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

Gabriola Lions Club Upcoming Activities

Previously, Lion Eric sings his version of The Doors "LA Woman" to a startled club.

Next general meeting is May 13th 2024

Meeting to include a demonstration of home distilling by Lion Larry. Stick it to the man by avoiding those high liquor store taxes!

Albert Reed Memorial Fire Hall
730 Church Street
Gabriola, BC
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Meeting is at 7:00PM

Social activities including select poetry readings begins at 6:30pm.

GVFD Open House Lions BBQ MAy 11th 2024

  • May 11th 10am – 2pm
  • Gabriola Firehall #1 – 730 Church Street
  • Prizes and give-aways!

The Gabriola Lions Club will be hosting a BBQ and manning a booth at the annual Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department’s Open House From 10am until 2pm May 11, 2024.

Come meet members of the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department and learn about the various emergencies they train for. Learn about the FireSmart Program to protect your home and property. Fun for kids and kids at heart.  

Besides the Gabriola Lions prestigious information booth, there will be a dozen different displays set up from a variety of emergency agencies including BCAS, Emergency Services, RCMP, HAM radio operations, GROWLS and others.

There will be live demonstrations and information about the new Emergency Medical Responders program, contractors equipment for fire suppression, and the new fire suppression sprinkler equipment and trailer here at the Fire Hall.
All this plus our Lions wieners and buns will make for a full afternoon of information and fun for the community.

16th Annual Broom Pull Event - May 15th 2024

Yep, it is that time of year again! That dreaded, but colorful, invasive plant call the Scotch Broom needs to be eradicated every spring before the millions of seeds repopulate our forests and fields.



Once again, our fearless skip, Lion Dixon will be calling the shots in partnership with GaLLT as we sweep into action at the Drumbeg Park bonspiel held May 15th 6:30 to 8:30pm, There will be a Lion Shirley hot dog BBQ at 6pm to help whisk up some community spirit.


With a lot of hands, we should be able to hurry hard and take out a lot of broom before we get to the hammer. See you all there!


Right: Last year’s broom bashers at Drumbeg Park.

Walk for dog guides May 26th 2024

Join us for the annual walk for dog guides held at the Twin Beaches (Gabriola Sands Provincial Park) Sunday, May 26th.

Registration is at 10am. The walk begins at 10:30 am.

It takes $35,000 to breed, train, and match a dog to their new home empowering Canadians living with disabilities to navigate their world with confidence and independence.

The Gabriola Dog Walk was initiated by Linda Olsen and then by Joan Ensor, both dedicated to Lions and dogs. The torch has been passed to Jude Briscoe who organizes the event year after year, a joy to all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support and enthusiasm over the years! Last year, our final total raised was $5760.00 that went to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

Let’s try to out do that this year. See you all there!

Gabriola Lions Club Recent Activities

Zone Chair Lions Betsy Recieves a major award

As Zone Chair, our Gabriola Lions Club past president Lion Betsy receives the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation for all her work in recognition of distinguished achievements in following the mission of Lions International.


Well done Lion Betsy!


Left: Current president Lion Jon looks on in admiration as Lion Betsy presents her coveted certificate to the members at our regular club meeting April 22nd 2024.

New Gabriola Lions Club Member - Chris Rombough

At our March 25th 2024 meeting, Chris Rombough is presented his certificate of membership while Lion Betsy reads the Lions Oath. Welcome Lion Chris!

Charter president lion eric is awarded the certificate of appreciation

Lion Eric and Past District Governor Larrie Taylor with Lions Eric's wife Sue looking on in admiration.
Lion Eric with Past District Governor Larrie Taylor

At our March 11th 2024 meeting. Past District Governor Larrie Taylor, from the Nanaimo Lions Club, presents our charter president, Lion Eric Boulton, with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Lions Club International President Dr. Patti Hill. Back in 1975 Lion Eric was instrumental in nurturing the Gabriola Island Lions Club from a seed of an idea to the proud and flourishing club it is today. We are a club of 40 some members on a small island community of 4500 eager to help and serve our neighbours day in and day out.As Lions, our actions and service inspires others. We provide courage and a unique sense of empowerment to our communities and to the world. To do this, we depend on great leadership. And that takes great leadership development for our members.”

Thank you Lion Eric!

Hope Centre Teen Burger Night

The Hope Centre  invited the Gabriola Lions Club to provide a burger BBQ and meet the local teens that the centre  organizes as a teen drop in for support and socialization as part of their teen program.


The Gabriola Lions were more than  happy to grill some tasty food and inform the youth of what it is to be a Lion serving their community.The response was so positive that this may become a regular event.


Left: Hope Centre volunteers with Lion Betsy take to the camera as the local youth dig in for a delicious and satisfying dinner. 

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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.