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Better Together Volunteer Fair!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi This awesome community event is happening on Sunday! Stop by for a coffee and check out all the fun volunteer opportunities our community has to offer! Volunteering is a great way to meet friends and connect with your…

Affordable Counselling Program Returns!

We are very happy to announce that our counselling program has returned and we are accepting new clients. Email info@lrca.ca or call 250-245-3079 to book a free intake appointment.

Day of Service

A special event is happening in our community! This is for anyone who is experiencing homelessness or in need of support. Please join us at the Heart on the Hill community space for a day of service. Please call 250-245-3079 if you would like more information 

Rotary Club of Ladysmith Donates $3750 to Backpack Project

The Rotary Club of Ladysmith donated $3750.00 to help fund our Backpack Project which provides non-perishable foods to children at both Ladysmith Primary School and Ladysmith Intermediate School. From left to right: Shannon Crowards, Poverty Reduction Outreach Worker (LRCA), Gerry Beltgens, President (Rotary), Suzanne Otterson, Director Community Service (Rotary), Carmen Barclay, Executive Director (LRCA), Brian…

Ladysmith Eagles Support Food Security

A huge thank you to our local Ladysmith Fraternal Order of Eagles #2101 for their incredibly generous donation of $2449.99 to our food security programs. Community support is behind everything we do.
LRCA MOLD donation 2024

Community Support for the Food Bank!

We were very happy to receive over $540 that was raised through the annual Men of Ladysmith & Duncan (MOLD) gathering at the local watering hole, the Sporty!
Tax

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Simple income tax filing service free of charge, no membership required. Intake begins on Tuesday, March 12th and run every TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and THURSDAY from 10am – 2pm at the main office. Drop-in only.
Stakeholder survey

Stakeholder Survey

The LRCA is gathering confidential feedback from stakeholders about the performance of the LRCA to identify areas of strength, uncover areas for improvement, and seek ideas for future initiatives.
We are hiring

We are Hiring!

Review and apply for the current job opportunities at the LRCA.

Open letter about Heart on the Hill project from LRCA board of directors

LRCA board explains what happend with Heart on the Hill project, tenanting, and messaging.
Shelter

Ladysmith shelter seeking specific donations, if you can help let us know

Our 24/7 Ladysmith shelter known as the Rialto is seeking specific donations of day to day items. If you can help us, please email our shelter manager, Jennifer. Thanks!
Balls

Gravity never fails to challenge Hill Dash runners and Running of the Balls on High Street

LRCA Running of the Balls and the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association Hill Dash races created all kinds of excitement on Saturday, June 17 on High Street from Third Avenue to First Avenue. Organizers were thrilled with the outcome and the generous support from the public and sponsors.
Fruit Rescue

Learn more about Fruit Rescue Program: Access to fresh, healthy food

Each year, an abundance of apples, cherries, plums, and more are grown locally, but not always harvested. The Fruit Rescue team wants to create a bridge between the those who have unused excess produce and those who could benefit from access to more fresh, healthy food! Read more here.
Maintenance job

Heart on the Hill building requires apartment tenant, maintenance supervisor

We're looking for an experienced tenant/maintenance supervisor to oversee all aspects of tenant services, mainenance and repair at our 36-unit, independent living apartment building.
Senior Care

Two-session advanced care workshop focuses on seniors health care, end-of-life plans

Cowichan Hospice and LRCA team up to present two sessions in June on Advanced Care Planning. It's free, but registration is a must. Call us at 250-245-3079 or email shirley@lrca.ca.
Seniors Advocate

B.C. Seniors Advocate shares information about seniors and offers some compelling advice

Isobel Mackenzie, seniors advocate for the proviincial Office of the Seniors Advocate, was guest speaker at LRCA seniors presentation on April 19. She offered her audience some compelling informaion and advice about seniors in British Columbia.
Hospital Aux

Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary presents LRCA with $30,000 donation

  LRCA received a generous $30,000 donation from Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary on April 19 for program funding. Participating in the presentation were (left to right) auxiliary corresponding secretary Paula Scott, LRCA executive director Karen Laing, LRCA board president Sandra Marquis, and auxiliary president Eithne Reichert. The funds will go a long way to lifting the…

Details, guidelines for near-market Heart on the Hill rentals released

Eleven near-market rentals are being offered at the newly-opened Heart on the Hill 36-unit housing project at 314 Buller Street. Eligibility guidelines and contact information for this category of rentals available here.

Buller Street apartments ready to rent: Check out examples of rent calculations

Rents based on your income are available in the Heart on the Hill apartment project at 314 Buller Street. We offer some simple calculations to show what you might pay based on maximum incomes for one and two-bedroom units. Contact us!
Building opening

Hundreds celebrate opening of Heart on the Hill affordable housing building

LRCA celebrated a successful opening March 25 to the Heart on the Hill Building which will provide affordable housing in the community. Hundreds of people came to enjoy music, food and special suite tours.
LRCA news piece

Cowichan Hospice appointments available in Ladysmith now

To better serve Ladysmith, Cowichan Hospice is now offering appointments in an office space generously provided by the Ladysmith Resources Centre, so that those who can’t travel to Duncan can still take part in one-to-one, in-person grief support sessions.

Thank you to the Ladysmith Arts Council!

A great big thank you to the Ladysmith Arts Council for their donation of toiletries to the Ladysmith Food Bank! They delivered 540 rolls of toilet paper and other toiletries as part of their “Show your Love” campaign.      
We are hiring

We’re hiring: Program coordinator for Victim Services, counselling teams

Ladysmith Resources Centre Association is looking for a Program Coordinator to lead the Restorative Justice, Victim Services and Counselling Teams. This is a part-time position16 hours per week.
Seniors & Scams

Seniors and Scams: how to avoid being a Victim

The world has changed but the fact that there is someone "out there" who wants to steal your money by deception has not. Here are some tips that will hopefully help people and prevent anyone being "scammed" out of their money.

Better with Age: A support service for senior men now at LRCA

Senior men: Don't suffer in silence. Ask for counselling support. LRCA offers special service for you.

Heart on the Hill apartments: LRCA’s latest project offers excitement and community

Interest in the LRCA's Heart on the Hill affordable housing project was certainly high. A well-attended public grand opening was held March 25. Check this web page for details about the project and when certain categories of Heart on the Hill suites will now become available.

Get your 2023 LRCA membership: By mail, in-person or online

LRCA encouraging new members and its current supporters to sign up for 2023 LRCA memberships.

Extra mats at Rialto, Jameson lobby open to shield guests from the cold

Rialto shelter, Frank Jameson Centre providing comfort as cold weather lingers.

Family & Youth Program shares spirit of Christmas with teen, child clients

Family and Youth Services program at LRCA is experiencing the joy of Christmas in a way that supports their teen and child clients with help from volunteers, sponsors and generous individuals.

Thankful for donations of all sizes: Backpack program, Food Bank, Cheer

Ladysmith Rotary has provided funding for LRCA's new backpack program and other donations of all sizes are streaming into our Food Bank and Christmas Cheer campaign. LRCA thanks you all!

Save-On-Foods Stuff the Truck event supports Food Bank

Save On Foods Stuff the Truck event benefits a number of Food Banks in the Cowichan Valley, including ours in Ladysmith. Special fundraiser runs from today to Dec. 9.

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.

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.

‘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.
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.

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.

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…

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.

Read more about our history HERE (PDF).