Updated Constitution and Bylaws

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.

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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:

Creating an Economic Development Strategy for Ladysmith

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 Historic First Avenue Wins National Great Street Title

Ladysmith’s First Avenue wins national Great Places in Canada contest – Great Street!

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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.

Jury Statement

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.

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“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.

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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.

First Avenue

“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.

Sidewalk Sale – Success!

On Sunday, August 27th, the downtown merchants had a sidewalk sale to coincide with Arts on the Avenue.

“The Sidewalk Sale was a success! I walked around on Sunday and visited all the stores that decided to be open that day.

“I saw lots of folks shopping, talked to store owners who were thrilled with the number of people in their stores and they were buying!

“I spoke to  people on the streets and ran into locals who were enjoyed walking First Avenue and seeing the stores open.

“I would like to thank all who participated in the Sidewalk Sale – your efforts in helping to create a shopping event downtown is appreciated.

“I would like to thank the marketing committee: Kathy Holmes, Paul Joy, and Frieda Douglas, for the signage, the buskers, and all the marketing you did to make this event successful.

“Thanks again for everyone’s effort. It was great fun strolling the Avenue on Sunday and seeing so much activity.”

Andrea Rosato-Taylor, President LDBA

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