Every once in a while, we get to have an experience that has nothing to do with Fred and Wendy and everything to do with the reputation and work of The Salvation Army. This past week was one of those experiences.
We enjoyed a most remarkable dinner at O’Brien house on Meech Lake, QC. This historic home which has been restored fully was the site of our NAB dinner and our guest was the USA Ambassador to Canada. Ambassador Croft was gracious and has a rather intimate understanding of TSA. She spoke well and delightfully of The Army, our work and her experience with us.
The setting, the meal and the guest made it a most remarkable evening.
General John Larsson was with us last night to talk about the 1929 High Council – the retired General put together a great research project to bring all the pieces of this historic event into a fuller light. His book 1929 is fascinating.
There is a summary of the book on this You Tube video.
Below are some photos from the day at Sunbury Court the very place where that first High Council played out.
One of the boardrooms at THQ is called the Brown Boardroom and in fact is on the 7th floor – our executive floor. It is a room that is used frequently for all kinds of meetings. It has a map of Canada in it and a wall of windows looking out on our neighbour – a hydro station!
On the wall hangs these two historic pieces. To the right is a sketch of General Arnold Brown at the time of his election to be General. On the left is the actual document (deed) that was signed by the members of the High Council electing him as the 11th General of The Salvation Army. Some familiar names are signed there including Eva Burrows, later to be General plus Lesley Pindred and Arthur Pitcher, two Canadians in attendance.
Arnold Brown was a family friend and was in our home with some frequency over the years so it is interesting to review these two historical treasures.