Job losses at Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is saying little about restructuring in Vernon

The Salvation Army is saying little about restructuring in Vernon.

It’s believed five positions will be eliminated as part of changes at the organization, which operates a food bank and thrift stores.

“I’m not sure how many positions are impacted but there are staffing changes,” said Lauren Chan, the communications director for the Salvation Army’s B.C. division.

No details are also being provided on specific positions because labour issues are confidential.

“We aren’t in a position to comment on that,” said Chan.

However, The Morning Star has confirmed that among those impacted is David MacBain, community ministries director since 1999.

The Salvation Army announced structural changes in February because of steady public demand for services and financial instability.

It costs about $500,000 annually to operate the food bank, with most of that money coming from donations and the thrift stores.

Despite the restructuring, Chan insists the Salvation Army remains committed to helping residents in need in Greater Vernon.

“We are still serving the community. There will be no significant changes in services,” she said, adding that the goal is to focus on core programs.

“We’re looking at sustainability and a model that will serve the community.”