IslandSavings’ Deb Trockstad (left) and local branch manager Brad Lesiuk (right) presented Ladysmith Food Bank volunteer Lynette Wark with a $2

IslandSavings’ Deb Trockstad (left) and local branch manager Brad Lesiuk (right) presented Ladysmith Food Bank volunteer Lynette Wark with a $2

Ladysmith IslandSavings branch gives ‘huge donation’ to food bank

The Ladysmith branch of IslandSavings has donated $2,500 to the local food bank.

By Mike Gregory

The Ladysmith branch of IslandSavings has donated $2,500 to the local food bank in what is being called one of the largest contributions in recent memory.

The food bank’s volunteer purchaser and distributor Lynette Wark was at the bank’s location in Coronation Mall on Friday for the cheque presentation.

“It’s a huge donation. It’s one of the larger ones if not the largest,” Wark said.

Every dollar donated to the Ladysmith Food Bank helps fund a meal for the 250 residents, including the 115 children, who access the service.

“It’s greatly appreciated by clients, the volunteers, the food bank and by the community because what you’re doing is helping our community be healthy,” Wark said.

Local IslandSavings employees raised the funds through a combination of raffle ticket sales for a gift basket valued at close to $900, a hot dog sale with food donated by Save-On-Foods and contributions from the bank’s ‘Jean Friday.’

“It’s a small group but it’s a passionate group,” said branch manager Brad Lesiuk.

The efforts are part of IslandSavings’ The Full Cupboard campaign, which aims to raise $73,000 annually to serve the equivalent of 650,000 meals to Islanders in partnership with local food banks.

Kathy Beaveridge was the winning ticket holder for the basket which included everything from two weeks worth of parking passes at the Nanaimo Airport to gift cards from local businesses and even dinner for four at Yellow Point Lodge.

She works for the regional office of IslandSavings in Duncan and had purchased tickets for the company’s president in addition to a single one for herself.

“I think it’s great that each branch is putting in its own efforts and especially for the community of Ladysmith,” said Beaveridge.

Ladysmith residents interested in donating to The Full Cupboard campaign can bring cash or non-perishable food items to the local branch, or donate online.

“We’re thrilled to be partners all year not just two months while we fundraise,” said Deb Trockstad, a Full Cupboard Champion and personal banking advisor at the local branch.

“It’s all education of community and to make sure the funds continue to go into where it’s most needed.”

The Ladysmith Food bank is run solely on donations and does not have any direct public funding.

“All the donations are through the generosity of individuals in the community and corporations,” Wark said.  “It’s just huge to think of not the fact that it’s just a one time event, but that IslandSavings seems committed and passionate about a connection that’s long term and we’re so grateful for that.”

For more information, please visit www.islandsavings.ca/Personal/Community/FullCupboard/.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maureen Thom holds a can of Suck it Cancer Pale Ale and a heart created by her son Michael ‘Chili’ Thom when he was in kindergarten. (Submitted photo)
Backcountry Brewing creates limited edition beer to fundraise for BC Cancer Foundation

Squamish based beer company Backcountry Brewing has released a limited edition batch… Continue reading

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ staff and trustees held their annual general board meeting Dec. 2 via Microsoft Teams. (SD68 image)
Nanaimo Ladysmith school district chairperson retains role, new vice-chair chosen

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools held annual general meeting Wednesday

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary is taking a pro-active approach and closing the thrift shop as a precautionary measure as of Saturday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop closing again as a precautionary measure

Second closure this year will last at least six weeks due to the COVID situation

Jon Lefebure went back to construction after losing the 2018 mayor’s post in North Cowichan to work on the Cottages On Willow. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Former North Cowichan mayor retools priorities with construction project

Fresh air a benefit and satisfaction results from building eight-unit housing complex

Protesters stand in front of a truck carrying logs to the WFP Ladysmith log sort. (Cole Schisler photo)
Protesters block entrance to Western Forest Products in Ladysmith

Blockade cleared by Ladysmith RCMP around noon, December 2

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

Lake Trail Middle School in Courtenay has closed again due to a threat Friday (Dec 4). File photo
Island middle school closed for the second time in a week due to threat

On Nov. 26, Lake Trail Middle School was closed for a day while a similar incident occurred.

Melissa David, of Parachutes for Pets and her dogs Hudson and Charlie are trying to raise money for a homeless shelter that will allow pets and are seen in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘My only wish:’ Children asking pet charity to help their furry friends at Christmas

Parachutes for Pets says it has received 14 letters from children in the last week t

Melissa Velden and her chef-husband Chris Velden, stand in their dining room at the Flying Apron Inn and Cookery in Summerville, N.S. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. The couple is hosting holiday parties with appropriate distancing and other COVID-19 health protocols in place at their restaurant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Celebrities, Santa and Zoom part of office holiday parties being held amid COVID-19

Many will send tokens of appreciation to workers or offer time off or cash

Emergency crews used a backhoe loader to clear fire debris from the scene of a fire on Wesley Street Thursday as police and firefighters gathered up propane tanks, stoves and fireplaces used by camp residents to heat tents. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
City of Nanaimo dismantles downtown homeless encampment after fire

Four to six tents burned up in Wesley Street fire Thursday, Dec. 3

A demonstrator wears representations of sea lice outside the Fisheries and Oceans Canada offices in downtown Vancouver Sept. 24, demanding more action on the Cohen Commission recommendations to protect wild Fraser River sockeye. (Quinn Bender photo)
First Nations renew call to revoke salmon farm licences

Leadership council implores use of precautionary principle in Discovery Islands

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

BC Ambulance Services reassures people that the service is well staffed and ready to respond. Photo by Don Bodger
BC Ambulance assures the Island community they’re ‘fully staffed’

‘Paramedics are not limited to a geographical area.’ — BCEHS

Most Read