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

 

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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

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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

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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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SPRING OUT LOOK:

Mark your Calendars and secure your tickets :

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.

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).

FOLLOW US ON FACE BOOK

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINATOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – March 2017

Zone I -2-3 Informer March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Bestwick Author banquet, and other great celebrations

A Fun and Fabulous Evening with Author  Diane Bestwick

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Diane engaged us with her story of living in China and the motivation to write her book

“and a bird sang”

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at the beautifully appointed Golden City Restaurant

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Diane’s information table was fascinating.

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The 25th anniversary display was beautiful and informative.

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The dumpling raffle was a very fun success.

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First prize winner Doris was especially  delighted.

Thank you for your support. Over $400 came in from the dumpling raffle.

This money is earmarked for  1 Up Single Parent resource Center

and

C-Fax Miracle on Broad Street 

All profits from the sales of Diane’s book

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go to  post operative foster homes in China

The evening book sales resulted in a $365 deposit to  Diane’s chosen foster home.

Guest response

“The food and company were fantastic and I enjoyed Diane’s thoughtful presentation. It was a great evening!”

“When do the Chinese New Year’s tickets go on sale?”

  We were honoured with 3  more local authors 

attending as guests

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Pat Nichol Becoming Courageous and Outrageous  courageous-outrageous

Donna Marie Lynch 50ish  50-ish

Melanie Eng Gutsy Lady Travel  gutsy-lady-travel

 

yasuko-thanh Yasuka Thahn

was represented by her mother and father. She had to miss the banquet last minute

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to attend to her  nomination for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction prize shortlist.

Lioness  certainly hope to entice some, or all  of them to be  future  author banquet presenters.

Special thanks

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Anne Scott President District 19-I Lioness

 Victoria Chinatown Lions

La Limousines

Poppies Floral Art

VCKY padding club members

Fairway Gorge Padding  Club members

Diane’s many friends, and student Summer

and to guests who brought toiletries for our Mother’s Day boxes project

More Celebrations in October

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Lioness celebrate  Chinatown Lion’s Club 60th anniversary

next up in November

Festival of Trees 25th Anniversary

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This is our last year’s tree. Visit the blog next month to see  and vote for our 2016 tree.

To start your 2017 right, celebrate with us

 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster

BANQUET

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Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017

 for

Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.

Tickets available soon.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

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“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore” : that’s us Lioness Ladies, as a collective !!! “

For background information

Santa’s AnonymousVolunteers and donation ideas

 Swallows Nest  success stories

See last month;s blog post for more information on

one child policy

Chinese children adoptees

Dumplings

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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Celebration : Women and Social Change

CELEBRATION

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Lioness members proudly celebrated their 25th year a club  focused on helping women and children need.

Lioness Annette hosted a BBQ at her lovely home. Lioness Brenda organized memorabilia and prepared an anniversary time line packed with the events and organization to which VCL has contributed . Partners and children and friends shared a wonderful afternoon and evening.

 

“It was so wonderful to see all the pictures, albums, CDs and acknowledging how much time and energy that has gone into our Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club.    I feel so blessed to be part of this incredible club…and I look forward to serving with all of you in continuing our passion to promote community service, racial harmony and “welcoming women, regardless of class, race, and profession, who are interested in our club and its activities…” with the focus on Chinese culture and heritage.”

President Annette

 

AUTHOR BANQUET VERY SOON

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This month we are hosting  local Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick who will read from  her fictional account of a young woman’s agonizing choice  for a second child under the one child policy. Diane will share her personal perspective based on her experiences in China  which have shaped her commitment to Swallows Nest , foster care for special needs children in Henan province. Set in the geopolitical  context  of women’s reproductive rights, and social policy, this topic invites conversation and action about women and children.

 

Stimulation for the mind

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Lioness  Vicki, owner of Golden City restaurant ,

will provide a sumptuous feast

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 Stimulation for the appetite: the evening’s menu

Deep fried shrimp ball

Crispy whole chicken

Chili pepper pork chop

Sole Fillet with sweet and sour sauce

Stir fry beef with ginger and mushrooms

Stir fry prawn with deep fired milk

Shredded pork pan fried noodles

Fried rice with sunflower seeds

dessert

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Extra fun will be had with  a special  dumpling raffle.

Bring your toonies!

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MORE TO EXPLORE 

For Dumpling and Chinese cooking  lessons and inspiration :

The Dumpling Sisters ( Utube )

My Grandmother’s Hands   by   Katherine Du PRI.org, Huffinton Post

 

For background information  on One Child Policy 

China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy  Mar 21 2016
by Kay Ann Johnson

My Daughter is my Daughter  by Kay Ann Johnson

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment  – Jan 5 2016  by Mei Fong

Forced Reproductive choice    Mei Fong Video

China’s One Child Daughters   June 2 , 2015 by Melissa Ludtke

Born Chinese Raised American  Feb 11 2016 by Maya Ludtke

Globe and Mail   The Tragic Tale of China’s Orphanages

The New Republic   China’s Missing Daughters

 

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

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Summer to September : 25th Anniversary of VCL giving to the community and world

Victoria Dragon Boat festival

supporting Breast Cancer research

and celebrating survivors

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Victoria Chinatown Lioness, Annette and  Pei Mei volunteers  at the Beer Garden, Galye and Amanda volunteers in the V.I.P. tent.

 

   Women 2 Warrior

supporting Easter Seals

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Lioness Pei Mei, Annette, Lily, Galye , Donna and Amanda  helping out with registration.

Victoria Chinatown Lioness 25 anniversary 

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VCL lioness family and friends celebrate 25 years of camaraderie and community service.

VCL Annual Author Banquet  

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Saturday October 22, 6 p.m.

tickets $40 : available through  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

at Gala Fabric 1483 Douglas St, Victoria,

or your favourite Lioness

Book your table for  10 friends NOW

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  Author DIANE BESTWICK

When Lei becomes pregnant with her second child, she faces the anguish of continuing her pregnancy or having a forced abortion as required by Chinese law.

Nanaimo author Diane Bestwick explores the personal tragedies of the Chinese one policy  in her poignant novel “And A Bird Sang” As a teacher in China for eight years, Diane first experienced the sad reality of the one child policy and  resulted in the  motivation to write her first book. Her book will be for sale at the banquet . It is also available at Amazon/Kindle , special order Munro Books.

 The money raised at this event goes directly back  to people in our community .

 Donation application form

 

 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster

BANQUET

fancy rooster papercut

 

Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017  for Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.   Tickets available soon.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – August 2016

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Soapbox DG Lion’s Sept 2016

 

 

 

A GOLDEN OCTOBER|: Paul Yee Author Banquet, and Worth Our Weight In Gold October 2015

 

October Visit to the Royal BC Museum

Gold Rush

Lioness Worth Their Weight in Gold

Lioness Worth Their Weight in Gold

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In 1858, reports of gold found on the Fraser River spurred tens of thousands of people – mostly men – to rush into the territory we now call British Columbia. They came with visions of fortune in their eyes. The lucky ones struck it rich, but most left penniless or died trying for the motherlode. Some stayed behind and helped build the colony and the province of British Columbia.

–   Edited by Kathryn Bridge

Lioness thoroughly enjoyed  a personalized  group tour of the Gold Rush exhibit. Dr Tzu-i Chung enlightened and entertained us as she  focused on the Chinese migrant contribution to the gold rush in British Columbia. It was a perfect introduction to our author banquet with Paul Yee.

 

 Paul Yee Author Banquet 

 

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” Let the words  fill your brain with images”

And they did.

Paul Yee, author and gifted story-teller transported us back to an almost lost history when the trans Canada  railway was complete and southern Chinese workmen forged on with their lives in a hostile  British Columbia . Only one short authored memoir has survived, and paper trails are scarce. Inspired by the  lost life stories of these men Paul presented  Superior Man .

 

                                                             FESTIVAL OF TREES

NOW READY !!

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Join us for the 2015 Victoria Festival of Trees at The Bay Centre from November 18, 2015 – January 5, 2016.

 

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Every year, Victoria Festival of Trees creates a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Sponsors, local businesses, organizations and individuals come together and decorate trees in a sometimes wacky, often irreverent and always beautiful fashion. The festival invites visitors to browse through the holiday displays and donate to vote for their favourite trees. 

 In 2015, due to pending renovations at The Fairmont Empress, Victoria’s favourite festival will relocate to another high-profile and historical Victoria venue – The Bay Centre. 

For the first time the Victoria Chinatown Lioness is a tree sponsor at the festival . Please come an enjoy all the trees, and look for our special tree!  

Last year more than 20,000 votes were cast and participants raised more than $129,000.

WOW !!!!  This tree looks amazing – Ladies, you have done an AWESOME job ….. kudos to you. Jennifer and your committee (who were they all?), you did a terrific job –
Lots of hours sewing, cutting, stitching, designing.Many thanks for all your efforts

 

Chinese Cemetery Tour and October Author Banquet

The next Chinese Cemetery Tour

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This Sunday August 16   at 2 p.m.Lioness Charlayne Thorton Joe will be lead a one hour tour of the Chinese cemetery at Harling Point, a national historic site that includes her Grandfather’s grave. The picturesque cemetery dates from 1903. Meet at the cemetery, foot of Crescent Road, off King George Terrace.  Cost is $5.00 and all proceeds go to the Victoria Chinatown Lioness.  Email thorntonjoe@shaw.ca to confirm your attendance.

 

 

OCTOBER AUTHOR BANQUET

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Author Paul Yee will introduce  his new release Superior Man at our annual Lioness author banquet on Sunday October 18 at Golden City. Single tickets or tables may be purchased through any Lioness. As usual, tables are selling fast. $40 per ticket.

Paul Yee (Canada) is a third-generation Chinese-Canadian who was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan and grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown. He has published many books on his experiences of the Chinese in Canada and has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award

 

 

A Superior Man

FROM THE PUBLISHER :

“A Superior Man,  is the first novel for adults by Paul Yee, the Governor General’s Literary Award winner and author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction for young people as well as adult non-fiction titles such as Saltwater City, an illustrated history of the Chinese in Vancouver and winner of the Vancouver Book Award. A Superior Man is a riveting chronicle of Chinese Canadian life in British Columbia in the late nineteenth century, following the travails of Yang Hok, a “coolie” who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia under hazardous conditions. Yang Hok is not an easy man to like, but when he is left to deal with a son he never wanted, he eventually aspires to become a “superior” man as he tries to return his son to his First Nations mother.

As a former archivist (in Toronto and Vancouver), it’s no surprise that Paul is a meticulous researcher when it comes to his books, and his research on behalf of A Superior Man is no exception. And it shows: he succeeds in bringing to life the dodgy, dank, excruciating conditions that the Chinese Canadians endured during and after the building of the railway, resulting in many of their deaths. The effect is visceral, and readers will get an extraordinary sense of the conditions these men endured as a prerequisite for living in Canada.”

Preceding the Lioness engagement Paul  will be appearing at Thin Air: the Winnipeg International Writers’ Festival  and the Vancouver Writers Festival .

ADDITIONAL WORKS BY PAUL YEE :

Stories from the Past

Arrivals (a poem)
The Secret Keepers
Jade in the Coal (2011)
Blood and Iron (2010)
Bamboo (2005)
A Song for Ba (2004)
Bone Collector’s Son (2003)
Dead Man’s Gold and Other Stories (2002)
Jade Necklace (2002)
Fly Away (2001) 
Ghost Train (1996)
Breakaway (1994)
Roses Sing on New Snow (1991)
Tales from Gold Mountain
The Curses of Third Uncle (1986)
Stories from the Present

Money Boy
Shu-Li and Diego (2009)
Shu-Li and Tamara (2008)
Learning to Fly (2008)
What Happened This Summer (2006)
The Lost Spike (2004)
If Walls Could Talk (2003)
The Boy in the Attic (1998)
Teach Me to Fly, Skyfighter and Other Stories (1983)
History Books

Saltwater City: an Illustrated History of the Chinese in Vancouver (2006)
Chinatown (2005)
Struggle and Hope: the Chinese in Canada (1996)
 

 

 

Author Banquet and Officer Installation

 

 

 

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The spring author banquet was an evening of superb food, company and thought.

Evelyn Lau humbly and passionately shared her craft with humor and grace. She provided a personal overview of her journey as an author of prose and poetry. Her readings were drawn from her original book Runaway: The Diary of a Street Kid , and her recent  books of poetry.

Some thoughts she shared:

ON POETRY:

Poetry is important. It is the internal place to slow down, meditate and revisit a line or an image.

In writing, especially poetry, words form unique and exact images.

Listen for the sound rhythm and taste of words.

 ON CREATING/ WRITING

There is a need for space, time, and solitude to think and read without internet or cell phone.

Uncluttered internal space is essential.

In creating, there is an almost mystical need for time and gestation.

There is a need to wait.

ADVICE

To younger writers:

Learn a trade that involves not too much thinking so you can go home and write.

FAVOURITE AUTHOR

Alice Munro

 

Thank you Evelyn  and all who attended.

Your participation and book purchases added over $800 to the Lioness fund and contributed  to the  $5000 donation to Nepal.

 

               2015  OFFICER  INSTALLATION

 

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Dynamic leadership is a key component in the vitality of The Victoria Chinatown Lioness .  New and continuing officers  are installed each spring. This year Lion Brian joined our celebration and  officiated.

 Congratulations !

Canada Day Living Flag

Join us  on Canada day, July 1 , in the creation of a living flag.

Lioness will be on hand helping .

 

 

The busy month of May for Victoria Chinatown Lioness

 

Chinatown Tours

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Lioness Charlayne shared a wonderful  Year of the Ram/sheep mural thank you gift from a school Chinatown Tour. The tours are one of the clubs ongoing fundraisers and are open to all interested groups.
Lioness Sarah Memorial Paver

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Lioness Ellen saw through the completion of the  Lioness Sarah memorial paver  on the Esquilmalt Centennial Memorial Walkway .

 

Hike for Hospice

 

 

Hike for Hospice 2015

Lioness Amanda organized,  and Lioness  Charlyane and Brenda  joined in,  to represented the Victoria Lioness Club in the Hike for Hospice.

Thank you all for donations totaling $845.

 

 

Mother’s Day gift boxes

 

 

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Lioness Michelle orchestrated the annual Mother’s Day gift boxes for the Single Parent Resource Center and the Victoria Woman’s Transition House.

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Generous donations helped us prepare and deliver over 230 boxes this year. We extend special thank you to Lioness Amanda’s dentist who donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for each box, plus a many more  to give to Our Place. Thank you Dr Tyler Crowe of  Dr. Tyler Crowe & Dr. Duncan Kemp Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry in Oak Bay.

 

Victoria Day Parade

Lioness Ellen is organizing the  annual Victoria Chinatown Lioness participation  in the Victoria Day Parade May 18 . We hope to see you there!

Lioness Ellen shares :

“We started to participate in the parade about 20 years ago. At the beginning, we only had few people, one time,  I  marched with Lioness Penny only, on behalf of Lioness.  After that, we joined CCBA and walk under the Chinese community team. This year we are joining the Zone 19  Lion and Lioness

We love to  participating because :  

1/ The parade is a great way to get out and let the public see us and to build community spirit . 

2/  The weather has always been always gorgeous and it is fun for our club to get together to do  some fun things, we  see different beautiful floats and wonderful marching bands all over the venue .  

3/ How often can you wave your hand like the queen ! “

 

Evelyn Lau Author Talk and Banquet 

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Saturday May 30 at Golden City Restaurant , The Victoria Chinatown Lioness will host Vancouver author Evelyn Lau as part if our fundraising and  cultural outreach to the Victoria community. Tables are selling fast . Please do not delay to contact a Lioness for seats.