Year of the Rat New Year Event

The Victoria Chinatown Lioness club would like to thank our wonderful guests who attended our Chinese New Year event.  We had another full house this year with guests who stretched their pockets WIDE OPEN so the club could raise funds to donate to various charities in town.  And, of course, we would like to extend our thanks to our generous donors for their gifted items that we auctioned off for a record amount this year!

Guests had a chance to bid on live auction items such as the Chef Firefighters package where firefighters will come cook for you and friends, a flight to anywhere that WestJet flies, renting a luxury Mercedes for the weekend, and TWO all inclusive Island boat cruises.  We also had silent auction items and huge raffle baskets up for grabs!

Thank you to everyone for making our main fundraiser a huge success! Net proceeds will go to local charities. Gung hay fat choy!!!

Opening the event with a Lion’s Dance for good luck.
Some of the raffle baskets available to win.
A vast array of items for silent auction.
Hope you’re hungry!
Visiting dignitaries such as Victoria Mayor, Lisa Helps.
Members from other Lions clubs including District Governor Cec Specht and wife, Cathy.
Firefighters Corey and Tom representing our Chef Firefighters package.
Thanks to our lively MC hosts of the evening – Michael Forbes and Lisa Marshall.
And, of course, our talented auctioneer, Daniel Low.
Acknowledging the winners and representatives of our live auction items; the Chef Firefighters package, a flight to anywhere that WestJet flies, win a luxury Mercedes for a weekend from Three Point Motors, and two all inclusive Island boat tours by Kroyce Sailings.
Lioness president, Lily Yee, and her daughter, Kaelynn, who handed out lucky red envelopes to guests.
Our hard working Lioness crew with some guests.

Many thanks to our generous donors listed in alphabetical order. We could not have done this without them!

10 Acres Bistro

Alert First Aid

Amanda Mills

Andrew Long, Wood Gundy

Annette Quan

Artisan Bistro

Audrey Wang and Heather White

Belleville’s Restaurant

Big Wheel Burger

Bin 4

Black Ball Ferry Line

Blanshard Street Winery

Brian Uddenberg

Brown’s Florist, Fort Street

Chamberlain Walk


Cherry Point Vineyard

Chocolats Favoris

Collective Wine Bar

Connie Hasleden

Cordova Bay Golf Course

Corina Eberle

Country Grocer, Royal Oak

Custom Stamp Engraving

Dig This

Donna May

Dr Fred Loiselle

Dragon Gate Restaurant

EDP Service

Elements Casino Victoria


Esquimalt Trading

Fairway Gorge Paddling Club

Fairway Market

Fig Deli

Five Star Whale Watching

Fonbo Restaurant

Frankie’s Modern Dining

Fudo Restaurant

Gala Fabrics

Garden Works, Blenkinsop

Gary Woodward

Gaylene Yeung

Georgina Wong

Golden City Restaurant

Goo Goo Googles

Gordon Quan

Gorge Pointe Pub

Gorge Vale Golf Club

Grant Hayter-Menzie

Hair Flair

Heron Rock Bistro

Hotel Grand Pacific

Ida Chong

Il Terrazzo

Industrial Plastics

Irene Tiampo

Irish Linen Store

Iyengar Yoga Center of Victoria

Jennings Florists

JJ Noodle

James Bay Inn Pub

Jen Gow

Jennings Florist

Jim Cook, Head Pro Gorge Vale Golf

Joanne Wong

Joyce Ingram

June Zhang

Knotty by Nature

Kristine Kinner

KRoyce Sailing

La Roux Patisserie

Laura Bradbury

Leslie Pite

Lily Yee

Lisa See

Little Thai Restaurant

London Drugs, Yates Street

Lot 1 Pasta Bar

Maison Preserves

Market on Yates

Marlee Loiselle

Meredith Wainwright


Mayfair Optometric Clinic

Miniature World

National Bank Financial

Naughty Nellies

Nelles Shackleton

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Odyssia Italian Restaurant

Oreganos Pizza

Ottavio Italian Bakery


Pat Hannah

Patisserie Daniel

Pay Works

Pendray Inn

Pet’s West Broadmead

Poppies Floral Art

Pho Halong Restaurant

Prima Strada Pizzeria

RBC, Douglas and Fisgard

RBC, Shelbourne and Mackenzie

Red Barn Market Oak Bay

Richard Wong

Rick Illi

Roberta’s Hats


Russell Nursery

Saanich Commonwealth Place

Salt Spring Island Vinegar

Save On Foods Pandora

Save On Foods Shelbourne

Sawyer Sewing Centre

Sidney Harbour Chinese

Spiral Cafe

Tempo Trend Music

Target Storage

The Makehouse

The Village

The Wilson’s Group

Three Point Motors

Tony Joe

Unsworth Vineyards

Vessel Liquor Store

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Victoria Firefighters’ Association

Victoria Pub Co.


Wildwood Outdoor Living

Windsor Cafe

Mark Your Calendar for Our Chinese New Year Event!

The Year of the Rat officially starts on January 25, 2020! It is the 1st  animal in the Chinese zodiac and individuals born under this sign possess strengths that make them brilliant business people. The Rat’s personality is outgoing, cheerful and sociable in character.

To celebrate, our Victoria Chinatown Lioness fundraising 26th Annual Chinese New Year banquet will be held on Saturday, February 1st  at Golden City Restaurant. It will be a delicious 8-course authentic Chinese dinner! This annual special dinner is our main fundraising event and is a popular annual event, selling out each year.

Dinner proceeds give the Club the opportunity to make many donations to organizations in our community and overseas.  An example of our most recent donations include $1000 to both the BC Children’s Hospital, CFAX Santa’s Anonymous as well as $5000 to the new Chinatown Community Services Centre. Through our fundraising efforts,  we are able to support the community by making donations such as over $50,000 to International Relief through the years, $500.00 to provide decorative lighting to the oldest Chinatown in Canada, 200 Mother’s Day gift boxes, $1000.00 to Camp Shawnigan,  $1,000 to our Victoria Chinatown Lioness annual bursary at the University of Victoria, $1000.00 to United Way, to name a few.

To purchase tickets, please contact Lioness members Pat Hannah (t: 250.216.2705), Gayle Chong (t: 778.678.2773) or Amanda Mills (t: 250.720.0222)

Looking forward to seeing you for a great night of fun and excitement!

A New Lioness Year

After suspending meetings for the summer, we are back for a new Lioness year.  With the new year, comes a new board of directors although many will seem like familiar faces!

Drum roll please.  Here is the new Victoria Chinatown Lioness board for 2019-2020.  Thanks to Zone Chair, Eleanor Bawden for hosting our board ceremony.  (Please note that the picture is not the order of the positions.  In fact, there were board members who were not able to attend the ceremony so are not in the photograph.)

President:  Lily Yee

Past President:  Pei Mei Chia

1st Vice-President:  Joanne Wong

2nd Vice-President:  Gaylene Yeung

Secretary(s):  Donna May & Connie Haselden

Treasurers:  Gayle Chong & Penny Lai

Lion Tamer:  Marlee Loiselle

Tail Twister:  Susanne Phillips

1-year Director:  Amanda Mills

2-year Directors:  Pat Hannah & Connie Haselden

Okay.  We are ready to go again!

We would also like to congratulate Victoria Chinatown Lioness member Marlee Loiselle as she volunteered to be secretary for the Lioness District!  Thanks Marlee!

A Successful Event

WE DID IT!!! Another successful Chinese New Year’s event, our 25TH under our belt! A full house of guests enjoyed an authentic 8 course dinner as we told them of our traditions and superstitions surrounding our most important holiday of the year! 

Live auction items of luxury Mercedes vehicles, an all inclusive Island boat cruise, and firemen coming to cook for you and friends gathered extraordinary high bids, our silent auction tables were full of fabulous prizes donated by the community and huge raffle baskets were given away!

Thank you everyone for making our main fundraiser a huge success! Net proceeds to local charities, Gung hay fat choy!!!

Many thanks to our generous donors listed in alphabetical order:

Artina’s Jewellers

Artisan Bistro

Attractions Victoria

Belleville’s Restaurant

Black Ball Ferry Line

Bosley’s Pet Food Plus

Bon Sushi

Brown’s Florist

Canadian Red Cross

Chamberlain Walk


Cook Culture

Cordova Bay Golf Course

Dean Heights Hair Salon


EDP Service Ltd

Elements Casino Victoria

Enrico Winery

Esquimalt Trading

Fairway Market

Five Star Whale Watching

Fonbo Restaurant

Frankie’s Modern Dining

Fudo Restaurant

Jade Fountain Restaurant

Golden City Restaurant

Heron Rock Bistro

Halibut House

Hotel Grand Pacific

Il Terrazzo

Industrial Plastics

Irish Linen Store

Iyengar Yoga Center of Victoria

Knotty by Nature

LA Limousines and Transportation Services

Little Thai Restaurant

Maple Palace Chinese Restaurant

Mayfair Optometric Clinic

Med Grill

Milestones Grill and Bar

Moxie’s Grill Bar

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Olive This and More

Oregano’s Pizza

Patisserie Daniel

Pay Works

Poppies Floral Art

PJ Music Studios

Royal BC Museum

Roberta’s Hats

Rootside Provisions

Ross Bay Pub

Saanich Commonwealth Place

Sea Cider and Farm Ciderhouse

Silk Road Aromatherapy and Tea Co.

Sidney Harbour Chinese

The Makehouse

The Oswego Hotel

The Village

Three Point Motors

Victoria Firefighters’ Association

The Victoria Pie Company

The Wilson’s Group

Year of the Pig

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club!  Enjoy an evening of fine Chinese dining with a traditional 8 course banquet, live Asian music along with raffles and a silent auction where funds raised will be distributed to local charities.  Tickets can be purchased from any Victoria Chinatown Lioness member, at Gala Fabrics (104-1483 Douglas Street) or through the event chairperson, Pei Mei Chia at 250.514.1928.  Gung Hay Fat Choy!

New Board of Directors

Our June meeting is always a big club event.  It is typically the meeting where we install a new board of directors.  This year, we welcomed Lioness District Liaison, Anne Scott to officiate the installations.

Here is our new board for 2018-2019.

New Tail Twister:  Lioness Susanne.  Bringing calm to the chaos.

tail twister susanne

New Directors:  Lioness Pat, Connie and Gaylene.  May they keep our club steady and on track based on the club’s mandates.

new directors

New Treasurers:  Lioness Gayle and Penny.  The guardians of the club’s purse strings.

new treasurers

First Vice President:  Lioness Amanda (far right)

Second Vice:  Lioness Annette  These are the right hand (wo)men to the president.  They can fill in presidential duties should the president be unavailable as well as assist the president in her duties.

new vice presidents

Past President:  Lioness Pei Mei  Having had the experience, the past president can provide insight and help guide the incoming president through the sometimes tricky road of leadership.

past prez

And our new fearless leader:  Lioness Lily.  El Capitan

new prez

Cheers to our new board.  May we be continue to be active and involved with our community as always.

new board

Mother’s Day Boxes

Some club members spent today putting together 190 boxes that will be distributed for Mother’s Day to the Transition House, Single Parent’s Resource Center and Bridges for Women. It was fun picking out what toiletries should go into each Chinese take out box! And of course, there was great eats to be had while working. This is a yearly activity for the club, so if you have some unopened toiletries or makeup that you would like to donate, please let a Lioness member know! Thank you.


Mother’s Day Boxes

For the past 15 years, the club has collected and donated boxed toiletries to the Transition House and/or the Single Parent Resource Center for Mother’s Day.  It gives a chance for some of these kids to pick out a box and give something special to their moms for Mother’s Day!  If you have unused toiletries sitting around that you don’t use, little bottles of hotel shampoos, conditioners etc or anything that you think Moms would appreciate, please contact a Victoria Chinatown Lioness member that you know to arrange pick up.  Thank you.

Author Dinner with Jan Wong

Our Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club proudly presented Jan Wong with her newest release of Apron Strings! What a fabulous and humorous speaker she was to a sell-out crowd! Everyone even enjoyed the aprons we had made for this event. Thanks to Jan Wong for gracing us with her wit and to all our Lioness members for their contribution in helping to ensure another successful event!