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

Mother’s Day Boxes 2016

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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.

 

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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.

Astrid and husband

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.

 

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

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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

 

 

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.
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 

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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.