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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Happy Mother’s Day 2016

A bounty of boxes ready to go

MD 2017 a bounty of boxes

Once again our friends  supplied a bounty of items which allowed us to assemble over 200 Mothers Day boxes .

Please view our thanks:

             Lioness poster Thanks for Mother’s Day donations

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DONATION APPLICATION FORM, 

will soon  be available online

The Victoria Lioness Club is a service organization sponsored y the Victoria Chinatown Lions Club.

The Club provides service to the Greater Victoria community, with particular emphasis to women and children’s issues and needs, and promotes participation and contribution in the Chinese Canadian heritage and culture.

A part of that service includes modest funding support to individuals , groups and organizations that meet the criteria of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club.

Our online form should be available within the next month.

An example of our ongoing donations is our annual bursary to the University of Victoria ,  promoting scholarship in Asian studies.

CHINESE CANADIAN WOMEN’S HISTORY

at the University of Victoria

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We encourage you to visit the McPhearson Library , May 9-30,

to view  Reflections Images of Chinese women In Canada 

NEW YEAR 2016

 

Thank you for 

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHIP IN 

tree chipping tent

It was another successful year for the annual Chip In For The Kids. The Chinatown Victoria Lioness  were the top station, raising $3,361.40 of the $14,00 total  for the Lions Society.

 

Charlayne in trees

Organizer Lioness Donna reports that we chipped 369 trees ( but no Lioness).

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We greatly benefited from the  help of 42 Firefighters from the Victoria Yates St.Station, James Bay Hall, Bay St. Hall, Search & Rescue and Meghan from the Investigators Branch.  Thank you for coming back year after year to give us a hand .

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Thank you  Ocean 98.5  for coming out with us on Saturday and  treating us with good dance and exercise music .

 

 

Lioness Amanda sweeping needles

Special thanks to our  family members for all their help and support.

 

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It was two great days of fundraising with Lioness sisters, family, friends and firefighters.

Cheers, Lioness Donna

 

 

Lions Club, District Governors Certificate of Appreciation

Lioness Governors certificate

In January 2016, the Victoria Chinatown Lioness were awarded the District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation

for the invaluable work the Victoria Chinatown Lioness

have done in your community, the Zone and District 19

 

 

Chinese New Years Dinner

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 Saturday, February 6th

 Imogene Lim (professor of Anthropology and Global Studies,Vancouver Island University)  and  John Price ( professor of Pacific and Asian Canadian History, University of Victoria) will be presenting :

Chinese Canadian Women: Island Stories from the Archives

 Too often history is told through the eyes of men past. This talk will acknowledge the life stories and contributions of Chinese Canadian women from Vancouver Island.

Mining the archives from Victoria to Cumberland, the illustrated presentation will bring to the fore a host of women who made a difference: from soldiers to doctors, nurses to teachers, in the home or in politics, the Chinese Canadian women who stood up and stand out. 

The banquet is the Lioness  major fundraiser for the year. The evening’s entertainment will include raffle prizes and auction items.

Lioness Mother's Day baskets April 2014

We will also be collecting unused toiletries for our Mother’s Day gift boxes for women in need .

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We hope you will bring in the Year of the Monkey with us.

Saturday Feb 6,  6 pm

 Golden City Restaurant

Cost is $48.00 per person.  Tables are in banquet tables of 10.

Fun and excitement in Canada's oldest Chinatown

Fun and excitement in Canada’s oldest Chinatown

Don’t miss  the Victoria Chinatown Lion’s Dance

February 14 , noon