Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary

President/Eithne Reichert

Our mandate is to fund health and wellness related equipment, programs, services, health & wellness education, and initiatives in and around the community of Ladysmith.

However, equipment and/or program funding for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Cowichan Hospice Society (Duncan), Cowichan District Hospital, as well as organizations north of us, such as Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Nanaimo Child Development Centre are also on our regular funding rosters.

Pre-COVID we were averaging approximately $250,000 funding per year to the above organizations.

We own and operate the Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Store whose operations are run by 3 staff members in close concert with our Executive Board of 10 members, plus – the dedication of our wonderful volunteers. Revenues of the Thrift Store are driven by donations of clothing, household items, books, small furniture, curios, and other quirky items processed by our volunteers.

Currently we have about 265 volunteers in total. Many of those volunteer their time doing regular Thrift Store shifts coordinated by our Thrift Store Operations Manager and Part-time Assistant Manager. In 2020 we hired a Part-time Maintenance Manager who oversees maintenance and repairs of our building and its operations. When needed, he fills in for the Operations and P/T Assistant Manager.