Program Update – Monday 4 June


Key Points

  • Department heads announced
  • Still Others – You’re invited!
  • Pulse Survey 3 Results
  • Property Team Days held
  • Chat with Lyn – This Wednesday
  • A conversation with THQ Chaplains
  • Changes to weekly updates


Department heads announced

We are pleased to announce the following heads of department.

Janine Kewming, Head of Fundraising, commencing July 30

With over 20 years executive and senior leadership experience in the corporate and NFP sectors, most recently Janine held the role of Chief, Private Funding at World Vision Australia. Prior to her time with World Vision, Janine was the Director of Marketing and Fundraising at The Lighthouse Foundation, a national NFP.

Janine describes herself as an extremely motivated, dynamic entrepreneur with high levels of energy, accountability and integrity.

Christina Walker, Head of Brand and Marketing, commencing July 30.

Christina Walker is a Senior Marketing Executive with more than 25 years’ experience developing and implementing customer, brand and marketing strategies.

Christina’s career has included roles in blue chip companies including Kellogg, Schwarzkopf & Henkel and National Australia Bank. Most recently, Christina has performed the role of Head of Marketing, Anglicare Southern Queensland.

Christine describes herself as a people-oriented leader, and strategic thinker who is passionate about identifying and building customer and brand experiences that make people ‘feel good’ when delivering and receiving them.

Bernadette Roberts, Head of PSU & Quality, commenced May 21.

Bernadette has spent the last 10 years of her career leading strategy, performance and transformational change at organisations including Scope, Wesley Mission and YMCA.

Bernadette has developed a solid reputation through advocacy and influence with government at both a state and federal level.

Still Others – You’re invited!

You’re invited to a once in a lifetime event in the history of The Salvation Army in Australia. Still Others will feature a national conference week, a Friday night celebration officially launching the Australia Territory, the ‘Our Christmas Gift’ concert spectacular, a youth block party, commissioning, and so much more.

The event will run from November 27th to December 3rd 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For more information, please visit

Pulse Survey 3 Results

Pulse Survey 3 was open from 23 April – 4 May 2018. 1779 Salvos embraced the opportunity to share feedback on their experience of the national transformation so far.

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who completed the survey and look forward to bringing you information about Pulse Survey 4 later this year.

Property team ‘shaping the new’ 

On May 28 and 29 2018, property team members and property business partners from around the country gathered together at THQ Redfern.

A total of 55 individuals attended. The focus of their time was ‘shaping the new’. Together, they looked inward, discussing the property team’s strengths and contributions, and then outward, exploring how they can better serve their ‘customers’, those who use a property service.

Opened in prayer by Major Darrell Slater and concluding with a team barbeque lunch, the event was a valuable opportunity to foster information sharing and collaborative decision making.

Chat with Lyn – This Wednesday

Tune in to the June edition of Chat with Lyn this Wednesday 6 June 2018 at 12 noon AEST and hear Lyn talk about the latest Mission Delivery news.

To join the conversation, please head to: . Please refer to Chat with Lyn – Instructions to set up Livestream  and log in prior to the chat.

If you’d like to ask Lyn a question, please email it to or before end of day Tuesday, or ask it during the livestream.

A conversation with THQ Chaplains – Part 2

In our Monday April 16 update, we featured an interview with two of the chaplains to THQ Redfern, Majors Bruce and Glenys Domrow.

We received some great feedback about this piece, so this week we are pleased to share with you a conversation Transition Support Team Communications Coordinator, Claire Hill had with Major Winton Knop (Chaplain to THQ Blackburn and THQ Glen Waverley) and Major Len Turner (Chaplain to THQ Glen Waverley).

Major Len Turner

Major Winton Knop


CH: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. It’s certainly an important role that you are doing. What makes you passionate about chaplaincy?

WK: For me, caring for people is a calling but it’s also a passion. During times of change or challenge, people need someone they can call on, trust and have confidence in, and it is a privilege to be able to do that.

LT: I love being able to inject messages of hope and encouragement into people’s lives. Just going offsite for coffee can really help a person relax and share. People are worth that time. I think it’s a totally beneficial thing to do with people.

CH: How would you describe the role of the chaplain?  

WK: A chaplain is a kind of confidant, someone who will give you their undivided attention, listening and responding empathetically and sensitively to what you’re facing.

LT: The THQ chaplain is a soft landing place because you can talk your heart out without judgement or fear of it impacting your job. You can speak your heart and mind, and be heard. It’s a healthy space.

CH: Have you found that people are utilising the THQ Chaplaincy support?

LT: I’ve only been in the role since the start of the year, but people are stopping in to talk, yes. It’s about making sure they know I’m here and being available when they want to talk.

WK: A good number are. I’m inviting people out for lots of coffees (coffee is always a plus!). I’m getting lots of referrals from department heads, and when there are announcements about changes to departments I enter that space for support. People have been taking up the opportunity to talk very personally about the challenges they’re facing. Here at THQ Blackburn we have had an EAP representative onsite, so it’s been great to be able to encourage use of that service too.

CH: If I want to talk to a THQ chaplain, what’s the first step?

LT: For me, here at THQ Glen Waverley, it’s very easy, as all of the Salvo employees are on the one floor. It’s really just a case of people dropping by.

WK: For THQ Blackburn, the simplest thing would be to give me a call. (03) 8878 2319 or on mobile 0439 033 176. I’m here between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

CH: Len, do you have any words of advice for the readers of the National Transformation Update?

LT: Sometimes as humans, we say to ourselves ‘I can cope with this, I’m fine’, when we’d be better suited to start talking through the discomforts that are going through our being.

If we hold it in and don’t talk it out, sometimes it can bubble over. The waiting to prove that we’re big and strong can cause us to crack. We might go cranky at fellow employees, for instance, when that’s really not the problem. It’s good to talk when we are feeling discomfort, not waiting until we are irate.

Chaplaincy is a really good first place to come and begin to talk. I’d encourage everyone to drop in and have a yarn.

CH: Winton, what would your words of encouragement be at this time?

WK: The transition to one national territory is an enormous opportunity and has all the hallmarks of something quite historic for us. I would encourage everyone to embrace it with a sense of positivity and hope. Let’s maximise this moment with a united spirit across all levels of The Salvation Army. But let’s also look after ourselves through the process. If you are experiencing uncertainty or anxiety, please reach out. Know that there is help available. There are people who will just listen and give you time, undistracted, in the moment. We are here for you.

 CH: Thank you very much for chatting to us today, and thank you for all that you are doing to support us during this time.


To contact any of the THQ chaplains, please refer to the contact details below:

THQ Glen Waverley: Major Winton Knop (0439 033 176) and Major Len Turner (0418 383 045)

THQ Blackburn: Major Winton Knop (0439 033 176)

THQ Redfern: Major Darrell Slater (0438 546 025), Major Glenys Domrow (0423 290 801) and Major Bruce Domrow (0411 256 419)

Changes to Weekly Updates

As communicated in the May 21 National Transformation Update, the National Transformation Updates have now shifted frequency, from weekly to fortnightly.

You’ll start to see some different content coming through as we work to bring you more stories about the difference the national transformation is making in Salvo expressions around the country.

Keeping Informed

You can keep up to date with the latest news and information about the National Transformation by visiting our website (, or reading your monthly edition of OTHERS magazine ( online or in printed copy).

You can also contact us directly through our inbox:

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