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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June Celebrations for Victoria Chinatown Lioness

June: A Month of   Celebrations

 Lion’s Club District Governor  Brian Phillips  will honour our  June meeting when he  installs the new 2016/2017/2018 Victoria Chinatown Lioness President and  Executive Board.

Congratulations to our new president

Lioness Annette

Annette president Elect 2016

“I take heart to one of the rules of life:

That the whole is always greater than the sum of it’s parts!

With teamwork and by focusing on doing what the Victoria Chinatown Lioness are best known for, providing for those in need, I know we can continue being the passionate, heart-centered club we have been for the last 25 years.

I am thankful for all the past members who have made our club what it is today and grateful for the support of our current members. I am truly honored to be the incoming President of this group of passionate women. I am committed to serving the club to the best of my abilities and I look forward to the continued support of my Lioness sisters. Together, in communication , we will continue to serve our community with pride.”

Sincerely,
Lioness Annette

 

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Thank you Lioness Amanda

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A heart-felt thanks to our outgoing President Amanda, our leader the past two years  through a dynamic period of growth.

I am very proud and honoured to have served as President of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness Club for the past two years.

During this time, at our Author Banquets we have hosted, learned from and  enjoyed  Chinese Canadian authors  Janie Chang, and Olivia Chow  in 2014,  and Evelyn Lau, and Paul Yee in 2015.  As a part of these events we have donated books to the Victoria Public Libraries .

Our annual highlight, the Chinese New Year fundraising dinners were enhanced by presenters  Daniela Cubelic in 2015, and professors  Imogene Lim , and  John Price  in 2016. The funds from these and other events, along with the  dedication and energies of our members, enabled us  to  successfully donate funds to our community including  Angel Flights, Victoria  Chinatown Care Foundation, Lion’s  Club Spot Vision Screening project, and Miracle on Broad Street . We have also provided  services to the local community  including meals service at Mustard Seed.

We were very honored in  January 2016 when 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.”

I have, and continue to value our Lionesses. I am proud of our service and look forward to my continued work with this dynamic club.”

sincerely,                                                                                                           Lioness Amanda

 

Welcome New Member

welcome new memebers

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District Newsletter

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LIONESS AND LIONS of District 19-1

click here  June 2016 Bravo Zulu 

to see more of our Lioness/Lions activities

 

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