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Nestled on the eastern shores of spectacular Vancouver Island, the Town of Ladysmith features all the warmth and charm of small town living with a full range of services and amenities.
Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture is bursting with recreational activities and fun-filled events for all ages! The Department is committed to enhancing the health & quality of life of the community through accessible programs, services, facilities and open spaces.
The Town is committed to sustainable vision for our community as we work to mitigate the impacts of climate change. We were the first BC community to introduce curbside pick-up for household organic waste and continue to advance projects that help to protect and conserve our environment.
The Town along with our partners is promoting a business-friendly culture in Ladysmith that supports economic development and job creation.
View all current Public (Statutory) Notices on this page. For information and details about a scheduled Public Hearing or current Development Permit or Development Variance Permit application, find out more here.
Discover the Parks, Recreation and Culture department's programs and classes in the latest Activity Guide. We offer a full range of recreation, education and art programs for all ages and abilities. Explore the Guide and register today.
Ladysmith is a charming small town with a thriving economy, vibrant downtown and picturesque waterfront, whose welcoming neighbourhoods reflect the quality of our citizens.
The Town of Ladysmith wishes to extend a warm congratulations to local resident John Lamb for receiving a Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award from the Province of BC.
Lamb was one of six Public Safety Lifeline volunteers recognized for their contributions to emergency and disaster response in the province.
A ceremony was held at the Parliament Buildings as part of National Volunteer Week, April 7 to 13, 2019, where Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, presented the awards.
Over 13,000 Public Safety Lifeline volunteers across BC play a key role in emergency response by assisting with duties such as air and ground search and rescue, radio communications, and emergency support and victim services in the event of a natural disaster.
Continue reading below for Lamb's biography as a volunteer member of the Provincial Emergency Program Air, or PEP Air:
John is a licensed commercial pilot with over 4000 hrs and 38 years of coastal flying experience. He was introduced to the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) through his friends in the Nanaimo Flying Club and was inspired by CASARA members to use his aircraft and skills to help others in distress.
John has flown over 1000 volunteer hours comprised of 280 training flights and 110 operational searches during his 33 years as a CASARA/PEP Air pilot. John is currently the senior PEP Air search pilot and training officer for Mid-Vancouver Island. Amongst John's many accomplishments, he and his crew were awarded first place in two National SAR competitions (2004 and 2015) and first place in the 2009 Western Canadian competition.
John's most memorable accomplishment was designing and leading the re-construction of an un-used hangar to create a permanent training facility and search headquarters for Mid-Vancouver Island PEP Air. Several members of his Nanaimo PEP Air team contributed their time and skills to make this facility a reality. The four-month construction project is an outstanding example of the spirit and dedication of their members.
John and his team member's capability to conduct air searches is only possible because the PEP Air volunteers maintain their training and certification to fulfill many ground roles and crew positions. The support and training that they receive from the Royal Canadian Air Force (442 Sqn) is essential for them to maintain the professional search capabilities required for their work.
Finally, John would like to thank his wife Lillian for supporting his PEP Air endeavours including sudden absences for search call-outs. (Source: Province of British Columbia)
Town of Ladysmith is updating its Official Community Plan (OCP) to help manage growth and change in a way that helps our community meet its goals.
An OCP is a policy document that influences how people experience their town. This includes how we live, gather, work, learn, recreate, shop, and move around the community. At its heart, an OCP is about managing land use and physical growth of the town.
The Town of Ladysmith's 2023-2026 Strategic Plan is a progressive vision set by Council for improving the lives of residents in a thriving town, and provides clear direction and focus for Council and staff over the current term.
Council is proud to serve the over 9,000 residents who call the Town of Ladysmith home. Mayor and Council meet regularly as both Council and the Committee of the Whole. As part of their duties as elected officials, members of Council also serve on various boards and committees, including: the Cowichan Valley Regional District, Vancouver Island Regional Library Board, Community Planning Advisory Committee, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, Youth Advisory Committee, and several more.