Salvation Army captains leaving
Local Salvation Army captains Angel and Marlene Sandoval will be leaving Fort Frances in two months and moving to Ariano Irpino, Italy.
Capt. Angel Sandoval made the announcement Friday evening during a Salvation Army appreciation dinner at Knox United Church.
He added that although they will be sad to leave, having some “new blood” come here will be a good thing for the Salvation Army and the community.
The Sandovals came to Fort Frances with their two children, Oneyda and David, in August, 2003.
Prior to that, they had been stationed in Hamilton, Ont. for two years.
The Sandovals first arrived in Canada in 1987 when their daughter was an infant. They both joined the Salvation Army in Hamilton shortly afterwards.
Capt. Sandoval said he wants the public to continue supporting the new Salvation Army officers when they come here.
He noted the Salvation Army has been in Fort Frances since 1914—and hopes it will keep going strong here for at least another 98 years.
Friday night’s volunteer appreciation dinner also was an opportunity for the Salvation Army to thank the community volunteers who helped with the 2011 Christmas campaign.
The Sandovals presented pins to recognize special volunteers, whether they helped with the Christmas campaign or all year-round.
Those honoured this year included Jill Pernsky, Audrey Thompson, and Angie Fraser, along with International Falls residents Curt Summer and Sharon Giavarini.
Deputy mayor Sharon Tibbs, who was on hand for Friday’s dinner, also shared a few words about the importance of volunteerism.