Commissioner Susan McMillan, territorial commander, led a delegation of Salvation Army officers to northern British Columbia in February, for a weekend of cultural and corps events.
The delegation joined local corps leaders, Damian and Erica Azak, and Salvationists in Gitwinksihlkw, B.C., in participating in the annual Hobiiyee celebrations, which mark the beginning of the Nisga’a new year. The Salvation Army was mentioned in a song at the event and the delegation participated in a dance with the Gitwinksihlkw team, with Damian Azak carrying the Army flag.
Salvationists gathered for a Sunday morning meeting, at which Commissioner McMillan dedicated a new flag and instruments for the corps. After the service, corps members enjoyed an anniversary cake recognizing 90 years of Salvation Army ministry in Gitwinksihlkw.
Along with the territorial commander, the delegation included Colonel Deborah Graves, territorial secretary for women’s ministries; Major Shari Russell, territorial indigenous ministries consultant; Lt-Colonels Brian and Anne Venables, divisional leaders, British Columbia Division; Lt-Colonel Jim Champ, secretary for communications; Lieutenant Kristen Jackson-Dockeray, divisional youth secretary, British Columbia Division; Captain Dave Macpherson, area commander, British Columbia Division; and Captain Lisa Macpherson, corps officer, Nanaimo Community Church, B.C.