin; Que. Div—Harout Tarakjian, executive director, Montreal Booth Centre; Maricarmen Raudales, executive director, l’Abri d’Espoir; Maritime Div—Mjrs Orest/Tracy Goyak, Saint John Hope

CC; Lakeview Manor, Moncton: Hazel Furlong, Mjr Lynda Wakelin, executive director, Mjr Marie Hollett, chaplain; N.L. Div—Cpt Maurice Collins, posthumously; Bermuda Div—Maxwell Assing, Mjr Wayne Knight; THQ—Toronto Grace Health

Centre Leadership Team: Jake Tran, Patricia Skol, Antonietta Kotanidis, Raymond Lam; Josie Delpriore, THQ Human Relations

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—Lieutenant Jeffrey Robertson
(Above) Lt-Col John Murray, chair of the INSPIRE Executive and Planning Committee, is acknowledged for his leadership
(Top) Aux-Cpt Glenna Cryderman is ordained and commissioned by Commissioners Tracey and Floyd Tidd (Above) Lt Jeffrey Robertson speaks on behalf of his session-mates The family of Cpt Maurice Collins accepts a posthumous award for his service during COVID-19, N.L. Div

Ordination and Commissioning

INSPIRE continued Saturday morning with the ordination and commissioning of 11 cadets and two auxiliary-captains in the Reflectors of Holiness Session. Following in the footsteps of hundreds of officers who were commissioned at Massey Hall throughout the years, they entered the auditorium behind their sessional flag, carried by Cadet Krishna McFarlane, bearing lanterns that dispelled the darkness and represented the light of God.

Major Deana Zelinsky, training principal at the College for Officer Training, introduced the cadets and auxiliary-captains, describing them as “true and passionate Salvationists.” Cadet Jeremy Avery and Aux-Captain Glenna Cryderman presented the Officer’s Covenant before Colonel Diaz stood before the Reflectors of Holiness as they recited the doctrines of

The Salvation Army in their Declaration of Faith.

“Stand firm on the rock-solid Jesus Christ,” said Commissioner Peddle to the Reflectors of Holiness in the moments before their ordination and commissioning. “While we need to be a forwardthinking, serving, empowering Salvation Army, we can’t ignore that our holy God needs holy people who are committed to live holy lives, standing firm and grounded in their faith,” she said, also charging them to hold fast to God and stay close to Jesus.

Commissioners Tidd then ordained and commissioned each cadet and auxiliary-captain and shared a portion of Scripture that had been selected for them.

Lieutenant Jeffrey Robertson spoke on behalf of his session-mates and proudly shared the cultural diversity represented

in the Reflectors of Holiness. “We are Canadian-born, Mexican-born and Jamaican-born followers of Christ,” he said. “Our backgrounds, our cultures, our experiences intertwine to create something very beautiful and strong as we fulfil a passion and desire to live out our sessional name.”

In his message, the General reminded those gathered that they must also reflect the holiness and light of Christ in the communities where they serve. “Lord, breathe your life into us,” he said. “We need a Salvation Army that’s alive and well, in touch with his spiritual well-being, cleansed by the Holy Spirit!”

A special luncheon recognized recipients of the Fellowship of the Silver Star, parents and mentors who have made a spiritual impact on the lives of the new lieutenants.

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(Middle left) Lts Tim and Kerrin Fraser march into Massey Hall (Above) General Brian Peddle shares from God’s Word during the ordination and commissioning service (Left) Reflectors of Holiness (Left) Lt Krishna McFarlane with her mother, Viola Thomas, at the Fellowship of the Silver Star luncheon

Celebration and Community Outreach

Music was at the forefront of Saturday evening’s worship service at Massey Hall, which featured a massed divisional youth band, a massed chorus, Christian Sisters With Voices from the Bermuda Division, and Robbie Lee from St. John’s Temple, N.L.

Commissioner Floyd Tidd acknowledged the presence of representatives from Canada and Bermuda’s partner territories and officers from the Canada and Bermuda Territory who are currently serving internationally. Lt-Colonel Brenda Murray, director of international development, introduced Colonel Samuel Baah, territorial commander, Malawi Territory, and Colonel Lyn Hills, territorial president of women’s ministries, Germany, Lithuania and Poland Territory, who shared inspiring testimonies of witnessing God’s work in their respective ministries.

Commissioner Floyd Tidd then called upon Michelle Mailman, a young person from Wetaskiwin Corps, Alta., who was acknowledged for her dedication in helping her corps surpass its fundraising target for Partners in Mission. After presenting a cheque in the amount of $1,800 to the General, Mailman was awarded

the inaugural Territorial Commander’s Youth Leadership Award for “exceptional service, outstanding commitment and extraordinary innovation offered by a young person to give hope to those in need.”

A video dedicated to the service of the international leaders was screened as an expression of gratitude as they prepared to retire in August. The Peddles were presented with gifts from different regions within the Canada and Bermuda Territory, including pottery from Bermuda, a piece of silverware from Canada’s Indigenous communities, and a painting depicting their home province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Earlier in the day, Salvationists gathered for a prayer breakfast with the international leaders. Psalms were shared in English, Spanish, Nisga’a, Korean and French, and attendees offered sentence prayers based

names of God.

Throughout the day, Torontonians and out-of-town visitors of all ages and ethnicities celebrated Canada Day with The Salvation Army at Yonge-Dundas Square, which was filled with Salvation Army tents, posters and advertisements, and featured a wide variety of entertainment, including rock group The Color, hip-hop entertainer Rayto, and the Elevation Rhythm ensemble.

“This is The Salvation Army,” said Captain Jason Dockeray, territorial children and youth secretary. “It’s exciting! The youth are loving it, the community’s loving it. We have every race, every creed, every nation, here at the square, singing to Jesus with The Salvation Army. It’s amazing!”

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—Captain Jason Dockeray
(Right) The General and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle share a moment with Bermudian Salvationists (Above) Salvationists support each other in prayer at the mercy seat (Top left) Michelle Mailman receives the inaugural Territorial Commander’s Youth Leadership Award for her support of Partners in Mission (Top right) A scriptural presentation by Scarborough Citadel’s drama group
(Above) Colonel Samuel Baah and Colonel Lyn Hills share inspiring testimonies


The lower level of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre served as a hub for youth programming throughout the conference portion of INSPIRE. Age-appropriate activities were scheduled into each day of the week, including Bible time and healthy snacks. Spy-themed activities, such as secret-agent mazes and spy story times, helped kids gear up for the weekend’s CoMission I.N.G. event at Massey Hall, an interactive program developed and presented by Canada Bermuda Youth. Day trips also took place, including to the Toronto Zoo, Canada’s Wonderland, the Royal Ontario Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium.

Friday night’s SALCON was a vibrant event for teenagers and young adults featuring an action-packed schedule that ran late into the night. Attendees enjoyed music by DJ TUNA and fun activities, such as a life-sized “human billiards” game, gigantic cornhole and Guess Who? games, a photo booth, an arcade, and buffets filled with latenight snacks and desserts. Dodgeball and SA Gaming tournaments encouraged friendly competition among peers. Various acts, including magician John Michael Hinton, provided entertainment throughout the night, and the General and Commissioner Peddle stopped in to say hello and take pictures with the young people.

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(Top left) Kids participate in CoMission I.N.G., an interactive program for Grades 1-6 (Middle below) BM John Lam leads the Canadian Staff Band The international leaders stop by SALCON to share with youth from across the territory (Top right) Young people enjoy one of the many games and activities available at SALCON (Right) Elevation Rhythm in concert at Yonge-Dundas Square (Middle left) Gitwinksihlkw Four Crest Dancers dance with young people at SALCON (Middle right) Commissioner Rosalie Peddle brings greetings

Sunday Praise and Worship

The Sunday morning holiness meeting at Massey Hall began with a musical prelude by NewFound Brass and Chorus. After Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd opened the meeting with All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name and a prayer, vocalist Wendy Woodland of Corner Brook Temple, N.L., sang To the Glory and Praise of God. Kathryn and Kyle Higgins and their daughter shared a choric Scripture reading from Ezekiel 37, and a special Partners in Mission offering was received.

An Award of Exceptional Service was presented to Major Lucy Pilgrim and her late husband, Major Warrick Pilgrim, in recognition of their significant post-retirement service in 11 appointments. All officers engaged in post-retirement service then stood and were acknowledged by the congregation.

During the prayer focus, violinist William Barter from St. John’s Temple and dancer Jalianne Li from Moncton Citadel Community Church, N.B., accompanied Jesus, Be the Centre as the congregation’s bracelets once again illuminated.

In his message, General Peddle told stories of our “vast Army

around the world that’s standing firm…. standing against darkness, pushing forward into the injustices of the world, with shield and banner held high. This is the Army that God has raised up. We will not become a valley of dry bones; we will signal that we are available to him.” In response, dozens lined the mercy seat and stood in the aisles, praying with each other. When the General put out a call for officers, more than 30 candidates flooded the stage, signalling their willingness to be used by God.

After a benediction and grand recessional with Army and national flags, Salvationists left Massey Hall inspired and refreshed for mission and ministry across the territory.


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With reports from Geoff Moulton, Abbigail Oliver, Ken Ramstead, Giselle Randall and Pamela Richardson. Photos by Steve Nelson, Mark Yan, Kiersten Bulloch, Silas Allen, Geoff Moulton and Christina Bulgin. to watch recordings of the four live streamed INSPIRE congress meetings. (Right) Mjr Len Ballantine receives an Award of Exceptional Service in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the Army’s mission and ministry (Above) An Award of Exceptional Service is presented to Mjr Lucy Pilgrim and her late husband, Mjr Warrick Pilgrim, in recognition of their significant post-retirement service (Above) Sharon Wynne receives an Award of Exceptional Service for 55 years as an executive assistant for 15 divisional commanders in the Prairie Div (Left) Canada Day with The Salvation Army in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square
Rosalie Peddle (Far left) Torontonians and out-of-town visitors of all ages and ethnicities enjoy a wide variety of entertainment

An Enduring Faithfulness

How The Salvation Army shaped my town—and me.

It was the fall of 1899 in my hometown of Monkstown—then known as Paradise Sound—a tiny, isolated community accessible only by boat in Newfoundland and Labrador. The town had no church building and no regular full-time minister. In faith, the men of the town built a church. They called it the “Whosoever House,” and they said that the people of the town would adhere to the denomination of the first minister who came and was willing to stay.

During that time, The Salvation Army in Newfoundland and Labrador operated a boat called the Glad Tidings that sailed along the coast, visiting tiny communities and sharing the gospel.

In the spring of 1900, just a few short months after the men of the town built the Whosoever House, the Glad Tidings sailed into my hometown with officers and uniformed Salvationists on board. They held a meeting at the Whosoever House.

The following week, the people of the town sent a wire message to divisional headquarters and asked for an officer. Weeks later, an officer arrived and, for the last 123 years, The Salvation Army has remained the only church in the town.

The gospel message started with a few faithful Salvationists in a boat called the Glad Tidings and the good news and love of God have now been shared in that small community for more than a century.

It was here I had my spiritual beginnings, receiving love, support and encouragement from faithful, godly people. It was here, in this Whosoever House—now The Salvation Army—that I gave my life to Jesus as a sevenyear-old in Sunday school. It was here, in this small church, as a young child, that I felt God speaking deeply into my life.

I am grateful for the godly people and officers who recognized that God was calling me and, like Eli in the story of Samuel, nurtured me in giving my “yes” to God.

In my hometown, the glad tidings of God’s love have been shared in many ways over the last 123 years. It has been preached from the pulpit, but even more effective have been the practical acts of kindness shown to family, friends and neighbours who never come to the church.

Over the years, this small corps has produced many officers—each one grateful for


our humble, yet God-ordained, beginnings.

My attraction to this church was not because of its décor; it was simple and plain. My attraction was not about its many offerings of video and technology; there were none. My attraction was not of its crowds of people; it was a small congregation.

The memories I hold dear, that helped mould and shape me, were the godly people, some educated, some not, who gave testimony to God’s work in their lives. It was the officers who showed an interest in a child who God was calling and nurtured me in my childlike faith. It was the singing and preaching that I remember, and the weekly invitation for a deeper commitment to God or a first-time decision.

As a child and teenager growing up in this small corps, the attention given to the youth was marvelous—from Sunday school to junior soldier classes, corps cadets, youth group and “YP” meetings. As children, we found our place!

I know times have changed, and our methods have changed, but as I think of my beginnings in that tiny corps in Newfoundland, I am reminded that there are some things that never change. Our need for godly connections has not changed. We all need to find our place. Our need to be taught the truths of Scripture has not changed. We need to be people focused on the Word. Our need to be invested in and to invest in others has not changed. We need to find our purpose.


We have been created to love God and be loved by him. I’m grateful for my humble beginnings and for the godly people who influenced my life. Thank you, Lord, for inspiring the men of the town to build the Whosoever House that became a beacon and a place of transformation for so many for more than 100 years.

Due to out-migration in some of our coastal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, my home corps officially closed last year. However, the faithful members have found their place in other Salvation Army congregations and continue to let their light shine. They continue to let the glad tidings ring, and for that I am grateful.

Colonel Genevera Vincent is the territorial secretary for women’s ministries in the U.S.A. Western Territory.

Reprinted from Caring magazine.

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Illustration: Lisa Suroso

Truth and Justice

Christians need a newspaper in one hand and a Bible in the other— according to theologian Karl Barth. In our Talking It Over series, James Read invites thoughtful Salvationists from around the world to reflect on moral and ethical issues. Here, he speaks with Angelica Sulit about free speech.

“Free speech” has frequently been in the news in Canada and Bermuda in recent days. Entrepreneur Elon Musk buying Twitter and Dominion Voting Systems suing Fox News were both stories involving contests over free speech. And now there are reports of people wanting to ban books from school libraries.

I know you will have thought about “the right to freedom of opinion and expression” (as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights puts it) during your time as a digital communications intern at The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission (ISJC). And as a Filipino Salvationist, you will doubtless have insights into the clamp down on the Nobel Prize-winning Filipino journalist Maria Ressa. I’m interested in anything you have to say about the subject, but why don’t you help me understand the Ressa story first.

Free speech is one of my favourite topics. It has been an important part of

my life and career as a communicator, from my days as a rookie journalist during my college years to my time as an intern at the ISJC.

Maria Ressa’s story is inspiring. As you mentioned, she won a Nobel Prize for using “freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country.” She is a journalist with 35 years’ experience and founded Rappler, the top digitalnews-only site, which fights for press freedom in the Philippines.

Fighting for press freedom, which also encompasses free speech, is not an easy task. Through her years as the head of Rappler, Ressa encountered threats to her life. Despite this, she and her team fearlessly published information regarding government corruption and human rights violations. Lawsuits hampered her freedom to speak truth and justice, but they never truly prevailed. She also experienced constant harassment online and was even barred from the presidential palace. However, Ressa and Rappler won legal victory in 2023, which she celebrated by saying, “Today, facts win, truth wins, justice wins.”

As Salvationists, I believe we should advocate for truth and justice, just as Jesus did and does, and this

is one reason I was honoured to be part of the ISJC. It is my hope that The Salvation Army may be known not only as a church or a charitable organization, but as an Army that pushes fearlessly for truth and justice in a world filled with brokenness and lies.


I don’t know whether Maria Ressa is a Christian, but you certainly show her carrying on the ministry of Jesus. When Jesus originally said, “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32), he was speaking, as Maria Ressa has, to people who lived under oppressive control. And like her, Jesus got into a lot of trouble for speaking the truth. In fact, the Gospels say that speaking the truth to the powers of his day, both Jewish and Roman, got Jesus arrested, tried and crucified. In other words, there may be a moral right to free speech, but sometimes it will take great courage to exercise that right.

Of course, the Bible also has lots of cautions about what one should and should not say. The Apostle James is particularly vivid in his warnings: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6).

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Considering the rights and responsibilities of freedom of speech.
Photo: spukkato/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Wow! If “free speech” means simply saying whatever you want, it’s not going to have the Bible’s endorsement.

At the same time, when people who hold power control what may be said, or slant information for their own purposes (as with fake news) or spread misinformation, and their actions go unchecked, injustice and ignorance flourish. Challenging and correcting untruths is a sacred Jesus-following mission. How often did Jesus say, “You have heard it said, but I say to you … ”?

When we were creating the ISJC in 2008, we determined that one of its goals was to be a voice for the voiceless—i.e., to speak for those who are so oppressed that they can’t speak. I recall Don Posterski, an internationally known Christian leader, speaker and author who was part of that original ISJC team, often challenging The Salvation Army to “spend its capital,” by which he meant that we had a responsibility to use the social credibility and popularity that the Army had to advocate for the poor and downtrodden and trafficked who could not be heard. You were recently part of the ISJC team. Is “speaking up” still a goal?

I am unsure if Ressa is a Christian, but her fight for publicizing the truth is worth studying and emulating.

The Apostle Paul was undoubtedly someone who faced a fierce fight for sharing the truth. He preached the good news about Christ’s life, death and Resurrection, and faced persecution as a result. It’s interesting that he applauded the church in Berea and called them “more noble” or “more fair-minded” because they did not merely receive his message, but they examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true (see Acts 17:10-12). They exemplify what we must do as modern-day Christians: first, eagerly receive the presentation of the Word of God, and then examine the accuracy and consistency of what we have been told with equal eagerness, so that we do not become mere blind followers. How can we speak truth if we do not know how to examine what we receive?

These days, when communication has become easier and swifter, false

information is distributed in significant amounts—some even crafted to seem incredibly believable. This magnifies our responsibility to carefully examine whatever we encounter so as not to be deceived. Different takes on Scripture or cultural issues are shared online with the click of a button, often without careful review. We must do our best not to fall into this trap.

As important as free speech is, it also comes with the responsibility to use it well. When our right to free speech begins to step on other people’s rights, our “rights” become “wrongs.” If we impede people’s exposure to the truth by feeding them misinformation and lies, we are overstepping the boundaries of our rights and trespassing on their freedom and access to the truth. Free speech, then, is a great responsibility, and not a tool to be utilized carelessly. Unfortunately, it is a tool that has been used to spur injustices in the world.

change to happen, we must be prepared to overturn the bounds of our comfort zones and stir conversations that will open people’s minds with the hopes of leading them to the truth.

I like what you have done in linking rights and responsibilities. You have connected the right to free speech with the responsibility to speak truth and not to spread misinformation. Then you have gone on to link Paul’s courageous exercise of his right to freely preach the gospel with his commendation of the Bereans for exercising their responsibility to be critical listeners.

So, in addition to our responsibility not to speak maliciously or falsely when we exercise our right to speak, you note we also have responsibilities to encourage others to scrutinize what we say. That’s important. The church has not always been good at doing this. Too often people have heard a different message.

It makes me wonder whether a museum for human responsibilities should be built alongside the worldclass museum for human rights that we already have here in Winnipeg.

On the other hand, I am proud to say that the ISJC is continuing the fight for the truth. It is still committed to becoming the voice for those unheard, and to “promoting a vision of justice based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.” The ISJC seeks justice “to amplify the voices of poor, marginalized and oppressed people and translate their real-life insights into policies, practices and life-giving opportunities.”

At times, we encounter topics that seem like hard pills to swallow. However, this is how the fight for justice and truth unfolds. It is not always comfortable, but if we expect

Sadly, we have run out of time, Angelica. Here’s my concluding thought. When people are being forcibly silenced or made to feel so inferior that they are ashamed to speak up, they need the people at the ISJC to advocate for them and open space for their voices to be heard. And when people elsewhere— Canada and Bermuda, for instance— have plenty of freedom to speak, we need encouragement to have opinions and to speak out and say something that is worth saying.

Thank you for sharing yourself and your ideas. You’re a true friend.

Grace and peace,

Dr. James Read, OF, was the executive director of The Salvation Army’s Ethics Centre for many years and served as chair of the International Moral and Social Issues Council. Now retired, he attends Heritage Park Temple in Winnipeg. Angelica Sulit, LPT, was the digital communications intern at The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission from 2021-2023. She is currently a freelance web developer and designer for the U.S.A. Eastern Territory.

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Free speech, then, is a great responsibility, and not a tool to be utilized carelessly. Unfortunately, it is a tool that has been used to spur injustices in the world.

Under the Tree

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is placing brightly wrapped presents under the tree as we celebrate the gift of Jesus. But for many families, Christmas doesn’t bring anything extra—just meeting daily needs is a struggle. That’s why The Salvation Army’s international development department has created Under the Tree, a fundraising campaign that helps ministry units work together—as a congregation, a women’s ministry group, a youth group, etc.—to “Fill a Dorm,” “Fill a School” or “Build a Farm.”

Here’s how it works. At the beginning of the campaign—which can take place at any time but is designed for the four weeks of December—the ministry unit will see a school room, dorm or farm via a PowerPoint slide. As people contribute, they can purchase specific items, such as a desk, textbooks, backpack, school uniform, tuition payment or teacher’s salary, which are added to the slide week by week. What starts as an empty school room begins to fill up, providing a visual representation of the impact the donations are making in the lives of others.

Each year, the resources will highlight different countries, but within the three main areas in which the international development department works: residential care for children, education and agriculture.

Fill a Dorm

In many rural communities around the world, access to education is challenging. While visiting the India Central Territory in February, I met Rani, who is 16 years old and has been living at the Salvation Army children’s hostel for five years. While living at home with her parents, she went to school until Grade 5. After this, there was no school close enough for her to attend. Instead, she would spend most of her time working in the fields with her parents who are both farmers. However, now that she is living at the hostel, she is able to attend school and is thankful for all the support she receives.

Fill a School

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #4 is quality education. We believe that every child deserves access to education. We provide funds to support children and schools to ensure they are properly equipped

to succeed. While recently visiting a school in Zimbabwe, one of the students said, “You have given us a blessing of education. You have empowered us to be the best in this world.”

Build a Farm

Approximately 75 percent of individuals in the global south live in rural areas and depend upon agriculture for their livelihoods. The funds from Build a Farm help to tackle food insecurity and support farmers, so that they not only have enough food for the present, but also enough to invest in the future by providing for their children’s education, health and family well-being.

Under the Tree has been active now for two years and ministry units are beginning to see the value of working together to provide support to others beyond our borders. This past December, I implemented the fundraiser for the first time at my home corps, East Toronto Citadel. The support was overwhelming, and I was often moved to tears as I watched our virtual school room fill up each week. We started with an empty space, but by week four, it was overflowing, as we raised more than $3,000.

In the past two years, 10 corps have participated and raised $9,533 to support the work of international development. We hope that as more people learn about this valuable program, we will continue to see this number grow.

Vernon Community Church, B.C., has recognized the value of this fundraiser and is planning to implement Under the Tree this coming Christmas. Major Ron Cartmell, a retired officer who attends the corps, says, “We have made the decision to promote Under the Tree because it gives us the opportunity to look beyond ourselves and our own community during the Christmas season to the needs of the world. This helps us build awareness of the ministry of The Salvation Army internationally and how we, who have so much, can help others at this time of giving.”

To learn more about Under the Tree visit or send an email to

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Major Heather Matondo is the sponsorship program manager in the international development department.
Fundraising campaign is making spirits bright around the world.

Parting with Privilege

Irecognize that I have been born into privilege on a grand scale. Even as a woman, the deck has largely been stacked in my favour, and it has taken little effort to attain economic, professional and social success.

For many years, these privileges were invisible to me. I didn’t give much thought to the privilege I was born into—the healthy meals prepared by my middle-class parents, the ease with which I attained good grades, the scholarships that helped carry me through post-secondary education. But as conversations and social movements around issues of gender inequity, systemic racism and sexual harassment became louder—or perhaps as I finally chose to listen—my eyes were opened to the truth of my privilege.

Since recognizing my privilege, and the many blind spots it has given me, I have intentionally sought to educate myself about the systemic oppression that has made life much more difficult for many groups. And yet, I recognize that learning about oppression is different than doing something about it.

In his book Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege, Dominique DuBois Gilliard, director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church in the United States, identifies that we participate in a world of disordered power and privilege. Privilege, he writes, is the byproduct of systemic oppression, something to which the church has often been indifferent. It is rarely neutral or benign, and almost always comes at the expense of our neighbours.

And we are called to love our neighbours, are we not?

God hears the cries of the poor and oppressed, those born without the privilege I too often take for granted. He hears their cries, and then he calls his followers—including privileged disciples—to be part of making things right. And we do so by leveraging our privilege on their behalf.

The Bible is full of examples of privileged individuals leveraging their power for the sake of others. Pharaoh’s daughter leveraged her privileged place in Egypt’s court to resist systemic sin and save Moses’ life. Moses then went on to leverage his privileged upbringing to liberate an entire nation from slavery. And even Jesus leveraged his privilege when he humbled himself, making himself nothing and dying on a cross (see Philippians 2:7-8) to usher in salvation.

Leveraging privilege in the name of love for neighbour often requires us to answer the Apostle Paul’s call to the Galatians to carry one another’s burdens (see Galatians 6:2). Esau McCaulley, a New Testament scholar and author, wisely identified in a July 11, 2022, Instagram post about racial privilege that “it is hard to be a faithful multi-ethnic church unless you are committed to … bear[ing] one another’s burdens. If one refuses to bear the burdens of the injustices others suffer, authentic community is compromised.”

Writer and educator Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts puts it this way: “The question is whether [privileged] folks will be willing to heal, even if that healing means a loss of status, possible reduction of wealth, and certainly the sacrifice of what they’ve always believed about themselves and their [privilege].”

Carrying one another’s burdens means taking some of the other’s load upon ourselves. True solidarity costs something.

And yet, Gilliard reminds us that, while we are called to leverage privilege to further the kingdom and love our neighbour, “acknowledging privilege is not about condemnation, shaming or guilting one another into coerced actions. Christians are called to acknowledge privilege because it is real and because doing so liberates us from its power. Confronting and addressing privilege liberates us to live into our created purpose fully and freely.”

Are we, who find ourselves in positions of power and privilege, willing to leverage that which we have been given for the sake of others? Are we willing to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (see Proverbs 31:8)? Or, better yet, find a way to pass them the microphone? Are we willing to give up some of our wealth and status to allow for the healing of those who are oppressed while acknowledging that we serve a God of abundance—one who has created enough to sustain all our needs, but not our greed?

May we move beyond learning and listening toward accepting and acting, toward stewarding our privilege for the sake of our neighbour.

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Illustration: RLT_Images/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images
Captain Laura Van Schaick is the corps officer at Barrhaven Community Church in Ottawa, and the divisional secretary for women’s ministries in the Ontario Division.
Beyond learning and listening to acting.

A Pivotal Moment

INSPIRE was a once-in-a-generation conference and congress for the ages.

For more than 140 years, The Salvation Army across Canada and Bermuda has been meeting people at their point of need, providing help and hope, spiritual and emotional care, and practical assistance during times of personal crisis and in response to natural disasters. Our motivation has never wavered, and yet it’s never been clearer as our vision is to be “An innovative partner, mobilized to share hope wherever there is hardship, building communities that are just and know the love of Jesus.”

Throughout our history there have been important moments to come together—to pause, reflect, celebrate and recharge for the mission and ministry to which God has called us. Unique and varied territorial and international congresses and commissionings have taken place through the years in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, St. John’s, N.L., and London, England, and these have been special moments in the life of our organization where God has blessed and encouraged his people for mission. I truly believe that the INSPIRE Conference and Congress will long be remembered as a pivotal moment in time for The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory as together we emerged from the shell of the global pandemic and were renewed for mission.

INSPIRE was a once-in-a-generation coming together of God’s people for worship, reflection, training and equipping, celebration and spiritual renewal. God used the plenary speakers and workshop presenters during the INSPIRE conference to refresh and equip officers, employees and volunteers for his mission. Conference attendees were encouraged to continue to meet the spiritual, emotional and practical needs of those who come through the doors of our churches, community and family services offices, and social mission programs daily across the territory. The Salvation Army has an important and unique role as the “hands and feet” of Christ in the 400 communities where we serve.

It was also exciting to return to historic Massey Hall for the INSPIRE congress, a place of spiritual significance and poignant memories for Salvationists across Canada and Bermuda. It was a “homecoming” for many officers who were commissioned on the storied platform of the 129-year-old building over the past 70 years. We engaged in powerful worship, celebrating the diversity of worship expressions across our territory, coupled with traditional elements, while engaging a cross-section of talented musicians, artists and speakers. It was wonderful to have General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, then our international leaders, “come home” and share in ministry throughout the weekend, and it was especially moving to have our friends Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, then territorial leaders, present and participating given their significant health journey of late. God blessed and used our leaders for his honour and glory.

As chair of the INSPIRE Conference and Congress Executive and Planning Committee, I was blessed, encouraged and indeed inspired by the spirit of collaboration, creativity and professionalism of the team members invited to co-create the INSPIRE events. It was truly a joy and blessing to work with Major Corinne Cameron and Major Doug Binner, congress and conference vice-chairs, as well as Lt-Colonel Wendy Waters and Lt-Colonel Neil Watt, Captain Jason Dockeray, Neil Leduke, Geoff Moulton, Heather Osmond and Glenn van Gulik who comprised the INSPIRE Executive Committee. A word of sincere thanks and appreciation to this team and all those they represent through the various working groups who helped make INSPIRE truly memorable.

Thanks also to the internal communications, video and editorial teams who did outstanding work in telling the INSPIRE story leading up to and throughout the conference and congress, and to the Canada Bermuda Youth team who organized an outstanding program for our children, teens and young adults. A highlight of INSPIRE was the Canada Day events organized at Yonge-Dundas Square. Truly engaging and inspirational— congratulations!

The INSPIRE Conference and Congress was all that and more. God blessed and inspired us through the moving of his Spirit, and it is my prayer that the Canada and Bermuda Territory will continue to reap the rich blessings from this experience for years to come.

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Lt-Colonel John P. Murray is the territorial secretary for communications. Lt-Col John Murray in a celebratory mood as he stands with flag-bearers outside Massey Hall following the final congress meeting Photo: Mark Yan

Accepted for Field-Based Tailored Training

Chesney Edwards Kingston Citadel, Ont. Div

At 16, I remember feeling hurt for people who didn’t know Jesus, and I would pray for them, hoping God would put people in their lives to teach them about him. I met my husband when I was 19 and he introduced me to The Salvation Army. I felt welcome and at home. I became a soldier and as I preached for the first time, I felt the Holy Spirit within me, and it brought me to tears. I want to help build up God’s church by bringing people to Jesus and teaching them his Word through prayer and love. I want to live like Jesus did by accepting and loving all his people.

Joshua Edwards

Kingston Citadel, Ont. Div

I began to feel the call in Grade 9 when I joined my then corps officer, Major Wil Brown-Ratcliffe, on “take your kid to work day” to do pastoral visitation and spend time at the thrift store and community and family services. That summer, the call was placed on my life at senior youth councils. The College for Officer Training will continue my spiritual foundation while I engage in practical experience and education. My personal goal is to help connect people to Christ and community, and I am excited to serve and point others to God.

Brian Fisher-Smith

Barrhaven Church, Ottawa, Ont. Div

I have always felt God’s leading and calling in my life, however, I did not expect to be called to officership this late in my life. As we read in Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” One night, I felt the unmistakable leading of the Lord calling me to full-time ministry and to leave the health and safety field that I had worked hard in. Instead of just caring for individuals’ well-being, I would now care for their salvation. This is an amazing time to be entering into training college, and I feel that this step on the journey will only add to what God is doing in my life.

Hannah Chaulk

Little Hearts Ease, N.L. Div; Crossroads Community Church, Clarenville, N.L. Div

For many years, I felt a pull toward the church that I ignored for a long time. My husband and I started attending The Salvation Army regularly, and I became a senior soldier in 2019. Shortly after that I felt the Lord calling me into full-time ministry. It has been a great reminder that everything is in God’s timing, not ours. Officership means doing our best every day to live a Christlike life, so that others can feel his love through us. It means being present in the community, spreading the gospel, helping others and serving the Lord.

Peter Chaulk

Crossroads Community Church, Clarenville, N.L. Div I grew up in The Salvation Army in Charlottetown, N.L., and always knew that I wanted to be a leader in the Army. To me, that meant being an officer. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to be ministry unit leaders for the Little Heart’s Ease Corps, N.L., for the past two years and that has helped us grow so much. Officership is a calling that God has put upon my life, and it will enable me to help people and bring them to know God.

John Arndt-Wihlidal

Foothills Church and Community Ministries, High River, Alta. & N.T Div

When I was 12, I discovered The Salvation Army and began considering soldiership. I knew that one day I was going to be an officer, but I put off the call with excuses of being too busy or needing more life experience. On Call and Commitment Sunday in 2018, Captain Gina Haggett, who was a cadet herself at the time, preached a sermon titled “Can You Hear Me Now?” and it was like her message was directed at me. I felt a burning in my spirit, and I began the process of candidacy. I have since entered the ministry placement program to learn what full-time ministry looks like alongside a congregation that I have been part of for 18 years. To me, officership means answering the call of Christ, walking with people and bringing Christ to them in a tangible way.

TORONTO—In recognition of excellent contributions to the Salvation Army Archives, volunteer Bob Ellis receives a certificate of appreciation for his work over several years to prepare and restore documents in preparation for the digitization process. From left, Mjr Ron Millar, director of Archives; Bob Ellis; and Geoff Moulton, director of internal communications, editor-in-chief and literary secretary.

TORONTO—East Toronto Citadel presents Jean Leach with a certificate of appreciation for 11 years of dedicated leadership of the over-60s’ fellowship group. From left, Akim DaSilva; Mjr Gerry Lindholm, curriculum co-ordinator, CFOT; Jean Leach; and Mjr Hannu Lindholm, CO.

CHARLOTTETOWN, N.L.—Charlottetown Corps celebrates the enrolment of three junior soldiers. Front, from left, Leondra Thomas, Gabrianna Heaven and Addison Simmonds, junior soldiers. Back, from left, JSS Nancy Tucker; Terrance Chaulk, colour sergeant; and Lt Patrick Penton, CO.

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BELLEVILLE, ONT.—Two senior soldiers and one adherent are enrolled at Belleville Citadel. From left, Mjr Sharleen McTaggert, who taught membership classes; Josh Ward and Donna Mills, senior soldiers; Gary Hartland, adherent; and Mjrs Curtis and Cindy Butler, COs.

CALGARY—Three children are enrolled as junior soldiers at Glenmore Temple. From left, Grace Waggoner and Charmaine McLeod, junior soldier teachers; Amelia Vasiliev, Daniel Vasiliev and Matthew Homewood, junior soldiers; and Mjr Denise Walker, CO. “We are proud of them for taking this step in their faith and excited to see how God will use them in the future,” says Mjr Walker.

ORILLIA, ONT.—Orillia Citadel celebrates the enrolment of Elizabeth Pitcher as a junior soldier. From left, Cpt Tina Howard, CO; Mjr Grace Hustler, junior soldier teacher; Ivan Downey, holding the flag; Elizabeth Pitcher; and Cpt Josh Howard, CO.

CALGARY—Skyler Luistro is enrolled as a junior soldier at Glenmore Temple. From left, John Homewood, prayer buddy; Mjr Denise Walker, CO; Skyler Luistro; Jenny Luistro, Skyler’s mother; Charmaine McLeod and Grace Waggoner, junior soldier teachers.

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Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant

LONDON, ENGLAND—General Shaw Clifton (Rtd) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on September 21, 1945, and promoted to glory from Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, England, on May 29, 2023. He studied law at King’s College, University of London, before entering the International Training College with his wife, Helen, and was commissioned on July 5, 1973, as part of the Blood and Fire Session. In addition to appointments in the United Kingdom and Ireland Territory and at International Headquarters in London, England, he served in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the U.S.A. Eastern Territory and as territorial commander in the Pakistan Territory; the New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory and the United Kingdom and Ireland Territory. He also earned several degrees including an honours bachelor of divinity and a PhD in the history of religion from the University of London. His doctoral thesis resulted in the book Crown of Glory, Crown of Thorns—The Salvation Army in Wartime. He was elected as the 18th General of The Salvation Army in 2006 and served in this capacity until his retirement in 2011. During his term as General, Clifton led the international Salvation Army through a significant period of growth, with ministry commencing in 13 countries. His passion for social justice led to the creation of the International Social Justice Commission. He advocated constantly for women in spiritual leadership and High Council membership was enlarged to ensure the just representation of women officers. In addition to his leadership qualities, General Clifton will be remembered for his sharp mind and pastoral spirit of sensitivity and compassion. The author of many books, including Strong Doctrine, Strong Mercy and Volume Nine of The History of The Salvation Army, General Clifton commissioned a new Handbook of Doctrine and Song Book of The Salvation Army. He served on The Salvation Army’s Doctrine Council and International Spiritual Life Commission, and was a founding member of the United Kingdom and Ireland Territory’s Moral and Social Issues Council and visiting lecturer at the International College for Officers and William Booth College. Predeceased by his first wife, Commissioner Helen Clifton, General Clifton leaves his wife, Commissioner Birgitte Brekke-Clifton, and children Matthew, Jennifer and John, and their families.


Majors Linda and Wade

Budgell retired in July after serving together in ministry for 36 years. Wade was commissioned in 1980 from the Proclaimers of Salvation Session, and Linda two years later in the God’s Messengers Session. Wade served as a single officer in corps appointments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in the program department at territorial headquarters in Toronto. Linda also served as a single officer in corps appointments in Newfoundland and Labrador before being appointed as private secretary to the territorial finance secretary at THQ. Following their marriage in 1987, the Budgells served for 20 consecutive years as corps officers in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, before Wade was appointed to divisional public relations ministry and Linda to long-term care chaplaincy and as director of volunteer services. They both served as assistant chief secretaries followed by appointments as divisional leaders for the Maritime Division. Wade and Linda retired from their final appointments as divisional property co-ordinator and divisional women’s ministry secretary, respectively, in the Newfoundland and Labrador Division. The Budgells have three adult children, Jeremy, Stephen and Amanda, and one grandson, Noah, and are grateful for the enriching relationships that have helped shape them as people and as Salvation Army officers.


Appointments: Commissioners Edward/Shelley Hill, Chief of the Staff/World Secretary for Women’s Ministries, IHQ; Commissioner Susan McMillan, acting IHQ head of finance (UK operations), IHQ; Mjrs Colin/Maureen Bain, COs, Lurgan Corps, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom and Ireland Tty; Sep 1—Lt-Cols Fikile/ Jabulani Khoza, TPWM/TC, Mozambique Tty, with rank of col; Mjrs Nokuthula/ Themba Mahlobo, TSWM/CS, Southern Africa Tty, with rank of lt-col


Birth: Lts Emily/Kyron Newbury, daughter, Sadie Ruth Newbury, Jun 13

Appointments: Mjr Stephen Court, CO, Harvest CC, Burnaby, B.C. Div; Mjrs Jason/ Sharon Dannock, community ministries officer, Strathroy CFS, Ont. Div; Mjr Alan Hoeft, DSPR, Alta. & N.T Div (additional responsibility), and assistant executive director, Waterston Centre, Regina, Prairie Div; Mjr Ben Lippers, director of EDS, Prairie Div (additional responsibility); Mjr Shari Russell, secondment to NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community (secondment extended); Mjr Faye Shail, director of chaplaincy, Meighen Health Centre, Toronto, Ont. Div; Mjr Pamela Stanger, chaplain, Broadview Village, Toronto, Ont. Div; Cpt Crystal Porter, territorial Indigenous ministries consultant, community mission department, THQ; Sep 1—Lt-Cols Morris/Wanda Vincent, divisional secretary/divisional secretary for officer personnel, B.C. Div

Post-retirement ministry: Mjrs Clarence/Karen Ingram, COs, Moose Jaw, Sask., Prairie Div

Promoted to captain: Lt Adriane Cartmell, Lt Carlos Cuellar, Lt Brian Dueck, Lt Gina Haggett, Lt Jenny Marin, Lts Kristina/Thomas Marsh, Lt Rebecca Pretty, Lt Parker Shieh, Lt April Ward, Lts Bradley/Wavie Webster, Lt Kaitlyn Young

Promoted to major: Cpt Dwayne Barnes, Cpt Tina Dominaux, Cpt Lynda Wakelin Long service: 25 years—Mjrs Colin/Maureen Bain, Mjrs Donald/Donna Bladen, Mjr Carson Decker, Mjrs Geraldine/Wayne Durdle, Mjr Laverne Fudge, Mjrs Robert/ Shelley Kerr, Mjr Shellie Kirschman, Mjr Karen Lemke, Mjrs April/David McNeilly, Mjrs Joshua/Pauline Randell, Mjrs Pamela/William Stanger, Mjrs Darlene/Wilson Sutton; 30 years—Mjr Glenda Davis, Mjrs Deborah/Randolph Gatza, Mjrs Cindy/ Norman Hamelin, Mjrs Douglas/Karen Hammond, Mjr Kent Hepditch, Mjrs Lisa/ Patrick O’Doherty, Mjr Louise Pond, Mjrs Janice/Peter Rowe, Mjr Miriam Stevens; 35 years—Lt-Col Roxanne Jennings, Mjr Wendy Broome, Mjr Ross Grandy, Mjr Patricia McInnes, Mjr Donette Percy, Mjr Robert Reid, Mjr Sterling Snelgrove; 40 years—Commissioner Lee Graves, Col Wendy Swan, Lt-Col Ann Braund, Lt-Cols Frederick/Wendy Waters, Mjr Barbara Carey, Mjr Roy Snow

Retirements: Jul 1—Lt David Haggett

Promoted to glory: Mjr Carol Barkhouse, Jun 5; Mjr Donald Wheeler, Jun 8; AuxCpt Donna Knee, Jun 11; Cpt Arline Keats, Jun 13; Mjr Woodrow Hale, Jun 18; Mjr Ruth Frost, Jun 23; Mjr Roberta Dalrymple, Jun 26; Lt-Col Douglas Hefford, Jul 4; Aux-Cpt Donald Cummings, Jul 6


Commissioners Lee and Debbie Graves: Sep 9-10, Barrhaven Church, Ottawa; Sep 13-15 Mission Delivery Leaders Forum, Toronto; Sep 16 opening and dedication of CFOT, Toronto; Sep 17 cadets’ welcome and installation of territorial leaders, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto; Sep 28-29 National Advisory Board, Toronto; Sep 29-Oct 1 Officer Information Weekend, Toronto; Oct 14-20 5th Year Institute, Toronto

Colonels John and Lani Chamness: Sep 1-3 Celebration of Culture, Pine Lake Camp, Alta.; Sep 13-15 Mission Delivery Leaders Forum, Toronto; Sep 16 opening and dedication of CFOT, Toronto; Sep 17 cadets’ welcome and installation of territorial leaders, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto; Sep 28-29 National Advisory Board, Toronto; Sep 29-Oct 1 Officer Information Weekend, Toronto; Oct 14

Booth University College board of trustees, Winnipeg (Colonel John Chamness only); Oct 14-20 5th Year Institute, Toronto; Oct 22-23 CFOT

Canadian Staff Band: Sep 30-Oct 1 Agincourt Temple CC, Toronto

Canadian Staff Songsters: Sep 30-Oct 1 Canadian Staff Songster retreat; Oct 21 with Heritage Brass, Oshawa, Ont.

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Penney for Your Thoughts

The importance of Christian community.

Jillian Penney attends Vernon Community Church, B.C., where she is the children and youth co-ordinator and team lead for their neighbourhood outreach program. She also serves as a regional co-ordinator for the British Columbia Division’s youth department. This is the first article of a new series, where we will get to know Salvationists from across the territory.

Where are you from, and how has this place shaped you?

Before moving to Vernon, I lived in Torbay, N.L., and Fogo Island, N.L. Newfoundlanders are commonly known for their generous hospitality, and I believe that has been foundational in how I live my life. I love to have people at my house, share a meal with friends and live as if the door of my home and my heart is open. I want to do life with people, and I think that stems from that hometown hospitality found in Newfoundland.

Tell me a little about your spiritual journey. While I was not raised within The Salvation Army, I grew up in a Christian home and have been a Christian my whole life. I went through the stages of Sunday school, midweek children’s programs, vacation Bible school, youth group, youth camps and events, and then young adults. As a teen, I became involved as a volunteer with the kids’ ministry team at my church and then I also served on the young adults’ team at my university campus. After I graduated from university, I was invited to apply for the children and youth co-ordinator position here at The Salvation Army in Vernon and the rest is history.

How has your relationship with Christ grown over time?

My relationship with God has grown and matured over time with still lots of room to grow. One way in which I see maturity in my

relationship is in the ways I hear from God and act in obedience to what he has to say. This is often expressed as I feel nudged to speak a word of encouragement to someone.

What spiritual disciplines or practices have

I engage regularly in our corps gatherings, whether it be for worship services, Bible studies or other social events. In addition to this—and what I believe has been key to my personal growth—has been finding a Christian community in my personal life. For many years, this was at a local young adults’ group, but lately has been a small group of friends who meet weekly for a potluck and games. The deep friendships I have built from engaging in Christian community have been my place of conversation, prayer, support and growth.

Who has had a significant influence on your life, and why?

One thing I love about The Salvation Army is that they have always put their faith into action to serve others. I think it models Jesus’ lifestyle well as he was often concerned about those on the outside. This inspires me to do the same and lead our emerging generations to live likewise.

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off?

A slow morning with coffee and a delicious breakfast followed by a spontaneous afternoon adventure.

Have you travelled to any different countries? Where is the most aweinspiring place you have been?

I have been to the United States, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. The water in Grand Turk was incredible! I would love to add some more places to that list. Maybe somewhere in Europe next? Or maybe another tropical destination? Who knows?

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One Small Seed

It’s hard to believe but this gigantic pumpkin came from a seed no larger than your fingernail. How did it get to be so large? Plenty of sunlight, abundant rain, fertile soil and essential nutrients.

It’s the same with our faith. The Bible says that belief begins like a seed. For a relationship with God to grow and mature, it requires worship, prayer and time spent with others who believe.

Out of one small seed can come a life of possibilities.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

—Colossians 2:6-7

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5 All the Light We Cannot See

A German soldier faces the most crucial choice of his life in Netflix’s new miniseries.


8 Treasure Hunt

There’s nothing like the thrill of finding a hidden gem.


12 Simon Peter: Third Time’s the Charm

Jesus changed a panicked follower into a rock-solid evangelist. 5

14 Have Wheels, Will Travel

How a bike from The Salvation Army helped a Winnipeg radio host.

16 Breaking Down Walls

Mohawk musician Jonathan Maracle shares a message of forgiveness and healing.

21 From Streets to Success

In Kenya, The Salvation Army provides necessities for today and gives hope for tomorrow.


24 Accidental Faith

A near-death experience helped Alexandria Venables to better trust God and live a thankful life.


28 Ghostly Goings-On

Perfect for Halloween, the gothic horror novel The Vanishing at Castle Moreau also shines a light on a modern-day horror.


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A Footnote to History?

Iwas tickled to discover recently that an article I had written back in my university days had been cited by a h istorian of economics who had written about the early days of Lord Beaverbrook, the famed Canadian financier and British politician.

Imagine that! Any time anyone picked up that book, they would be holding me in their hands.

Overnight, I had become a footnote to history!

But as I pondered the implications of that statement, reality set in.

Is that what people will remember me for, and only that? I asked myself.

The Bible says, “Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). I hope that the way I treat my family, friends and colleagues, honestly and with love, will be more of a testament to my life than anything I have ever written, important as that might be to me.

Because I do not want to be known as simply a footnote to history.

And Jonathan Maracle will certainly not be, either. The Mohawk musician’s message of forgiveness and healing is one the world needs. Read his fascinating story on page 16.

Elsewhere in this issue of Faith & Friends, see how a Thanksgiving car accident helped one woman appreciate every new day, and read about a newcomer to Winnipeg who found his way around the city with the help of a Salvation Army thrift store.

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We want to convey our best wishes to Kristin Ostensen, managing editor of our sister publication, Salvationist, who recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.

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All the Light We Cannot See

Happier Days

This fall, Netflix premiers a new miniseries, All the Light We Cannot See, based on the 2014 book by the same title. Written by Anthony Doerr, the novel took 10 years to write and won a Pulitzer Prize.

War From Two Sides

The historical action drama chronicles the lives of two young people during the Second World War, from 1940 to 1944. The first is MarieLaure (Aria Mia Loberti), a blind girl whose father, Daniel (Mark

Ruffalo), works at the Museum of Natural History in Paris as a locksmith.

When Marie-Laure is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris. She and Daniel escape to the seaside town of SaintMalo to live with Daniel’s eccentric uncle, Etienne (Hugh Laurie), whose hobby is radios. Etienne teaches Marie-Laure how to operate a hidden radio in the attic of his home. When both her father and uncle are arrested, Marie-Laure transmits messages to them over the radio, hoping they will somehow hear her. I SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 • 5 Faith & Friends FAITH BUILDERS
A German soldier faces the most crucial choice of his life in Netflix’s new miniseries.
A young Marie-Laure (Nell Sutton) with her father, Daniel (Mark Ruffalo)

Broadcasting to Danger

Marie-Laure (Aria Mia Loberti) plays a brave French Resistance fighter in All the Light We Cannot See

Meanwhile, in Germany, a German orphan, Werner Pfennig (Louis Hofmann), delights the housemother of the orphan home with his astute questions and abilities. German officers soon learn of Werner’s skill at repairing radios and place him in an elite Nazi training school. Although the military exercises prove brutal and Werner quickly becomes disillusioned with the Nazis, he perseveres for the sake of a free education.

Forced to Fight

Werner Pfennig (Louis Hofmann) uses his radio skills for evil purposes

Werner’s Choice

Near the end of the war, the Nazis send Werner to France to confiscate illegal radios and kill the members of the French Resistance who use them.

Marie-Laure has since joined the Resistance herself and transmits messages over an old radio of her uncle’s.

Werner discovers the young blind girl and is mysteriously drawn to her. After hearing her story, Werner sees her no longer as the enemy, but as a brave young woman shining light into the darkness.

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“People have always said that about me,” she responds. “But I don’t feel brave. I just live each day as it’s given to me.”

Werner sees how his life has been a lie, following a philosophy of racism and annihilation that he’s grown to despise. When he realizes that Marie-Laure lives in more light than he does—even though she’s blind—it opens the eyes of his heart.

But now Werner faces the most crucial choice of his life: order Marie-Laure’s death or disobey his own orders to save her—and risk his life. Werner’s decision will change them both forever.

Coming to the Light

Sometimes it takes what our society calls a “disabled” person to help us see what we value most. Are we living with authenticity? Do we match our actions with our belief system, or simply do what’s expected of us because it’s most advantageous? Or easy.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father

who is in heaven” (English Standard Version). The light in us who follow Jesus is God’s Holy Spirit. His power at work in us enables us to open our hearts full of light to others. When they see that light shine through us, it shows them the way to Jesus.

Whether we feed a meal to a hungry person or transmit radio messages to save a nation, we are the light of Jesus that shines in a dark world. We can be the light for someone stumbling in darkness.

And once they come to that light—Jesus Himself—they will never be the same.

All the Light We Cannot See: Fast Facts

• When producer Shawn Levy ( Stranger Things) read the script, he decided it would be perfect as a miniseries.

• All the Light We Cannot See will introduce Aria Mia Loberti as Marie-Laure. Loberti is blind, and this is her first acting experience.

• Since bombs demolished most of Saint-Malo near the end of the Second World War, many main scenes were filmed in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France, chosen for its resemblance to Saint-Malo before the war.

Author of five books and hundreds of published articles, Jeanette Levellie and her husband make their home in Paris, Illinois. Jeanette’s hobbies include spoiling her three grandchildren, pampering her cats and inventing new ways to avoid housework. Find her splashes of hope and humour at I SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 • 7

Record Holder

For Osareme David Dom-okoebu, his thrift-store finds were a way to reconnect with his past

Treasure Hunt

There’s nothing like the thrill of finding a hidden gem.

This month, instead of our usual tips and DIYs, we asked our three Nifty Thrifty experts what their best finds were, and what it meant to them:


Music has always been one of my favourite things in the world. It has a way of putting you in a good mood and helping you time travel to a specific era or place. My father had a huge collection of music when I was growing up. His records, cassettes and CDs force you to listen to an album from beginning to end, and that shaped the way I listen to music now.

A few years ago, I told myself that I would like to put together a record collection to remind me of my childhood and the music I’d hear at home. I didn’t realize how expensive records are now! I started going to record stores and shopped

online to look for my favourites. Since they were quite expensive, I started searching thrift stores.

On one of my trips, I found not one but two records that would always play in my home—and for a great price! Every time I listen to these records, I dance and sing just like I used to when I was a child. It’s almost as if I’m in a time machine, and they take me back to great memories.

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(left) Osareme David Dom-okoebu is a content creator and a creative expert for The Salvation Army. He creates content on Instagram (@_reme_) centred mainly on thrifted menswear. He also shares how to be stylish without breaking the bank. Osareme David Dom-okoebu Blasts From the Past

It’s one of those magical thrift store moments that rarely happen— something catches your eye across the room and you know it’s good. This happened to me recently.

I was in line to purchase a small item and happened to glance around. I saw a sweater in the men’s section, and it was as if it lit up, so I walked over. As soon as I was close enough and the label became clear, my heart starting pounding. Could it be?

I looked around. Why? Did I think someone would take it from my hands? I checked the tag; it

seemed authentic. A simple white tag with the words Christian Dior in black. Hand trembling, I checked the price tag. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The sweater was only $5.

At this point, I didn’t care if it was authentic or not, I paid and ran out of the store clutching the sweater. I later discovered this Christian Dior sweater was in fact authentic and retails for $1,500.

When I first started thrifting, I lived in a small town with only a few stores and the Sears catalogue to choose clothes from for my wardrobe. To have something unique or create a stylish outfit, I turned to thrift stores. Over time, I realized shopping second-hand allowed me to own a designer wardrobe on a budget, most of the time paying less than five percent of the retail cost.

This Christian Dior sweater will live in my wardrobe and be worn until the day my twins ask to borrow it. Could I make a lot of money reselling it online? Of course, but nothing is worth more than the feeling of finding a $5 Christian Dior sweater to add to my entirely thrifted closet.

(left) Tijana McAllister is the frugalista behind A Plentiful Life, a lifestyle blog that shows readers how to live their best lives on a budget. She is also a creative expert for The Salvation Army’s thrift stores.
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Tijana McAllisterDior!

I’ve always been a big thrifter and early adopter when it came to upcycling. Must be in the genes! My father is an electrical engineer with the inner soul of a creative (he was a DJ and musician in his early 20s). When my parents moved here, my dad would buy, fix and sell stereo equipment among other secondhand items to make some extra cash. I guess I picked up that “joie” when it came to seeing possibility in discarded items from my childhood. My upcycling journey started when I lived on the Sunshine Coast

of British Columbia, salvaging “junk” from the Share Shed at the dump, garage sales and thrift stores. I’ve refinished furniture, repurposed numerous second-hand treasures and restyled quite a few clothing finds.

Some of my favourite thrifted finds are the ones that start out super-drab then become super-fab.

Recently, I scored a wool cardigan made by a local designer for $7 at my local Salvation Army thrift store. It was a lovely cut but the colour was pretty … awful. I used some grey dye to turn it from junky to funky in a jiffy—the bland yellow and beige became a deep coffee brown in no time! I stepped it up by replacing the dated decorative button with a button-turnedbrooch from a local button store. I love that you can create your own style on a budget while being sustainable … and with a bit of imagination.

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(left) Denise Corcoran (aka Thrifty By Design) is an author, upcycler, community builder and workshop facilitator based in North Vancouver. She shares her enthusiasm for crafting and upcycling by facilitating “Crafternoons” throughout Vancouver. She is also a creative expert for The Salvation Army’s thrift stores. Find a thrift store near you at Denise Corcoran Seeing the Possibilities

Simon Peter: Third Time’s the Charm

Jesus changed a panicked follower into a rock-solid evangelist.

The disciple Simon, before Jesus changed his name to Peter, was one of Jesus’ three top men, part of His inner circle and one of His best friends.

Until he denied he knew Jesus.

During Jesus’ trial, Simon stood in the patio of the Roman court, warming his hands by the fire. Three different people accused him of being a follower of Jesus. Simon denied all three charges. At the final accusation, he mixed his denial with cursing. “*&^% it, I told you I don’t know the man!”

The moment those words left Simon’s mouth, Jesus, standing nearby, locked eyes with him. Can you imagine that look, filled with sorrow and anguish?

When Simon realized Jesus had heard his denial, he ran off and wept hot, remorseful tears. How could he refuse to acknowledge the man he’d followed for three years? Did his time with Jesus mean nothing?

Marvelous Confirmation

Before we look down on Simon— imagining we’d behave better if we’d been in his sandals—we need to remember something. Crucifixion was the most excruciating form of execution, and perhaps Simon panicked. It’s likely he feared the Roman guards would now hunt down Jesus’ followers and crucify them. That kind of terror drives a person to say things they never imagined.

But after Jesus rose from the dead, He forgave Simon and gave him a new name: Peter, which means “rock.” Not the tiny pebbles you use in gardens but a huge boulder used in battle.

Jesus no longer saw Peter as a weak, fearful man who’d turn on his best friend to save his own skin. Jesus saw Peter as a powerhouse who could lead others into God’s kingdom and teach them how to follow Jesus.

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that’s exactly what Peter did.

On the day of Pentecost, after Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, he boldly spoke to the crowd of repentance from sin and promised them the gift of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:1-40). Three thousand people who heard Peter preach that day believed, repented of their sins and were baptized.

Not bad for a first sermon.

One thousand new believers for each time Peter had denied he knew Jesus. What a marvelous gift, a confirmation to Peter that Jesus wanted to use him in spite of his past. Peter became one of the most powerful individuals to spread the good news of Jesus throughout the world.

Who We Can Be

Jesus may not call us in the same way He chose Peter. But everyone who makes Jesus the Lord of their lives—no matter what their past

record reads like—can be filled with the Holy Spirit and become a powerhouse for God, a solid rock like Peter.

I believe God included Peter’s story in the Bible to encourage us that no matter how impulsive, no matter what dumb decisions we’ve made, Jesus will use us if we repent and receive His forgiveness.

Because Simon Peter’s story isn’t just about him.

Jesus sees us not for who we are now, but for who He knows we can be.

All About Simon Peter

Read Luke 22:54-62, John 20:19-22, and Acts 2:1-40

• Who: A follower of Jesus who denied Him at His trial

• When: AD 33

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Illustration: Wodcut by Gustave Doré (1832-1883), courtesy of the Doré Bible Gallery
Jesus sees us not for who we are now, but for who He knows we can be.

Have Wheels, Will Travel


Christian Aumell arrived in Winnipeg in March 2015, having left his hometown of Tara, Ont., with two suitcases and nothing else. He had just finished his studies in broadcast journalism and had been presented with a parttime job opportunity at Global News’ 680 CJOB radio station.

way to get to and from work.

With his friends and family back in Ontario, Christian didn’t know many people during his first few weeks in Winnipeg. Needing a reliable option and an affordable solution to his transportation problem, he turned to The Salvation Army.

With little knowledge of his new home and a limited budget, Christian needed to find a cost-effective way to move about in the city. The station let him borrow a car temporarily for the first couple of months; however, he knew that soon he was going to need to find a permanent

Getting to Know Winnipeg

Christian was aware of the organization and its commitment to helping people. He visited the Empress Salvation Army Thrift Store and eventually found a used bike that would positively affect his new life.

“I didn’t have much money, I was

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“I was fresh out of school, I needed something inexpensive.”

Easy Rider

fresh out of school, I needed something inexpensive and, when you think thrift shops, The Salvation Army is very near the top of the list,” Christian says.

The bike he found was a perfect match. It wasn’t new but was in decent condition, with working brakes, a functional seat and, most importantly, big enough for his sixfoot-five-inch frame.

During his first summer in Winnipeg , that bike was his main mode of transportation. It helped him to facilitate his commute and gave him a sense of independence and self-reliance during a transitional period in his life. Riding around the city allowed him to get to know his surroundings and feel more connected with his new home.

“I would hop on the bike for hours,” he says, “get lost in Winnipeg and try to find my way home just because I wanted to see all of what the city had to offer.”

Adjustment Period

In the fall of 2015, Christian was hired full-time by the radio station. He was then able to purchase a car, which made moving around during the colder months easier. However, he still preferred to use the bike over his car whenever he got the chance.

Christian is now a recognized voice among Winnipeg sports fans. He is the host of the 680 CJOB Sports Show.

As for the bike, Christian was able to enjoy it for a year and a half. In October 2016, the bike was unfortunately stolen. Thankfully, by that time, Christian was settled in.

Despite losing the bike, Christian believes that the purchase was well worth it, as it had a significant impact on his life at the time and it helped him through a challenging period of adjustment.

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The Salvation Army was the answer to Christian Aumell's transportation problem


“We sing, we dance, we pray—for healing in our land.”


Jonathan Maracle wrote these song lyrics in May 2021, expressing his hope for reconciliation between Indigenous people and those who settled in Canada. Two days later, the unmarked graves of 215 Indigenous children were uncovered at a former Indian residential school in Kamloops, B.C., a devastating reminder of the need for reconciliation—and the walls that divide us.

Jonathan is the founder and lead singer of Broken Walls, a music group that has travelled around the world, sharing the message of Jesus and building bridges across cultures,

for almost 30 years. Last August, he was the musical guest at The Salvation Army’s fifth annual Celebration of Culture, held in partnership with Indigenous Pathways, in Alberta.

“I’ve got two mandates,” Jonathan says. “The first is to help non-Indigenous people understand what they’ve done to our people and find forgiveness. And the second is to break the walls of bitterness that lie within the hearts of my Indigenous people—to tell them that Jesus died for every tribe, tongue, people and nation. And for them to discover their gifts and carry them to the world with love.”

Photo : Jonathan Maracle
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Journey of Reconciliation

Jonathan Maracle leads a time of worship at The Salvation Army’s fifth annual Celebration of Culture, held in Alberta last August

Grace at the Mic Jonathan is the founder and lead singer of Broken Walls, a music group that shares the message of Jesus and builds bridges across cultures

Jonathan's Drum

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Photo : Connie Donlon Photo : Courtesy of Jonathan Maracle

“I Don’t Need Jesus”

Jonathan grew up with five brothers in Akwesasne, a Mohawk Nation community in southeastern Ontario, where his father, Andrew Maracle, was a minister, respected elder and international advocate for Indigenous rights.

“My dad spoke the language fluently and he brought us up to be proud of our Mohawk heritage,” he says. “At my coming-of-age ceremony, he gave me the name Oronhyatekha—which means ‘Burning Cloud’—in honour of a Mohawk physician from the 19th century who was a distinguished leader in Canada.”

But it was another public figure who most captured Jonathan’s attention: Elvis Presley.

“I remember watching Elvis on TV, and I was stung by rock ’n’ roll,” he recalls. “I was completely entranced, listening to him sing. And I thought, That’s what I want to do—I want to sing.”

At 17, Jonathan started a rock band called Red Cloud, which played in bars around town. Soon, he decided to seek his fortune in California. His parents were distraught, thinking he was walking away from his faith. Still, his dad drove him to the bus station.

“As I was climbing onto the bus, he said to me, ‘Son, when your back is against the wall and you have nowhere to turn, call out to Jesus,’ ” Jonathan remembers.

“I looked at him and said, ‘I don't

need Jesus.’ And then I walked to the back of the bus.”

“I Love You”

In California, things went well for a while, and Jonathan opened for some of the biggest bands in the world, including Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer and Blue Oyster Cult. Then the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle of drugs and alcohol caught up to him. He lost friendships and sank into depression.

“I was devastated,” he says. “I didn’t want to live anymore, and I had devised a way to take my life.” As he tried to put his feelings into a blues song, his father’s words came back to him: “When you have nowhere to turn, call out to Jesus.”

“I crumpled up the song, threw it in the garbage and started to cry,” Jonathan says.

“Jesus, help me,” he cried out.

Then the phone rang.

It was his father, whom he hadn’t spoken to in more than two years. “He felt there was something wrong and had just bought a ticket to come and see me.”

Jonathan switched the ticket so he could go and spend time with his parents. They showered him with love, but he refused to let them talk about God. On his last day, though, he went to church with them, to make his mother happy.

Inside, an elderly woman approached Jonathan and said, “I love you.”

“It stunned me,” he says. “I didn’t feel very lovable. I asked, ‘Why?’ and

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she replied, ‘Because Jesus told me to.’ ”

As he stood there, he felt a warm sensation flood through him, from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet, dissolving his loneliness, depression and addictions.

For the rest of the service, Jonathan sat at the back of the church. “I didn’t hear a word the pastor was saying,” he says. “I was just basking in this presence that I didn’t understand.”

Set Free

Although it was clear he couldn’t return to the way he had been living, Jonathan didn’t know what was next, so he moved home. He lived

with his brother and started going to church with him, seeking to grow in his relationship with God.

Then the pastor told him he needed to choose between his faith and his Mohawk culture.

“He said my culture was heathen, and that I would need to give it up to follow Jesus,” Jonathan says. “I was heartbroken. But I wanted Jesus more than my culture, more than anything else, because He had done such a supernatural thing in my spirit.” He rejected his heritage and went on to become a worship leader.

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Dynamic Duet Jonathan and Dr. Casey Church, a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of southwest Michigan, provide music at the Celebration of Culture pow wow

In 1995, he was invited to attend the Sacred Assembly, a national conference organized by Elijah Harper, an Oji-Cree Member of Parliament, that brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for a time of listening, learning, praying and worshipping.

Jonathan had been asked to sing Amazing Grace, but then the words of one of the speakers caught his attention. He spoke about the pain of colonialism, and how this had built walls of bitterness within the hearts of Indigenous people—walls that needed to be broken for them

to walk in the fullness of freedom that the Creator gave us through the death of his Son.

He wrote the song Broken Walls in response and played it on his drum. It led to an outpouring of tears and confession, forgiveness and healing.

“And that was the beginning of what I do today,” Jonathan says. “We’re in it to see our people set free.”

Check out four of Jonathan Maracle’s songs at:

A Fab Four (from left) Carol Sullivan, Rita Beargray, Jonathan and Casey on tour in Ireland
Photo : Courtesy of Jonathan Maracle
Casey's ceremonial bundle
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From Streets to Success


Ihave three children ranging in ages from six to 14. Each week, my house is full of activity, from packing school lunches in the morning to school pickups in the afternoon and homework in the evening. Add in all the other things that need to be done— grocery shopping, laundry, doctor’s appointments—and the list goes on.

But what would my life look like if I did not have a home where I could prepare and co-ordinate everything that needs to be done for my family? With support from the Brighter

Futures Children’s Sponsorship Program, The Salvation Army in Kenya is supporting families and their children who have no place to call home through a community outreach program. Regular activities are carried out in the areas of Kakamega, Kitale and Eldoret with the aim to reduce the number of vulnerable children living in the streets. This is done through a holistic approach involving several different activities that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 • 21
Success Students stand with the staff and teacher from the community outreach program after writing their exams

Feeding—Ensuring Every Child Has Access to Sufficient Nutritional Meals

If children are hungry, it can become difficult for them to concentrate on schoolwork and other tasks. Ensuring meals are provided is vital. Children and their families can receive breakfast in the morning and a lunch throughout the day.

Health and Hygiene Ensuring Every Child Lives a Healthy Life

Without a stable home environment, children are more susceptible to illness and disease. Good hygiene is an important aspect of prevention and ensuring children have good health. Therefore, the outreach program provides soap and water, as well as an area for the families to wash their clothes. They also have showers where they can bathe.

Come and Get It!

In December, a special Christmas celebration was prepared for each of the participants

In the past year, more than 200 people have received healthcare services through the community outreach program. They were treated for common illnesses, such as upper respiratory tract infection, toothaches and headaches, to more serious illnesses such as malaria. Referrals are also given when someone requires more specialized care such as physiotherapy.

Skills Development—Ensuring Every Child Has an Opportunity to Thrive Through Employment

Gaining an education is the first step in ensuring each child is successful, but attending college or university may not be an option. The outreach program ensures that participants learn a skill that can provide income and stability in their lives. Soap making, beads, tailoring and gardening are some of the skills that have been taught. Business classes are also available.

This past year, four of the participants received assistance in setting up their own business by purchasing supplies, such as trolleys and carts.

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Education—Ensuring Every Child Has the Opportunity to Learn

Access to education can be a distant dream for many children who do not have a home, so the community outreach program has teachers available to work with the children and help prepare them to write their education exams.

In the past year, 15 children have achieved their primary or secondary certificate. An additional 25 children learned to read and write.

Living Example

Wycliffe is 23 and first started participating in the outreach program in 2017 after being homeless for two years. He was actively involved in the many activities of the program, and it was through the business classes that he gained an interest in starting his own business.

Previously, he helped a friend sell onions and tomatoes on Saturdays, but he dreamed of selling his own green peas and carrots. The program helped Wycliffe purchase the items he needed to get started, and from there he worked hard to grow his business.

At first, he just had a wheelbarrow but was later able to purchase a cart, which provided easier movement of his product. He continued to increase his supply and even employed one of his friends to help with his growing business.

Wycliffe says that the resources provided by the outreach program have impacted his life positively and he is now able to do something constructive with his life. In addition, he can help care for his siblings.

Wycliffe is just one example of how the community outreach program provides the necessities for today, which gives hope for tomorrow. They are truly living out the words of Matthew 25:35, which says: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

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Street Vendor Wycliffe stands by his new cart which holds his supply of carrots and green peas

On Thanksgiving Monday in 2021, I sat around the table with family and friends as we counted the blessings for which we were thankful. When it came my turn to speak, I didn’t have to think long or hard about what I was going to say.

“I’m thankful for my life,” I stated simply, holding back tears. It was something I could have lost just hours earlier.

Nowhere to Go

That Thanksgiving weekend had been full of fun and time spent with loved ones. Sunday after church, my husband, Marcus, and I went out for

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lunch with a group of friends. We shared laughs and stories, which somehow took us to the topic of car accidents.

“I’ve never been in a car accident before!” I happily shared with the group.

The very next day, we were driving along a two-lane country road on our way to Thanksgiving dinner. It was a perfect sunny day, and we were enjoying the beautiful fall colours as we drove. Traffic was moving well though there were many cars on the road. As we came over the top of a hill, we noticed that traffic was slowing ahead near the bottom, where there was an entrance to a trail.

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A near-death experience helped me to better trust God and live a thankful life.
by Alexandria Venables

Families were gathering to enjoy a Thanksgiving hike together. Marcus slowed down and eventually stopped at the very bottom of the hill.

Just a moment after we stopped, Marcus noticed in his rear-view mirror that a large truck was barrelling full speed over the top of the hill, not noticing the stopped cars ahead. To our left was a steady stream of oncoming traffic; to our right was a metal road barrier. Marcus had nowhere to go to avoid the impending collision.

“Are You OK?”

I couldn’t see the rear-view mirror and only knew that something was wrong when I heard Marcus gasp, his mind having absorbed the situation and realized that we were trapped. I heard the sound of brakes squealing loudly, immediately followed by the sound of impact, deafeningly loud.

The fear we experienced in that moment was very real, but looking back on that day and the days that followed, I am so thankful for the ways God revealed himself to us.

After the shattered glass had finished flying out from our back windshield and our coffee had splat-

tered the ceiling of the car, Marcus turned to me and calmly asked, “Are you OK ?” He then immediately got out of the car and repeated those words to the man who’d crashed into us, who was in much worse shape than we were. While my mind was reeling, trying to comprehend what had just happened, Marcus had the presence of mind and soul to be able to jump into action and show kindness when it was needed most. This was God’s strength working through him in a difficult moment.

From Fear to Peace

As we talked about the accident with our family that night, we recognized that God had been with us and had protected us.

The driver of that truck had noticed us in just enough time to slam on his brakes, lessening the impact of the crash. Out of all the possible outcomes, we had been protected and had been able to walk away unharmed. We praised God for His protection and hugged our family extra tightly, giving thanks to Him for the many blessings we’d been given. I SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 • 25
A large truck was barrelling full speed over the top of the hill. Marcus realized that we were trapped. ALEXANDRIA VENABLES

In the following weeks, I was nervous getting back on the road. I felt this heightened sense of awareness of how fragile and fleeting our lives really are. The “what-ifs” started creeping in. “What if I get in another accident and don’t make it out?”

But as I processed my fear, I was reminded of the gift of eternal life that is promised to all those who believe in God and accept His Son, Jesus Christ. I started to feel great freedom in the fact that life here on earth is temporary, and that every new day is a gift from God to be used for His glory. My fear turned into peace.

After that sense of peace and gratitude had set in, I was able to recognize that even if that driver hadn’t slammed on his brakes and we hadn’t walked away from that accident so easily, we would still have been all right. We would have been OK because we have faith in God that inspires us to show love freely each day we are given and trust that heaven is waiting for us.

I don’t know how many days God will give me here on earth, but I do know that He used a car accident to teach me to better trust Him, living my life with hands outstretched and a heart full of thanks.

(left) Alexandria Venables is a Salvationist from Toronto where she lives with her husband, Marcus. She is a member of the territorial communications team and is actively involved in The Salvation Army's Yorkminster Citadel corps, divisional youth music groups and Canadian Staff Songsters.
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Thankful Twosome “Life here on earth is temporary, and every new day is a gift from God to be used for His glory,” says Alexandria Venables, here with her husband, Marcus

Salvation Army Wins 22 Awards

The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory’s magazines, website (, digital media, and marketing and communications department won a grand total of 22 awards at the annual Canadian Christian Communicators Association (CCCA) ceremony this spring, the organization’s first in-person event since before COVID. The CCCA (formerly the Canadian Church Press) has 47 members, including individual writers, musicians and representatives from publications of mainline, Catholic and evangelical churches. The awards are judged by accomplished secular journalists and academics.

Faith & Friends took home six awards for articles published in 2022. “Hope in the North,” Kristin Ostensen’s September/October article on The Salvation Army’s role in procuring much-needed clothes for the students of Nunavut, won first place in the News category, as did March’s “Mr. Flynn and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” in the Headline category. February’s “At First Sight?,” Salvation Army Captain Laura Van Schaick’s excellent look at the popular Redeeming Love novel, was awarded

second place in the Media Review section. The March feature by Ben Swanson, on how NFL star McTelvin Agim found a place of belonging at The Salvation Army, also brought in two second-place awards, for Feature Layout & Design and Front Cover. That same issue’s “We Can Be Heroes” by Ken Ramstead won a third-place nod in the From The Editor category.

Our sister magazines, Salvationist and Booth UC Connect, received 12 awards in total. received three, including first place for a podcast by Kristin Ostensen featuring a client from The Salvation Army Harbour Light facility in Vancouver. The marketing and communications department took home an award for their 2021/2022 Annual Report, as did graphic designer Lisa Suroso’s design of Living Right While Righting Wrong, a book written by Colonel Wendy F. Swan. Check out all of our winning entries online at:


Ghostly Goings-On

Perfect for Halloween, the gothic horror novel

The Vanishing at Castle Moreau also shines a light on a modern-day horror.

Some things are scarier than ghost stories.

The Vanishing at Castle Moreau is a deliciously spooky gothic horror novel by awardwinning author Jamie Jo Wright. Complete with mysterious screams, bumps in the night, a phantom woman and skeletons literally hiding in a closet, Wright crafts a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats as she reveals the secrets of a supposedly cursed and haunted Wisconsin castle.

Heartbreaking Tragedy

It’s 1870 when Daisy François takes a position as a housemaid at Castle Moreau to escape the abuse she’s suffered at the hands of her adoptive parents. But as women from the area go missing, she’s drawn into a mystery that involves Ora Moreau, the castle’s owner and author of dark works of fiction.

In the present day, Cleo Clem-

mons is on the run from her family and the law when she takes a position at the castle helping Ora’s granddaughter, Virgie, manage her hoarding problem. But as Cleo works through the clutter, she discovers more than she bargained for.

As suspense builds, romance and inspirational themes combine with the mystery, making this a good choice for those who may avoid dark gothic literature. Wright incorporates the paranormal without compromising the truth of God’s Word, and the redemptive arc in this book is uplifting.

While this is a story that will have your heart racing, it is the social discourse on the maltreatment of women and girls that will linger in the minds of readers. By referencing child abuse and domestic violence, Wright outlines heartbreaking circumstances that would cause a girl or woman to despair and want to disappear forever.

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Eating Healthy With Erin


TIME 10 min MAKES 4 servings SERVE WITH grilled chicken, beef or veggie burgers

16 large strawberries

14 mint leaves

60 ml (¼ cup) fresh lime juice

10 ml (2 tsp) honey

500 ml (2 cups) cherry soda water

ice cubes to taste

additional lime and mint to garnish (optional)

1. Mash de-stemmed strawberries to a pulp consistency.

2. Add de-stemmed mint to strawberry pulp and continue to mash for a minute to let juices out of mint leaves but not enough to tear apart the leaves.

3. Mix in lime juice and honey and stir together for a minute.

4. Pour in cherry soda and gently stir together.

5. Serve over ice with additional mint and lime as a garnish.


TIME 10 min MAKES 4 servings SERVE WITH grilled chicken or tofu

Salad Recipe

1.5 L (6 cups) fresh spinach

125 ml (½ cup) cherry tomatoes, halved

250 ml (1 cup) strawberries, sliced

375 ml (1½ cups) avocado, diced

80 ml (1/3 cup) pecans

60 ml (¼ cup) feta cheese

balsamic glaze drizzle (optional)

Dressing Recipe

60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil

45 ml (3 tbsp) balsamic vinegar

15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice

7 ml (½ tbsp) honey or maple syrup

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add spinach, tomatoes, strawberries and avocado to large salad bowl.

2. Heat dry pan over medium high heat and lightly toast pecans, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add to salad bowl.

3. In separate small bowl, add all salad dressing ingredients and whisk together.

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Recipe photos: Erin Stanley
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