Happy New Year , Happy Spring Festival 2017



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.




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.







Please join us for our  annual fund raiser

featuring a sumptuous  eight course authentic  Chinese dinner

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


contact any of the Victoria Chinatown Lioness member




Year of the Rooster 2017 zodiac predictions

How to Bring yourself  Good Luck



Cantonese Chinese New Year Greetings     and  more   ,   highly educational and good!




 Soapbox newsletter January 2017

The Victoria Chinese Messenger  January 2017



Lions Club International Multiple District  19-I 2017 Spring Conference in Sidney

April 21 -23




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  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com

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.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com




Zone-i-2-informer- September 2016

Soapbox DG Lion’s Sept 2016




Summer 2016 : Welcome New Officers, our new women warriors leadership team

DG Brian


Lion’s Club District Governor  Brian Phillips  installed  the new 2016-2018 Victoria Chinatown Lioness President and  Executive Board on June 11 following  a delicious dinner at Golden City restaurant.


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Welcome to the new and continuing officers who assume  their duties in July and are busily planning an active and exciting year of  volunteer activities, author talks, celebrations, fund-raising banquets, fun and camaraderie.

welcome new memebers

VCL New Board 2016

Annette Q : president

Irene T : First Vice President

Vanessa L : Second Vice President

Amanda M : past president

Donna M : Secretary

 Lily Y and Gayle C : Treasures

 Grace S  and Pei Mei C : 2 year Board Members

Susanne : 1 year Board member

Vicky L : Lion Tamer

 Jennifer H and Veronica O : Tail Twisters

We welcome new opportunities to serve our community.


District Governor Brian’s  gift to all of us.brian's pin

Enjoying our gifts.

enjoying our pins

coming in August :

Women2Warrior 2016

W2W 20116

We know there is a Warrior in the heart of every woman. She is STRONG, DETERMINED, and POWERFUL. Bring out your inner Warrior

Join or come and cheer the VCL team

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Time: 9am to 1pm
Location: West Shore Parks and Recreation

Look forward to our October 



and a bird sang

Diane Bestwick

Mark your calendar now for our 2016 author talk and banquet.


Golden City restaurant


Lions July  Zone I-2 Informer ( click here to read)

 ( click here to read)  August Zone I-2 Informer update



Thank you for 


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

group author 3

 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 .


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

Lioness Tree complete

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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


 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 .



angel fights map

 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

charlie brown tree


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


February 6, 2016














W2W a Celebration

Woman 2 Warrior -video

Victoria Chinatown Lioness volunteered at the first Woman2 Warrior event held at West Shore Parks and Recreation. More than $50,000 was raised for Easter Seals camps in B.C. including Camp Shawnigan. Lioness assisted over 175 woman from across the island to register for the event.


w2w group for text

Lioness  Gayle, Susanne, Annette, Ellen and Pei Mei  with  BC Lions Society Director Stephen Miller from Vancouver and   past Lioness member Eileen .

Lioness event chair Pei Mei reports: This is  just before the craziness began! Lioness were assigned registration and gear/bag check duties. There was quite the buzz in the air and it was exciting being in the midst of it all!

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The weather was great and it was perfect conditions for getting through the course. There were smiles and laughter everywhere! Some participants even did some of the obstacles more than once and help was given to teammates when needed. Some of the outfits were extremely creative!

W2w brochre feature image

 Lioness event chair Pei Mei  enthusiastically adds that  We look forward to helping out again next year! Plans are already in the works for a Lioness team, team name, and team outfit so we can join in the fun and raise $$ for the kids! It really is a very fun and worthwhile event!

“It is incredibly inspiring to see over one hundred strong, determine and powerful women come together for a cause, and form such a strong community of support for children with disabilities and their families.” 

                                                    – Shannon Bernays



Author Banquet with Paul Yee

Sunday Oct 18 at Golden City

tickets available from all Lioness