Coldest Night of the Year – Walk for the hungry, homeless and hurting

Taking steps toward sustainability…

Together each step makes a huge difference in our community.

Step 1 – Register to walk on February 24th!

Step 2 – Network to raise funds for your walk

Step 3 – Join hundreds who will walk across Canada to create awareness and funding for help in our community.

Three easy steps… take the first today! Register now!

For more event details, please “like” our Facebook Page and check out our events! Go direct to the Facebook Event.

See you there!

Christmas Cheer 2017 Creates Hampers for 145 Families!

Volunteers prepare 145 hampers for Christmas Cheer program this year!

Every year families needing a little help over the holidays come in and register their home to have a hamper of love and support delivered to their door. Our amazing community brings toys, food, and funding to the LRCA in order for the staff and volunteers to stuff and deliver hampers before Christmas morning.

This year, 145 families will receive a hamper today, on December 22nd, 2017.

Watch a video from the event! Mark your calendar for next year… registration will start mid-November and run until the second week of December.

Thank you to everyone who makes Christmas Cheer a part of their giving.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Annual General Meeting – January 24th, 2018

A piece of your heart, makes ours whole… the heart on the hill.

Please join us at our Annual General Meeting.

Our biggest asset is our volunteers. Every year we are amazed at the effort they bring to make our programs and events successful, the drive they have to create sustainability in our community and the passion for building a path of prevention to give our community members the best chance possible for success.

Giving a hand up to help everyone in our community who needs it.

What is a Board? They are another group of people we could not do without. They are our Board of Directors. They support and guide the whole organization. You can be a part of this incredible source of energy by putting yourself into the nomination ballot.

You can be a part of helping create the future of the LRCA. Want to vote? Become a member today.

Come and meet our staff. Talk to them about why they coordinate and deliver the programming provided by the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association. It is their heart and passion that creates a solid foundation here on the hill. It pours out of the doors, it seeps into the community and it spurs the growth of sustainability and positive paths for hundreds of people every week… through the delivery of necessary programs, the execution of community-building events and providing a warm and inviting place to come and find solutions.

There is more to an Annual General Meeting than numbers and voting in the next board members. There is an opportunity to be a part of something big in our community. Make a difference.

Join us. We look forward to seeing you.

You will never regret becoming a part of the heart on the hill.

Cinnamon Bun Fun Run 2017!

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 3000 pounds of food, $1550 raised for the LRCA Food Bank! You can check out your results here.

Next year… November 28, 2018 is the date! Mark your calendar for registration… and keep checking the website for details on when it opens, because it sells out fast!

#CommunityGiving – Sue Perrey – Double Donations

Results that move you… is the slogan of local real estate agent, Sue Perrey.

Her results do more than move residents from home to home. Sue Perrey’s donations this year definitely move everyone at the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association.

Sue gives back to the community in many ways, and this year the LRCA is the recipient of two of her giving efforts for the Soup Kitchen and the Food Bank.

Soup Kitchen Volunteers gather to accept a donation from Sue Perrey (right) in support of hot meals for the community every Tuesday and Thursday.
From left: Community Development Cathleen McMahon, Food Bank representative, Diane Stokes, Sue Perrey (Middle), Wendy Radcliffe and Program Director Cindy Warren. Sue Perrey – Royal Lepage donates to the Food Bank.

The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association gratefully thanks Sue Perrey for her support of the Food Bank and Soup Kitchen.

You can learn more about Sue on her Vancouver Island Homes for Sale website.


VIREB is the giver that keeps on giving!

First we received notification that VIREB found out about the Adopt-A-Night campaign and the board approved a two-night adoption. Next Zone 3 (Mill Bay to Ladysmith) generously donated to the Christmas Cheer Fund.

Pictured: Executive Director Shannon Wilson, Vice-President Cathy Hyndman with Jillian Dashwood and Lovina Miller representing the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) donating to the Adopt-A-Night campaign in support of the Extreme Weather Shelter.
Zone 3 (Mill Bay to Ladysmith) generously support the Christmas Cheer Fund. Pictured: Jillian Dashwood representing Zone 3 of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and LRCA Executive Director Shannon Wilson.

The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB).


#CommunityGiving – Gord for Glenda – #Legacy

A legacy lives on… thank you, Gord.

In memory of his wife, Glenda Patterson, Gord Patterson donates to the Soup Kitchen. Pictured here with Soup Kitchen Coordinator Steve Gold (L) and LRCA Vice-President Cathy Hyndman (C). The Soup Kitchen gratefully thanks Gord Patterson (R) for his generosity.

Glenda Patterson is a name that will live on in the Ladysmith community forever. Most of the people who live here can close their eyes and the image of Glenda’s smile, the sound of her voice and the warmth of her heart are all easily recalled.

From her work at the Ladysmith Hospital Lab as the technician with the gentle touch and her tenure spent as a Ladysmith Town Councillor to her long list of volunteer efforts, her name floated through the air for decades with an energy filled with positivity and passion.

Glenda Patterson lived a life of humanitarianism. An inspiration for the Ladysmith community.

Years of service to her community left a hole when she passed this year on October 9, 2017.

Yet, her family was quick to continue her legacy with a Pay-It-Forward campaign on Go-Fund-Me.

Now the family continues her work through providing donations to Glenda’s favourite causes. One of these causes is the Ladysmith Soup Kitchen.

Even after she became ill, she dropped in whenever she could to ask about our guests and volunteers.  She never complained about her own situation. – Steve Gold

Message from Steve Gold about Glenda Patterson and the Soup Kitchen:

Glenda was one of the initial supporters of the Ladysmith Soup Kitchen.  She had a real heart for those in need in our community.  When we were located in the basement of the Eagle’s Hall, she would often drop in and offer to help with whatever needed to be done.  Glenda even made up flower vases to decorate the tables.

The soup kitchen provides hot meals to the community every Tuesday and Thursday

She got to know many of our guests and was genuinely concerned about their welfare.  Even after she became ill, she dropped in whenever she could to ask about our guests and volunteers.  She never complained about her own situation.  She was a pleasure to work with and we were blessed to have her as a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen.

– Steve Gold


Dates and times:

The Ladysmith Soup Kitchen is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The Soup Kitchen is located in the basement of the Bethel Church at 1149 – 4th Ave in Ladysmith (corner of Walkem Rd. & 4th Ave.).  Entrance to the SK is from the rear lower parking lot off Walkem.

#CommunityGiving – Mischa Weisz Foundation

Two years ago, our first application for funding crossed the desk of Guido Weisz, the brother of Mischa. Mischa Weisz is a man who wished to leave a legacy. A legacy to make the world a better place.

Weisz believed investing in our youth and empowering people to succeed through unfortunate circumstances were two key methods to achieving the goal of his legacy.

We all have potential within us. – Mischa Weisz Foundation

The Mischa Weisz Foundation continues to support youth and counseling programs at the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association.

The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association wishes to express our gratitude to Guido Weisz for his contribution to the management of the fund and to the Mischa Weisz Foundation for creating a never-ending legacy that has enabled our organization to provide support to Ladysmith youth.

To learn more about the Mischa Weisz Foundation, please read about the contribution to UVIC here or learn about his book I Choose To Live here.