Diane Bestwick Author banquet, and other great celebrations

A Fun and Fabulous Evening with Author  Diane Bestwick


Diane engaged us with her story of living in China and the motivation to write her book

“and a bird sang”

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

at the beautifully appointed Golden City Restaurant

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Diane’s information table was fascinating.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The 25th anniversary display was beautiful and informative.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The dumpling raffle was a very fun success.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

First prize winner Doris was especially  delighted.

Thank you for your support. Over $400 came in from the dumpling raffle.

This money is earmarked for  1 Up Single Parent resource Center


C-Fax Miracle on Broad Street 

All profits from the sales of Diane’s book

and a bird sang

go to  post operative foster homes in China

The evening book sales resulted in a $365 deposit to  Diane’s chosen foster home.

Guest response

“The food and company were fantastic and I enjoyed Diane’s thoughtful presentation. It was a great evening!”

“When do the Chinese New Year’s tickets go on sale?”

  We were honoured with 3  more local authors 

attending as guests


Pat Nichol Becoming Courageous and Outrageous  courageous-outrageous

Donna Marie Lynch 50ish  50-ish

Melanie Eng Gutsy Lady Travel  gutsy-lady-travel


yasuko-thanh Yasuka Thahn

was represented by her mother and father. She had to miss the banquet last minute


to attend to her  nomination for the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction prize shortlist.

Lioness  certainly hope to entice some, or all  of them to be  future  author banquet presenters.

Special thanks


Anne Scott President District 19-I Lioness

 Victoria Chinatown Lions

La Limousines

Poppies Floral Art

VCKY padding club members

Fairway Gorge Padding  Club members

Diane’s many friends, and student Summer

and to guests who brought toiletries for our Mother’s Day boxes project

More Celebrations in October


Lioness celebrate  Chinatown Lion’s Club 60th anniversary

next up in November

Festival of Trees 25th Anniversary

Trees group shot

This is our last year’s tree. Visit the blog next month to see  and vote for our 2016 tree.

To start your 2017 right, celebrate with us

 Chinese New Year 2017 year of the Rooster


fancy rooster papercut

Reserve  Saturday January 21, 2017


Victoria Chinatown Lioness year of the  Rooster  New Year Banquet.

Tickets available soon.

CONTACT US  VictoriaChinatownLioness@gmail.com


“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore” : that’s us Lioness Ladies, as a collective !!! “

For background information

Santa’s AnonymousVolunteers and donation ideas

 Swallows Nest  success stories

See last month;s blog post for more information on

one child policy

Chinese children adoptees






Help put a smile in her heart: Mother’s Day Boxes

Mother’s Day Boxes 2016

tissue paper


The pleasure of an unexpected gift

The delight of self-renewal

The buoyancy of feeling fresh and lovely

Kissed with a smile of a child

Creating Mother’s Day boxes is a favourite annual Lioness project.  In 2006 Lioness Lynne became aware of an agency which gave boxes to kids so that they would have something to give their mom on Mother’s Day. She brought the idea to the Victoria Chinatown Lioness who embraced it wholeheartedly.

When Lioness Michelle joined Victoria Chinatown Lioness, she project and its story . When she assumed leadership of the project, she incorporated the idea of plain white Chinese take-out containers that kids could decorate before giving to their moms.  Michelle’s vision was to fill the boxes with cosmetics, and give the boxes to women who might not have enough money to spend on cosmetics, or had escaped a situation where they were not able to take much with them.  Michelle felt that nice toiletries could help women in need and distress, feel a little more normalized. The hope was, and is, to give the women a small gift that might help them feel good about themselves, and go out into the world with increased confidence.  A small positive step forward.


compliments of HulloSam.com

compliments of HulloSam.com

Each year Lioness save and collect toiletry items with the help of our friends. We gather together a couple of weeks before Mother’s Day, this year April 24,  to sort items, line the boxes with colourful tissue paper and fill them with cosmetics, perfumes, toiletries and essentials.



Over two hundred boxes are delivered to the Single Parent Resource Center,  Victoria Women’s Transition House and Bridges for Women. The children associated with Bridges Women get to select one of the boxes  to give to their mothers on Mothers day.

More boxes are always requested.

Please help us, this year and every year. Save and donate your unused, new makeup samples and toiletries. Consider snapping up deals on essentials to pass on to our project. We would greatly appreciate references for business donations. Help us to put a smile in hearts of our sisters in need.



March Momentum : Mothers Day, New Board Members, Facebook and more


1 Up Single PArent Mothers Day boxes

Our 2015 boxes full of Mothers Day take out gift boxes .

One of our very favourite projects are the  Mother’s Day gift boxes. Each year we prepare over 200 beautified Chinese take out boxes and fill them to the brim  with new toiletries.We deliver them to the Single Parent Resource Center,  Victoria Women’s Transition House and Bridges for Women

The children associated with Bridges Women get to select one of the boxes  to give to their mothers on Mothers day.Extra Lovely.

We greatly appreciate all donations, or leads , for perfume and beauty product samples. Contact any Victoria Chinatown Lioness if you have items to donate.



We are again collecting used eyeglasses for Lions Recycle for Sight 

Contact any Lioness or Lion.



We celebrate

President elect Annette Quan

and her new board for 2016-2017  ,  elected March 14.


chinatown tours thank you

An exuberant thank you from the latest tour from a local elementary school


For those of you that love Facebook you can now follow us , and share us with your friends  at




coming this fall!

More information to follow.




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).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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 .

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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



Summer Activities : garage sale, Canada day Flag, Chinatown scrub up


afternoon  , almost gone

The early bird pickers came out at the crack of dawn to scope out the 40 odd boxes of treasures at the 4th bi-annual Victoria Chinatown Lioness garage sale this year!  Set in Oak Bay as part of the GARAGELLENNIUM XVI, the sun was shining and people were ready buy ! It was another successful event with approximately $1000.00 going to local  charities.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 It was a true team effort with over 100 hours of labour put forth by 15 Lioness and 3 husbands.Goods that did not sell were donated to organizations in Victoria such as The Single Parent Resource Centre, WIN, Our Place, The Centennial Square Book Exchange Box, and the Salvation Army.

morning group

Thank you to all who have contributed.  We look forward to seeing you in a couple of years!


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Our newest annual civic activity, helping  create Victoria’s Living Flag on Canada Day .


Breakfast shot

Fortified with coffee and breakfast from QV  Cafe ,

Group shot BEGINNING with tools

armed with buckets, brooms and trash bags

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Lioness put a little  polish on our historic  Chinatown.

Special care was given to the Gate of Harmonious Interest which  displays plaques honoring two Veteran Lioness fathers , and recognizing Victoria Chinatown Lioness as significant  donors to the gate project in 1998.

Venus Sophia tea Room lunch

Venus Sophia Tea Room, right in the heart of Chinatown,  was the perfect place to cool down, and enjoy fine food,  fragrant teas and  Lioness friends.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.