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 Club in Action

Lion Betsy wins the Melvin Jones Fellowship award

Lion Carol reads the accomplishments of the so deserving Lion Betsy
New club president Lion Jon congratulates past president Lion Betsy

Lions Clubs world-wide recognized an outstanding individual, Betsy Banford, by bestowing the Melvin Jones Fellowship award named after its founder Melvin Jones. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.  Betsy has has gone above and beyond to serve both our Club and the Community; she is generous, compassionate and hardworking, and truly deserving of this award.  The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) is the backbone of the Lions Club international Foundation.

Betsy has been the backbone of the Gabriola Lions Club for many years serving as President for 5 terms, VP for 2 terms and numerous other positions on the Board of Directors. Her Family has been involved with the Lions Club for many many years. Currently she is our Zone Chair and Lions Quest Chair as well as Facebook Admin and Pancake Breakfast and BBQ Organizer. She also knows where everything is and where everything goes!

We are all so proud of you Betsy!

Gabriola Lions Club Recent Activities

Concert on the Green 2023

This year’s Concert on the Green was its 25th anniversary and it did not disappoint. Over 1800 people descended on the Gabriola Golf and Country Club’s putting green to take in Gabriola’s own Road Poets and Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues Band. The place never stopped shaking as the music was bringing everyone to their feet to groove to the swing of these two great bands,

There was so much going on with this year’s concert including a fabulous 50/50 draw, where one lucky guest won over $3,000, a silent auction table loaded with fabulous donated gift items and, of course, the beer and food tents as well as other booths.

The weather was its usual sunny, summer self and even Tom Lavin took the time to thank the awesome crowd and the event staff:

Hi Bill,


Just a note of thanks from us for the great reception on Gabriola.  The crowd was terrific and we thought the volunteers were super. We couldn’t have felt more welcome.

We hope you enjoyed our performance and look forward to the next time our paths may cross.

Please forward my sincere appreciation to all involved, especially Jake Stolz who provided expert technical support.


Yours Very Truly,


Tom Lavin


The annual World Cup of Golf was held at the Gabriola Golf and Country Club on July 21st if this year.

Over 200 people joined in the commandry and jocularity of this wildly popular event.


Not only was there some competitive golf played out for some great prizes, there was some fabulous food and door prizes as well.


Net proceeds go to the Gabriola Lions Foundation where it is then returned to the many island groups and charities of Gabriola Island. 


21st Annual Summer Pancake Breakfast

Once again, the Gabriola Lions were back in action serving up Gabriola’s favourite breakfast at this year’s wildly successful Cultivate festival held at the Gabriola Commons July 9th. 


The Lions served up delicious, custom made (if you were one of the lucky ones) fluffy pancakes, expertly grilled sausages by the world famous “Sausage Kings”, velvety scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and all the fixings like syrup.


That plus a huge amount of loving smiles given away for free guaranteed a mouth watering breakfast event that was the start of a beautiful day.


We really thank all those who came out to enjoy the feast and make us feel proud to serve our wonderful community.


All monies collected go right back to supporting our island needs.

Walk for Dog Guides May 28th 2023

Thanks to Lions Carol and Jude for making the annual Dog Guides walk a huge success.

A great day it was on Sunday, May 28th where we rallied at Twin Beaches, Gabriola for our annual Dog Walk. We can attest to the fact that in Canada, we finish our walk with a beach frolic. So appreciated by the dogs, and their families we estimated 60 – 70 dogs finished the walk. Mike Phillips, a Lion for many years, started the additional beach frolic with his three dogs, and it has continued year after year.

Our final total raised is $5760.00 to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Donations from our participants were $3760 plus the Gabriola Lions donation at $2000 = $5760 to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. I huge round of appaws!

The event was an accumulation of actual cash donations by walkers, and even some who didn’t walk but did a drive by with a fist of $20’s for us. 

Thank you to all the Gabriola Lion volunteers that ensure this fun event takes place and special thanks too to all the businesses that advertised this event for us. Well Done!!

The Gabriola Lions Club Key Programs

Vision Program


The Gabriola Lions Club has taken on one of the core Lions programs, vision in a whole new direction. Besides collecting used glasses for re-furbishing and re-distribution and the early vision screening of students at our Gabriola Elementary School, we have taken on the guide dogs as a major program. Former club secretary, Lion Carol has been selected by our local district as the representative for everything related to the outstanding Guide Dogs of Canada initiatives.

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


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.

lions at work

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

lion eric

Lion Eric Boulton – Lifetime Member and Charter President of the Gabriola Lions. Fun fact: Back in the 60’s his band, Eric Boulton and the Animals, had some big hits on the Billboard charts.
lion dixon

Dixon Kenny – recent recipient of the prestigious Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship award. Dixon is also obsessed with eradicating Scotch Broom on the island as well as his neighbours.

lion john

Lion John Coleman – recipient of the Centennial Gold Pin and one of the best guys you would ever meet. John is what a Lion is all about. His dedication and humour is paramount!

lions betsy & mike

Lion Mike Phillips receiving the Gold Centennial Pin from President Lion Betsy in front of some of the firewood that we provide to anyone in need of winter warmth and a very supportive and vocal Golden Retriever. Thank you Mike for taking our signature club program to being what Lions are all about.

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.

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.