Program Update – Monday 10 September

In this Update

    • Pulse Survey 4 is coming 
    • Officer appointment announcement 
    • HoD profiles: Paul Walec and Steve Speziale

     And more!

Pulse Survey 4 is coming    

The launch of our fourth Pulse Survey is just eight days away and will give all Salvos an opportunity to have their say.

National Secretary for Personnel, Lt Colonel Kelvin Merrett says: “The voice of every Salvo is important and we want to know what you think.”

The Pulse Survey is a fantastic opportunity for Salvos throughout Australia to share their experiences and perceptions of the national transformation journey. The results will help inform the way the changes are implemented and embedded.

Pulse Survey 4 will be open from 18-28 September.

Salvation Army Lotus Notes users can expect to receive a link to the survey via email on 18 September. The survey will also be accessible via for soldiers, adherents and volunteers.

100 Days of Prayer and Devotion 

On 24 September 2018, 100 Days of Prayer & Devotion will launch across The Salvation Army in Australia. The 100 days will lead us through to 1 January 2019.

Prayer and devotional resources have been prepared and will be available to download from in the coming weeks.

Colonel Robyn Maxwell, National Ambassador for Prayer and Holiness, says: “100 Days of Prayer & Devotion is a call to position ourselves to pray and press into the Word of God, to prepare us individually and as an Army of God for all that He has planned.

“Our national strategy says that we will foster Christian spirituality. This is one way for us come together across the country and live that out.”

Thank you officers 

(L-R) Major Dean Clarke, Major Brad Watson, Captain Stuart McGilford, Major Peter Spindler, Major Sandra Crowden, Captain Wes Bust

The Transition Support Team would like to say a huge thank you to the six officers who spent August on secondment, working on the national transformation program. A total of 36 officers will spend a month with the team before the end of the year.

Transition Support Team Head of Change, Samantha Marsh says: “All the officers generously provided great skills, knowledge and experience to the program. It has been incredibly enriching to have frontline officers involved in this way.”

Officer Appointment Announcement 

On Thursday September 6, the office of the Chief Secretary released a list of officer appointment changes, which are effective from 9 January 2019 (unless otherwise stated).

To view the announcements, please click here.

HoD Profile: Meet Steve Speziale    

Say hello to Steve Speziale, National Head of Media

You are the national head of media. What does this mean?

This means that The Salvation Army will be able to focus specifically on media as a freestanding department within the wider portfolio of Communications, resulting in a whole of Salvation Army approach. This approach will enable positive stories to be captured and then reported, from a broader perspective.

What media roles have you worked in previously?

My background is originally in journalism. I grew up in Sydney, and was drawn to news and broadcast news on radio in particular. Over time and many states later, I moved into more managerial roles including within Southern Cross Austereo. Austereo gave me experience from a national perspective which translates so well to this role now.

How would you describe yourself in three words? Caring, hopeful and thoughtful (lots of head time).

What do you do for fun? I am a self-confessed news geek. This translates to lots of reading, listening and viewing. I have a deep need to hear the BBC and America’s NPR. Cooking is also a pastime that I enjoy, which includes cooking for my son. My cooking tends to favour Mediterranean vegetarian dishes.

What do you like about working for the Salvos? It gives me the opportunity to work where people are valued. The Salvation Army works to ease difficulties for those who struggle. It’s very rewarding to be a part of something that sees the people who so often fall through the gaps. All of this aligns with my personal values.

What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on at the moment? Creating a team! I am in the process of creating a team that will be an enabling media department, one that can communicate the good news stories, both at the local and national levels.

Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos around the country at this time? I am struck by the sense that amongst all this change, there is a presence of commitment and hope. I would like people to know that what’s going on will positively impact missional delivery in the tangible sense. It is incredibly important to acknowledge and respect our past, so that it can inform our future.

HoD profile: Paul Walec   

Meet Paul Walec, Chief Property Officer (CPO)

What makes you passionate about your role? Well, first and foremost, I’m passionate about helping others. I’m passionate about property and its role in supporting The Salvation Army mission.

What excites you about the future of the Property Department? We’re delivering to the mission; it’s the real focus for us going forward. Now that we have the first part of the department design signed off, we’re excited to start moving towards one team.

Good stewardship is key to the future of the Property Department. Currently we’re recruiting for our General Managers in our new structure which will support the newly defined functions; Sales and Leasing, Facility Management, Project Delivery, Strategic Asset Management and Property Business Partners.

What’s different about the new property model, and how will this help the Salvos? One thing we’re particularly looking forward to is getting our Property Business Partner model up and running, which will connect the Property Team directly with the people on the frontline, as well as the whole of The Salvation Army.

By providing a better service, we’re freeing up time for our divisional leaders and frontline officers to focus on doing what they do best.

What did you do before you worked for the Salvos, and what keeps you busy outside work? I have had various executive roles across three sectors: private, government and not-for-profit. This allows me to draw upon the varying experiences and bring the best of these into The Army.

Currently I serve on various external boards where I fulfil my passion of helping communities

I am also involved in my local parish. I love the outdoors and sports. I always look forward to family camping holidays and I’m an avid collector of vinyl records.

Would you like to volunteer at Still Others?   

Still Others will run from 27 November to 3 December 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. We are looking for a whole army of volunteers to fill a host of needs. If you’re interested, please visit to register.

Together: Celebrating as One will be a highlight of Still Others. The Friday night event will be a special time to celebrate the work and mission of Salvos all across Australia, and The General will officially launch the Australia Territory.

Finally, tickets and registration for the Still Others event will be available on Wednesday, September 12th at 10:00am. Please visit the Still Others website for more details.

Stay in touch 

You can keep up to date with the latest news and information about the national transformation by visiting our website (, or via Others magazine ( online or in printed copy).

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  • Sandy Hawley
    Posted at 08:50h, 12 September Reply

    I do like the promo of travelling forward. It has a positivity about it which engenders a sense of hope. New beginnings!!

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