The Salvation Army in Estevan and Weyburn will be embarking on a shared officers arrangement in which Estevan Lieutenants Brian and June Bobolo will spend time in both cities.
Brian Bobolo said the arrangement will start on June 27, when the officers in Weyburn will be leaving for another community.
“We will have responsibility for both ministry units, and all of the programs, and we will be in charge of directing the Salvation Army operations from that point on, in both locations,” Bobolo told Lifestyles.
It's an administrative change, and so it won't result in reduced services for Estevan, he said. Bobolo expects that either he or June will be in Estevan every day. The other will spend that day in Weyburn.
“Quite often people would come in to the Salvation Army in Estevan, and encounter both of us, and have an opportunity to talk to both of us, but come June 27, we will likely be in different communities (each day),” said Bobolo.
The officers often become the local face for the Salvation Army, but there are a lot of people – employees, supporters, experts and volunteers – who allow the organization to thrive, he said.
“The Salvation Army really is a system,” said Bobolo. “It's a package of experiences handed down from officer to officer, and so that provision of service from the Salvation Army, in addition to what the local officers provide, will still be there.”
Weyburn will also hire a community ministries coordinator, Bobolo said, to help out the lieutenants. He said it's a similar position to the Family Services manager that they have in Estevan, but the community ministries coordinator will have more responsibility.
The total number of Salvation Army officers in Canada is declining, Bobolo said, and so circuits, such as the one involving Estevan and Weyburn, are becoming more common.
“The Salvation Army, on a national level, has been looking at ways to provide the same level of services differently,” said Bobolo.
Also, all donations to the thrift store and the food bank will remain in the community, he said. There will not be a pooling of money or resources.