In brief: Community celebrates police; Powerlifter offers boost to hospital fundraiser

Citizens on Patrol to celebrate Ladysmith's police force and its supporters next month. Powerlifter visits RBC Friday for fundraiser.

Citizens on Patrol will celebrate

Ladysmith Citizens on Patrol (LCOP) will celebrate community policing volunteers at a volunteer appreciation picnic at Transfer Beach Park next month.

Uniformed and civilian members of the RCMP have been invited to attend the ceremony with their spouses and families, alongside members of the Victims Assistance program and LCOP volunteers, an LCOP press release states.

The picnic will be hosted at the Kinsmen Hut from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, and the menu will include barbecued burgers and hot dogs, salad, cake and refreshments.

Anyone planning on attending the picnic is asked to submit a head count to LCOP co-ordinator Brian McLaurin no later than Friday, Aug. 16 to facilitate menu planning.

Contact McLaurin by e-mail at


Powerlifter Raising the Bar in Ladysmith

Nanaimo’s Rhonda Heaslip, winner of multiple National Powerlifting Championships and the current national and Commonwealth powerlifting record holder, is raising money for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and will be in Ladysmith this week to raise more money and awareness.

Heaslip will be at RBC Royal Bank at 527 First Ave. Friday, July 19 from 3-4 p.m. to talk about powerlifting, breaking records and why raising money for B.C. children is so important to her.

Heaslip’s goal is to raise $15,000.

Donations for Raise the Bar for Kids can be made online at and will be gratefully accepted at Friday’s RBC Royal Bank meet and greet.