The Ladysmith Kinsmen are embarking on another major project. It’s been a couple of years since the club did their last “major” project, which was the new playground at Transfer Beach, and decided that they wanted to do something they feel the community needed.
The club’s track record on major projects is pretty impressive! Starting back in 1963 when the Kinsmen built the Public Health Centre on High Street (which is now the Boy’s and Girls’ Club) to the playground at Brown Drive Park to the wheel chair ramp at the Museum as well as co-ordinating the spray park at Transfer Beach and lots of stuff in between.
Downtown Ladysmith has been selected as the “Best Main Street In Canada” by the Institute of Urban Planners which we’ve all known for a long time… but there is lacking and that’s public washrooms. The Chamber of Commerce and some of the merchants have public washrooms, but that’s while those establishments are open only.
The Kinsmen have applied to the Town for permission to build a unisex public restroom facility at the alley end between High Street and Gatacre Street.
The facility would be a single concrete block building with hardiplank wrap so that it matches the surrounding buildings and fit in with the heritage flavor of downtown. The facility will have two bathrooms, a drinking fountain and change table for infants. It will be lit, heated, and proposed to be open 365 days a year.
The anticipated cost of the public facility is $84,000 and we are hoping to get a BC Gaming grant to cover up to a third of the cost. The balance will be done by local fundraising projects the club will be taking on.
The members hope to start the build by March 2018.
If anybody is interested in helping with fundraising or other aspects or making a donation they can contact Kinsmen Mike Richardson or Duck Paterson. If successful in their fundraising plans it is hoped to have the project completed by the summer.
The Knights bench will remain as well as the two ornamental Japanese cherry trees.
This picture was taken at their wind-up practice, for the summer, at the Frank Jameson Community Centre. The Kinsmen are a great contributor to the Orca Swim Club and this past Kin Year, members donated $500 so the swimmers could get more training and more time in the FJCC Pool.
As one of the many youth organizations the local Kinsmen sponsor, we are very proud of the members of the club.
Kinsmen believe in young people getting involved in sports and other activities where it gives them a better opportunity for a healthier lifestyle as well as to use their minds.
The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club donated an electronic remote scoreboard to the Ladysmith Baseball Association. The club purchased the scoreboard for $7,500 and then provided $3,000 to the Baseball Association to cover some of the cost of the installation.
B.C. Hydro donated the new hydro pole to bring the power into Little League Park and two Hydro employees volunteered, on their time, to come down and dig the hole and set up the pole.
The Kinsmen also provided power to the Ladysmith Community Gardens so they could have electricity for their project. DC Installations did the bulk of the work as well Howie Davis volunteered to fix-up and clean the 10×10 beams to hold the sign. M.R. Richardson Construction donated the time and material to setup the posts and all the concrete was donated by Mayco Mix Concrete.
“This is the second time the Kinsmen have invested funds in a scoreboard for Little League Park. Ten years ago the club spent $9,000 to have a remote scoreboard installed but unfortunately the company went bankrupt the the club lost all the funds… so now it’s second time lucky” according to club spokesman Duck Paterson.
“Our members are very happy that it has now happened and Little League Park now has more of a professional look for the kids to play on”. Paterson said.
“What this community does for it’s young people is fantastic, and our club really appreciates the help we received on this and also to all the coaches, parents and everyone involved in working with the kids”
Ladysmith Kinsmen Treasurer, Mike Richardson (left) and Club President, Jason Kelland, present a check for $2,000 to Ladysmith Secondary School Vice Principal, Liliane De Oliveira, and School Counsellor, Sandra Milne.
The funds were donated to help support the school’s lunch program so that students in need can be guaranteed a full healthy lunch while at school.
The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club recently donated $1,000 to the Nutsumaat Syaays Welcoming Figure project at Ladysmith Secondary School.
The Nutsumaat initiative is a multi-phase project with students learning traditional weaving, language as well as local history and Stz’uminus culture.
The Welcoming Figure is, at present, being worked on by John Marston and students in the foyer of Ladysmith Secondary. It is planned to have the figure finished by September and a special “unveiling” will be held at that time.
Every year the Association of Kinsmen Clubs of Canada awards bursaries to graduating students across the country through the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. The fund is sponsored by all Kinsmen and Kinettes Clubs across Canada.
This year there were over 500 applications for the 50 bursaries.
Ladysmith High School graduating student, Melissa Mrus, was one of the lucky students who was selected to receive one of $1,000 bursaries. Kinsmen President, Steve Dinsmore, is shown presenting Melissa with her certificate at the club’s last meeting.
Melissa will be attending Vancouver Island University starting in September.
The Ladysmith Eagles Auxiliary donated $1,500 to the new Transfer Beach Playground on January 22nd, to which the local Kinsmen and Rotary are working towards rebuilding. The playgrounds that are there were built by the clubs almost 20 years ago and now are showing their age.
Over the years rules and regulations, regarding playgrounds, have changed and new safety measures have been initiated. The plans for the new playground have been done up and the cost is expected to be around $175,000.
To date about $105,000 has been raised and both clubs are working on projects to raise the balance. It is hoped that the new playground can be ordered by June so that it can be in place by early summer.
The Oceanview Community Church will be holding the 3rd annual Eggs Benefit on Sunday, June 14 with all proceeds going to the new playground. Eggs benefit will feature over 12 local “celebrities” making omelettes and the entire community is invited to come out. It’s all by donation,
There has been an account set up at the Ladysmith Bottle Depot where folks to donate the proceeds (or partial proceeds) from their returns and also an account has been set up at the Ladysmith Credit Union for people to make donations there.
If anybody wants more information or to help out, they can contact us using our online form, Kinsmen Duck Paterson at 250-245-2263, or Rotarian Joe Friesenhan at 250-245-2646.