An Evening with Jan Wong

Spend an evening with Jan Wong as she talks about her latest book, Apron Strings: Navigating Food And Family In France, Italy, And China. Published in September, 2017, it was named a must-read book by both the CBC and the Toronto Star.   Chris Nuttall-Smith (Top Chef Canada judge) wrote: “a sharp-minded — and famously sharp-tongued — reporter drags her fully grown, chef-trained son on a homestay cooking tour of France, Italy, and China. What could possibly not go wrong? Inquisitive, caustic, delicious, and can’t-look-away entertaining, this is Jan Wong at the peak of her powers.”

Jan Wong knows food is better when it’s shared, so when she set out to research home cooking in several countries known for their distinctive cuisine, she asked her 22 year old son, Sam, to join her.  While he wasn’t keen on spending excessive time with his mother, he dreamed of becoming a chef.  Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.  The result of this exploration is Jan’s latest book, Apron Strings: Navigating Food And Family In France, Italy, And China.  In this book, Jan tells the story of their journey.  Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, observing close up how globalization is changing food, families and cultures.  Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes fraught relationship, uniting – and occasionally clashing – over their mutual love of cooking.

This event will include a 8 course Chinese banquet dinner with Jan talking about her book afterwards as well as a Q&A.  It will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00pm at Golden City Restaurant.  Tickets are $40 per person for the dinner or $60 per person for the dinner and a book.  For reservations or more information, please contact Gala Fabrics at 250.389.1312 or Pei Mei Chia at 250.514.1928 or chiapm@shaw.ca

 

 

 

 

Chinese New Year’s Banquet Success!

The Victoria Chinatown Lioness celebrated Chinese New Year’s with an authentic 8-course meal and entertainment, followed by silent and live auctions and raffle prizes. Over $11,000 was raised thanks to generous donors in our community such as  Jim Swanson from Harbour Cats, John Wilson from Wilson’s Transportation, colleagues from National Bank, Michael Hill Jewellers, Frank Low and RBCVictoria Firefighters IAFF Local 730 and many many more…! Thank you to all that attended and helped out, especially our fabulous MC’s Lisa Forbes & Michael Forbes!❤   


Year of the Dog

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us on February 10 at our annual New Year’s fundraising dinner event.  The celebration with live Chinese music entertainers, a live auction and raffle prizes will start at 6pm at Golden City Restaurant.  Tickets are $48 per person and are available at Gala Fabrics or you can reserve your seat with the event chair,Pei Mei, by contacting her at either 250.514.1928 or chiapm@shaw.ca  Net proceeds go to the Club to help their efforts to service to those in need, with a particular emphasis on the local community, and women’s and children’s issues.

HAPPY MULTICULTURAL CANADA DAY

 

 

Thank you for a WILDLY SUCCESSFUL Garage sale.

Over $900 raised for our local charities!

   Lioness Judith,Irene, Gayle and  Annette.

We were too busy to even take any pictures but this one.

What s a wonderful day, such a great spirit amongst us all. 

Lioness Donna

It is the working together  in harmony that made everything go so well.
Lioness Judith
It was an absolute joy and pleasure to work side by side with my Lioness sisters today at our annual Garage Sale. We had a fun day, tried on some cool clothes, laughed a lot, and made some money for a good cause in the process.  A huge Thank You to Judith for providing a lovely venue and for keeping us well fed.  NOTE to Lily:  you make an awesome rhubarb cake !!!  And Ephrem for  his eternal patience with us       
Hugs to All – once again, nice working along such a strong and warm team of ladies …. you all ROCK !!
Lioness
WE WELCOME OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
 Welcome new Lioness  Joyce and Shirley .
CAR FREE DAY

 

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THOUGHTS FROM LIONESS PRESIDENT ANNETTE :
Thank your fellow Lioness Sisters! 
 
Thank you Lioness Vanessa
who was the project manager (DVBA)for the entire Car Free Day. 
What a great tent we had at Car Free Day! 
 Lioness Penny for supplied  us with the tables, (with  skirts), chairs and the fabulous tent from Gala Fabrics !! 
Lioness Lily thought of the idea of  offering a candy from our giant candy dish, using chopsticks to get one!  So much fun had ! 
Lioness  Lily also made up two raffle baskets, one for kids and one for Dad.
Thank you Tim Hortons.
Lioness Susanne  and Joyce created the wonderful lantern project, pure enjoyment  for kids. 
Lioness Nelles, and  Gayle for hanging out and making it all happen!!
Thank you to everyone who dropped by and signed up to our events email
Thank you all, the weather ended up holding out for us, and it was a great
day!
– Lioness President Annette
THANK YOU NOTES FROM MOTHER”S DAY AND HIKE FOR  HOSPICE
LOOK FOR OUR RED VESTS AS WE VOLUNTEER AT 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

 

District Gov Joyce’s July Blurb

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VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER

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JUNE Jumping for Joy

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY BASKETS

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Gifts for the Mums at Transition House and  1- UP

 

6th ANNUAL HIKE FOR HOSPICE

Lioness Amanda , Annette, Susanne raised over $200 for Victoria Hospice

ANNUAL AUTHOR BANQUET  with HONORABLE VIVENNE POY

 

Congratulations to Lioness Lynn and the fantastic women of lioness.

What an incredible event!  Dr. Vivienne Poy and her husband were absolutely fabulous, the food was fantastic and many commented on how wonderful the event was.

Lioness Sister Lynn

congratulations to  everyone who helped make this another opportunity to share our community with a presentation such as this one  with Senator Poy sharing a story of our Chinese Community across our Canadian Landscape.

Lioness Sister Nelles

 

GARAGE SALE

JUNE 10

Just off Willows beach parking lot 

We will be setting up early and waiting to help you find your special deals and treasures !

 

CAR FREE DAY

Douglas Street on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 11am-6pm.

Stop by and see  us at our booth near GALA FABRIC 

 

Car Free YYJ will take over Douglas Street for the city’s third annual community celebration with vendors, music, and much much more! Grab the entire family and enjoy your Father’s Day on Douglas Street for this free event!

 

Dragon Boat Festival 2017

August 18,19,20

We will be helping out  at this great community event ! Look for our red vests and smiling faces .

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

 Victoria Chinatown Care Center VCCA Tea 

The Victoria Chinatown Care Centre is located in the heart of Chinatown at Herald and Government Street. It was originally built by the Chinese community, in January 1982, replacing the old Chinese hospital. The Centre provides care to 31 residents who enjoy our renovated outdoor Garden that provides therapeutic activity. On behalf of the Victoria Chinatown Care Society Board and Tracy Ditty, Director of Care and staff of the Victoria Chinatown Care Centre, we are inviting you to our 3rd Annual Open House on Friday June 23 for Tea in the Garden from 3-5 pm. Details are attached.

Please RSVP by June 15 2017

 

 

June 2017 SoapBox

VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER  May

 Zone I -2-3 Informer JUNE 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in our lives who care

Sidney Lions Club  District 19-I Spring Conference

SOOKE  HARBOURSIDE LION’S CLUB 

hosts of

LION’S SPRING CONFERENCE

Attended by Lioness Irene, Amanda, Judith, Annette and Nelles

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY BOXES

for 1 UP,  and Victoria Woman’s Transition House 

Lioness Susanne, Irene, Leslie, Judith and Amanda

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AUTHOR BANQUET

MAY 27 th ,6 p.m.

Golden City Restaurant

with

HONORABLE DR. VIVIENNE POY

Purchase you tickets now for a fascinating, and tastey  evening!

Celebrate Canada 150, with Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy when she discusses her new book ” Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family.”   Enhance your understanding   of the Chinese diaspora and immigration  in Canada .

Vivienne Poy was born into a prominent Hong Kong family in 1941. Her early years were marked by war and displacement. When she was just three months old Hong Kong was invaded by the Japanese, forcing her family to flee to China, where they spent the war years as refugees. Upon returning to Hong Kong after the war, her family resumed a position of influence and service to the community. Vivienne Poy immigrated to Canada in 1959, enrolling at McGill University, where she earned an Honours degree in History.

Years later she received two highly distinguished honours from the University, on the same day. Just minutes prior to her official installation as The University of Toronto’s 315t Chancellor in June 2003, Senator Poy, a Chinese Canadian immigrant woman, walked across the stage at Convocation Hall to receive her Ph.D in History for a dissertation on Chinese Canadian women immigrants.

Her stunning academic achievements – all conducted while simultaneously running a corporation and serving the public as a volunteer and Senator – are most unusual and impressive. Inspired by the desire to understand her family’s past and to preserve the memory of her own people’s struggles, Dr. Poy dedicated herself to the intellectual enterprise of historical research and publication. Her first book, A River Named Lee, published in 1995, is about her family and her ancestors.

In 1998 Dr. Poy was appointed to the Senate of Canada – the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Upper Chamber. Senator Poy has focused her attention on gender issues, multiculturalism and human rights. She was a sponsor of the Famous Five Monuments in Calgary and on Parliament Hill, which honour the five Alberta women who fought to have Canadian women recognized constitutionally as “persons” who were eligible to be named to the Senate. And it was Senator Poy who was primarily responsible for having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada.

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER April

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Leadership, fellowship, growth and community service

VICTORIA CHINATOWN LIONESS COMMITMENT TO

GROWTH IN LEADERSHIP

at the Annual Leadership Forum March 19 th  at  Camp Shawnigan

Lioness Annette , Amanda, Gayle and Irene  attending.

GROWTH IN FELLOWSHIP

 attending the

District Spring Conference April 21-23, 2017

Mary Winspear Centre  Sidney, BC

 

GROWTH IN CULTURAL EDUCATION

Another fabulous and informative

AUTHOR BANQUET 

featuring

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HONORABLE  DR VIVIENNE POY

and her new book

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Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family tells the stories of the Chinese diaspora in Australia and North America

from the perspective of the Poy Family.  This book vividly recounts the Poy family’s experience of historical events such as the White Australia policy, the Second World War in Hong Kong, the Chinese civil war and subsequent Cultural Revolution.

Mark your Calendars and secure your tickets :

Saturday, May 27,

6:00 p.m.

Golden City Restaurant

contact any lioness

or

president Annette quana@shaw.ca

or

 VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

GROWTH IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

GARAGE SALE FUND RAISER

once again Lioness will be part of the

Garagellenium XVIII

Oak Bay Garage Sale – Saturday June 10, 2017

donate your gently used goods to any Lioness

come and discover new treasures from all the Lioness families

once again the sale will be at Lioness Judith’s yard next to Willows Beach

COMMITMENT TO FUN AND SISTERHOOD

ADDED FUN FOR ” BOOKIES”

Please note one of VCL past author’s return to Victoria : Janie Chang   June 27 at Bolyn Books.

 

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

Apr 2017 SoapBox

THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – April

APRIL Zone I -2-3 Informer

Marching for CAKES!

Victoria Chinatown Lion’s Club 

Spring Lantern Festival

Saturday February 25, 2017

cale-walk-lionessThe Victoria Chinatown Lioness Volunteers and their extraordinary cakes.

( Lioness Judith, Nelles, Annette, Brenda, Gayle, Lily, Amanda)

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Lioness Judith, Gayle and Nelles helping the DimSum Cafe(above)

Lioness Leslie and cupcake boy, Lioness Brenda face paint station and Lioness Nelles calligraphy( below)

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Entertainment

SPRING OUT LOOK:

Mark your Calendars and secure your tickets :

AUTHOR BANQUET

featuring

the-honorable-vivienne-poy

HONORABLE  DR VIVIENNE POY

and her new book

amazon-heros

Heroes & Gamblers: Tales of Survival and Good Fortune of the Poy Family tells the stories of the Chinese diaspora in Australia and North America from the perspective of the Poy Family.  This book vividly recounts the Poy family’s experience of historical events such as the White Australia policy, the Second World War in Hong Kong, the Chinese civil war and subsequent Cultural Revolution.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Golden City Restaurant (721 Fisgard Street)

Cost for traditional 8 course meal and author talk will be $40.00.

 Tables will be banquet rounds of 10.

Tickets only available in advance:

 

Books will available for sale at the event (by cash or cheque only).

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NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – March 2017

Zone I -2-3 Informer March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STELLAR START TO THE NEW YEAR February 2017

 

Inspirational Visit

Inspirational visit by District Governor of Lion’s Club international at the January meeting

where he introduced his pin and challenged  us to think outside the box and get into the limelight.

Just watch us!

 

ANOTHER  SUCCESSFUL

CHINESE NEW YEARS BANQUET FUNDRAISER

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Thank you for your donations, attendance and support of our auction!

CHINESE NEW YEARS LUNCH FOR OUR PLACE 

 

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Supporting our Chinese Community at the Dart Coon Banquet

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Lioness Irene, Amanda, Vicki, PeiMei and Gayle

Republic of China Spring Festival reception

on Feb.4th at Golden City 

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Lioness Amanda and Ida Chong

Join Us at the LION’S CLUB SPRING LANTERN FESTIVAL

February 35

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 Lioness Amanda and Brenda  will be hosts at the morning cake walk.

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

Soapbox newsletter’ February 2017

The the-victoria-chinese-messenger February 2017

zone-i-2-3-informer February 2017

Happy New Year , Happy Spring Festival 2017

SANTA’S ANONYMOUS, A FINE FINISH TO 2016

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Victoria Chinatown Lioness annual Donation to Santa’s Anonymous  2016

Donors and supporters in our community, including Victoria Chinatown Lioness, raised  a record sum of $579,370 during the Miracle on Broad Street radiation.

 Tree of Wishes displays have left the malls and  hampers have been delivered, but  donations are accepted  year-round. online via CanadaHelps.

 

VC LIONESS BRING IN 2017 

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Chip-in for the Kids

Victoria Chinatown Lioness at work with the firefighters

helping The Lions Club Chip-in for the kids

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Trees arrived via little red wagon to electric bicycle.

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Victoria Chinatown Lioness  had a very successful tree chipping.  It was cold and wet but Lioness collected  approximately $4450.00 with 467 trees chipped in two days.  We had a total of 28 firefighters over the 2 days from the Yates Street, Bay Street and Michigan Street stations and one of them even bought along his 5 year old daughter who helped us all morning!

Victoria Chinatown Lioness assisted Easter Seals BC/Y’s annual Chip- In for the Kids , celebrating 27 years of chipping Christmas Trees in Greater Victoria, Sooke and Duncan.  On January 7th & 8th, 2017  many residents disposed of their Christmas tree in an environmentally friendly manner at one of  7 locations.  Funds raised at this event benefit Easter Seals services right here on Vancouver Island.

 

CELEBRATE

CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

AT THE VICTORIA CHINATOWN LIONESS ANNUAL BANQUET 

AND AUCTION 

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Please join us for our  annual fund raiser

featuring a sumptuous  eight course authentic  Chinese dinner

Soup
Chilli pepper pork chop
Crispy chicken
Prawn w/ sugar pea & deep fry milk. ( steam rice )
Chow mein
Beef and broccoli
Sweet & sour sole filet
Lo Hon Jai
Orange & fortune cookie

tea pairings with specific courses courtesy of Silk Road Tea

served according to the Chinese banquet style seating of 10 people per table

entertainment  by Chinese instrumentalist Jin Peng Zang and dancers from the Chinese Culture Dance Victoria

Raffle and silent auction through out the evening

Golden City Restaurant  
 Saturday, Jan 21, 2017.
6 p.m.
Tickets $48
Available at Gala Fabrics

1483 Douglas Street

or

contact any of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness member

 

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Year of the Rooster 2017 zodiac predictions

How to Bring yourself  Good Luck

 

EXCELLENT TUTORIAL FOR NEW YEARS GREETINGS

Cantonese Chinese New Year Greetings     and  more   ,   highly educational and good!

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

 Soapbox newsletter January 2017

The Victoria Chinese Messenger  January 2017

January-2017-zone-i-2-3-informer

 

Lions Club International Multiple District  19-I 2017 Spring Conference in Sidney

April 21 -23

REGISTRATION LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/md-19-i-spring-conference-tickets-28986805315