Search for all the elves hidden in downtown Ladysmith stores at Old Time Christmas. There will also be horse and carriage rides, carolling, ‘smores at a firepit, candle lantern workshop, Santa visits, a live nativity, and child minding and crafts.
We look forward to having you!
For this year’s event, we are looking for volunteers to assist with various tasks. Please let us know if you can help – we’d love to hear from you!
We are looking for sponsors to help cover some of our costs, including coordination, horse and carriage buggies, supplies, marketing, insurance and other incidentals. Any sponsor will be promoted on our marketing material. If you would be willing to help us put this event on by sponsoring, please contact Tamara.
No dogs allowed on First Avenue during events per Town of Ladysmith Bylaw 1155. Coastal Animal Control will be in attendance during this event.
What is the Purpose?
The purpose of the “Old Time Christmas” is to host a community event that is family friendly. To encourage residents to wander around, bumping into old friends and making new ones. And to visit their local businesses and “shop local” during the busy Christmas season as well as highlight the town of Ladysmith as a shopping destination within the region.
What does the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association do?
We promote the event through local advertising, our website, eNewsletter and Facebook page, posters, as well as print a promotional map of all the locations where events are happening and distribute them through schools and town. There will be a horse and carriage ride by donation, child minding provided by Oceanview Church, visits with Santa in his house, choirs singing, a nativity scene, a candlelight workshop, and the Elf on a Shelf campaign.
What can you do as a Business?
We encourage businesses to host an event. In the past there has been popcorn given away, hot chocolate stations, crafts, in-store specials and so much more. Be creative… what can you do that will bring in people and expose them to your business at the same time? Give them a reason to come back! Please put your thinking caps on now.
This is open to all downtown businesses, with the exception of the Elf on a Shelf campaign. We would appreciate your membership as it would allow us to do more events like this. Please consider joining the LDBA, you can join online.
Elf on a Shelf (member-only benefit) is a treasure hunt! We provide you with an elf for your shelf and community members come in to find it. This year we will be placing a sign “Find an Elf on a Shelf in this business” on your doors, to make it easier for elf hunters to know which businesses are participating. The LDBA no longer provides candy to members for the Elf on the Shelf; members need to buy their own treats or stickers to hand out, if they wish.
The Elf on a Shelf campaign is an opportunity to showcase your business to the community – perhaps to people who haven’t been in your business before.
We are also asking business to stay open late until 8 p.m. on Fridays, December 15th & 22nd. If we build this up year after year, we will all be more successful at keeping people in town to shop. Sign up for late night shopping with Tamara and be included in our marketing.
The Societies Act came into effect November 28, 2016 and governs how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in B.C. The Act includes significant updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest.
In accordance with the BC Societies Act, the LDBA have had to update our constitution and bylaws.
At the November 16th meeting, the membership voted to accept the new document (with some minor changes) so that it can be submitted to the Province of BC.
Please view and download the following to see the final version:
Five leading organizations with a vested interest in economic development in the Ladysmith area have received funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust to create a single, comprehensive economic development strategy.
Joining your Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce in this endeavor are:
Economic Development Cowichan
Town of Ladysmith
Ladysmith Downtown Business Association
Stz’uminus First Nation
These groups have come together in a working partnership to create a Ladysmith Economic Development Strategy.
“Our organizations have established working relationships and we have many common areas of interest,” said Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce President Tammy Leslie. “This project will bring us all together under one banner, creating a common economic development vision and action plan, which we will then all help to implement with effective resource allocation.”
The project is receiving 50% of its funding from ICET, through the Strategic Planning stream of the Economic Development Readiness program.
“The challenge that this project overcomes is not uncommon in communities around our region,” said ICET Chair Phil Kent. “The Ladysmith region stakeholders have been collaborating for years, but this project will enable them to take those partnerships to the operational level, sharing resources and joint responsibility for implementation of the various pieces of the roadmap.”
“This is an exciting step in the collaborative efforts of the Town, CVRD, Stz’uminus, Chamber and the Downtown Business Association,” said Mayor Aaron Stone. “The funding from ICET, combined with that of the partners, will help focus our efforts to drive economic growth, job creation and tax diversity.”
Next steps for the project is to create a steering committee who will oversee the assessment of existing plans, priorities, and documents. The group will then engage community stakeholders in a consultation process, which will lead to the creation of the comprehensive implementation strategy.
The process gets underway in November with completion anticipated in late spring 2018.
For more information about the Economic Development Readiness program call the Chamber office at 250-245-2112.
Ladysmith’s First Avenue wins national Great Places in Canada contest – Great Street!
Ladysmith, November 8, 2017 – Ladysmith’s beautiful and historic First Avenue has been selected by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) as Canada’s 2017 Great Street. The award was decided by a jury of certified planning professionals during the Great Places in Canada contest. CIP’s review of 17 submissions from across Canada was based on a set of criteria of planning best practices that considered social, economic, and accessibility and safety factors, and elements such as design, culture, history, and landscape.
First Avenue exhibits all of the qualities one would expect from a great street: visually-interesting building facades, generous sidewalks, attractive landscaping and artistic details, places to rest, and places to gather.
This street, with its diverse mixture of local businesses, housing and services, has been a focal point of daily life for community members for more than a century. Streetscape enhancements, heritage preservation, the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the many unique and publicly accessible festivals and events held throughout the year, are key ingredients to First Avenue’s success as a Great Street.
The jury acknowledges the community’s commitment to defining and celebrating First Avenue as the heart of Ladysmith’s downtown core.
“We are absolutely thrilled the Canadian Institute of Planners has chosen First Avenue as Canada’s Great Street. This is an incredible honour for our community and showcases the pivotal role First Avenue has played in helping to shape Ladysmith’s identity as a charming, diverse and vibrant west coast community,” said Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone.
Great Places in Canada contest winners were announced on World Town Planning Day, an internationally celebrated day that recognizes the accomplishments of professional planners and their contributions to communities. Other British Columbia winning communities included Coquitlam, which was awarded Great Public Space for its Town Centre Park, and Main Street in Smithers, which received the People’s Choice: Great Street.
“The last time a B.C. community received the Canada’s Great Street honour was back in 2011. Winning this award for 2017 truly acknowledges our community’s commitment to defining and celebrating First Avenue as the heart of downtown Ladysmith and highlights the significance of this exceptional street and its importance to our community,” said Guillermo Ferrero, Town of Ladysmith City Manager.