Mark Drysdale has announced he will leave the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce as of Oct. 15. (Chronicle file photo)

Mark Drysdale has announced he will leave the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce as of Oct. 15. (Chronicle file photo)

Executive director to leave Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce

‘I am passionate about the community; I love this town’

The executive director at the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce has announced he will be leaving the position this month. Mark Drysdale accepted a new position in the community and will be leaving the chamber on Oct. 15.

Drysdale has been with the chamber in the role of executive director for over eight years and has steadily moved the organization forward to new partnerships and collaborations as well as growing our funding and programs, according to the chamber.

“I personally, have worked with him in my role as president for almost six years and I will miss his dedication and hard work on behalf of the chamber,” said Tammy Leslie, board president. “While we are sad to see Mark go, we wish him all the best as he embarks on his latest adventure.”

Drysdale said he was new to Ladysmith when he started the role — he quickly became connected in the community and grew to love it.

“I am passionate about the community — I love this town,” he said.

He said the people he worked with are what he will miss the most about his role. “I worked with a bunch of amazing people, not just inside the organization but outside of it too.”

His role at the chamber is the longest he has held in his career and he is proud of the many projects he was a part of. During his time there, the chamber created a Ladysmith walking tour app, started doing Business Walks and held large roundtables with members to help steer economic growth.

Drysdale said he would like to thank all the board members he worked with.

The posting for the position of executive director of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce opened on Oct. 5. For more information on the position and application process visit the Chamber’s website or email

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