Salvation Army and Envision Financial partner to bring Tournament of Hope to life

Jul 13, 2011 02:26 PM EDT

Langley, British Columbia | Tuesday, July 12th – On Wednesday, July 13, golf clubs will be swinging at Redwoods Golf Course to raise funds for Langley’s homeless community. It is all part of the sixth annual Tournament of Hope, made possible through a partnership between the Salvation Army and Envision Financial.

“The Gateway of Hope is so much more than a homeless shelter ‐ the programs that run through the shelter make a real difference in the community of Langley,” says Troy Gaglardi, director of Operations for The Salvation Army. “In 2010, we served over 40,000 meals, distributed over 400 food hampers, assisted over 200 children with school supplies and provided 9,800 bed nights in the emergency shelter. We’re so grateful for community partners like Envision Financial that make this all possible.”

Registration for this full day event starts at 10 a.m., with the scheduled start time of the tournament at 12 p.m. The team registration cost is $800 per foursome or $200 for a single player. All proceeds raised go towards the Gateway of Hope.

“As a local credit union, we, at Envision, share the wider concerns of our members and we want to make a difference in the communities in which we operate”, says Nikki Barrett, branch manager at Envision’s Willoughby location. “We first partnered with the Salvation Army more than five years ago to assist in securing an appropriate location for the Gateway of Hope and our involvement with their organization has continued to grow over the years. This organization plays a vital role in our community and we are proud to be the title sponsor of the Tournament of Hope.”

For more information on the Tournament of Hope, including registration information, please visit

Envision is proud to contribute to valuable initiatives and causes focused on strengthening the voluntary sector through innovative opportunities, enhancing educational programs and creating healthier communities through local arts and culture partnerships. In 2010, Envision contributed $1.0 million in charitable donations to worthy causes and organizations in communities across B.C.

About Envision Financial

Envision Financial is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third‐largest credit union with 37 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Kitimat and Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson regions. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has approximately $6.2 billion in assets under administration, 167,000 members and more than 1,300 employees. For eight years running, Envision was named one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada. Envision is designated a Caring Company by Imagine Canada. For more information, visit

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non‐governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

[Source: Salvation Army Canada]