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Special moment at LRCA 30th: Hepburn Candyman specially featured

Ramona Hepburn attended the LRCA 30th anniversary celebration and enjoyed an extra special moment when she discovered her late husband, Jack, among the special drawings of people the LRCA holds dear.

Holiday Storybook Stroll returns on Dec. 7

Downtown Holiday Storybook Stroll resumes on Dec. 7 with special books featured during the month. Check out the map!

Dec. 7 celebration of seniors, offers special treats and festive mood

Come enjoy our LRCA Seniors Appreciation lunch on Dec. 7 at the Seniors Centre. Please register early.

Marquis leads new board slate at LRCA

Sandra Marquis is president of a new board of directors for Ladysmith Resources Centre Association following its all-virtual annual general meeting Nov. 21 involving some 100 members.

LRCA’s 2021-2022 annual report

LRCA annual report for 2021 to 2022 showcases the many challenges and accomplishments of the Ladysmith non-profit over the fiscal year.

Nov. 21 AGM all virtual, notices distributed

With the elevated public health risk in Ladysmith and throughout BC, the AGM will be moving completely virtual. We will be placing notices on the doors of the LRCA to alert of this change.

Notice of AGM issued to membership: Nov. 21

LRCA board of directors notified its membership the 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Members are to indicate by Nov. 11 if they are attending in person or online.

‘New normal’ to Christmas Cheer campaign

Christmas Cheer campaign at LRCA begins with registrations on Nov. 15. Read our story to find out more information about how the LRCA is going to help others this Christmas.

LRCA open Fridays starting Nov. 4

LRCA will open Fridays as of Nov. 4, improving services to the community.

LRCA 30th anniversary open house Nov. 17

LRCA is celebrating 30 years of service on Nov. 17 at our Second Avenue office. Hope to see you there, share some great stories about the good work LRCA is and has been doing in the community.
Building update

UPDATE: LRCA Extraordinary Meeting Follow Up

As we continue to be transparent, straightforward and consistent in our communications, the LRCA is providing this update following the Extraordinary General Membership Meeting held on July 14, 2022.

LRCA shares in Aggie Hall’s 100th

Sharing our own stories and promoting our 30th anniversary, Ladysmith Resources Centre Association was pleased to participate with a table in the 100th anniversary of Ladysmith Agricultural Hall on Sept. 24.

A variety of community groups were at Aggie Hall, and opening ceremonies included the Young Wolves Dance Group, speeches and a cake cutting.

Bus Tour: Stay tuned for next one

Thanks to all who participated in the  Ladysmith Resources Centre Association's (LRCA) annual seniors bus trip to Campbell River on Sept. 26.

Organized by LRCA senior's office, the excursion was sponsored by Tim Horton's, and featured special stops.


Concerts in the Park – Thank You!

Thank you to the generosity of the crowds and the great bands participating in the LRCA Sunday night concert series, which concluded on August 21st at Transfer Beach Amphitheatre.

Counselling Program Resumes

We are pleased to announce we restarted our LRCA counselling program.
Building update

Affordable Housing Project takes shape

The LRCA Affordable Housing Project is nearing completion at the corner of Third Avenue and Buller Street in Ladysmith. Stay tuned here for updates.

Legion Joins Parade of Gold Concert Sponsors

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 Ladysmith B.C. is now a gold sponsor for the LRCA Concerts in the Park series, joining Ladysmith & District Credit Union for the gold support.

Cinnamon Bun Fun Run 2022!

Thank you to everyone who lends a hand, a couple of feet, funding, prizes, gifts of food and more to make this event a yearly success! This year, the tallies are in! Over 3,000 lbs of food, $1,550 raised for the LRCA Food Bank!

Ladysmith & District Credit Union signs up as gold Concerts sponsor

As LRCA seeks sponsors to bring back the Concerts in the Park series at Transfer Beach Amphitheatre, news came today from Ladysmith & District Credit Union it will serve as a gold sponsor, with its kind $1,000 contribution. Thanks! Sponsorships are available for Silver – $500 and Bronze – $250 to businesses interested in making…

Lait, Barton, Duckworth return to LRCA

LRCA enjoyed the company of very special visitors today. They put their heart and soul into the LRCA in its early days and loved seeing how things look today at its Second Avenue location. Pictured above are (left to right) Val Duckworth, former LRCA board member, Dennis Lait, the LRCA’s longest-serving executive director, and his…

MLA Routley meets with LRCA

  Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley met with LRCA Executive Director Karen Laing (left) and board president Vicky Stickwood-Hislop (centre) on March 25 at LRCA Second Avenue office. Over their shoulders in this picture (back left) shows the progress of the Affordable Housing Project expected to be complete by fall. The trio enjoyed an informative…

Pop-up event on April 5 celebrates Storybook Walk relaunch

The Town of Ladysmith and Ladysmith Resources Centre Association are excited to announce the relaunch of the Storybook Walk at Kinsmen Park – a community-supported project promoting literacy and movement in the great outdoors. The Storybook Walk recently celebrated its one-year anniversary since the unveiling of the first book on Family Day weekend 2021. In…

Summer Student: Work with Communications, Events Manager

LADYSMITH RESOURCES CENTRE ASSOCIATION is hiring for: Job Title:  Event/marketing/fundraising coordinator assistant. Position: Part-time summer student. Start Date: June 1, 2022 Terms: 8 weeks, 30 hours per week, flexible with weekend scheduling for special LRCA events, including Concert in the Park series. Renumeration: $15.65 per hour. Duties include: Planning, marketing, setup and dismantling of events.…

If teaching seniors computer literacy is your passion . . .

The struggle with technology never ends. But it is not impossible to triumph over it. Using laptops, mobile telephones and tablets can be a mystery when integrating them with email, social media channels and jpeg images. LRCA is setting up a Seniors Connect Program specifically focused on computer literacy, to be delivered at Ladysmith Resources…

Hildebrand leads LRCA Community Support Services

Karen Laing, LRCA Executive Director, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carmen Hildebrand to the position of Manager, Community Support Services. Carmen has worked for the LRCA for the past three years leading the Restorative Justice Program. Carmen began her career as a Social Worker in Alberta, primarily working in the areas of mental…

Dennis Lait: Longest term as Executive Director

Dennis Lait served one of the longest terms with Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, enjoying roles of founding director and then executive director from 1992 to 2015. Six years ago he retired from the LRCA, and his 23-year legacy lingers. Lait was a member of the RCMP who sat on the board as treasurer of the…

Pat Edge leaves amazing LRCA legacy

When Pat Edge walked into the LRCA offices for the first time in 1996, no one could ever have predicted the influence she would have on the organization. Her generosity of time, funds and leadership left an amazing legacy. Before she died in 2012, she bequeathed her home to the LRCA which through its sale…
Keith Ling

Volunteer Profile – Everyone Knows Keith Ling

Almost everyone knows Keith Ling in Ladysmith. “In fact, I know too many people,” he said.   The affable 48-year-old has contributed to the financial health of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA) for six years, raising almost $2,000 in that time. He is on the LRCA Affordable Housing Project building committee and has directed…

Remembering Jack Hepburn, LRCA Bingo Candyman

LRCA HISTORIC MOMENT: Jack S. Hepburn first arrived at the LRCA in 1994, looking for help with a poster for the Cancer Society, an organization with which he was already involved. During the visit Jack was introduced to a visiting board member who convinced him to join the LRCA and become a member of the…
Tom Beames

Tom Beames: LRCA Historical Moment

Did you know? Tom Beames, a teacher born in 1920 and who died in 2005, was involved in the formation of the not-for-profit agency which became the LRCA in 1992. Tom, along with several others, took money from their own pocket to help secure a place and supplies for the new organization. He took the…
Building update

Inquiring Little Minds Daycare Children Learn about Construction on LRCA Affordable Housing Site

If you’re going to study construction for a month, you might as well see it up front, children from Inquiring Little Minds Daycare learned Aug. 4 when Kinetic Construction Ltd. temporarily closed its site for the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association (LRCA) affordable housing development.
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About Us

It all began early in 1992 at a meeting of the Ladysmith Inter-Agency Liaison Committee, a group of representatives from the government-mandated agencies formed in the early 1970s to maximize cooperation among the agencies while minimizing the duplication of services.

In 1992, this group pooled some of their own money and decided to form a non-profit association to try to deal with these recurring situations. This became the foundation of the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association.

Ream more about our history HERE.