Gabriola Island Lions Club

Chartered in 1975 with Life Member Eric Boulton as charter president, the Gabriola Island Lions Club has been an integral part of our island community serving the needs of all our  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!

 

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Your Gabriola Lions

Gabriola Island Lions Club Mission Statement

“To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.”

The Gabriola Island 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.

The Gabriola Lions Island Club has a long history of providing hands on service to the community of Gabriola Island.

We help our Gabriola Island youth by funding high school scholarships and youth in sports, work with local elementary school’s PAC for classroom requirements and sports program equipment, the island scouts and guides, after school programs, kids help line and we foster community spirit with our youth exchange program.

We assist with funding many island organizations including the PHC food & outreach programs, the Gabriola Museum, the Community Hall, supportive housing and the medical clinic among many others. We also team up with the Gabriola Land & Trails Trust and BC Parks for maintenance of our island parks and trails.

As one of the Lions’ core missions is to fight blindness, we do our part by funding spot screening at the Gabriola Elementary School, collect used eyeglasses that are repurposed for those in need, donate funds to guide and other support dogs and purchase equipment for those that are visually impaired.

The Gabriola Island Lions Club is proud to support our island residents that are in need of a hand up. Our firewood program is one of our key service activities, providing needed warmth during the winter months. We also assist with emergency funding and mobility equipment such as scooters and wheelchairs.

Honouring Lion John Barton

John Barton passed away December 2nd 2021. Lion John was a member of the Gabriola Lions club for 36 years. He served as President of the club for 2 years and he has been an active member on many committees during his years of service. Lion John was instrumental in securing the first Bingo licence for the Gabriola Lions Club and he ran the Bingo Program for 26 years when it was necessary to volunteer time in the Bingo halls and go to government meetings in order to secure the funding. In his 26 years managing this Program Lion John must have pulled in close to $500,000 in today’s money. When he worked the bingo halls for no pay and attended the required meetings he never claimed any personal expenses. Lion John was also one of the pioneers of the Christmas Ferry Line Program and in the early years of this Program he personally delivered 50+ hampers each year at his own cost.   

The success and reputation of our club today has been built on the backs of people like Lion John.  He was the first member of our club to receive the Judge Brian Stevenson award and he was the first member of our club to receive the Clive Tutty Lion of the Year award. He is also the only member of our club in possession of the Lions International 100 Year Silver Dollar Memorial.- Lion Paul

 

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John Barton attending a Lions meeting with his silly hat

Diabetes Awareness

November is Diabetes Awareness month. Sadly, diabetes is a global epidemic with an estimated 643 million adults across the world, living with diabetes.

 

Back September, the Diabetes Fitness Challenge launched with the emphasis awareness to health, diet, exercise, education and management. The Gabriola Island Lions Club embraced these values and with a 40% participation of walkers. Consistently, we exceed a weekly average of 850,000 steps. Our club is well on the way to the winner’s circle come the Lions Spring Convention, April 2022. 

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These boots 'r made for walk'n by Lion Carol

Here’s a love story: Lions Steve & Carol are hikers. Been doing it for the past heck of a number of years, and with great results. We not only love the out of doors, we are adventurers turning a corner for the next discovery. Our oo’s and aw’s purely come from our love our nature. Carrying us through are our hiking boots. The miles and miles we’ve travelled. In and out of stunning waterfall hikes, canyons, rivers and inlet, to crags the top of mountains. Healthy eating plays a huge part of going the distance, so for the most part we munch on fruit, nuts and veggies. We aren’t weight watchers by a long shot, but we know what to eat and when to stop. Avid readers, we absorb articles of all sorts, stopping to graze on trends in health and happiness.  And then, we gaze at the sky, the stars, and say “How lucky we are.”

The Gabriola Lions Club made November special by donating $500 towards the BC Diabetes Foundation. 

Lions International focuses on five Global Causes: Vision, Hunger, Environment, Childhood Cancer and Diabetes. Our Gabriola Lions Club gives generously.

DIABETES FITNESS CHALLENGE UPDATE

The Gabriola Island Lions Club joined the other clubs in our district for the Diabetes Fitness Challenge. The challenge was to promote fitness and to raise awareness of diabetes by counting member’s steps from October 2021 to March 2022. Our club had 15 participants who recorded their steps and every week and sent these results to our club secretary, Carol Martin. Carol submitted the results to the District Coordinator and, at the end of 6 months, which club would be the topper-most? The Diabetes Fitness Challenge was awarded to the Gabriola Island Lions Club – a golden running shoe. Quite spectacular! Well done everyone!!

Photo: The golden shoe presented by District Diabetes Coordinator, Georgia Medwedrich, to our Gabriola Lions Club Diabetes Fitness Challenger, Carol Martin.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay tuned for our latest events!

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Wood Program

Firewood

The wood program is a signature program for the Gabriola Island Lions Club. We collect donated wood, split the wood and season it for the winter season. This essential program helps any Gabriolan in need of winter firewood.

 

Medical Clinic

Our Clinic

The Gabriola Island Lions Club has supported our community medical clinic since its inception. Today, the Lions maintain the property landscaping, fund critical medical equipment and any other services required.

Our Community

Community

The Gabriola Island Lions Club provides 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.

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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

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Lion Eric Boulton – Lifetime Member and Charter President of the Gabriola Lions
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Dixon Kenny – recent recipient of the prestigious Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship award
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Lion John Coleman – recipient of the Centennial Gold Pin
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Lion Mike Phillips receiving the Gold Centennial Pin from President Lion Betsy

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”.

Hunger

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.

Environment

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.

Diabetes

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.

Vision

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.

Childhood Cancer

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.