Team - Salvation Army Canada

Team Bios

In early 2020, reports on complexity, human relations and the current economic model for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda were presented to the Territorial Management Board with a set of specific recommendations for each. In September 2020, the Mobilize 2.0 program team was established to ensure that these recommendations would be integrated with program initiatives throughout our journey of organizational transformation. Providing leadership to the Mobilize 2.0 team are the following individuals:

Geoff Rickard
Program Director, Mobilize 2.0

Professional Highlight
After 20 years working in corporate, Geoff moved to the non-profit sector about 12 years ago, completing a Masters degree to support his practical experience working with not-for-profit organizations. He looks forward to the chance to reflect on and enhance where and how mission can best be delivered and supported.

Fun Fact
Geoff loves music and spends most of his spare time listening to, reading about or seeing (when circumstances allow) musical acts.

Quote
“I was blessed to join The Salvation Army in Australia in late 2016 and doubly blessed to have the opportunity to continue to serve with The Salvation Army here in Canada and Bermuda.”

Favourite part of our vision statement
Communities that are just – the pandemic has highlighted inequities that continue to need addressing through policy and service delivery.

 

Keely Harris
Program Manager, Mobilize 2.0

Professional highlight
Having worked for The Salvation Army for 25 years, Keely's employment has taken her from administrative support roles to project management roles, which has led to tremendous growth professionally. During this time, Keely completed her project management certificate through York University and, most recently, was a project manager for the implementation of UltiPro; A cloud based solution for payroll and human resource management.

Fun Fact
In recent years, Keely has shown interest in health and fitness, and has undertaken a certification in nutrition as something completely different from her day-to-day work.

Quote
“What excites me about Mobilize 2.0 is the impact that will be seen and felt by the people that The Salvation Army serves. Sometimes as ‘insiders’ we can be desensitized to the scope of our work. When I intentionally step out of the scope of my office space and look at this organization from the public’s standpoint, I am in awe of what it represents and how it is valued by our country. And to think, it’s only going to get better!”

Favourite part of our vision statement
Partner — That word draws my attention to the intentionality that is needed to work with and alongside people to get the best of any situation. We are stronger together.

Sharon Jones-Ryan
Change Management Lead, Mobilize 2.0

Professional Highlight
Sharon has worked for The Salvation Army since 1994 as the management and organizational ethics consultant at The Salvation Army’s Ethics Centre, then as the learning and development strategist in the Leadership Development department at Territorial Headquarters. Her experience with and knowledge of The Salvation Army lends itself to her role in change management with Mobilize 2.0.

Fun Fact
When it’s possible, on Friday nights Sharon can be found at a local ceramics studio, sitting at a wheel throwing pottery.

Quote
“I am excited for the potential for us (everyone in our territory) to be united in our strengths to truly be a movement of salt and light.”

Favourite part of our vision statement
Mobilized and building — It is so hard to choose! If I extract the verbs — we are mobilized and building — these are the phrases I most connect with. If we can say this is, in fact, who we are, just imagine what our mission impact can be.

 

Brianne Zelinsky-Carew
Communications Specialist, Mobilize 2.0

Professional highlight
Brianne has worked with the Salvation Army in areas of children and youth ministry, community development, and now as the communications specialist for Mobilize 2.0. She studied communications and cultural theory at McMaster University and worked at a Canadian design studio prior to The Salvation Army. Brianne seeks opportunities to merge her creative interests with her passion for strengthening communities.

Fun Fact
Brianne’s right hand is her dominant hand, but she can only draw with her left hand. When she discovered this hidden talent, she launched an art studio titled, Left Hand Prints.

Quote
“I belong to The Salvation Army as an employee, volunteer, corps member and officer’s kid, and I have always believed in our mission. I have hope that our Army can grow and be better at sharing the love of Jesus, meeting needs, and being a transforming influence in our communities.”

Favourite part of our vision statement
We — To me, ‘we’ is significant in its simplicity. I believe that the path forward for The Salvation Army will require a spirit of togetherness; Each commitment in our vision statement hinges upon our ability to fulfill mission as a unified Army.