In-person AGM 2022 – Jun 2

The AGM will be held on Thursday, June 2nd @ 5:30 pm in the Fox & Hounds back room, 11 High Street.

  • Speaker: Jolynn Green Executive Director of Community Futures
  • Subject: Taking care of you is taking care of business – why setting personal goals should frame your business strategy

Everyone who attends will need to be a paid-up member for 2022. You can also submit your listing and become a member.

All attendees should have received complete instructions including the Zoom meeting link and how to get on Zoom.

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Ladysmith Hill Dash & Running of the Balls 2022 – Jun 18

2022 Hill Dash
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Coming to Ladysmith on Saturday, June 18th, 2022.

Welcome to Ladysmith’s Hill Dash and 4th Annual Running of the Balls! The Hill Dash is a unique running relay event that will put your physical and mental limits to the test as you sprint up Ladysmith’s High Street.

Put together a team of 4 to compete in Ladysmith’s Hill Dash today. We look forward to seeing you at the start line.

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Relay team members are required to run/walk/crawl up High St from 1st to 3rd Avenue and then roll a ball down the hill to the next team member that will be waiting on 1st Avenue. The first team of 4 to conquer the hill and roll the ball down across the finish line wins! This promises to be a great running event that will challenge the quads, calves and minds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association (LRCA).

  • Registration opens @ 9:30 a.m. (High & 1st Avenues)
  • Races start @ 11 a.m. (female, male, mixed)
  • Kinsmen Beer Garden opens @ 11:00 a.m.  (Spirit Square & High). ID required for beer.
  • Kids Dash @ 12 p.m.
  • Running of the Balls will commence immediately after the event @ ~12:30 p.m.

Hill Dash Registration

To register, email Tylor Nelson @ ladysmithhilldash [at] gmail [dot] com or use the link below:

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  • $60/team (Female, Male, Mixed)
  • KidsDash FREE (sign up day of event)

What You Get

  • Bragging rights as participant in Ladysmith’s Hill Dash
  • Exclusive Hill Dash t-shirt
  • Chance to don the sweet Hill Dash medal
  • Post-race refreshment and snack table
  • Beer from the Beer Garden (must be 19 years old)
  • Food BBQ burgers (vegetarian option available) served by Ladysmith Kinsmen Club
  • Access to John Surtees Real Estate Professional KidsZone
  • Professional race photography
  • Chance to win $$$ in “Running of the Balls” (must be 19 years old)

Running of the Balls

All participants over age 19 also get a ball for a chance to win $500 in the “Running of the Balls” event, immediately after the Hill Dash, also on High Street.

  • Tickets: $5/ball
  • 1st prize: $500
  • 2nd prize: $300
  • 3rd prize: $100

Cancellation Policy

  1. If you have a team member that cannot race due to medical reasons (a doctor’s letter is required), then we appreciate if you can find a spare runner to substitute for that team member. We will make the change of team members at registration prior to the race.
  2. Team cancellations can occur up to one WEEK prior to the event registration deadline (by June 8th at 11:59 p.m.). A 50% refund will be granted to the team in this case. Please email us at ladysmithhilldash [at] gmail [dot] com if you have to cancel.
  3. In the event that the race is cancelled due to fire, floods, or other acts of God, the race will be rescheduled and all entries will be transferred to that date. Under no circumstances, will refunds be given or a credit given to another race.

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Locals Love Ladysmith

2022 Shop Local Campaign

The Chamber is writing to you on behalf of their organization and the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association. Together, our organizations are continuing to collaborate on the shop local campaign initiative.

They are very excited about this initiative and are looking for businesses that would like to be part of their 2022 campaign, Locals Love Ladysmith.

This campaign will profile a business in town with a photo and a narrative of how they managed to change or continue to grow their business through the pandemic and how they will need support of local residents to help their business thrive through 2022.

Each business will have an ad featured on social media boosted to their surrounding communities for maximum exposure.

The Chamber would like you to come in and do a quick photoshoot and interview. You may choose to be on camera, but if you would prefer not to be they will grab other photos of your choice of your business.

Please email the Chamber to let them know if you would like to be a part of this wonderful campaign, and they can sort a time to meet.

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Crime Prevention Tips for Downtown

We have been alerted that there have been several incidences downtown that left our members feeling unsafe and exposed. Wes Olson of the RCMP responded below.

. . . .

I’m not sure if the downtown business association is familiar with CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design).  There are many things a business/homeowner can do to mitigate vandalism and thefts.  Surveillance cameras can catch the act but unless there is a notifying feature on the camera that can alert the person monitoring the system then it is evidence gathering after the fact.  I personally use Arlo Security cameras at my residence which I can monitor on my cell phone and receive alerts when motion triggers the camera to record.  The cameras can be purchased at Best Buy or Costco when they have them.  They work off a rechargeable battery and wi-fi so they can be mounted anywhere and are of good quality.  They have built-in night vision so darkness is not a problem.

Trimming back hedges, removing big objects and improving lighting around buildings are other suggestions.  Roving security patrols are also helpful.  I believe there are security companies locally in the Cowichan Valley that offer this service.  Police patrols can supplement the security patrols when we have time.  Our ability to complete pro-active patrols is dependant upon response to Priority Calls for service and a member’s workload.

One must also be cautious of unreal expectations of what the court will do with an offender if we are successful in charging somebody.  Unfortunately, property crime is not given the same weight as a person’s crime and generally, the punishment does not fit the crime especially in the eyes of the victim.  Our priority offenders know the legal system well and are not fearful of it.

In my 31 years of policing, I have found that making things difficult on an offender is the best way to prevent criminal activity in specific areas.  Offenders are creatures of habit and it’s like having a good fishing hole.  People will keep going back to the same locations until all the fish are gone and then move onto a new target-rich environment.  Locking doors/windows and having a strong covering like metal roller shades or bars, having a security system (alarm and cameras), having a well-lit area and nothing to hide behind are all things that make it difficult for an offender.  They will move on to easier targets especially if their chances of getting caught are greater in one area over another.

Regards,
Wes Olson

W.W. OLSEN, S/Sgt
Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
Ladysmith Detachment
PO Box 260, 320 6th Ave
Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A2
Tel: 250-245-2215
Fax: 250-245-6060
Wes [dot] olsen [at] rcmp-grc [dot] gc [dot] ca

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