Chartered in 1975 with Life Member Eric Boulton as charter president, the Gabriola Lions Club has been an integral part of our island community serving the needs of island residents. By joining the club, you will become a member of an amazing team of individuals that contribute to Gabriola Island and, best of all, have fun doing so!Become involved with the Lions and experience how gratifying it can be! When you join Lions, you join a global service network. So, at the same time you’re doing local community service, you can also contribute to Lions volunteer efforts around the world. Click the button below and fill out the membership form!
The Gabriola Lions Club is active throughout the island community. In a normal year, our club donates $50,000 – $60,000 and performs over 2,000 hours of community service activities to support fellow Gabriolans.
Welcome to our newest Lion, DeAnna McCarthy!
Lion DeAnna McCarthy is inducted into the Gabriola Lions Club by District Governor Lorne Bunyan, Past District Governor Leslie Smith and Zone Chair Claire Clark at our first meeting of the 2021/2022 year September 13th. With Lion Kathy as sponsor, Lion DeAnna brings the total members of the Gabriola Club up to 42!
Photo from left to right: ZC Claire Clark, PDG Leslie Smith, Lion DeAnna, DG Lorne Bunyan, Lion Kathy and Gabriola Club President Lion Betsy
A signature program for the club. We collect donated wood, split it, season it and delivery it to those needing firewood during the winter months. This essential program helps any Gabriolan in need of winter firewood.
The Gabriola Lions provide funding and services to our community including the PHC, the community hall, the elementary school PAC, scholarships for graduating Gabriola students, the agricultural hall and the Gabriola museum among many, many others.
The Gabriola Lions Club assists BC Parks and our trail maintenance group Galtt in maintaining trails, clearing invasive plants and providing labour for park maintenance.
Who are the Lions?
The International Association of Lions Clubs, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, is an organization of distinct, independent, service clubs, such as the Gabriola Lions Club.
Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs International is one of the oldest service club organizations in the world; It is the largest, and the most active, community service organization in the world; It is an organization whose basic cause has bound Lions clubs together for generations. There are now more than 46,000 Lions Clubs and 1,400,000 Lions located in 210 countries and geographic areas worldwide.
Meet Some of Your Lions
Key Lions Service Activities
Lions support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling, and provide eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world. By providing volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences, and in sharing a message of peace through an annual Peace Poster contest, Lions invest in the future by reaching out to young people. From performing hands–on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, Lions participate in community and environment programs that improve our communities and protect the environment. No matter where located or how designated, all Lions are bound by a common spirit, united in helping those less fortunate. Our motto is simple: “We Serve”.
We serve to improve human flourishing. We see how the global hunger and nutrition crisis bears upon our local communities, and believe true community improvement depends on the thriving of its members. Lions and Leos serve to improve human flourishing, and we see how the global hunger and nutrition crisis bears upon our local communities. We believe community improvement depends on the thriving of its members.
Our strategic objective is to ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods.
The earth sustains human life. We’ve seen how our stewardship of natural resources can improve quality of life and increase engagement in our local communities. Our environment is more than a background: it’s our home. And we’re committed to caring for it. Lions and Leos serve to strengthen the relationship between the community and its environment. We’ve seen how our stewardship of natural resources can improve quality of life and increase engagement in our local communities.
Our strategic objective is to sustainably protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities.
The International Diabetes Federation reports that 1 in 2 people with diabetes are undiagnosed. Lions recognize the needs of the world are changing, and have championed the cause of diabetes to better serve both our communities and the world. Serving in diverse communities all over the world, we see and feel the effects of diabetes and are doing something about it together.
Our strategy is to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed.
Lions are known throughout the world for their work to improve the lives of the visually impaired and prevent avoidable blindness. LCIF proudly serves their continued efforts by offering unique and impactful initiatives, programs and grants. We have a long history of serving the blind and visually impaired, and remain committed to continuing this mission into our next century of service.
Our strategic objective is to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.
LCIF provides funding support to Lions and has developed strategic partnerships to help improve outcomes for children with cancer. Lions and Leos provide support for the needs of children and families affected by childhood cancer through impactful service activities. Lions and Leos provide support for the needs of children and families affected by childhood cancer through impactful service activities.
Our plan is to increase acts of support to families and children affected by childhood cancer and to improve diagnostics, treatment, and continued care to those affected by childhood cancer.