The Ladysmith & District Historical Society is calling for nominations from the community for their new Ladysmith Annual Heritage Awards.
The awards are to recognize the businesses, individuals and societies that have played a key role during the year in their actions or initiatives in preserving or promoting local heritage.
The award recipients will be announced during February’s BC Heritage Week.
Anyone can nominate, including nominating themselves, their business or their society. Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 31, 2019. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How did this individual, business or non-profit group help to preserve, and/or promote local heritage in Ladysmith and surrounding areas of Saltair and North Oyster?
“It’s a way for us as a community to show appreciation for the role we all play in preserving our heritage,” says Quentin Goodbody, President of the LDHS.
The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association is one of the first nominees received, thanks to the special attention they paid in preserving the bell and cross from the St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church prior to its demolition in September. The parish had closed the church some years ago and sold the site to the LRCA in 2017, the diocese removing items of interest from the building.
Unfortunately, it was no longer practical to save the building due to structural issues and asbestos contamination so it had to be demolished – but not before the LRCA arranged for the bell and cross, which had both stood in place since 1910, to be saved in the Museum. The spirit of community will live on at the site as the LRCA will be developing it for much-needed affordable housing for seniors, low-income families and persons with disabilities.