The Ladysmith & District Historical Society would like to inform you of the election of a new Board of Directors of the Society at its AGM held Saturday August 22, 2020.
The LDHS Board now consists of the following:
Quentin Goodbody – President
Marina Sacht – Vice President
Elaine Layman – Treasurer
Alex Stuart – Secretary
Mark Anderson – Director
Shirley Blackstaff – Director
Pat Brownfield – Director
Val Galvin – Director
John Sharp – Director
The new board looks forward to working with the Town of Ladysmith to further the aims of the Society in a manner exemplified by its Vision Statement:
“The LDHS is universally recognised as the ‘Steward of local Heritage’ and through the excellence and inclusiveness of its programs is a major contributor to community, education and tourism.”
“The LDHS, working largely as a volunteer organisation in partnership with the Town of Ladysmith, Stz’uminus First Nation, community and private groups, governments and the public, ensures effective collection and preservation of all local historically significant records and artifacts and promotes their use for education and research to showcase our unique heritage and culture.”
Dr. Quentin Goodbody – President
Quentin is a geologist with a passion for history and heritage, and with a multicultural perspective earned from living and working for decades in various parts of the world including North America, South America, S.E. Asia, Australia, and Europe. Quentin is very happy to have retired to Vancouver Island (a natural paradise) and to participate in, and contribute to, the community. His mandate is to increase awareness of our heritage (natural and cultural) within the community and to emphasize the relevance of the past to the present and future.
Marina Sacht, Vice President
Marina is a long-term LDHS member dating back years before the society incorporated – when it would meet in members’ living rooms. Marina has a diploma in journalism and is the editor/publisher of TAKE 5 Print & Digital media. Book publishing, video production, photography and writing are some of the experiences she brings to the board. When she isn’t at home in her farm in North Oyster, she’s out sailing and travelling the coast.
Elaine Layman – Treasurer
Owner of Layman Financial Services and Board Chair Ladysmith & District Credit Union. Passionate about history in Ladysmith and around the Province. Works closely with the Stz’uminus First Nation and a has been a strong supporter to the Ladysmith Museum, including the Ladysmith & District Credit Union’s sponsorship of the Museum for its initial five years of operation.
James A. (Alex) Stuart, Secretary
Alex is passionate about Ladysmith as a community and its history, and seeking the opportunity to serve for a 3rd year on the LDHS Board of Directors. Alex was Ladysmith’s youngest elected Mayor – serving two terms; a founding member of the Ladysmith Railway Historical Society; Ladysmith Tall Ships Society (now the Ladysmith Maritime Society) and a founding member of the Ladysmith Resources Centre. Alex served on the Ladysmith EDC Board and was a two-term President of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving the 4th year of a 9-year term on the Nanaimo Airport Board of Directors.
Mark Anderson, Non-Executive Director
Mark has a long-standing interest in history and is currently the Historian and Webmaster of three Masonic Lodges: Ashlar No. 3 in Nanaimo, Temple No. 33 in Duncan and St. John’s No. 21 in Ladysmith. He is also the District Education Officer for the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon District 27, which encompasses Ladysmith and the Cowichan Valley. Mark owns and operates West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc., a licensed driving school based in the Cowichan Valley. Mark has recently been expanding the LDHS website to include pages on Ladysmith’s historic buildings and houses.
Shirley Blackstaff, Non-Executive Director
Shirley has been a valued educator for 35 years. She gained 10 years of Museum experience at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. Shirley is a working Director of Eves Provincial Park. Within the Ladysmith Maritime Society, Shirley created the Maritime Museum, Harbour Heritage Centre, Archives and Sea Life Centre. Shirley heads up the LDHS’ Industrial Heritage Preservation Committee which is active at the waterfront preserving the rail yard, heritage buildings and large forest industry artifacts with the goal to work cooperatively within our society and with others to establish an interactive heritage centre/museum within the Arts & Heritage Hub. Shirley believes in the power of working together, valuing and using people’s talents by providing them with opportunities to serve Ladysmith and District through heritage, cultural, environmental and educational projects and events while having fun in the process.
Pat Brownfield, Non-Executive Director
Pat was born, raised and educated in Ladysmith; her family history in the town goes back over 100 years. She enjoys the history of the area. Pat worked locally in Healthcare. She retired back to Ladysmith with her husband 18 years ago.
Val Galvin, Non-Executive Director
Val is a longtime Chemainus resident with deep local roots. Her Great Great Grandmother was Annie Stevens, who built the Travellers Hotel, giving Val a direct interest in Ladysmith’s history. Ladysmith is where her Grandmother grew up: her parents were born in Chemainus, as was Val. Over the years Val has always had a keen interest in the history of the Chemainus /Ladysmith area. Now semi-retired, she is a director at the Chemainus Valley Museum. She spends time caring for her 90-year old mother, her 1-year old granddaughter, and until COVID hit, ran a Fibre Art Studio teaching the art of hooked and braided rugs. Val says that while she can’t promise a lot of project time, she feels she can add enthusiasm and the love of keeping HISTORY alive!
John Sharp, Non-Executive Director
John is a key Archives volunteer along with his wife Esther. Since the fall of 2017 they have volunteered a minimum of 10 hours per week each on Archives work. John’s interest in local history is based on his 110+ years of family history in Ladysmith. He has researched Ladysmith WW1 soldiers, family histories based on requests to the Archives, and WW2 armed forces personnel on the cenotaph. He has also researched other branches of his family history relating to the United Empire Loyalists, Scotland and Ireland. John graduated from Ladysmith High School and has a degree in physics from UBC. His work took him to Ontario, South Korea and China. He returned to the Island when he retired.