Ladysmith residents are invited to find out how the little things they do can make a big difference to the community.
The Ladysmith 10% shift committee and CUPE BC are hosting a public community information session on the 10 per cent shift campaign this Wednesday night at Ladysmith Intermediate School.
“It’s an introduction to the community where they can come and learn about the Ladysmith 10 per cent shift,” said John Surtees, 10% shift committee leader.
During the session, CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill will conduct a presentation on the campaign.
There will also be representatives from the Town of Ladysmith, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and Ladysmith Downtown Business Association to speak to the issue.
Committee leader Teresa McKinley said the idea is to spread the awareness and shift people’s thinking.
“People are seeing it and talking about it, but we want more people seeing and talking about it, as well as living it and doing it,” she said. “It’s not just about shopping local — it’s about community, it’s about volunteering locally and giving back.”
That could mean not necessarily shifting what you spend your money on, but the opportunity for you to shift what you spend your time doing, Surtees explained.
“A lot of the community groups that put events on in Ladysmith, it’s all volunteer-based,” he said. “If you have time that you can invest into community organizations, the whole community benefits from it.”
McKinley said even a shift of $100 per month of people’s budget could result in $7.9 million in additional revenue in the community, based on approximately 6,500 Ladysmith postal codes.
“I got goosebumps when I calculated that,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be a lot; it can be a little, and the benefits come back to you in so many different ways.
“It’s an endless cycle that can go around and around, and we want to add to it.”
The community information session will take place this Wednesday night (March 28) at 6:30 pm in the Ladysmith Intermediate School gym.
Pizza will be served, and attendees can enter for a chance to win one of two $250 local shopping sprees.
To find out more about the 10 per cent shift campaign, click here.