January 26, 2016
The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District would like to thank BC Rehab for their support. It took almost 3.5 years of fund raising for the Arts Council to raise money for the elevator project. As a 100% volunteer organization all the money we raise goes towards projects, programs, events, supporting the arts for all members of our community as well as maintaining the space we occupy.
Member and patron Pam Fairchild began the journey for an elevator with a $500 donation after her husband was unable of climbing the stairs. We promised Pam that we would get an elevator. Unfortunately her husband passed away before we could raise enough funds and Pam, who is well into her 80’s, has now moved to Montreal to be close to her family was never able to take the elevator to the gallery she so loved. But this project wasn’t just for Pam; it is for all those who are unable to climb the stairs for all sorts of medical reasons. Pam is very excited that we have reached our goal. BC Rehab supported this project by keeping our file open for almost 3 years as we secured our funding. The $8000 grant was all that we needed to reach our project goal. With BC Rehab support we raised enough for the elevator project in the Historic Machine shop. The Machine shop is an 80 year old building in Ladysmith which houses the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery on the second floor. Thank you to Ian Muirhead and his wife Trish for attending our celebratory Tea on November 6th. Their attendance meant so much to us. It was a great pleasure meeting them and we appreciated the effort they both made to come to the Tea and for Ian to say a few words. So many people who have not been able to climb the stairs where able to attend the Tea as well on the following night’s Gala opening. The elevator has already made an impact on our disabled community; we are seeing it every day now. Picture: Kathy Holmes, Mayor Aaron Stone and BC Rehab Chair Ian Muirhed.