2020 Calendar of Events

We are listing some of the main events in town for 2019 that businesses can plan for and around.


  • 16th @ 5:30 pm: Membership meeting @ Fox & Hounds


  • 20th: Membership meeting


  • 19th @ 5:30 pm: AGM


  • No membership meeting


  • No membership meeting


  • 25th: AGM


  • 16th: Membership meeting


  • No membership meeting
  • 22nd: Light up the Night
  • 23rd: Arts on the Avenue


  • 17th: Membership meeting


  • 15th: Membership meeting

November (no membership meeting)

  • 26th: Light Up kicks off Festival of Lights

December (no membership meeting)

  • 4th @ 5pm: Old Time Christmas
  • 11th: Friday Late Night Shopping I
  • 18th: Friday Late Night Shopping II

Fall Workshops from BC Business Match

How to Buy a Business, How to Sell a Business

Are you trying to sell a business? Or maybe you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? BC Business Match, a Network 34 initiative from Community Futures, is offering free workshops this Fall for people interested in buying or selling a business.

These workshops are an absolute MUST to learn about strategies for success, avoiding common mistakes, and how to get one-on-one, free expertise, support and professional services. Whether you are just starting your business journey, or coming towards the end of it, BC Business Match is your expert on business transitions and business matches.

Buyer Workshops

  • Tuesday, October 26th: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Thursday, November 4th: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Seller Workshops

  • Tuesday, November 2nd: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

BC Business Match is a Network34 Initiative from Community Futures. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

Register at www.bcbusinessmatch.ca »

Shop Local – Holidays!

Kathy Holmes has created a new campaign for our Shop Local initiative. This campaign is currently running in Boulevard Magazine and Central Island Encore Magazine, which is the Symphony 2021 Program, and Facebook.

Shop Local Shannon

Boulevard LDBA shannon ad 2021

Nanaimo symphony

It is a very fun campaign and we will continue to run it through December.

Stay tuned for the December events and Old Time Christmas update.

Holiday Story Stroll – Dec

This December, we’d like to offer families an opportunity to stroll through downtown Ladysmith and read a book at the same time! Known by many names including Storybook Walk, this family-friendly activity is where pages of a children’s picture book are removed and placed along signs in parks, along trails, or even indoors. The idea is that the readers walk from page to page to finish the book. Storybook Walks are a safe way for families to have fun, get exercise and create memories. As a result, they are popping up in communities everywhere! Have you been to the one at Brown Drive Park yet?

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We are hoping to enlist 20 businesses from the downtown core to showcase 2 pages of a book in their window. The pages would be attached via suction hooks and would ideally be low enough for our small readers to enjoy. Families would follow a map to find all the pages and finish the book! Each book would stay up for one week and we would do 4 books for the month of December. The pages would be swapped out weekly on a certain day by a group of dedicated volunteers. Because of the enthusiastic support from local organizations and groups, the cost for business owners to participate would be very minimal. Go community!

These are very early ideas (and we have many more) but of course, we cannot do it without businesses wanting to participate! If we can get 20 windows, the Holiday Storybook Stroll is a go! Then the real planning (and fun) will begin!

We are hoping to create a unique, fun-filled, literacy adventure that celebrates the holidays and everything downtown Ladysmith has to offer.
Would you like to participate or have more questions? Please contact Tanya [at] lrca [dot] ca.

We hope to hear from you!

Tanya Reid
Coordinator, Adventures in Early Literacy
Ladysmith Resources Centre Association

Internet Performance Test

Economic Development Cowichan is embarking on a project to better understand the state of internet connectivity in Cowichan, so that we can create a strategy to meet the connectivity needs of the region long into the future. With more and more essential services and business and community activities moving online since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits that connectivity has to offer.


Today, we are introducing the Internet Performance Test (IPT), a tool that will help us monitor internet speed and quality across the region. Armed with this information, we will seek to identify areas of concern and unlock funding sources to improve connectivity in those areas. In order to build the most complete picture of the current state of internet connectivity in Cowichan, we need as many people as possible to perform internet speed tests from their home and/or workplace. I encourage you all to take the test!

We are also looking for your help to spread the word. Please share the attached news release with your followers, subscribers, colleagues, friends, family and neighbours. You may also share our social media posts here:

Visit www.ecdevcowichan.com/connect/

With your help, we can work towards a connected Cowichan where everyone has access to reliable, affordable high speed internet. Thank you!


Brittany Taylor
Economic Development Analyst, Economic Development Cowichan
Land Use Services Department
Cowichan Valley Regional District
135 Third Street, Duncan, BC  V9L 1R9
Email: brittany [dot] taylor [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca
Tel: 250.746.7880 / Toll Free: 1.866.746.2508 / Cell: 250.510.0958

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