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!❤   

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

Sidney Lions Club  District 19-I Spring Conference


hosts of


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


for 1 UP,  and Victoria Woman’s Transition House 

Lioness Susanne, Irene, Leslie, Judith and Amanda

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MAY 27 th ,6 p.m.

Golden City Restaurant



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.


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Zone I -2-3 MAY

Celebration : Women and Social Change



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




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

and a bird sang


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



Extra fun will be had with  a special  dumpling raffle.

Bring your toonies!







For Dumpling and Chinese cooking  lessons and inspiration :

The Dumpling Sisters ( Utube )

My Grandmother’s Hands   by   Katherine Du, 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









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

Victoria Dragon Boat festival

supporting Breast Cancer research

and celebrating survivors

dragon boat festival 2016

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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

W2W 20116

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

Victoria Chinatown Lioness 25 anniversary 


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

VCL Annual Author Banquet  

and a bird sang

Saturday October 22, 6 p.m.

tickets $40 : available through

at Gala Fabric 1483 Douglas St, Victoria,

or your favourite Lioness

Book your table for  10 friends NOW

Diane in Bue


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


fancy rooster papercut


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





Zone-i-2-informer- September 2016

Soapbox DG Lion’s Sept 2016




Gung Hay Fat Choy Year 4713 , in the Chinese Calendar


monkey on yellow

Thank you to all  who attended and helped sponsor our 22nd  annual Lunar New Year Fundraising Dinner at Golden City restaurant .

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The preparation and anticipation was was fun.

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The  evening was a great success with great food and superb company.

our presentors


 Imogene Lim and John Price enlightened and entertained us with their research “Chinese Canadian Women:Island Stories from the Archives. “

The prizes were  great fun.

Astrid and husband

The auction was  fast and furious , thank you Astrid,  CTV news!!

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We had so much fun monkeying around with you!

We wish you luck in this year of the fire monkey.

Chinese Cemetery Tour and October Author Banquet

The next Chinese Cemetery Tour

Chinese cemetary

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 to confirm your attendance.




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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


“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 .


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)



The busy month of May for Victoria Chinatown Lioness


Chinatown Tours

Chinarown tour school mural 3

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



Lioness Michelle Mother's day organizer


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 


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.




Janie Chang, Guest author, October 4, 2014

Janie Chang

Janie Chang is a Canadian novelist who draws upon family history for her writing.

She grew up listening to stories about ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and  immortals, and about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War.

She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University.

Three Souls book cover

Preview of Three Souls: a novel set in China

Pinghu, China

January 1935

We have three souls, or so I’d been told.

But only in death could I confirm this.

The moment the priest spoke the last prayer and sealed my coffin, I awoke and floated upward in a slow drift of incense smoke, until I could travel no farther. I settled in the rafters of the small temple, a sleepy wraith perched in the roof beams. I had knowledge, but no memory. My first thoughts were confused, for clearly this was the real world. But surely I no longer belonged here. When would I take my journey to the afterlife?

Another sold out event for Victoria Chinatown Lioness. Fabulous food, as to be expected  at  Golden City Restaurant, followed by an engaging  talk by Ms Chang.