The executive director of Ladysmith Resource Centre Association is headed to the City of Nanaimo to take on a position with community policing.
Christy Wood, who was with Ladysmith Resource Centre Association for two years, has been hired as the coordinator of community policing and community safety for the City of Nanaimo, a role that has traditionally gone to retired police officers. Wood will bring her perspective and skill set from working with Ladysmith’s most vulnerable population to her new job.
“Community safety is about positive relationships with neighbours, and getting in front of homelessness,” Wood said. “Our modern times require a different approach. Building strong neighbourhoods increases community safety in a much better way than adding extra police officers.”
Before Wood took on the role of executive director, she was a regular volunteer at the LRCA. Wood said that her and her family will remain in Ladysmith, and she looks forward to continuing her involvement with the LRCA in a volunteer capacity.
Ladysmith Town Councillor and former LRCA board president, Marsh Stevens will take over as executive director. Stevens has been with the LRCA since 2014, and has served as chair of the building committee for the Buller Street affordable housing project.