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Strawberry Field(s) Forever

Update February 2017 – > YouTube feature video below Vision for Strawberry Field is to weave together educational, cultural, heritage and spiritual exploration in one bold, imaginative plan. Building on from the story of Strawberry Field, we want to create a vibrant visitor experience that inspires people today as much as the place inspired the

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You Are Better Than Anthing!

You are Better than Anything

When my granddaughter turned five, she received lots of wonderful gifts and cards from family and friends. But, one stood out. Her kindergarten friend, Maya, had insisted on making a card for Anna and writing her own special message in it: “To a special birthday girl. You are really my friend. You are better than

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The Book of Kells

On the small island of Lone, off the west coast of Scotland, a monastery was founded in the year 561 by Saint Columba, an Irish abbot and missionary. The abbey served as a base for spreading Christianity among the northern kingdoms of Scotland. It was an important political and religious institution until the early 9th

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A Lone Wolf

My son and his wife love animals. They foster cats until a ‘furever’ home is found and shortly after marrying, they adopted a dog. They found Wolf through (Together Every Animal Matters*). Wolf is a pure white husky – that’s the best guess as there could be something else mixed in. He has one blue

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Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Eight-year-old Toby, without hesitation, answered “Sushi”. The grown-ups around the supper table laughed— although a few non-sushi-lovers groaned. Have you thought about your favourite things lately? We all have them but, perhaps as we leave childhood behind, we

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30th


The Salvation Army Oshawa acknowledges the many Indigenous nations with longstanding relationships with the territories upon which our Church and our Community & Family Services are located. We acknowledge the land is covered under the Williams Treaties, and is part of the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

These ancestral and treaty lands; the present-day home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people is where we meet, share hope, and build community.

We reflect on knowing the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home. We are treaty people, it is our privilege to build relationships through reconciliation.

While we cannot undo the past, we are committed to a different future and doing our part to contribute to an equitable, just, and grace-filled society.