The old train station in Montreal represents the flavour of the city as you see how the architects of old embraced the old world look in a new and grand way. I suppose I could have taken a picture of one of the many great restaurants as well for if there is a city in this country that has consistently great food it would be Montreal as well. I’ve been here many times in the past few years and I am never disappointed.
This trip was a bit of a whirlwind as we visited a number of sites in a short time for some very specific reasons. Included in that was our largest thrift store in the country. What a remarkable team we have working in the Montreal area. They are great people.
I found a few remarkable items too including this through back to another day. It has two doors that slide to the right and left to give it a finished appearance when not in use, but the slide out turntable and colour television are wonderful. If you are from the age of flat screens and i-pods you may not be able to truly appreciate what it is that this family furniture item brought to the home. This would have been someone’s pride and joy.
I invested quite a bit of time yesterday in a trip to Montreal. With an early morning pick up of 5:30 for a 7 am flight the day was off to a quick start. The Salvation Army has an arm called the National Recycling Organization which is led by John Kershaw. John is an enthusiastic leader and brings a great deal of skill to the role. It is apparent though when with his team that he’s also skilled at letting other people in this team have the floor – they get to contribute well and he praises them for doing so.
I am not sure how we are going to manage this, but I am hoping at some point that what we’ve learned with NRO can be shared with our Corps run Thrift Stores. To those of you looking from the inside out, this might not make much sense, but our Thrift Stores run under two management systems…you may say we have corporate stores (NRO) and franchise stores (run locally).
The corps ones, the franchise ones are running into more and more trouble as they face increasing competition. The NRO ones are becoming more and more financially and missionaly sustainable. It is exciting to see, and I have to say I have NOT been a fan of the NRO stores in the past for a great many reasons. But John and his team are really making me a believer.
So perhaps one day we’ll have as strong a series of stores run by corps as we do by NRO – that’s my hope. (You may say I’m a dreamer….but I’m not the only one).
Speaking of investment of time – look at this great statement regarding the ethics of The Army’s investment strategy:
“Investment managers may not invest in any security issued by a company whose primary business activity is the manufacture, distribution or promotion of alcohol, tobacco, pornography, gaming or gaming facilities, or the manufacture of armaments.
In addition, investment managers may not invest any funds in companies which are known to disregard the pollution of the environment.”
I read that and said: “I love it”.
So with this post about investment – what are you investing in?