Author Banquet and Officer Installation




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The spring author banquet was an evening of superb food, company and thought.

Evelyn Lau humbly and passionately shared her craft with humor and grace. She provided a personal overview of her journey as an author of prose and poetry. Her readings were drawn from her original book Runaway: The Diary of a Street Kid , and her recent  books of poetry.

Some thoughts she shared:


Poetry is important. It is the internal place to slow down, meditate and revisit a line or an image.

In writing, especially poetry, words form unique and exact images.

Listen for the sound rhythm and taste of words.


There is a need for space, time, and solitude to think and read without internet or cell phone.

Uncluttered internal space is essential.

In creating, there is an almost mystical need for time and gestation.

There is a need to wait.


To younger writers:

Learn a trade that involves not too much thinking so you can go home and write.


Alice Munro


Thank you Evelyn  and all who attended.

Your participation and book purchases added over $800 to the Lioness fund and contributed  to the  $5000 donation to Nepal.


               2015  OFFICER  INSTALLATION


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Dynamic leadership is a key component in the vitality of The Victoria Chinatown Lioness .  New and continuing officers  are installed each spring. This year Lion Brian joined our celebration and  officiated.

 Congratulations !

Canada Day Living Flag

Join us  on Canada day, July 1 , in the creation of a living flag.

Lioness will be on hand helping .



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.




Author Evelyn Lau talk and Banquet May 30

evelyn-lauGlobe and Mail  

We are excited to announce that our annual author dinner will be on Saturday, May 30th

This year’s author will be Evelyn Lau a Vancouver writer who has published eleven books, including six volumes of poetry.  Her memoir Runaway:  Diary of a Street Kid, was published when she was 18, and made into a CBC movie The Diary of Evelyn Lau,  starring Sandra Oh in her first major role. Evelyn Lau began publishing poetry at the age of 12; her creative efforts helped her escape the pressure of home and school. In 1985, at age 14, Lau left home and spent the next several years living  in Vancouver as an itinerant homeless person.


Evelyn’s prose works have been translated into a dozen languages;  her poetry has received the Milton Acorn Award, the Pat Lowther Award, a National Magazine Award and a Governor-General’s nomination.  Her collection, A Grain of Rice (Oolichan, 2012) was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize and the Pat Lowther Award.  Evelyn has served as Vancouver’s 2011-2014 Poet Laureate.  She has read from and discussed her work at literary festivals and universities around the world; she presently freelances as a mentor to aspiring writers through UBC’s booming Ground and SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program.

By the Author:
          Runaway : Diary Of A  Street Kid (1989)
          You Are Not Who You Claim ( 1990)
Oedipal Dreams(1992)
Fresh Girls and Other Stories ( 1993)
In the House of Slaves ( 1994)
Other Woman ( 1995)
Choose Me ( 1999)
Inside Out (2001)
Treble ( 2005)
A Grain of Rice (2012)
Living Under Plastic (2010)
Author Honours:
2011 Shortlist – Pat Lowther Award for Poetry
Author awards:
2011 Pat Lowther Award for Poetry
Author reviews:
A Grain of Rice – Reviewed by Michael Dennis
A Grain of Rice – Reviewed by Zach Matteson for PRISM

“Now the long tracts of silence.

But who knows, a silence

perhaps as worthy as noisy labour,

the way the contemplation of a simple object—

bruised pear in the bowl,

lump of sea glass on the sill—

might squeeze more meaning out of the moment

than all this frantic busyness we’re praised for.”

– Evelyn Lau: A Grain of Rice

The annual author dinner will be on Saturday, May 30th at 6pm at Golden City Restaurant

(721 Fisgard Street).

The cost per person will be $40.00 seated at  banquet tables of 10 . 

If you would like to book seats or tables please  or contact a Lioness.