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





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  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.

Santa’s Helpers

Some of our Lioness members acted as Santa’s helpers today by wrapping people’s gifts for Christmas.  This event is held at Mayfair Shopping Center from December 1 to 24th, 2017.  The gift wrapping is done by donation with all proceeds going to The Mustard Seed, a local street church that helps fight hunger for a large portion of people living in poverty as well as the working poor.

Our Visit to Government House

The 100 year anniversary of Lionism internationally and locally was celebrated at Government House on December 6, 2017 at High Tea, in the presence of Her Honour, Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC, and organized by the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club.  Seven clubs were represented, all members dressed in their Club uniforms, together with guests.  It was a wonderful, distinguished affair, with Her Honour and Official Guests (Al and Jane Beddows, Anne Scott, Brian Morin, Pei Mei Chia and Amanda Mills) piped in by the Her Honour’s piper.  A plated tea of sandwiches/scones/smoked salmon/petit fours was served; jazz musician Louise Rose accompanied the guests with Christmas tunes and a sing-along.  Many Club photos were taken with Her Honour, and dog, Olive.  A fine recognition to all Lions and Lioness who serve our communities with joy, energy and dedication.


100 Years of Lionism

Did you know that 2017 marks a century of service for Lions Clubs International (LCI)?

It was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917 as an international secular and non-political service organization.  To celebrate this historic event, the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club is hosting a Christmas tea at Government House in Victoria, BC on December 6, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.  We will have the presence of Her Honour, the Lieutenant Governor of BC, Judith Guichon.  For those Lions or Lioness who are interested in attending please contact Lioness Amanda Mills at the information below.

email: amandamills at shaw dot ca

telephone: 250.727.0222

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Save the Dates!

We have two big events coming up in the beginning of the new year.  Make sure you don’t miss out by saving these dates!

YEAR of the DOG

Annual Fundraising Chinese New Year dinner! 

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Join the Victoria Chinatown Lioness club in their annual major fundraising effort at Golden City Restaurant on Fisgard Street in Victoria, B.C. In 2018, we will be celebrating the Year of the Dog! The fun and highly energetic evening will have silent and live auctions as well as the opportunity to win raffle prizes with your donations! With your support, we’ll be able to give back to local charities and disaster relief funds. Save this date on your calendar and stay tuned for ticket sales to this great event!


JAN WONG in VICTORIA! Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Victoria Chinatown Lioness club is proud to host Author Jan Wong in the new year. She will be talking about her latest book – Apron Strings. Check it out by clicking on this link . Keep your eyes on our website for location, tickets and reservations. In the meantime, add this event to your social calendar!

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Victoria Festival of Trees for the BC Children’s Hospital

On the evening of November 15, 2017, The Bay Centre in Victoria hosted the kickoff for the Victoria Festival of Trees.  This event is an annual Christmas fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital.  Many local businesses and groups sponsor and decorate a tree to be submitted for voting.  There was also a live auction that included a Vancouver Canucks hockey jersey that was signed by all the players and a West Jet return flight.  All funds raised through this event support the Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports important programs and services provided by BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.

Four members of our club attended this event to present a $1000 donation.  They also got to meet Rowan Loran, this year’s Festival of Trees Island Champion.  It was a wonderfully poignant event.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the trees and vote for their favourite.  The display is available for viewing and voting until January 2, 2018.





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 !!
 Welcome new Lioness  Joyce and Shirley .


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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
– Lioness President Annette



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