Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary volunteers Deb Drysdale (left)

Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary volunteers Deb Drysdale (left)

Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary has donated more than $4 million

The Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary reached a milestone when it surpassed the $4 million mark in donations to the community.

There aren’t very many areas in Ladysmith that haven’t been touched in one way or another by funding and support from the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary.

From the Ladysmith Community  Health Centre and the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association to Ladysmith Secondary School and Ladysmith Parks, Recreation and Culture, the money raised by the auxiliary has a lot of impact on community members young and old.

And the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary members recently realized just how big that impact has been over the years when the auxiliary surpassed the $4 million mark in donations provided to the community.

This milestone comes at a time when two of the auxiliary’s hardest working volunteers — president Lil Kroll and Thrift Shop manager Deb Drysdale — are stepping down at the end of their two-year terms, explained public relations director Sandra Dall.

“It’s a good time to say thanks for the hundreds of hours they put in,” she said. “It’s just mind-boggling, the amount of work they do.”

Since its inception in 1909, the auxiliary has donated more than $4 million to the community. Last year, the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary had the third-highest donations in the entire province, according to Dall. The auxiliary was also the top auxiliary for the number of Candy Stripers — which this year changed their names to Youth Workers.

The Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary is a non-profit charity with a mission to raise money for equipment to be donated for use in health care facilities; raise and donate money or equipment to other health-related projects or life-saving projects; to provide services and assistance to people in need of health care due to illness, injury, disease, aging or infirmity; to provide for upkeep of the Memorial Gardens at the Ladysmith Community Health Centre; generally, to do anything to assist health care facilities and home care providers to provide the best possible health care and comfort to patients and clients; and to promote community health and wellness by donations of money, equipment, assistance or education.

One hundred per cent of the net profits of the auxiliary are used for the benefit of the community.

Dall says the auxiliary raises the most of its money through the Thrift Store.

“We rely on donations from the community, and we’re very grateful for the support,” she said. “We would like to thank the community for their donations — we couldn’t do it without them.”

“We’re probably the best recyclers in town,” Dall added with a laugh. “We have members who fix things — they are just wizards and can do anything.”

The auxiliary also runs a gift shop in the Ladysmith Community Health Centre, but the bulk of the money the group raises comes from the Thrift Store, according to Dall.

“We have workers there seven days a week, including on Tuesday nights,” she said. “The workers there are just incredible. It’s a beehive of activity.”

The money raised by the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary goes right back into the community in the form of support for health-related projects, as well as bursaries for students who are pursuing careers in health-related fields.

Because Ladysmith doesn’t have an actual hospital, the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary donates funds to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and the Cowichan District Hospital and even paid for a room in the new emergency ward at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital — and has made a similar donation at the Cowichan District Hospital in the past.

This year, the auxiliary has 245 volunteers, and 20 Youth Workers are volunteering.

To learn more about the Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary, call 250-245-5225.

Just Posted

Nanaimo-North Cowichan MLA Doug Routley was passed up for a cabinet position by Premier John Horgan. (Photo submitted)
Op-Ed: Modernizing forestry and prioritizing reconciliation

Doug Routley writes on Fairy Creek and Central Walbran Valley old growth deferrals

The log retaining wall that supports the access road to the Ladysmith Community Marina is failing and needs to be replaced. (Cole Schisler photo)
Remediation work for community marina access road expected to be costly

A log retaining wall between the access road and the parking area is failing and must be replaced

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)
Unidentified sponge may be the latest marine species invading Ladysmith Harbour

Marine biologist finding dozens of alien species in warm-water harbour, none of them threatening

More and more graffiti has appeared in Ladysmith’s downtown core during the pandemic. (Cole Schisler photo)
Council creates rebate program to encourage graffiti clean up

Property owners can receive up to $50 to help fund graffiti removal

Rick Ruppenthal of Saltair will host a 12-hour talk-a-thon Friday, June 18 over Facebook live. (Photo submitted)
Talk-a-thon to focus on men’s mental health issues

Saltair man spearheading a campaign to generate more conversation during fundraiser

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van exploded while refueling just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read