District Governor
Dan Sibanda

Lion Dan Sibanda was a Charter Member of Bulawayo Aloe Lions Club in District 412 in 1989. He transferred to Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club in 2002. He served as Region 6 Chair for two consecutive terms (2012-2014). His term as District Global Leadership Team (GLT) Coordinator ran from 2014 to 2017.

In his Lionistic career, Lion Dan has held every club-level Executive position. This was perfect preparation for his role as GLT Coordinator (2014-2017).

Lion Dan has sponsored over ten people into Lions in the last eight years. His tireless efforts led to the formation of the Emerging Leaders Lions Club in 2014 and he served as the co-Guiding Lion of the new club.

A Certified Guiding Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, Lion Dan is a graduate of the Faculty Development Institute and Lions Certified Instructor Program. His service earned numerous International Presidents’ Awards, Medals and Certificates of Appreciation.

Lion Dan is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s in Business Leadership. He works as a Technical Services Manager in the energy industry. He also served as director of Carassauga Festival and on his church’s Elder Nomination Committee.

He and wife Lion Zone Chair Phoebe have three children and a grandchild.

1st Vice-District Governor
Tebo Richards

Lion Tebo Richards has been a Lion for almost 20 years. An active member of the Thistletown Lions Club, he serves as Club Program Coordinator, and has served as training facilitator on the Global Leadership Team since 2014.

Lion Tebo has been recognized for his contributions to Lionism with awards including 100% Attendance, Lion of the Year, Membership Key, District Governor Awards, and International President Awards. Lion Tebo is a Certified Guiding Lion, Melvin Jones Fellow, Life Member of Camp Dorset, Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada, Knight of Camp Lake Joe, and Honorary Lions Guardian of Camp Huronda.

Lion Tebo is a graduate of all levels of LCI Leadership Development Institutes.

Lion Tebo has a B.Sc. from the University of New Brunswick, a Postgraduate Honors Diploma (Pg.D.) in Information Technology and a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Management and eCommerce from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

A Business Systems Analyst, Microsoft Certified Professional, and Certified Protection Officer, with a Life License Qualification Program certification, Lion Tebo started his own business providing services as a freelance business consultant specializing in Cybersecurity and Information Systems Management.

2nd Vice-District Governor
Paul Maguire

Lion Paul came to Lions about a decade ago, and soon persuaded wife Lion Pat to follow. Daughter Erin was a charter member of Queen’s University Campus Lions Club. Son Chris joined this year.

He has been involved with district activities for several years. He served two terms as Zone Chair, one as Region Chair and one as Cabinet Secretary. Lion Paul also worked with GMT to deliver orientation training.

He facilitated GST and social media sessions at district conventions. Lion Paul has also worked to deliver the district Effective Speaking contest for several years.

Lion Paul’s service has been recognized with governor’s pins, an International President recognition, and a Melvin Jones Fellowship.

His training with Lions includes ALLI, FDI and the Lions University Doctorate.

Lion Paul also keeps busy in his community. He chaired the organizing committees for several large neighbourhood festivals, ran for public office, and served on the executive of one of Scarborough’s largest soccer clubs.

Lion Paul has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science fields. He worked in Toronto’s financial sector before launching his own web services company.

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Immediate Past District Governor
Jeffrey Friedman

Lion Jeffrey is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and a Helen Keller Fellow. Since becoming a Lion in 2006, he has held many positions in his club. He assists the Mississauga Central Lions Club in running and marketing its “Lions Farmers Market”.

Lion Jeffrey began his district service as Zone Campaign SightFirst ll Chair. He later served as Zone Chair and twice as Region Chair.

He served on the Global Membership Team for 4 years. He co-ordinated Lions Awareness Booths at CNE, Mississauga Carassauga Festival of Cultures, and more.

Lion Jeffrey has championed the Gift of Life Be a Donor Program and the Lions Recycle for Sight Program at the District level since 2012, growing participation to 42 clubs. He is now working to make recycleforsight.ca of use to Lions Clubs across Canada.

Jeffrey has run a Reading Action Program and LCI’s Peace Poster Contest in Peel schools since 2012. He has assisted in organizing and running the Mississauga Walk for Dog Guides for 9 years.

Lion Jeff has received three International President Recognitions and he has received six Certificates from Past District Governors.

Lion Jeffrey spent 28 years in Sales and he now operates an Internet business. He has been married to his wife Lynn for 40 years and they have 3 married sons and 5 grandchildren.

Cabinet Secretary
Ann Stevens

Lion Ann joined Westmount Lions Club in February 2000. Eight years later, she ended up in A711 and is now with the Weston Lions Club. She has served as club president, secretary, tail twister, and Lion tamer.

She is a past Zone and Region Chair. Lion Ann has been Youth Exchange Chair and Camp Director.

She has also served as district CNIB Lake Joseph Chair. She first attended CNIB Lake Joe in 2001 & has attended every work weekend ever since. Lion Ann has been a Member of the Knights of Lake Joseph since about 2002.

Lion Ann attended 4 USA/Canada Forums, Lions Quest training & completed the Guiding Lion course. She’s a regular at the Weston Lions Blue Jays giveaways and volunteered at the Lions CNE PeeWee baseball.

Lion Ann’s efforts have been recognized with a Helen Keller Award, 100% President's Award, International President's Certificate of Appreciation, President's Appreciation Award, Bulletin contest winner, and the International President's Commendation Bulletin Award.

Lion Ann has also sponsored three new Lions.

Assistant Cabinet Secretary
Eliseo Galindo

Lions Clubs International (LCI) motto is simple, but it says it all “We Serve”. Lion Eli joined Lions in 2010. An active member of the District A711 Toronto Mabuhay Lions Club, he currently serves as Club Administrator. He has held all key positions within the club.

A Certified Guiding Lion, he has been recognized for his contribution to Lionism with awards including Lion of the Year for 2 terms, 100% Attendance Award and recently received the Club Excellence Award. He has participated and/or chaired most of the club’s community affairs initiatives to increase the visibility and enhance new and existing Lions opportunities.

Over the years, Lion Eli has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Toronto. He also organized the first ever Mabuhay Shoot Fest fundraising event in 2017.

At District level, Lion Eli has served as District Environmental Chair for the past 2 years and Registration Co-Chair for the 2017 district convention. He has also consistently attended the A711 club officers training. A sports enthusiast, Lion Eli is passionate about chess, basketball, bowling and martial arts.

Lion Eli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce – Business Management from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He works at the Home Depot as a Department Manager.

Lion Eli is married to Myra Galindo and has two daughters, Nicole and Angelique.

Cabinet Treasurer
Jim O'Breza

Lion Jim has been a member of the Burlington Lions Club since 2007 with perfect attendance. He has been his club’s Treasurer from 2007 to the end of 2019. He has participated in many activities within the club including Organizing Chair of the 90th Birthday Celebration and organized the annual Youth Night Project for several years.

In the District Lion Jim has served as 6B Zone Chair for 2 years and Cabinet Treasurer last year.

He has attended several Conventions and many District meetings over a number of years. At the club level he has received the Lion of the Year award and the International Melvin Jones award.

Lion Jim is a widower who was married to his wife Audrey for over 50 years. He has 3 daughters, 4 adult grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Lion Jim is a retired Controller (for over 25 years) who also served as a Cost Accountant, a Banker and a Consultant during his career.

During his Lifetime he was an avid Ten Pin Bowler, Fastball Player, Golfer and played several other sports.

His Volunteer activities included mentoring a winning Junior Achievement company, Coached Youth fastball (6 to 9), Executive Member of the Brockville Ten Pin Association. President of the YBC in Brockville, Certified Coach for Youth Bowling, Started and Coached a High School Bowling League.

Region 6 Chair
Bob Castor

Toronto born, Lion for over 20 years. Happily married to Janice for over 40 years. They have two children who are avid Lions volunteers.

Lion Bob has been president, secretary and treasurer of the Oakville Trafalgar Lions Club. He has served several terms as Region Chair and Zone Chair.

Lion Bob owns and runs a small business with his wife in Oakville, where they have lived for almost 30 years.

Zone Chair 6A
Phoebe Kagumba-Sibanda

In 2010, after attending several Lions activities, and learning the role of Lions in service in the community, Phoebe became a Mississauga Cooksville Lion.

Lion Phoebe served as Club Treasurer, 2nd and 1st Vice President, and Club President. She has participated in Club fundraising and service projects such as Community Park Cleaning, Food Bank, Bingo fundraisers, Counselling, Dog Guides, and service to Community members going through a rough patch. Lion Phoebe sponsored two Lions in the 2018/19 Lions Year.

Lion Phoebe is a Melvin Jones Fellow and Certified Guiding Lion. She served as a Guiding Lion in the formation of the Mississauga Emerging Leaders Lions Club. She was also instrumental in the chartering of the Mississauga Leo Club where she is a Leo Advisor.

Born in Montreal and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, she has studied on three continents. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Master’s degree in Business Management, and has worked in the Financial Industry both in Kenya and Canada for several years. She is currently working in one of the ‘Big Five’ Canadian Banks as a consultant. She serves actively in her church and has leadership roles within the Kenyan Community in Ontario.

Lion Phoebe is a mother to three adult children who are all Lions, and Grandma to Moses! She is married to District Governor Dan Sibanda.

Zone Chair 6B
Onkar Rai

Lion Onkar Rai has been a proud member of the Oakville Lions Club since 2008. Over the years, at club level, Lion Onkar moved progressively through the ranks from Junior to Senior Director, 1st and 2nd Vice President and on to assume the position of President.

He has served on several committees including Fundraising (Chair), Health and Welfare, Annual Golf Tournament, Annual British Car Show (Chair) and has played a vital role in several program activities within the Club.

At the District Level, Lion Onkar served on the 2019 Convention Planning Committee and was instrumental in organizing the District's Hospitality operation.

Professionally, Lion Onkar is self-employed in the Food Services for almost 20 years and was at one time a multi unit owner.

Lion Onkar is married to Susan and they have two children, a daughter named Sumanpreet and a son Navraj.

Region 7 Chair
Shafi Bhuiyan

Lion Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, MBBS, MPH, MBA, PhD is Charter President of Toronto Global Doctors Lions Club. He has been involved in Lions to support community services and youth leadership development since 1986.

He held leadership positions with Leo Clubs, Leo District Council including Charter Club President and Secretary. He also led Leo District Council as Leo District President and Co-chair of Youth Exchange and Leo Club Advisor.

He attended many International youth exchange programs, Lions forums, workshops and conferences around the world. Lion Dr Bhuiyan recruited many Leos and Lions globally and established 2 Leo clubs and 2 Lions clubs.

In 2018, he received South Asian Leadership Excellence Award in Canada by the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and was also nominated as a finalist of RBC’s Top 25 Immigrant Award in Canada.

He is a Distinguished visiting professor, Faculty of Community Services and co-founder of Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMDs) post-graduate bridge training program at Ryerson University. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health and co-creator of MScCH (Community Health) program at University of Toronto.

Lion Dr Bhuiyan is passionate and committed to humanitarian projects, human security and women empowerment through better education and healthcare services.

Zone Chair 7A
Tony Hung

Lion Tony Hung settled in Canada after emigrating from Hong Kong. He became a Lion when he joined Toronto Cathay Lions Club in 2006.

At his club, he served as the fundraising gala’s co-chair and also partnered with the senior fundraiser member for Sick Kids. In 2010-2012, he was elected Club President and was re-elected again for another two consecutive years till 2014. Lion Tony is also a Certified Guiding Lion.

In the last 13 years, Lion Tony has successfully raised funds for different charitable organizations. Other than Lions, he is also actively involved with other associations like Rotary Club, Chinese Family Services of Ontario, and is a founder of a non-profit organization, EcoWatch, which focuses on recycling batteries in Markham public schools.

Lion Tony is an insurance agent, offering a wide array of insurance offerings.

Zone Chair 7B
Region 25 Chair
Bob Lanktree

Lion Bob Lanktree is a Charter Member of the Freelton Lions Club and has been a Lion for 33 years.

Lion Bob has served as a Zone Chair and Region Chair for a combined 16 years. For many years he has designed the District Governor and Convention pins for his District. He has held the several positions in his club, including the positions of Club Treasurer, Secretary, and President.

Lion Bob is a Melvin Jones Fellow and the recipient of the Helen Keller Award.

Lion Bob was a lumberjack for 20 years. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1976 and used to be a Club Leader and Coach of Minor League Baseball and T-Ball. His hobby is woodworking.

Lion Bob has been married to Marie for 57 years.

Zone Chair 25A
Atma Shivbarran

Lion Atma Shivbarran is a Past President of the Bel Air Leo Club (Georgetown, Guyana, 1993-1994) where he was a member for 5 years. Due to his outstanding achievement as Leo, he was asked to join the sponsoring Lions Club of Bel Air. He immediately become the Lion Tamer. Lion Atma was a Lion in Georgetown, Guyana for over 8 years prior to migrating to Canada.

Lion Atma visited the Bathurst Lions Club for several months upon his arrival to Canada. Lion Atma is presently the Zone Chairperson Zone 25A and 1st Vice President of Blackheath Binbrook Lions Club for the past 3 years. Lion Atma worked with his club to develop its directory and website.

A Certified Guiding Lion, Lion Atma is an ELLI graduate. Lion Atma attended the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum and graduated with Bachelor & Master degrees from Lions University.

A computer analyst, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) with the Municipality of Hamilton. Lion Atma is volunteer at Glanbrook Community Services and Macassa Lodge (long-term care facilities owned and operated by the City of Hamilton) where he assists senior citizens with Information Technology issues. Lion Atma is also a member of the Glanbrook Conservation Committee.

Lion Atma is married to Michelle and has 3 adult children.

Zone Chair 25B
Melvin James Dempsey

Melvin James Dempsey (Mel) was born in 1939 in the province of New Brunswick and migrated to Ontario in 1955. After finishing High School, Mel attended Ryerson Trade School and later took photography courses at George Brown College.

Mel served with Saint John Ambulance for twenty years. He was a divisional officer, then was promoted to headquarters as a core officer. Mel was a CPR and first aid Instructor as well as a Casualty simulator instructor.

In 1998, Lion Mel was inducted in the The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem at the grade of Serving Brother. In 1992, he was up grade to the rank of Officer with the title Melvin James Dempsey of Sir and Initial O, St. John.

Mel sits as chair of Faith and Worship committee in Emmanuel United Church Hamilton Ontario.

Mel worked as a heavy equipment tech in the Lasco steel plant in Whitby. He was promoted to full time Health and Safety officer and worked in that position for 25 years.

Mel join Dunford Lions in 2007 and soon became secretary. Lion Mel moved to Hamilton in 2013 and transferred to the Ancaster Lions club where he served as Vice President, Secretary and Club President. He became Zone Chair for 25B in 2018.

Mel’s passions are photography and craft jewelry, and Lions’ charitable work.

Region 32 Chair
Consuelo Julien

Lion Consuelo Julien was introduced to Lions International over 20 years ago. Having been involved with community activities in Montreal, where she grew up, Consuelo wanted to continue that grassroots community involvement in her new home, Toronto.

Lion Consuelo has been a member of the Toronto Onyx Lions Club for the past four years and has held the positions of Club President and Secretary. Prior to joining Toronto Onyx Lions, she served under the Club banners of The Toronto Annex Lions Club and was a Chartered Member of the Toronto Pan Music Club.

Her involvement as a member of these clubs has been enriching. It allowed her to experience the true breadth and depth of Lionism and helped shape her desire to pursue other leadership roles in Lions. Over the years, she has participated in Lions community activities such as food and clothing drives.

Lion Consuelo has served as Zone Chair, District A711, 32B for 2018-2019, and has graciously accepted the new position of Region Chair for 2019-2020. She will continue to do her utmost during her term. Her goal this year is to continue promoting collaborations amongst the clubs and strengthening alliances in the promotion and execution of community activities.

Lion Consuelo is married to Barry, who is also a Lion. They have been together for over 28 years. They are parents to Brandon and Jeanelle. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and personal development training.

Zone Chair 32A
Angel Perez

Angel Perez is the zone chair for 32A. Angel is a member in good standing with the Thistletown Lions Club and has been a Lion for almost 15 years. He has served as treasurer for several years and then president.

Angel was born in Caracas, Venezuela, emigrated to Canada as a student back in 1975 and completed two Engineering degrees at Ryerson University. Angel has worked as a Financial Planner and a business analyst specializing in compensation with a major Bank in Canada for the last 16 years.

Angel has been married to Maureen for 40 years and together they have three sons, all in good professions and well educated in their fields. Two of them work in the Food industry as professional chef and operations manager in a major catering company and the other son is a PhD candidate finishing his last thesis in Kinesiology.

For the future Angel hopes to slow down at work and be more active and involved with Lions as he approaches retirement. His zone clubs will soon be seeing and hearing much more from him in this Lion year.

Zone Chair 32B
Region 34 Chair
Mary Lou Pollock

Lion Mary Lou was born in Oshawa and has lived in Brampton for over 25 years. She was originally introduced to Lions by her parents, who both held cabinet positions in A16. Lion Mary Lou has been a lion since 1996 and is an active member of the Brampton Bramalea Lions Club. She has attended 5 International Conventions and a Lions Day at The United Nations.

Mary Lou has served in several positions in her club – she is the current Club President, a position she has held twice before. She has been Region 34 and Zone Chair 34B several times before. Mary Lou is the recipient of the Helen Keller Award, Life Member of Camp Dorset and Lions Foundation of Canada. She has three District Governor’s Appreciation Awards.

Mary Lou is co-District Chair for Special Olympics with Lion Gary MacDonald and raised over $15,000 for the Special Olympic Ontario Summer Games held last summer in the Peel Region. She has volunteered with Special Olympics Healthy Athlete and with Special Olympics Brampton.

Mary Lou graduated from George Brown College as a Power Engineer and is currently employed in Condominium Management. Her hobbies include scuba diving, travel and genealogy. Her daughter is a coach for Special Olympics. Both her daughter and granddaughter are members of Brampton Bramalea Lions Club.

Zone Chair 34A
David Cunningham

Lion David Cunningham joined the Caledon Lions Club late in 2015 after being introduced to one of the Club’s local community fundraisers. The introduction to the Lions’ various activities within the community and volunteering at a couple of their events, sparked his interest in giving back to his community and motivated him to join the Caledon Lions.

Lion David retired from his professional life in 2012. This day-to-day void was filled upon joining the Caledon Lions Club. Since joining the Caledon Club, Lion David has served as Club Secretary and President. During these periods, the small 10-member club has been awarded three gemstones in the recent Centennial Challenge. He believes that continued focus on local community service projects and improved coverage by the local area newspapers will help create a greater awareness of Lions and in turn help boost Club membership.

Lion David’s career background covered more than 42 years as a Finance Professional with GE Canada, Bell Cellular and Longview Solutions. He held various financial positions including Manager - Financial Planning & Analysis, Manager – Financial Operations and Director – Sales and Marketing for a financial application software company. He believes these professional experiences have helped him plan and organize various Caledon Lions Club activities with improved cash flows. He has been happily married for over 45 years with two great children and two wonderful grandkids. After moving more than six times with GE, he finally put down roots in Caledon over 30 years ago.

Zone Chair 34B
Region 58 Chair
Ferdinand Coronel

Lion Ferdy became a charter member of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club in February 2014. He firmly believes and advocates the cause of Lionism “We Serve”. Lion Ferdy has sponsored five new Lions in the last five years. He has attended two International Conventions and three USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forums.

He is passionate about Lions global effort in helping the world around five areas of need: Vision, Diabetes, Hunger, Environmental, and Childhood Cancer. Lion Ferdy enjoys being a Lion and loves to travel and meet new Lions. He was a Club President, Secretary twice, Membership Chair, Director and Committee Chair in various Club Committees. He was elected Zone Chair 58B LY 2018-2019. Currently, he is Region Chair 58. A Certified Guiding Lion, Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow, a graduate of ELLI, ALLI, Lions University (Bachelors, Masters) and completed the Doctorate Course. He received numerous Club Awards, notably Lion of the Year, President Award & Secretary Award.

Professional Life: A successful Insurance/Investment Advisor for the past 25 years and an active member of the Toronto Real Estate Board as a Realtor (6 years). BS Psych Graduate, Certified Medical Lab Technician, Certificate in Interviewing/Counselling, LUATC Certificate, OREA College Certificate. Lion Ferdy is a father to three adult children and married to his wife Lion Arlyne the current Club Secretary of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club.

Zone Chair 58A
David Chan

A Lion for over ten years and Immediate Past President of Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club, Lion David has gained extensive knowledge in Lionism.

He is also;

  • An ELLI & ALLI Graduate
  • A Lions University Bachelors & Masters Graduate
  • A Certified Guiding Lion

Lion David has attended seven Lions Clubs International Conventions and one USA/Canada Leadership Forum.

He has consistently demonstrated his ability to organize projects within his community and his ultimate goal is to use these same skills for the betterment of Zone 58A.

Lion David plans to promote Children Pediatrics’ Cancer Project, strengthen LCIF’s initiatives, and widen Lions’ global service activities (hunger & Food Banks, protecting the environment and strengthen the wheels on meals program).

Zone Chair 58B
Estela Lorenzo-Castro

Lion Estela has been a Lion since 2000 when she joined the Toronto Golden Vision Lions Club. She served in several positions including Director, Membership Chair and Secretary before transferring in 2014 to become a chartering member of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club. She became a Director (2014-15), two-term Treasurer (2015-17) and is the Immediate Past President (2018-19).

She has received numerous awards from the club. A Certified Guiding Lion, Lion Estela chaired the Environment program, and was instrumental in organizing three Leo clubs (2018-19). She's an active member who participates in Lions activities, and volunteers with different projects and fundraisers, such as Feed the Hunger, Diabetes Awareness, Cancer and Recycle for Sight. She has attended several District A711 Conventions, and the International Convention in Toronto (2014), as well as the 100 Years International Convention in Chicago (2017).

Lion Estela graduated in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has certificates in Computer Programming and Medical Office Assistant (Ontario).

She is married to PRC and Leo Chair Lion Alex. They have two children, Leo Mikhail who is the Charter President of Toronto Radiant Leo Club (Omega) and Leo Alexa, who is Charter Treasurer of Toronto Maharlika Leo Club (Alpha).