District Governor's Visit

On 23 January 2017 District Governor Alan Guy paid his annual visit to our club

(Photos BK)

Zone Chair Rob Dalton introduces DG Alan Guy

DG Alan Guy addresses the club

Lion Jude recieves recognition for her Dog Walk work pins

Lion Anne receives her 10-year service pin

Lion Joan receives her 15-year service pin

Lion Carol receives her 10-year service pin

Lions sign a banner for the Lions 100th anniversaryparade in Chicago

Lion Jude and President Betsy

Service pin recipients

New Lion!

New Lion Brian Hardy was inducted to the Gabriola Lions Club on 23 January 2017

President Betsy conducts the Induction as Lion Mike Phillips looks on

Lion Mike Phillips "Pins" new Lion Brian Hardy

DG Alan Guy presents Lion Brian a commemorative Sooke Lions pin

Open House!

On 8 May 2017 we hosted an open house for our community to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International and the 42nd Anniversary of the Gabriola Lions Club. Over 100 people attended.

(Photos by Shirley Nicolson and Bill Kalbfleisch)

Charter President Lion Eric presents opening remarks

Food line

Lion Jon cuts a cake

Talking about Lions projects

Door prize draw

Checking out Lions praphernalia

President Betsy and Lion John

Vest of the late Lion Eric Kenny, a Past President

Scholarship presentation photo display

Cheque presentation to the Gabriola Scouts

President Betsy and Lion Paul

Checking out our Lions video and displays

(Photo courtesy Derek Kilbourn, Gabriola Sounder Newspaper)

End of Year BBQ

On 26 June 2017 the club held it's annual End of Year BBQ to celebrate our last meeting of fiscal year 2016-2017. Lions Ken and Shirley Nicolson once again offered their beautiful garden as the venue. Thank you Ken and Shirley!

(Photos by Don Butt, Shirley Nicolson and Bill Kalbfleisch)

The venue

Danielle, John and Bill


Sue, Eric and Sharon

John and Miriam

Liz, Judith and Mary-Jane

Suzy and Lynda

Victoria and Jackson

Mary, Bill and Lucille

Mike and Kathy



Hot Dogs and Tickets

On 5 August entrepreneurial Lions got together in the Village to sell tickets for the Concert on the Green and Air Canada Raffle. Hot Dogs were also sold as a fund raiser.

(Photos by Don Butt)

Kathy, Bruce, John, Jon, Anne, Shirley and Rieki.

Rieki and Chef Shirley.

John, Bruce, Anne, and Jude.

Kathy, Anne and John.

Concert on the Green Sponsor Signs

On 5 August Lions not selling tickets in the Village got together to clean and assemble the sponsors' signs that will be prominently displayed at the concert.

(Photos by Don Butt)

Sandy, Graham, Joan, Sharon, Mike and Miriam.


Miriam, Mike, Coco, Joan, Sharon and Sandy.

Coco and Mike.

Christmas Party

On December 11th we held our annual Christmas Party at the Gabriola Golf Club

(Photos by Bill Kalbfleisch, Shirley Nicolson and Carol Martin)

President Betsy presents Certificate of Appreciation to Norm Nestie and Marie

2017 Lion of the Year Larry Robert with President Betsy

Shirley and Sharon

Sharon, Dixon and Olga

Liz and Bruce

Gisela, Suzie and Lucile

Eric and Norm

Invocation by John

Betsy, Carol and Judith prepare to Feast

Doug and Dixon

Jackson and Anne

The Feast


Lions Walk for Dog Guides

Lions Larry and Sharon and pooches getting ready for the walk.

The weather cooperated to make this years dog walk fun for all. A very special thank you for the tremendous support from Lions Merrilee Wur, Mariam Cochrane, and Joan Ensor as registrars and Lions Sharon and Larry for set up. Our Lions President Betsy Banford greeted all the dog walkers and furry friends and thanked them for their participation . It was also good to see so many Lion members in attendance. There were 22 registered walkers. Several walkers had more than one dog to walk and all was done so quickly with many dogs happily participating in the final play at the ocean’s shore.

We raised $930.00. A very special thank you to the Gabriola Community for making this such a worthwhile event. Thank you to Linda Olsen for initiating this event. More info on the dog walk: HERE. (photo: Lion Jude Briscoe)

Certificate of Appreciation

On 24 April 2017 President Betsy Banford presented a certificate of appreciation from Lions Clubs International to Lion Joan Ensor in recognition of her recruiting three new members to our club over the last year. (Photo: BK)

Zone Chair Visit

On 23 October, 2017 Multiple District 19I-7 Zone Chair Gary Price visited and spoke to our club. (Photo: BK)

Huxley Park Lions Crest

On 21 December, 2017 Hector Banford installed the Lions crest on the Huxley Park sign in recognition for the club's $12,000 donation for park renovations and playground equipment.

Gabriola's Adin Brenner
World Double-Mini Trampoline

Lion Sharon Robert, left, and President Betsy Banford present 15-year old Adin a cheque for $2,000 to assist in the costs of competing at events at the Canada Cup in Calgary, the Nationals in Ontario and the Worlds (World age groups) in Bulgaria. As part of Team Canada, Adin won the double-mini trampoline gold medal for his age group at the 2016 Indo-Pacific Championships in New Zealand. (Photo: Shirley Nicolson)

Youth Exchange Program 2017

Our YEP participants this year are Jethro and Emily, shown here with our YEP Coordinator Lion Sharon. Jethro is going to England for a month and Emily will spend a month in Greece. The club looks forward to hearing about their travels when they get back.

Certificate of Appreciation

On 24 April 2017 President Betsy Banford presented a certificate of appreciation to Lion Olga Korenek in recognition of her recruiting a new member into our club in the last year. (Photo: BK)

Air Canada Raffle Winner!

Heartiest congratulations to Lion Miriam Cochrane on winning two tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in Canada at the Concert on the Green. Here Lion Bruce presents Lion Miriam with her Air Canada voucher. (Photo: BK)

Broom Pulling Party

Lion Larry deals with a problem. (Photo: DB)

Gabriola Guides

On 24 April 2017 President Betsy Banford presented guides Amelia and Elizabeth with a cheque for $2,000 to assist with the purchase of camping equipment. (Photo: Carol Martin)

Certificate of Appreciation
Gabriola Optical

On December 11, 2017 President Betsy presented a Lions Certificate of Appreciation to Norm Nestie, owner of Gabriola Optical, for his support of our Lions Recycle for Sight Program. Norm collects used eyeglasses for us and we ship them to the Lions Canadian Collection Centre where eyeglasses are recycled and distributed internationally to people in need. Shown here are President Betsy presenting the certificate to Norm as his wife Marie looks on. (Photo: CM)

Centennial Membership Award

On September 25, 2017 President Betsy presented the Centennial Membership award to Lion Doug Cavill for recruiting new members into our club during the Lions Centennial Year.(Photo: BK)

Membership Award

On 12 June 2017 President Betsy presented an award to Lion Bill Moisuik for recruiting new members into our club.(Photo: BK)