Pictured below is the 2022/2023 Ladysmith Kinsmen executive. From left to right, Steve Dinsmore, director; Duck Paterson, risk management; Brian Bancroft, registrar; Jason Kelland, treasurer; Al Moore, secretary; and Rod Woods, president. Missing from photo is Chad Welsh, director, and Mike Richardson, vice-president.
2022 was the 70th anniversary of the Kinsmen Club of Ladysmith. Over the years the members of the local Kin club have been instrumental in many of the amenities, and needs, of the Ladysmith community.
The Kinsmen purchased the first ambulance for the Town of Ladysmith, the club also built the public health unit in 1963 (which is now the Boys & Girls Club) on High Street. Locally, Kinsmen have given out over $60,000 in bursaries to local students and the Kinsmen built the playgrounds at Kin Park in Ladysmith. In 1967, the club constructed the Kin Shelter at Transfer Beach as the Canada centennial project and in 2004, the Kinsmen led the spray park project for the Town’s 100th anniversary project.
There are numerous projects and events that the Ladysmith Kinsmen Club have initiated as well as participate in and most recently the club constructed the dual public washrooms in downtown Ladysmith.
As club president, Rod Woods, said,
“We think we do a lot of good stuff in Ladysmith but we also rely a lot on support from other clubs, as well of businesses, in the community. We believe by doing things together it makes for more fun.”