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

MAY 2017 SoapBox (1)

VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER April

Zone I -2-3 MAY

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

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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

 

Christmas Tree Delight 2016

 

 

CCFA dinner.

 

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 Attended by Lioness Annette, Kefen and Amanda

Guest speaker Dr. Zhonging Chen, Professor of History at University of  Victoria.   spoke on Victoria’s role  as a destination of Chinese migrants. Evidence of coins on Nootka Sound , Vancouver Island and other evidences in BC. show Chinese contact  before Columbus’ landing in 1492.

Later  Victoria Chinese immigrants  played a key role   in raising funds for the  Republic of China by the  Chinese Empire Reform Association in 1899 encouraged by  visits from   Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

The evening was enhanced with  another  excellent dinner  by Lioness Vicky at Golden City.

 

Our Festival of Trees Entry

B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation

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The construction party

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Decorating at the Bay Center

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Please

  VOTE and DONATE 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

 Soapbox newsletter’ December 2016

the Victoria Chinese Messenger-December 2016

Zone-i-2-Informer December  2016

 

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

W2W 20116

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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

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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

 

NEWS FROM OUR CHINA TOWN AND LIONS CLUB  FRIENDS

THE VICTORIA CHINESE MESSENGER – August 2016

Zone-i-2-informer- September 2016

Soapbox DG Lion’s Sept 2016

 

 

 

Gung Hay Fat Choy Year 4713 , in the Chinese Calendar

 

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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.

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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.

NEW YEAR 2016

 

Thank you for 

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHIP IN 

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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.

 

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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

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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

 

 

December 2015 : Giving and Celebration

 

Happy Holidays

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Do make time to enjoy the Festival of Trees at the Bay Center.  Of course we would love you to linger by the Victoria Chinatown Lioness tree and consider acknowledging the creative and philanthropic work of our Lioness with your vote, in person or online.

 

Lioness  December  Contributions  included

Health

 Chinese Seniors’ Needs in Health Care and Housing  was a public presentation of the findings of the consultants hired by the Ministry of International Trade (Lioness Lynne project manager), to address the provincial government’s historical wrongs to the Chinese Canadians.  The study’s purpose was to  determine the community needs and wants with respect to Chinese Seniors’ health care and housing requirements.   About 180 people gathered to hear the findings. Lioness were represented by Lioness Lynne , Ellen and Amanda .

 

 

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 Angel Flights 

“Angel Flight of British Columbia was founded in 2001 with the purpose of easing the burden of patients whom must travel long distances to their medical treatment centres by utilizing a network of volunteer pilots, aircraft owners, and ground support.”

Lioness contributed to their  vital local  service .

 

Board members Nov 2015

Victoria Chinatown Care Foundation

“Originally built by the Chinese community, in January 1982, replacing the old Chinese hospital. The Centre features a spacious lounge on the first floor as well as a lounge on each resident floor. There is also a resident garden that provides therapeutic activity. We provide services in Chinese and English, and Chinese foods, activities, and care are provided in a culturally sensitive way.”

Board members  Lioness Grace, Amanda and Annette. Lioness support and contribute to this important seniors program and facility.

 

 

 

Spot vision better

 

Spot Vision Screener District 19 Lions Club International.

Lions Club International is funding the use of  hand-held Welch Allyn Spot auto-refraction  ,  as part of its vision mandate.It is being implemented in schools across Canada and the USA.

” The spot screener is a vision-screening device that is 85-90% accurate in detecting vision problems. It takes only moments per child, requires no preparation or medication, and is totally painless.”

The Victoria Chinatown Lioness donated funds towards the purchase of one screener for local use.

 

 

 

Miracle on Broad Street ” is about the children whose lives are changed by an act of kindness: gifts under the Christmas tree and food on the table, washing away the trappings of poverty, sadness, or loss, and inspiring them with memories they will keep for a lifetime.”

“Every year, the funds raised during Miracle on Broad Street enable us to supply each family with three bags of groceries and a grocery gift card for perishable foods (such as meat, cheese, and milk)–enough for a wonderful Christmas dinner and to help with meals while the children are home for the holidays. Families also receive gifts of toys and clothing for every child aged 17 and under.”

Spearheaded by Lioness Pei Mei, The Victoria Chinatown Lioness presented the second an annual  check to  add joy to local families in need.

 

 

 

Dandelion Society and Mustard Seed received mitts, socks, and toques collected and delivered by Lioness Susanne Lioness  at the annual Christmas brunch organized by Lioness Pei Mei  and Nelles .

 

 

2016-coming soon !

Annual Tree Chipping

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Bring your tree to Fort and Foul Bay, January 2 and 3, from 9:30 am-4:00 pm.

Welcome in the new year with a  donation to Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan.

 

Lioness Chinese New Year Banquet

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February 6, 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

 

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

 

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.
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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 

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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.