For Three years the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District has been fund raising to install an elevator in the old Machine Shop that houses the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery. It all started with Pam Fairchild who's favorite thing to do was visit the gallery with her husband. Pam is a Patron of the Arts and a long time resident of Ladysmith. Pam's husband became ill and could no longer climb the stairs. Pam handed us a cheque for $500 and said in her Welsh accent "here's the beginning for a fundraiser for an elevator". Unfortunately Pam's husband passed away before we could raise enough to have an elevator installed. But because of Pam we have been fund raising for three years so that everyone would have access to the Waterfront Gallery.
On December 23, 2014 we received a phone call from the Federal Government saying that we had received an accessibility Grant. We literally cried tears of joy. The phone call was the best Christmas present and it gave us the boost we needed. Thanks to the Federal Government, BC Rehab, Ladysmith Credit Union and the Town of Ladysmith who have stood by us as we pursued this adventure so that all will have access to the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.
Thank You Pam for sending us on this journey.
And Thank you to all those who were kind enough to contribute to the cause:
$1000 and over Accessibility Grant from the Canadian Government, BC Rehab, Ladysmith Credit Union, Town of Ladysmith, Chemainus Sketch Group, Kathy Holmes, Grant Leier and Nixie Barton, Pam Fairchild
And a huge thank you to all those who gave from their heart - every penny counted because we have reached our goal. And a huge Thank you for those members and non-members who helped with fund raising projects, it means so much!