Annual Christmas Party

On 14 December 2015 the club held its annual Christmas Party at the Gabriola Golf and Country Club. New Lions Bruce and Colleen Walker were inducted!

(Photos by Shirley Nicolson)

President Doug and Membership Director Mike conduct the ceremony

Sponsor Lion Joan "pins" new Lion Bruce

Lions Bruce and Colleen with sponsor Joan

Lions welcome Bruce and Colleen to the club

Lions Colleen and Olga

Lucile Kenny with Lion Rosel

Chatting before Dinner

Lions John and Sharon

Lions Larry, Sharon and Kathy

Lion Santa Olga

Lion Mike

Awaiting dinner

Chef Robert of Robert's Place Restaurant

Dinner's ready

Just Desserts!

Remembrance Day
November 11, 2015

Lions Carol Martin and Kathy Ensor prepare to lay the Lions Wreath at the Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the Memorial Cairn at the Gabriola RCMP station. Perfect weather and a large attendance contributed to this very special annual event. (Photo BK)

May is "Recycle for Sight" Month

Gabriola Lions ham it to announce the Lions "Recycle for Sight" campaign for the month of May. Dig around! Bet you can find a pair or two you’re not using any longer. All types of glasses for children and adults are needed, including very strong and very weak prescriptions. Reading glasses and non-prescription sunglasses are also useful. We take them all and including hearing aids. Recycled in Calgary, thousands of eyeglasses are distributed throughout the developing world. Drop them off at any of the eyeglass recycling boxes around Gabriola or bring them into the Coast Realty office or Gabriola Optical. Last year we sent 200 pairs; this year our goal is 400 pairs. Let’s do it! Make a difference in someone else’s life through the gift of eyesight.

$2,000 for Wheelchair Access
Gabriola Arts Council (GAC)

6 May 2015. President Doug Cavill presents a cheque for $2,000 to Michelle Benjamin, GAC Executive Director while GAC President Jim Wilson-Story looks on. The funds will be used build a new wheelchair ramp to their building and to make the building's washroom wheelchair accessible. (Photo: BK)

2015 Youth Exchange to Finland!

This year's Youth Exchange Program (YEP) will see two Gabriolan youth head to Finland July 19 - August 16. Shown here are our YEP Coordinator Lion Sharon Robert, YEP participants Maddy Warr and Winter Morningstar, and President Doug Cavill at our meeting on 13 April 2015. (Photo: BK)

$7,500 for Infection Control
Gabriola Health Care Foundation (GHCF)

6 May 2015. President Doug Cavill presents a cheque for $7,500 to Chuck Connors, President of the GHCF while Harvey Graham, GHCF Treasurer looks on. The funds will be used to ensure best practices in Infection Control through the purchase and installation of new equipment in the Urgent Treatment Facility in the Gabriola Medical Clinic. Over 900 patients received treatment in the Urgent Treatment Facility in 2014 plus VIHA provided some 500 patients with various medical bandage changes, etc. over the same period. (Photo: BK)

New Lions, 23 February 2015

Welcome new Lions Joe and Jules O'Donnell, seen here at their induction ceremony. (Photo: Olga Korinek)

GERTIE, 19 January 2015

President Doug Cavill presents GERTIE volunteer driver Trevor Gear with a cheque for $1,500. (Photo: BK)

GERTIE stands for Gabriola's Environmentally Friendly Responsible Trans-Island Express, a bus service serving our community. The funds are to subsidize Youth Fares on GERTIE so fares for riders up to age 18 can remain at $1.50 per ride or $10 for a book of 10 tickets or $35 for a monthly pass for unlimited ridership. Adult fares are $2.50/ride.

New Member Lorraine Barton

On 23 Nov 2015 Lion Merrilee Wur "pinned" new Lion Lorraine Barton at her induction ceremony. In the lower photo, Lion President Doug Cavill, Membership Director Mike Phillips and Lions Lorraine Barton and Merillee Wur are all smiles after the ceremony. (Photos: BK)

New Lions, 6 June 2015

Welcome new Lions Ken and Shirley Nicolson, seen here being presented with their Lions pins by their sponsor Club President Doug Cavill. (Photos: BK)

Walk for Dog Guides

Rarin' to go!

A wonderful day for a walk and some 35 walkers with 30 dogs participated in our annual Purina Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 31 2015 raising over $1,350 for this wonderful program. (Photos: BK)

More information about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program can be found HERE

Beach Clean Up 2015

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Some five tons of garbage were removed from the shoreline of Degnen Bay on 17 May by the Lions Club assisted by the Gabriola Beavers and Cubs. Thank you Thor Simrose and Lions Bob Rooks and Mike Phillips for the use your trucks and equipment in making this task possible. And thank you Lion Guy Parcher for putting this video together. (Photos: BK & GP)

Service Pin Awarded 12 January 2015

President Doug Cavill presents Lion Olga Korinek with her long service chevron representing 15 years as a Lion. Congratulations Lion Olga and thank you for your service.

Eric Boulton
Lion of the Year!

Lion Eric Boulton is presented the Lion of the Year trophy by club Vice President Betsy Banford at our annual Christmas Party in recognition of his continuing contributions and dedication to the club and our community. Eric is the club's Charter President, having presided over the formation of the club over 40 years ago. Congratulations Eric!

Lion of the Year Eric Boulton (photos Lion Shirley Nicolson)

6,000 Cans of Salmon!
People for a Healthy Community (PHC)

7 May 2015. Lion Anne Banford, club Treasurer, helps Sacha Petersen, PHC Food Bank and Garden Coordinator, load canned salmon as PHC Board Chair Charlie Cheffins cheers them on. The Lions donated $4,000 to the Food Bank enabling them to purchase nearly 6,000 cans of salmon, an excellent source of protein for the Food Bank.

An additional cheque for $2,000 was presented to Charlie for the PHC's Seniors' Programs. (Photo BK)

$2,500 for Gabriola Elementary School
Outdoor Educational Garden and Learning Centre.

7 May 2015. Gabriola Elementary School Parents Advisory Committee members (back row from left) Kate Reynolds, Carly McMahon and Angie Pounds along with four GES students with a cheque from the Lions for $2,500 to continue development of the Outdoor Educational Garden and Learning Centre. (Photo: BK)

40th Anniversary!

Charter President Lion Eric Boulton and Lion Victoria Banford cut the cake at a celebration of our club's 40th anniversary on 9 March 2015. The Gabriola Lions Club's Charter was signed on 11 March 1975. (Photo: Carol Martin)

Thank You Colleen!

President Doug Cavill presents a plaque to Colleen Walker, owner of Colleen's Home and Fashion Centre on Gabriola, in appreciation of her outstanding community spirit and constant support of the Gabriola Lions Club and our fund raising programs. (Photo: Carol Martin)