National President visits Ladysmith

Association of Kin Clubs of Canada National President visits Ladysmith

The Ladysmith Kinsmen had a very special guest come to visit on Friday, Jan. 19th. On only her third trip at National President of the Association of Kin Clubs of Canada, Terri MacCannell, wanted to make sure she made a stop in Ladysmith. MacCannell said:

“I wanted to make a trip to Vancouver Island, during my term which is ending this coming July. Vancouver Island has a history of strong Kinsmen fellowship and the Ladysmith club’s name is well known in our association so it made sense that my brief visit should be here.”

MacCannell only had the day to visit the South Island, she said and it seemed a central location to have all the Island clubs meet here for a brief meeting and social.

Kin president

MacCannell was given a tour of the Ladysmith club’s accomplishments from the past few years, by Kin Larry Adair as well as District Past Governor, Scott Wood, from Victoria.

The Island was represented, on Friday, by Kin members from Victoria, Juan de Fuca, Duncanc, Lake Cowichan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and the Comox Valley. MacCannell, who has been a member of the Calgary Kin for 22 years said:

“With my years on various District and National boards, the Ladysmith Kinsmen always seem to be doing something that is large and noteworthy and recognized by the community. As well it’s noticed by our National Board, so I really wanted to see it for myself…. And it’s all true”.

Ladysmith is a beautiful town in a great location and to see what our members here have done really makes me proud.

Kin president

While in Ladysmith the various clubs held a meeting to see how they all can work and participate in the Kinsmen National Kinvention that will be held in Nanaimo in August 2019.

Downtown Washroom Project

The Ladysmith Kinsmen are hoping to embark 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.

As of October 2018, they are waiting to hear from BC Gaming.

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.

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.

Ladysmith Lightning Fastball

Members of the Ladysmith Lightning Fastball team show off their new uniforms that the Ladysmith Kinsmen helped to sponsor.

The Kinsmen members believe in helping young people to be able to participate in sports and a healthy life style.  The club assists many youth groups and clubs in the Ladysmith area.

Pictured with the Lightning players are Kinsmen Chris Saunders, Steve Dinsmore and Mike Sumptner.

Ladysmith Orcas

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.

Little League Scoreboard

Ladysmith Baseball Association

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.

Ladysmith Baseball Association

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”

Kinsmen “Red Army” in Street Hockey

The Ladysmith Kinsmen participated, in strength, in the recent Guinness world record “Largest One Day Street Hockey Game” attempt on Sunday, June 4th in downtown Ladysmith.

Street Hockey
Complete with beer can pads!

Although dapperly-attired, the Kinsmen couldn’t make it past some heavy hitting in the semi-final game! Winning their first two games the members are proud of their stamina and perseverance in the face of great odds when the opposing team fielded a team of 7 players all over the age of 17!

The Kinsmen club was also one of the sponsoring organizations of the event and were really happy to see the main street lined with friends and families having fun and putting Ladysmith on the map.

(not pictured but played: Jason Kelland)

Ladysmith Secondary School Donation

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.

Treasurer Mike Richardson (left) and President Jason Kelland (right)

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.

Nutsumaat Syaays Welcoming Figure

The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club recently donated $1,000 to the Nutsumaat Syaays Welcoming Figure project at Ladysmith Secondary School.

Nutsumaat Syaays Welcoming Figure
Kinsmen Treasurer Mike Richardson, Coast Salish artist John Marston, Kinsmen President Jason Kelland and Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone

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.