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Change of command on hold for Salvation Army

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The arrival of new officers for the Salvation Army here has been put on hold for the next two months due to health complications suffered by Capt. Elaine Yurett.

She and her husband, Capt. Lloyd, were scheduled to arrive here the first week of July to take over the ministry from Lt. Michael and Wendy Cumben, who were relocated to Nova Scotia.

The delay of officers brought Maj. John Richardson, community relations and development director for the Salvation Army’s Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario districts, in from Winnipeg last Thursday to assess the situation.

Although he was reluctant to elaborate, Maj. Richardson confirmed Capt. Elaine Yurett had serious medical problems for which she was being treated in the Ottawa area.

“That is the [situation] as we understand it,” he said.

“We’ll try and see how things go and if things follow through, the Yuretts may be here but that could take six to eight weeks,” he added, noting that relocating another couple here could be a consideration at some point.

In the meantime, Maj. Richardson will make arrangements to bring in officers from Manitoba each week to conduct Sunday services here, as well as attempt to recruit help at the local level.

“We’re hoping for somebody from within the Salvation Army to help out,” he said, who performed the morning services here last Sunday with his wife, Maj. Lynda Richardson.

Until new officers arrive here, Salvation Army staff member Marj Atkinson will be in charge of the family services operations (i.e. the food shelf) at the Citadel.

Mar. Richardson said donations of non-perishable items such as cereal, peanut butter, and canned milk were now in demand there.

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