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  District Performance Analyst
Dave Bhatia

2nd Vice Oakville lions Club
Member of Oakville Lions Club from 2015

Profile
Innovative marketing, product development and management professional with strong communication, negotiation and decision make capabilities. Extensive technical background provides the ability to perform successfully in a variety of technical disciplines.

I came to Canada in 2002. With my Hard work and help from Community I started my Real Estate carrier in 2008 and in 2012, I opened my own Real Estate Brokerage.

I believe in Give and take. I receive a lot from Community now I am trying to give something back to Community. I am very active Volunteer in Local Hindu community, President of Vedic Institute of Canada (charity dedicated to seniors).

I have mission to establish a spiritual retreat where people can relax, rejuvenate and immerse in Spiritual atmosphere in a picturesque setting for days or weeks.

I was invited to join Lions club in 2015.I served Secretary of Oakville lions club for three years, One-year Zone chair 6B, two years in row as director of Lions Youth Exchange program, four years in row Director of Dog Guide walk in Oakville, Second Year as District Performance Specialist and 2nd vice Oakville Lions Club.

I am married with Kanchan. Who support tirelessly being lion and making event successful.

 
  District Staff Administrator
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.

He completed online training and gets credits for Bachelor’s and Masters Program at the Lions University

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.

 
  District Mediator
Khalilah Megan Campbell

Lion Khalilah Megan Campbell is a member of Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club since 2018. She became the Club Secretary in 2018-2019. Khalilah is the recipient of the Certificate of Excellence Award for Activity Reporting in 2018-2019. She is the Club 2nd Vice President 2019-2020.

She is a Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator, and Special Education Mediator, with 27 years of mediation experience in the Legal and Private Sectors.

Lion Khalilah is a Poet and Co-Author of a military history book. The Author is a Retired Veteran Lieutenant Colonel, and War Hero who is visually impaired. The name of the book is: Foundation of the Guyana Defence Force `` A Soldier of Valour Story``. The book was published in 2016.

In 2019, Lion Khalilah was nominated for Lion of the Year Award with Volunteer MBC - Mississauga, Brampton Caledon in Region of Peel. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.

Lion Khalilah has devoted her life to volunteerism. It was instilled in her upbringing, by her parents since childhood. She is very passionate and committed to volunteering, and humanitarian services in all aspects of life. Her volunteer service to humanity is without borders. She volunteers internationally, nationally, and locally, in person and virtually. Her greatest satisfaction is to ensure, that she can make a difference in the lives of the people she encounters.

  Protocol Officer  
Global Membership Team Coordinator
Bob Knox

Over the past 25 years, Lion Bob has been president for three clubs in Scarborough, namely; Scarborough Bendale, Scarborough Cedarbrae and Scarborough Central. Lion Bob was also Zone Chairperson for three terms, Region Chairperson for one year and Chairperson for the Scarborough Clubs for the Lions Walkway.

Lion Bob has been a member of Scarborough Central Lions for the last 10 years and has held several positions other than President, some of which were Membership Chairperson, Fund raising Chairperson and first Vice Chairperson.

Lion Bob was the Peoples Warden at the Church of the Epiphany in Scarborough. In his younger years he was heavily involved with the Wexford Hockey League, Toronto Marlies and Neil McNeil High School Hockey. During this time, he was fortunate to have had three T.H.L. Championships, plus he was involved with the first Hockey School in Markham, Ontario and the Jr. B. Hockey Club (International Wax).

Lion Bob is happily married to Yvonne and they have two children and four grandchildren. Lion Bob retired from GM.

  NAMI Champion! (North American Membership Initiative)
Ferdinand Coronel

Lion Ferdy is a charter member of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club. What attracted him to Join the Lions organization is the opportunity to serve the community while gaining Organizational and Leadership skills, He has attended two lnternational Conventions and Three USA/CANADA LIONS Leadership Forums. Lion Ferdy enjoys being a Lion and loves to Travel and meet new Lions, He was a Club President, Club Secretary twice, Membership Chair, MCC twice and active in various Club Committees.

He was elected Zone Chair 58B 2018-2019, Region Chair 58 2019-2020 and re-elected as Region Chair 2020-2021. Served as a member of the GLT 2019-2020, Convention Committee 2018-2020, District Directory Committee 2018-2020.

Lion Ferdy will serve as the NAMI COORDINATOR 2020-2021 and member of the GLT 2020-2021, GMT 2020-2021.

A certified Guiding Lion, Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow, Graduate of LCI lnstitutes (ELLI/ALLI), graduate of Lions University (Bachelors, Masters) & completed the Doctorate course. He received the DG Appreciation Award 2020, Outstanding Zone Chair Award 2019, Leo Extension Award 2019, Lion of the Year, President Award, Secretary Award.

Professional Life: Insurance/lnvestment Advisor for the past 26 years and an active member of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board as a Realtor (7 yrs.)

Happily married to Lion Arlyne the current Secretary of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club and blessed with 3 adult children.

 
  Extension Advisor - rejuvenate with new clubs
Wayne Hoey

Lion Wayne has been a member of the Weston Lions Club since 1985 with perfect attendance. He has been his club’s General Treasurer, Vice President and was President in 1990/91, 1997/98 and in 2016/17. Throughout his membership in the Weston Lions Club, Lion Wayne has initiated many successful fund raising activities, earning him the well-deserved name of “GUNG-HO” Hoey!

In the District, Lion Wayne has served as Zone Chairman, Region Chairman, Vice Governor and Governor in 1996/97. He has also been Cabinet Treasurer eight times. He has served on numerous committees as well as being Walk-A-Dog-A-Thon Chairman two years in a row, Effective Speaking Chair twice, Can-Am Chair, Convention Chair, District Directory Chair numerous times, District Reporter, Membership Chair and the Guiding Lion for the Toronto Korean Lions Club and the Halton K9 lions Club.

In MD”A” he has been the District Contest Chair, the Lion Magazine Chair and the MD’A’ Secretary.

He has attended many Conventions, Forums and District events over the years. He has received several Club and Governor Awards and was honoured with an International President’s Leadership Award in 1990, and a International President’s Medal Award in 2007. He has received numerous International President’s Appreciation Awards and has received a Melvin Jones Award.

Lion Wayne is married to Judy who is a most enthusiastic supporter and participant in Lion’s activities. They have a 34-year-old son named Christopher.

Lion Wayne is a retired Auditor from the City of Toronto which he had worked for the City of Toronto for 35 years. He had earned his C.F.E. and was a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Lion Wayne has always been active in sporting and social activities. He loves golf, hockey and playing pool.

 
  Recruitment Advocate - revitalize with new members
Suzanne Gunby

Lion Suzanne Gunby RN has been a Lion since 2003 and has provided over 17 years of service to the community giving unselfishly of her time, talents, and treasure. Lion Suzanne started her volunteer service with Mount Hope Lions in 2003 and moved to Ancaster Lions in 2015.

An active member of the Ancaster Lions Club, Lion Suzanne has served with distinction in many roles and several leadership positions at the Club, District, and Multiple District (MDA) levels including:
  • 2020-2021 District Global Membership Team (GMT) NAMI Recruitment Advocate
  • 2020-2021 District A-711 COVID-19 Task Force Subject Matter Expert
  • 2018-2021 Ancaster Lions Club President
  • 2010-2021 Lions Camp Dorset Board Director/Secretary
  • 2010-2015 Mt Hope Lions Club President
  • 2004-2010 Mt Hope Lions Club Secretary

Lion Suzanne is an active and passionate advocate of Lions Camp Dorset and is a member of their board. Lion Suzanne joined the Board of Lions Camp Dorset in March 2010 as a Director, has served as Secretary to the board, and the liaison for the Multiple District A (MDA) Camp Dorset Chairs. Lions Camp Dorset is a cottage resort in Dorset Ontario for adult dialysis patients, a place for patients to have a holiday with their families - with a fully staffed Kidney Dialysis Medical Centre.

Lion Suzanne graduated Mohawk College as a Registered Nurse having practised for over 34 years, now specializing in Peritoneal Dialysis at ?St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in the Peritoneal Dialysis clinic.

Lion Suzanne is truly one of our very own superheroes as a front-line worker serving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Retention Specialist - provide training and support
Rolando dela Cruz

Lion Rollie started in Lionism in the Philippines and continued by joining the Toronto Golden Vision Lions Club. He transferred to Wishing Well Lions Club where he became District A711 Governor in Lion Year 2005/­2006.

After his governorship, he served as Membership Coordinator of Multiple District “A” MERL Team and Extension Coordinator for two years.

He has been District Extension Chairperson, Cabinet Secretary for three years and District Global Membership Team Coordinator for three years.

He has attended the School for Lion leaders in the Philippines, Advanced Lions Leadership Institute, Membership, Extension, Retention & Leadership (MERL) Workshop, Lions Clubs International Faculty Development Institute, and Club Quality Initiative Facilitator Training. He earned Lions University Bachelor and Master’s Degrees.

He was a Lions Clubs International MD ”A” Regional Leadership Institute Presenter for two years, Presenter in several Membership and Extension Trainings in MD “A” and District A711 levels, and Club Officers Trainings.

Lion Rollie is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow, and Lions Foundation of Canada Life Member. He is also a Life member of Lions Clubs International.

He is one of the only two District Governors across Canada who received a 5­Star District Governor Award in Lion Year 2005­2006.

 
  Service Advocate - re-motivate with new and exciting service
Harold Hobson

Lion Harold Hobson is a charter member of the Huttonville Lions Club and has been a Lion for the past 38 years. He was inducted District Governor A711 in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 30th, 2015.

He became President of the Huttonville Lions Club in 1990-1991 and has held other positions in the club including Director, Treasurer and Time Secretary. Lion Harold enjoys serving his community and is passionate about Special Olympics. He has been the Multiple District A Special Olympics Chair since 2016.

At the District level, he has been District A711 Global Service Team (GST) Coordinator since November 2018 and was the Patti Hill Campaign Chair where he enabled the District to raise over $10,000 for the campaign.

Lion Harold is a Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Award recipient, Life member of Camp Dorset, Progressive member of Lions Foundation of Canada, Knight of CNIB Lake Joseph. He is also a recipient of the District Governor’s Appreciation Medal and five-time recipient of the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation.

Lion Harold resides in Caledon and retired several years ago from an international company as the Environmental, Health & Safety Manager as well as ISO Quality Manager.

He has been married to Patricia for fifty years. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

 
Global Leadershp Team Coordinator
Rolando dela Cruz

Lion Rollie started in Lionism in the Philippines and continued by joining the Toronto Golden Vision Lions Club. He transferred to Wishing Well Lions Club where he became District A711 Governor in Lion Year 2005/­2006.

After his governorship, he served as Membership Coordinator of Multiple District “A” MERL Team and Extension Coordinator for two years.

He has been District Extension Chairperson, Cabinet Secretary for three years and District Global Membership Team Coordinator for three years.

He has attended the School for Lion leaders in the Philippines, Advanced Lions Leadership Institute, Membership, Extension, Retention & Leadership (MERL) Workshop, Lions Clubs International Faculty Development Institute, and Club Quality Initiative Facilitator Training. He earned Lions University Bachelor and Master’s Degrees.

He was a Lions Clubs International MD ”A” Regional Leadership Institute Presenter for two years, Presenter in several Membership and Extension Trainings in MD “A” and District A711 levels, and Club Officers Trainings.

Lion Rollie is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow, and Lions Foundation of Canada Life Member. He is also a Life member of Lions Clubs International.

He is one of the only two District Governors across Canada who received a 5­Star District Governor Award in Lion Year 2005­2006.

 
  Faculty Member / Facilitator  
  Faculty Member / Facilitator
Julian Austin

Since immigrating to Canada during the early 1970s, Julian Austin has worked as a volunteer for his parish at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Scarborough. As a young person he sat on many committees helping the youth and the elders of the church In The Scarborough Rough River area, where he still lives, he served as a member of the Old Lansing Cut-off Ratepayers Association responsible for the community youth program.

A former policeman in his native Guyana, discipline has been one of his strongest attributes. This has been demonstrated in everything he does. In sports he has represented Canada in the World Cup of Field Hockey, two Pan American Games, helping the national team to win a silver medal and their first gold medal in that sport. The gold medal performance qualified Canada for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. Naturally, he was a member of that team as well. His contributions to Canadian athletics has earned him two Sports Excellence Awards from the Government of Canada: one in 1983 presented by the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and another in 1984 after the Olympics by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Julian has always tried to lead by example. Married to Laurel, the father of a son and daughter knew what it took to juggle school, work, recreational activities, home life, and volunteering. A former Vice-President, Assistant Welfare Officer of the Guyana Ex-Police Association of Canada, responsible for Fund raising and Event planning. Julian is very active in helping other organizations with their fund-raising. He is one of the many volunteers that take on a project, accomplishes it, and moves on without any bells. Very Humble, his favourite saying is: “If I can help somebody as I pass along then my living would not be in vain.”

Julian Joined the Malvern Onyx Lions Club in its Charter year, served as tail twister, membership director and eventually President, 2009-2010 2010-2011 also is providing the space for its Den. Julian is very active in the Health field. Volunteering with the Central East Local Integrated Network as Master trainer and Peer leader in the Living a Healthy life with Chronic Conditions Program. His Present Occupation is managing his Franchise, Montgomery In-Home Care dba Comfort Keepers.

  Faculty Member / Facilitator
Ferdinand Coronel

Lion Ferdy is a charter member of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club. What attracted him to Join the Lions organization is the opportunity to serve the community while gaining Organizational and Leadership skills, He has attended two lnternational Conventions and Three USA/CANADA LIONS Leadership Forums. Lion Ferdy enjoys being a Lion and loves to Travel and meet new Lions, He was a Club President, Club Secretary twice, Membership Chair, MCC twice and active in various Club Committees.

He was elected Zone Chair 58B 2018-2019, Region Chair 58 2019-2020 and re-elected as Region Chair 2020-2021. Served as a member of the GLT 2019-2020, Convention Committee 2018-2020, District Directory Committee 2018-2020.

Lion Ferdy will serve as the NAMI COORDINATOR 2020-2021 and member of the GLT 2020-2021, GMT 2020-2021.

A certified Guiding Lion, Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow, Graduate of LCI lnstitutes (ELLI/ALLI), graduate of Lions University (Bachelors, Masters) & completed the Doctorate course. He received the DG Appreciation Award 2020, Outstanding Zone Chair Award 2019, Leo Extension Award 2019, Lion of the Year, President Award, Secretary Award.

Professional Life: Insurance/lnvestment Advisor for the past 26 years and an active member of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board as a Realtor (7 yrs.)

Happily married to Lion Arlyne the current Secretary of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club and blessed with 3 adult children.

 
  Faculty Member / Facilitator
Verona Payne

Lion Verona Payne has been an active member of the Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club since October 2014. Since then, her keen interest in learning about this great organization and the incredible work Lions are doing around the world have driven her passion for serving and learning.

Lion Verona is the Club's Immediate Past President and was Club President since January 2019. She held many roles within the Club and served as 1st Vice President, Club Secretary, Club Director and Chairperson of various committees. Lion Verona served as the District Hunger Chairperson, District Administrator-East and member of the District’s New Voices Committee. She has received recognition and many awards for her service & dedication and continues to be passionate about helping those less fortunate.

Lion Verona’s leadership achievements speaks to her passion. She has attended two Lions International Conventions, two USA/Canada Leadership Forums and five District Conventions. Lion Verona graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Lions University, is a Certified Guiding Lion and an ELLI graduate. She conducted the District Club Secretary training in May 2019 and is a part of the GLT facilitator team for 2020 - 2021.

Lion Verona currently works in the Legal Department of a chemical manufacturing & distribution company. Prior to this, she built a career with one of the major banks and among other roles was an instructor with the Training & Development Centre.

Lion Verona is looking forward to serving the District and its Clubs.

Lion Verona is the mother of three and grandmother of six. She continues to work hard to achieve a healthy balance between spending time with family, working and giving back to the community.

Global Service Team Coordinator
Harold Hobson

Lion Harold Hobson is a charter member of the Huttonville Lions Club and has been a Lion for the past 38 years. He was inducted District Governor A711 in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 30th, 2015.

He became President of the Huttonville Lions Club in 1990-1991 and has held other positions in the club including Director, Treasurer and Time Secretary. Lion Harold enjoys serving his community and is passionate about Special Olympics. He has been the Multiple District A Special Olympics Chair since 2016.

At the District level, he has been District A711 Global Service Team (GST) Coordinator since November 2018 and was the Patti Hill Campaign Chair where he enabled the District to raise over $10,000 for the campaign.

Lion Harold is a Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Award recipient, Life member of Camp Dorset, Progressive member of Lions Foundation of Canada, Knight of CNIB Lake Joseph. He is also a recipient of the District Governor’s Appreciation Medal and five-time recipient of the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation.

Lion Harold resides in Caledon and retired several years ago from an international company as the Environmental, Health & Safety Manager as well as ISO Quality Manager.

He has been married to Patricia for fifty years. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

 
  District Adminstrator - East
Verona Payne

Lion Verona Payne has been an active member of the Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club since October 2014. Since then, her keen interest in learning about this great organization and the incredible work Lions are doing around the world have driven her passion for serving and learning.

Lion Verona is the Club's Immediate Past President and was Club President since January 2019. She held many roles within the Club and served as 1st Vice President, Club Secretary, Club Director and Chairperson of various committees. Lion Verona served as the District Hunger Chairperson, District Administrator-East and member of the District’s New Voices Committee. She has received recognition and many awards for her service & dedication and continues to be passionate about helping those less fortunate.

Lion Verona’s leadership achievements speaks to her passion. She has attended two Lions International Conventions, two USA/Canada Leadership Forums and five District Conventions. Lion Verona graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Lions University, is a Certified Guiding Lion and an ELLI graduate. She conducted the District Club Secretary training in May 2019 and is a part of the GLT facilitator team for 2020 - 2021.

Lion Verona currently works in the Legal Department of a chemical manufacturing & distribution company. Prior to this, she built a career with one of the major banks and among other roles was an instructor with the Training & Development Centre.

Lion Verona is looking forward to serving the District and its Clubs.

Lion Verona is the mother of three and grandmother of six. She continues to work hard to achieve a healthy balance between spending time with family, working and giving back to the community.

  District Adminstrator - West
Perry Bowker

Lion Perry just celebrated his 15th year as a Lion, and has been the Secretary of the Burlington Lions Club for the six years since he moved south from Muskoka, where he was Secretary of the Port Carling Lions Club for many years.

In 2002 he retired from IBM Canada, where he held a variety of posts in sales, administration, management and consulting over 37 years. As a volunteer, over the years he has held management positions in a number of sports, cultural, and community organizations, including of course Lions Clubs. He is married to Karen, and has a son, daughter, and two grand-daughters. He holds B.Sc. and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

 
  Childhood Cancer
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.

 
  Diabetes (e.g. Walk and Talk)
Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan MPH, PhD, MBA is a distinguished leadership award 2020 winner from Lions Clubs International President's Circle. He is 'Charter President' of the Toronto Global Doctors Lions Club (TGDLC). PRC Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, Melvin Jones Fellow & Helen Keller Fellow, currently Lions District Chair for Diabetes, Campus Lions and International Youth Exchange. He is also COVID-19 Dist. A711 taskforce committee's subject matter expert.

In 1987, Dr. Bhuiyan joined the Lions clubs through Leo clubs and became Leo district president in 1991 and Lions club president in 1994 at Dist. 315A. As a member of Scarborough Central Lions clubs in 2012-2014 he joined Lions Dist. A711 as Youth Exchange Dist. co-chair and Leo club advisor; he has held leadership positions including Lions club charter president, charter secretary, club president, membership chair, district Lions campus chair, zone chair and region chair.

Lion Dr. Bhuiyan has attended many international youth exchange and Lions International forums, leadership workshops and conferences including Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) 2019 in Markham, ON. He is also a guiding Lion; Dr. Bhuiyan has recruited many Leos and Lions globally and established 2 Leo clubs and 3 Lions clubs. Through a recent team leadership effort TGDLC Lions club sponsored three new Lions club; his team has recruited 75+ Lion members since October 2018.

Currently Dr. Bhuiyan working as a Global Health Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T and Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Academic Program Director and Co-founder of ITMDs Post-Graduate Training program at Ryerson University. In recognition of his leadership and community service, he has received numerous leadership and services awards, including the Newman Diabetes Award, Master of Success award. In addition to his Lions activities, Dr. Bhuiyan has been active in numerous professional and community organizations, and is currently serving as Board Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and on the Board of Directors of Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre for community services in Scarborough Southwest, Ontario.

Dr. Bhuiyan and his wife, Dr. Qureshi, who is also a public health data specialist, have one daughter, Nafisa, a 3rd year medical [MD] student and one son, Mufrath, a 4th year business student, who is also a past Leo and active member of Ryerson Campus Lions Club.

 
  Environment
Pamela Joseph

Lion Pam Joseph has been a Lion for 4 years. An active member of Malvern Onyx Lions Club, in Scarborough, ON. She served as the club Treasurer for 3 years, and has been elected to serve as 1st Vice President and once again Club Treasurer.

Lion Pam is a graduate of Lions International University and holds a Bachelor's and a Master's Degrees in Lionism, and has completed all the required courses for the Doctorate Degree, she is also a graduate of Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ELLI) and a Certified Guiding Lion.

Lion Pam is a certified payroll professional who holds professional certification from the Canadian Payroll Association and is also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with a vast knowledge of payroll and benefits applications. At present she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Sociology at York University on a part-time basis.

Lion Pam has attended several Conventions, including The USA/Canada Lion Leadership Forum in Spokane, Washington and many District training and meetings over the years. Lion Pam has sponsored (1) new Lion.

In addition to her Lions activities, Lion Pam is active in numerous professional and community organizations, including the Guyana Ex Police Association of Canada, The Ms. Letna Healing Hope Foundation, The Berbice Children Resources Network Cooperation Toronto Chapter.

Lion Pam is a dedicated and active member of her church, Malvern Methodist Church.

Her Vision: "I am proud to be a WOMAN OF INTEGRITY AND INSIGHT, therefore let's stand together for women in our homes, clubs, in our communities and around the world, help them to have a voice, to be bold and accept positions which will uplift them in their CAREER, personal life and their everyday walk. If we believe in the power of "WE" let us put it into practice and move forward with strength and unity".

  Hunger
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).

  Vision
  CNIB

Lion Bruno has been a member of the Weston Lions Club since 1998 with perfect attendance. He has been his club’s Vice President and was President in 2003-2004.

In the District, Lion Bruno has served as Zone Chairperson twice. He has also been the Lake Joseph Chairperson two years in a row.

He has attended many conventions and district events over the years. He has received several club and governor awards.

Lion Bruno is married to Cathy.

Lion Bruno is retired from CNIB where he was a Rehabilitation Teacher.

Lion Bruno enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

  Recycle for Sight
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.

 
  VIP Car Rally
Yves Drouin

Lion Yves has been a lion for over 23 years. He worked on the Sight First One Program and has served as Zone Chair as well as the President of his club. He served as the charter Treasurer of the Brampton Village Lions Club.

He gathers fellows lions together annually for the Brampton Village Lions as the chairman of their golf tournament . He has served the District for two terms and was the Chairperson for A711 of Camp Dorset.

He is a life member of both Lions Foundation of Canada as well as Camp Dorset and is a committee member of the VIP Lions Car Rally.

He still found time to work the Lions CNE Baseball Tournament Snack Bar for the last four years.

Yves is still a dedicated lion and willing to serve his fellow lions this year.

 
  Cultural and Community Activities
  Hearing Conservation
Slava Tsvetkov

Slava joined the Lions Clubs over 15 years ago when the world was more peaceful, and she was much slimmer. Today the world is a little ruffled around the edges, and Slava is a little ruffled around the edges. One may say that Slava is a heavy abuser of daydreaming, and romancing, and if that is true it may explain why preparing activity reports comes difficult to her.

Slava joined LCI via Scarborough Cedarbrae Golden Mile Lions Club, where she served for 4 years. One of her favorite memories from the SCGMLC days was a group picture taken with 'the hat that walks', and the man under it, past LCI President Jim Ross. Yes, Jim Ross is a Texan, and his five, or ten gallon hat stand out, one may say it walks on its own.

She took a sabbatical from for a spell, but came back to her senses very quickly. She returned to Lionism at the TCLC, a new club nearer to her place of employment. She was a proud member of the Toronto Central Lions Club for 9 years, where she served as a club President for two years.

In 2014 Slava served as a Hotel Greeters Team Leader during the 50th LCI International Convention in Toronto where she met, and made friends, with Lions delegates from across the world. She kept her friendship with many of them on Face Book, and she values learning from their club activities.

One of the most memorable days as a Lion for Slava may be attending the Centennial LDUN in New York, where 800 Lions delegates from all over the world came to the United Nations and beat all previous attendance records.

After retiring from 10 years of Credit and Collections Slava joined a club closer to home, and now she is continuing her service at the Scarborough Central Lions Club.

In 2018 Slava completed the Certified Guiding Lions course, and was appointed a CGL for the West Hill Lions - Highland Creek Club. She carries this duty together with CGL Lion Cynthia Chu.

Slava holds the following awards, and recognitions for merits:

  • Lion of the Year 2006-2007; Scarborough Cedarbrae Golden Mile Lions Club
  • A Zone Chair Certificate of Appreciation by LC DG Harold Hobson in 2016
  • A Certificate of Recognition by Lions DG Dan Sibanda in 2019 for contribution to New Voices
  • A LCI Certificate of Recognition in Marketing for years 2018-2019 in acknowledgement of New Voices

Her new challenge is the Hearing Conservation and Awareness program for District A 711 where her focus will be in expanding the awareness of hearing loss problems and helping the needy with reusable hearing aids.

  Lions Foundation of Canada / Dog Walks
Surinder Sharma

Lion Surinder strongly believes that the price of success is hard work and dedication to the job at hand and the determination to accomplish the goal in sight. He has been a member of the Oakville Lions Club since year 2000. Lion Surinder has held many positions within the club, including secretary and president during the year 2007-2008. He has chaired and or participated on most of the club’s committees.

As a measure of his strong commitment to the growth of Lionism, Lion Surinder has recruited no fewer than 9 new members into his club. Lion Surinder has served 4 terms in the capacity of Zone Chair, Region Chair, 2nd Vice District Governor and 1st Vice District Governor of District A711.

Born in India and brought up in Kenya, Lion Surinder came to Canada in 1974. He was educated in the U.K. at the University of London and graduated from York University and University of Toronto. In his profession as an educator he has taught on three continents – in Kenya, the U.K. and Canada. He was a school principal in Toronto where he retired in 2002, thus ending a successful career of 43 years.

Lion Surinder is married to Pravin. She is a Melvin Jones Fellow and recently received the Sesquicentennial Award for dedicated Humanitarian services. She is very actively involved in various community organizations in and around Oakville such as Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, The May Court Club of Oakville, The Interfaith Council of Halton and Vaishno Devi Temple. They have a son and a daughter. Maneesh is an Endodontist in Ottawa and Asha is a Medical Doctor practicing in Kentucky. Maneesh is married to Menisha. Surinder and Pravin have two grandsons - Ashwin and Devan.

In the year 2002 Lion Surinder was appointed by Order-in-Council, to the position of Returning Officer for the Federal Riding of Oakville. He is also the recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service and the prestigious Helen Keller Fellowship Award in Lionism, Life Member of the Lions Foundation of Canada and Camp Dorset.

Lion Surinder is a tireless volunteer and leader, and has demonstrated great sensitivity to organizational needs, as well as creativity in solving problems. He is perceptive, emphatic, and committed to every task he undertakes.

  Special Olympics
Lion Gary MacDonald

Lion Gary MacDonald has been a Lion since January 2015 at the Huttonville Lions Club. He needed to find something rewarding to fill his time since retiring and has found it in at Lions service.

He enjoys his involvement in fundraising and attending events for Special Olympics Ontario, which he has always had passion for. He was co-District Chair for 3 years with PDG Harold Hobson and Mary-Lou Pollock and is presently A711 Chair of the Special Olympics. He is also Zone 34B Chair

He also has been Sergeant-of-Arms for the A711 Convention for the past 3 years. As a member of the Huttonville Lions Club, he has served as President for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. He was awarded the Melvin Jones award in 2019.

Lion Gary enjoys visiting other clubs and helping out; for example, attending at Camp Nokomis for kitchen duty, helping at the snack bar during Pee Wee baseball, helping Caledon Lions at the Bethel Hospice fundraising event, attending various clubs fundraisers, as well as other activities, which gives him a well-rounded insight into different activities and projects of various Lions Clubs.

He is a retired custodian with the TDSB (35 years) and lives in Brampton with his wife of 5 years, Sherry, and their “child” Dolce (the dog).

 
  Trillium Gift of Life
  Camps
Lion Ed Bosker

Lion Ed Bosker joined the Wyoming Lions Club in 1981 and was invited to join by his brother-in-law at the time. Ed then transferred to Sarnia Township Lions because of moving to Sarnia area. Ed held the position of Bulletin Editor in the club.

After moving to Chatham, Ed transferred to the Chatham Lions Club. Ed initiated the Chatham Lions Breakfast, which also had a special series pin, that he designed, featuring a different plane each year. The first, tenth and twentieth year featured the Snowbirds. This is where he held the position of Bulletin Editor, President, Secretary and Tail Twister. He also moved up to Zone Chair and Region chair for District A1. Ed was asked to be Environmental Chair, Hearing Chair and then the Youth Exchange Chair the following year. Ed was also a part of a convention committee one year. While in Chatham he also assisted with helping to raise funds for the Children of Chernobyl.

Ed has received a Helen Keller, International President's Award, and Presidential awards. The Chatham Lions also made all members Knight's of the Blind for Lake Joseph. He has attended 25+ years at the Lake Joseph CNIB work weekend. He left Lions in 2005.

In 2008, he started assisting with the CNE/Lions PeeWee Baseball when he was in Toronto and has continued to assist with the Weston Lions Blue Jays giveaway, and finally rejoined Lions in 2013 and is a member of the Weston Lions. In 2019 Ed was asked to be the Camp Dorset and Camp Huronda Chairs.

Ed Bosker was born in Delfzijl, Holland. His family had 6 sisters. That's why he came to Canada in 1967.

    Camp Dorset
Lion Ed Bosker

Lion Ed Bosker joined the Wyoming Lions Club in 1981 and was invited to join by his brother-in-law at the time. Ed then transferred to Sarnia Township Lions because of moving to Sarnia area. Ed held the position of Bulletin Editor in the club.

After moving to Chatham, Ed transferred to the Chatham Lions Club. Ed initiated the Chatham Lions Breakfast, which also had a special series pin, that he designed, featuring a different plane each year. The first, tenth and twentieth year featured the Snowbirds. This is where he held the position of Bulletin Editor, President, Secretary and Tail Twister. He also moved up to Zone Chair and Region chair for District A1. Ed was asked to be Environmental Chair, Hearing Chair and then the Youth Exchange Chair the following year. Ed was also a part of a convention committee one year. While in Chatham he also assisted with helping to raise funds for the Children of Chernobyl.

Ed has received a Helen Keller, International President's Award, and Presidential awards. The Chatham Lions also made all members Knight's of the Blind for Lake Joseph. He has attended 25+ years at the Lake Joseph CNIB work weekend. He left Lions in 2005.

In 2008, he started assisting with the CNE/Lions PeeWee Baseball when he was in Toronto and has continued to assist with the Weston Lions Blue Jays giveaway, and finally rejoined Lions in 2013 and is a member of the Weston Lions. In 2019 Ed was asked to be the Camp Dorset and Camp Huronda Chairs.

Ed Bosker was born in Delfzijl, Holland. His family had 6 sisters. That's why he came to Canada in 1967.

    Camp Huronda
Lion Ed Bosker

Lion Ed Bosker joined the Wyoming Lions Club in 1981 and was invited to join by his brother-in-law at the time. Ed then transferred to Sarnia Township Lions because of moving to Sarnia area. Ed held the position of Bulletin Editor in the club.

After moving to Chatham, Ed transferred to the Chatham Lions Club. Ed initiated the Chatham Lions Breakfast, which also had a special series pin, that he designed, featuring a different plane each year. The first, tenth and twentieth year featured the Snowbirds. This is where he held the position of Bulletin Editor, President, Secretary and Tail Twister. He also moved up to Zone Chair and Region chair for District A1. Ed was asked to be Environmental Chair, Hearing Chair and then the Youth Exchange Chair the following year. Ed was also a part of a convention committee one year. While in Chatham he also assisted with helping to raise funds for the Children of Chernobyl.

Ed has received a Helen Keller, International President's Award, and Presidential awards. The Chatham Lions also made all members Knight's of the Blind for Lake Joseph. He has attended 25+ years at the Lake Joseph CNIB work weekend. He left Lions in 2005.

In 2008, he started assisting with the CNE/Lions PeeWee Baseball when he was in Toronto and has continued to assist with the Weston Lions Blue Jays giveaway, and finally rejoined Lions in 2013 and is a member of the Weston Lions. In 2019 Ed was asked to be the Camp Dorset and Camp Huronda Chairs.

Ed Bosker was born in Delfzijl, Holland. His family had 6 sisters. That's why he came to Canada in 1967.

    Camp Lake Joseph (CNIB)
Ann Stevens

District A1

  • Inducted as a Lion in February 2000 by PDG Peter Geene at the Westmount Lions Club in London Ontario
  • attended 4 USA/Canada Forums, Halifax 2001, Peoria, Grand Rapids
  • Past Region Chair and Past Zone Chair
  • Youth Exchange Chair and Camp Director for 4 years
  • Attended Lions Quest training & Completed the Guiding Lion Course
  • First attended CNIB Lake Joseph in 2001 & have attended every work weekend ever since
  • Member of the Nights of Lake Joseph since about 2002
  • Past President, Secretary, Tail Twister, Lion Tamer, Newsletter Editor
  • Sponsored 3 new Lions
District A7-11
  • Transferred to A7-11 in 2008 to the Brampton Village Lions
  • Volunteered at the Blue Jays giveaways with Weston Lions since 2009
  • President, Secretary for Brampton Village Lions
  • Transferred to Weston Lions in 2013, currently President
  • Volunteered at the International Convention in Toronto in 2014
  • CNIB Lake Joseph Chair since 2014
  • Volunteered with the Lions/CNE PeeWee Baseball snack bar for 3 years
  • Attended the USA/Canada Forum in Omaha, Nebraska in 2016
  • Region Chair 32 - 2018-29
  • District Secretary 2019-2020

Awards received:
2003
Helen Keller Award
2003-2005
100% President's Award - Chatham Lions
2003-2005
International President's Certificate of Appreciation
2006-2007
President's Appreciation Award - Chatham Lions
2008-2009
District A-1 Bulletin contest winner
2010-2011
International President's Commendation
 
Bulletin Award - x4
    Camp Nokomis

Jay Haddad joined the Etobicoke­Queensway Lions Club 15 years ago as the Director of Camp Bellaleo (now Camp Nokomis); this camp was rated the best camp in Canada two years in a row. He has just finished 24 years as the Senior Director of Camp Nokomis on Belwood Lake, outside Fergus, Ontario.

Professor of Psychology for 31 years at Humber College, was the President of the Ontario Camps Association, President and Fellow of the Society of Camp Directors, and an Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Camps Association.

Received the Canadian Camping Association's Award of Honour "for meritorious service to children's camping in Canada", and the Lloyd Raknor Award at Humber Valley United Church for 22 years as the Cub Akela serving youth through Christian Education.

Etobicoke­Queensway Lions sponsor several children every summer to attend Camp Nokomis and we have a long waiting list and appreciate all the Lions'support.

    International Youth Camp & Exchange
Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan MPH, PhD, MBA is a distinguished leadership award 2020 winner from Lions Clubs International President's Circle. He is 'Charter President' of the Toronto Global Doctors Lions Club (TGDLC). PRC Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, Melvin Jones Fellow & Helen Keller Fellow, currently Lions District Chair for Diabetes, Campus Lions and International Youth Exchange. He is also COVID-19 Dist. A711 taskforce committee's subject matter expert.

In 1987, Dr. Bhuiyan joined the Lions clubs through Leo clubs and became Leo district president in 1991 and Lions club president in 1994 at Dist. 315A. As a member of Scarborough Central Lions clubs in 2012-2014 he joined Lions Dist. A711 as Youth Exchange Dist. co-chair and Leo club advisor; he has held leadership positions including Lions club charter president, charter secretary, club president, membership chair, district Lions campus chair, zone chair and region chair.

Lion Dr. Bhuiyan has attended many international youth exchange and Lions International forums, leadership workshops and conferences including Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) 2019 in Markham, ON. He is also a guiding Lion; Dr. Bhuiyan has recruited many Leos and Lions globally and established 2 Leo clubs and 3 Lions clubs. Through a recent team leadership effort TGDLC Lions club sponsored three new Lions club; his team has recruited 75+ Lion members since October 2018.

Currently Dr. Bhuiyan working as a Global Health Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T and Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Academic Program Director and Co-founder of ITMDs Post-Graduate Training program at Ryerson University. In recognition of his leadership and community service, he has received numerous leadership and services awards, including the Newman Diabetes Award, Master of Success award. In addition to his Lions activities, Dr. Bhuiyan has been active in numerous professional and community organizations, and is currently serving as Board Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and on the Board of Directors of Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre for community services in Scarborough Southwest, Ontario.

Dr. Bhuiyan and his wife, Dr. Qureshi, who is also a public health data specialist, have one daughter, Nafisa, a 3rd year medical [MD] student and one son, Mufrath, a 4th year business student, who is also a past Leo and active member of Ryerson Campus Lions Club.

 
Marketing & Communications Team (MCT) Chair
Rick Evans

“I am one of those people who wakes up every morning eager to face the day and tackle whatever challenges come my way!”

A lion since 2011 and the son of a Nobleton past-president, Lion Bill Evans. I’m starting my 2nd consecutive year as President of the Nobleton Club and have been a club officer in all but my first year of service.

A Certified Sales Professional (CSP) as recognized by the Canadian Professional Sales Association, with over 30 years of experience in that capacity, as well as a licensed mechanic and Gas- Fitter. I am also a former professional photographer.

Being a recognized trainer in the propane industry, and working as an adult tutor with the Literacy Council of York Simcoe, has made me a very comfortable speaker who can easily, and effectively, create and deliver presentations and printed materials. I have become well known as a communicative leader of both people and processes.

Having completed the educational portion, I will (hopefully) be attending the 2020 USA/Canada Leadership forum in September to complete my Lion’s University Bachelor’s degree. I have also completed the in-class portion of the “Guiding Lion” program.

I still work closely with the Newmarket Club in district A-16 where I first joined Lions. I have done all of the effective speaking scorekeeping for their club, as well as the A16 district contest for the last 9 years.

I am the recipient of a District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation in 2019-2020, a Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada and an Honourary Life Director for Camp Dorset.

I reside on the beautiful Legacy Pines Golf Course in Palgrave, Ontario with my Lovely wife Karen and her 93 year old mother Marion. Our daughter Jen, and son Jeff have given us 5 awesome grand-children! Life is Good!

  District Contests
Ann Stevens

District A1

  • Inducted as a Lion in February 2000 by PDG Peter Geene at the Westmount Lions Club in London Ontario
  • attended 4 USA/Canada Forums, Halifax 2001, Peoria, Grand Rapids
  • Past Region Chair and Past Zone Chair
  • Youth Exchange Chair and Camp Director for 4 years
  • Attended Lions Quest training & Completed the Guiding Lion Course
  • First attended CNIB Lake Joseph in 2001 & have attended every work weekend ever since
  • Member of the Nights of Lake Joseph since about 2002
  • Past President, Secretary, Tail Twister, Lion Tamer, Newsletter Editor
  • Sponsored 3 new Lions
District A7-11
  • Transferred to A7-11 in 2008 to the Brampton Village Lions
  • Volunteered at the Blue Jays giveaways with Weston Lions since 2009
  • President, Secretary for Brampton Village Lions
  • Transferred to Weston Lions in 2013, currently President
  • Volunteered at the International Convention in Toronto in 2014
  • CNIB Lake Joseph Chair since 2014
  • Volunteered with the Lions/CNE PeeWee Baseball snack bar for 3 years
  • Attended the USA/Canada Forum in Omaha, Nebraska in 2016
  • Region Chair 32 - 2018-29
  • District Secretary 2019-2020

Awards received:
2003
Helen Keller Award
2003-2005
100% President's Award - Chatham Lions
2003-2005
International President's Certificate of Appreciation
2006-2007
President's Appreciation Award - Chatham Lions
2008-2009
District A-1 Bulletin contest winner
2010-2011
International President's Commendation
 
Bulletin Award - x4
  District Directory

Lion Gary has been a member of the West Hill - Highland Creek Lions since 2004. He is serving his 5th term as President and is a Melvin Jones fellow.

A former computer geek, he has looked after the district web site since 2010. Since much of the same information found on the district web site is also contained in the District Directory, he proposed in the 2015 that the web site files be used to create the first draft of the directory.

 
  District Reporter to Lion Magazine
Astrid Simola

Lion Astrid (Chris) Simola MJF became involved in Lionism in 1986, when she joined the Toronto Suomi Lioness Club, and served as Club Secretary.

  • Transferred to the Etobicoke Queesway Lioness Club, served as Secretary and Club Historian.
  • Charter Member of the Etobicoke Diamonds Lions Club, served as Secretary and Bulletin Editor & Reporter of the GEM. Served as Lion President 1994-1995.
  • Transferred to the Thistletown Lions Club in 1998, becoming Secretary and Bulletin Editor. Served as Lion Secretary from 1998 to 2002 & 2004 to 2011. Has served 4 terms as Lion President in 2003-2004, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2018-2019.
  • 100% Attendance every year since she became involved in Lionism.
  • Served as Zone 32B Chair, District A7, 1995-1996. Region 32 Chair, District A7, 1996-1997. Zone 32A Chair, District A711, 2001-2002, AND 2014-2015. Region 32 Chair, District A711, 2005-2006.
  • Served on the District Convention Committee 8 times.
  • Attended all District A7/A711 Conventions. 6 Lions Clubs International Conventions, 9 MDA Conventions & 8 USA/Canada Leadership Forums.
  • Ran twice for the position of Vice District Governor.
  • Received 100% Secretary award 3 times. Received MDA Bulletin Contest Award 1998-1999 and have won the District Bulletin Contests 18 times, twice coming as 2nd. Serving once again as Bulletin Editor.
  • Sponsored over 23 people into Lionism.
  • Awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2009.
  • Lion Astrid has been and still is involved with The Scandinavian-Canadian Club of Toronto since 1959, holding the positions of Secretary, becoming the 1st woman President, held this position for 3 consecutive years and is still a member.
  • Member of Scouts Canada since 1977, receiving a Award of Merit and Life Membership in 2008.
  • Lion Chris became a widow in 1998, with family all living out in BC.

Lion Chris strongly feels that being able to serve as a Lion and to do her best, keeps her active and busy and is very happy to have been re-appointed the District A711 Reporter for 2019-2020 and will serve to the best of her ability as a dedicated Lion.

 
  Facebook / Social Media
WilliamCrawford

I joined the Clarkson Lions Club in 1966. I was president for one year before our club merged with Credit Valley Lions Club to form the Mississauga Credit Valley Lions Club. I was a president again for one more year.

My current position with my club is the Chairman of the Public Relations committee. I have a very helpful PR consultant : a granddaughter who obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Public Relations.

My District A-711 responsibility is for Facebook and Social Media as part of the Marketing and Communications Team. My objectives for this position include an increase in the utilization by our district clubs in these programs. They are an excellent and low cost means of keeping the public informed of the great work that Lions Clubs contribute to our communities. They are also a great way to encourage new members.

I graduated in Chemical Engineering at Queens University and joined the CIL plastic plant in New Toronto. My career ended at the Petro-Canada Research Centre in Sheridan Park.

I have three adult children and 8 grandchildren.

  Information Technology
Lion Atma Shivbarran

Lion Atma Shivbarran a Past President of the Bel Air Leo Club (Georgetown, Guyana, 1993-1994) where he has been 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 has been 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 1st Vice President of Blackheath Binbrook Lions Club where is was a member for the past 3years. Lion Atma worked with his club to develop its directory as well as e-clubhouse website.

A Certified Guiding Lion, Lion Atma is a graduate of the ELLI (Emerging Lions Leadership Institute - 2018) and RLLI (Regional Lions Leadership Institute - 2019). Lion Atma attended the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum 2018 and 2019 and graduate with a Bachelor and Master's degree from Lions University.

At the District Level Lion Atma served as Zone Chairperson in 2019, Convention Program Chair 2020 and Election Committee member 2020.

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 where is assist senior citizen with Information Technology challenges. Lion Atma is also a member of the Glanbrook Conservation Committee.

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

  Internet Member Invitation Specialist
  Lions Awareness Chair
Danny Galicia

Lion Danny Galicia was born in the Philippines. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Dental Medicine at Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines. He was a practicing dentist back home before he migrated to Canada in 1996. He is currently working at Pro Art Dental Laboratory as Dental Technician Supervisor. He lives in Pickering, Ontario and is happily married to his wife Rowena and blessed with two sons.

Lion Danny Galicia is a member of Quezon City Novaliches Lions Club, District 301-D2 in the Philippines from 1991 before joining Toronto Mabuhay Lions Club in 2010. He served as one year and two years term Director, 2nd VP, Secretary, 1st VP and Club President 2014 - 2015.

He has attended two Lions Club International Conventions, one held in Montreal (1996), and the other held in Toronto (2014). He also attended all District Conventions and numerous District and Region/Zone Meetings. He has also chaired Region 58 2nd Governor's Advisory Committee Meeting (2016).

Lion Danny Galicia was given several awards and recognition from his club for his untiring service to the community and outstanding leadership. He was a volunteer during the International Convention held here in Toronto 2014 as Team leader for Hotel Greeters in Bond Place Hotel.

 
  Webmaster

Lion Gary has been a member of the West Hill - Highland Creek Lions since 2004. He is serving his 5th term as President and is a Melvin Jones fellow.

A former computer geek, he has looked after the district web site since 2010. Since much of the same information found on the district web site is also contained in the District Directory, he proposed in the 2015 that the web site files be used to create the first draft of the directory.

 
  Website (GTHALions.org)
Lions Opportunity for Youth Coordinator
Abdullah Gamandie

Lion Abdullah joined the San Juan Barataria Lions Club of Dist. 60A Trinidad and Tobago in 1983 where he served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and Club President in 1988/89.

Migrated to Canada and transferred membership to the Toronto Bathurst Lions Club in 1990 and continued to serve on several committees and club positions. He became president in 1994/5 and for a second time for five consecutive years from 2000 / 2006.

At the District level Lion Abdullah served as Zone Chairperson in 1997/98, 1998/99, 2010/11, Region Chairperson in 2000/01 and 2002/03, Dist. Leos Chairperson, Youth Exchange Chairperson and SightFirst Coordinator.

Lion Abdullah has attended Four Lions International Conventions, several MDA Conventions and all of Dist A7 and A711 Conventions since 1990 and one USA/CANADA Forum.

Lion Abdullah has been married for more than 40 years to Raziya (Joan) and has three children, a daughter and two sons and one grandson.

Loves Cricket, Baseball and Formula One Racing.

  Campus Lions
Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan MPH, PhD, MBA is a distinguished leadership award 2020 winner from Lions Clubs International President's Circle. He is 'Charter President' of the Toronto Global Doctors Lions Club (TGDLC). PRC Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, Melvin Jones Fellow & Helen Keller Fellow, currently Lions District Chair for Diabetes, Campus Lions and International Youth Exchange. He is also COVID-19 Dist. A711 taskforce committee's subject matter expert.

In 1987, Dr. Bhuiyan joined the Lions clubs through Leo clubs and became Leo district president in 1991 and Lions club president in 1994 at Dist. 315A. As a member of Scarborough Central Lions clubs in 2012-2014 he joined Lions Dist. A711 as Youth Exchange Dist. co-chair and Leo club advisor; he has held leadership positions including Lions club charter president, charter secretary, club president, membership chair, district Lions campus chair, zone chair and region chair.

Lion Dr. Bhuiyan has attended many international youth exchange and Lions International forums, leadership workshops and conferences including Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) 2019 in Markham, ON. He is also a guiding Lion; Dr. Bhuiyan has recruited many Leos and Lions globally and established 2 Leo clubs and 3 Lions clubs. Through a recent team leadership effort TGDLC Lions club sponsored three new Lions club; his team has recruited 75+ Lion members since October 2018.

Currently Dr. Bhuiyan working as a Global Health Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T and Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Academic Program Director and Co-founder of ITMDs Post-Graduate Training program at Ryerson University. In recognition of his leadership and community service, he has received numerous leadership and services awards, including the Newman Diabetes Award, Master of Success award. In addition to his Lions activities, Dr. Bhuiyan has been active in numerous professional and community organizations, and is currently serving as Board Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and on the Board of Directors of Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre for community services in Scarborough Southwest, Ontario.

Dr. Bhuiyan and his wife, Dr. Qureshi, who is also a public health data specialist, have one daughter, Nafisa, a 3rd year medical [MD] student and one son, Mufrath, a 4th year business student, who is also a past Leo and active member of Ryerson Campus Lions Club.

 
  CNE Pee Wee Baseball
Lion Ed Bosker

Lion Ed Bosker joined the Wyoming Lions Club in 1981 and was invited to join by his brother-in-law at the time. Ed then transferred to Sarnia Township Lions because of moving to Sarnia area. Ed held the position of Bulletin Editor in the club.

After moving to Chatham, Ed transferred to the Chatham Lions Club. Ed initiated the Chatham Lions Breakfast, which also had a special series pin, that he designed, featuring a different plane each year. The first, tenth and twentieth year featured the Snowbirds. This is where he held the position of Bulletin Editor, President, Secretary and Tail Twister. He also moved up to Zone Chair and Region chair for District A1. Ed was asked to be Environmental Chair, Hearing Chair and then the Youth Exchange Chair the following year. Ed was also a part of a convention committee one year. While in Chatham he also assisted with helping to raise funds for the Children of Chernobyl.

Ed has received a Helen Keller, International President's Award, and Presidential awards. The Chatham Lions also made all members Knight's of the Blind for Lake Joseph. He has attended 25+ years at the Lake Joseph CNIB work weekend. He left Lions in 2005.

In 2008, he started assisting with the CNE/Lions PeeWee Baseball when he was in Toronto and has continued to assist with the Weston Lions Blue Jays giveaway, and finally rejoined Lions in 2013 and is a member of the Weston Lions. In 2019 Ed was asked to be the Camp Dorset and Camp Huronda Chairs.

Ed Bosker was born in Delfzijl, Holland. His family had 6 sisters. That's why he came to Canada in 1967.

  CNE PeeWee Baseball Liaison Officer
Wayne Hoey

Lion Wayne has been a member of the Weston Lions Club since 1985 with perfect attendance. He has been his club’s General Treasurer, Vice President and was President in 1990/91, 1997/98 and in 2016/17. Throughout his membership in the Weston Lions Club, Lion Wayne has initiated many successful fund raising activities, earning him the well-deserved name of “GUNG-HO” Hoey!

In the District, Lion Wayne has served as Zone Chairman, Region Chairman, Vice Governor and Governor in 1996/97. He has also been Cabinet Treasurer eight times. He has served on numerous committees as well as being Walk-A-Dog-A-Thon Chairman two years in a row, Effective Speaking Chair twice, Can-Am Chair, Convention Chair, District Directory Chair numerous times, District Reporter, Membership Chair and the Guiding Lion for the Toronto Korean Lions Club and the Halton K9 lions Club.

In MD”A” he has been the District Contest Chair, the Lion Magazine Chair and the MD’A’ Secretary.

He has attended many Conventions, Forums and District events over the years. He has received several Club and Governor Awards and was honoured with an International President’s Leadership Award in 1990, and a International President’s Medal Award in 2007. He has received numerous International President’s Appreciation Awards and has received a Melvin Jones Award.

Lion Wayne is married to Judy who is a most enthusiastic supporter and participant in Lion’s activities. They have a 34-year-old son named Christopher.

Lion Wayne is a retired Auditor from the City of Toronto which he had worked for the City of Toronto for 35 years. He had earned his C.F.E. and was a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Lion Wayne has always been active in sporting and social activities. He loves golf, hockey and playing pool.

 
  Effective Speaking
Patricia Matheson
  Leo Clubs
Alex Castro Sr.

Lion Alex is a Past President of the Toronto Golden Vision Lions Club. Up to the present, I am very much active in the programs of Lionism.

The year was 1994 when I was attracted in the activities of the organization. As a regular member, I involve myself in various projects of the club by holding chairmanship and elective positions of differentcommittees; to name a few: Lion Tamer LY 1994-95; Director for membership LY 1995-96; 2nd Vice-President LY 1996-97; 1st Vice-President LY 1997-98; Presidents LY 1998-99 and LY 2007-08.

In LY2000-2001 – Club Director and concurrent Leo Club Advisor; LY 2002-2003 - as Club Secretary.

Held position in the District Level as Leo Club Chairman LY 2000-2001; USA/Canada Forum LY 2005-2006 and member of the Community Awareness Display Units (MERL) team, and currently hold a position of Zone Chairperson, Region 58, and Zone 58B.

In the practice of Civic Leadership and Service, it is a must that involvement and dedication must be given due importance, thus a part of our time, few of our resources, Family support and understanding must be taken into consideration.

Awards & Distinction:

  • 100% President Excellence Award (LY-1998-99)
  • Extension Award Certificate for Leo Club Sponsorship(LY 1999-2000)
  • 2 Member Key Awards
  • Membership Advancement Pin
  • Melvin Jones Fellow (LY 2007-08)

He attended the 79th International Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

 
  Lions Quest
Martin Bowen

Lion Martin Bowen is a Charter Member of the Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club, which was chartered in 1991. Since then he has earned 17 100% Attendance Awards. He was Lion Tamer in 1993/94, served as Membership Chairman, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Vice President before being elected as President for 1997/98.

That year his Club won The Bruce Carley Award, as the best club in the District. Lion Martin again served his Club as President in 2017/18, and will serve as President for the year 2020/2021, Lion Martin is the current Lions Quest A711 District Chair.

Lion Martin was instrumental in the formation of the Toronto Kaiteur Leo Club, which was the only Leo Club in District A7 at that time, and the Scarborough Sunshine Lions Club. He served as Leo Advisor and as District Leo Chairman for 3 years. He also served the District as Youth Outreach Chairman, Zone Chair 58B in 2001-02 and Region Chair - Region 58 in 2002/03.

Lion Martin has attended over 17 District Conventions, 4 International Conventions and 4 USA/Canada Forums. He is the recipient of 10 President’s Appreciation Awards, Several Chairman Awards, Lion of the Year Award 1996/97, 2 President’s Excellence Awards and an Extension Award. He is also a Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow and a Melvin Jones Fellow.

 
  Peace Essay Contest
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.

 
  Peace Poster Contest
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.

 
  Reading Action Program
Redentor Andres

Lion Red joined Toronto Mabuhay Lions Club in 2012 after getting invited by some officers of the said club. Since then, he has learned a lot about Lionism very extensively as he rose from the ranks until he became President of the Club.

He served as Chairmen successfully in different committees and got awarded Lion of the Year with perfect attendance in meetings and kept on to be one of the prime movers of Toronto Mabuhay Lions Club.

He also served as a District A-711 Chairman in Essay Contest in two consecutive Lion Years, during the terms of Lion Surinder Sharma and Lion Jeffrey Friedman, producing winners up to the MD"A" level. Moreover, he has completed the academic requirements in both the Bachelor and Masters in Lionism at Lions University.

Externally, he possesses a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics degree awarded by Isabela State University in the Philippines.

He is currently teaching at York Region District School Board.

Lion Red is happily married to former Miss Trina Marquez Apaga; with her they are blessed with three (3) girls, Agnetha, Arianne, and Aubrey and a granddaughter Savannah Faith.

International Youth Exchange Program
Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan MPH, PhD, MBA is a distinguished leadership award 2020 winner from Lions Clubs International President's Circle. He is 'Charter President' of the Toronto Global Doctors Lions Club (TGDLC). PRC Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, Melvin Jones Fellow & Helen Keller Fellow, currently Lions District Chair for Diabetes, Campus Lions and International Youth Exchange. He is also COVID-19 Dist. A711 taskforce committee's subject matter expert.

In 1987, Dr. Bhuiyan joined the Lions clubs through Leo clubs and became Leo district president in 1991 and Lions club president in 1994 at Dist. 315A. As a member of Scarborough Central Lions clubs in 2012-2014 he joined Lions Dist. A711 as Youth Exchange Dist. co-chair and Leo club advisor; he has held leadership positions including Lions club charter president, charter secretary, club president, membership chair, district Lions campus chair, zone chair and region chair.

Lion Dr. Bhuiyan has attended many international youth exchange and Lions International forums, leadership workshops and conferences including Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) 2019 in Markham, ON. He is also a guiding Lion; Dr. Bhuiyan has recruited many Leos and Lions globally and established 2 Leo clubs and 3 Lions clubs. Through a recent team leadership effort TGDLC Lions club sponsored three new Lions club; his team has recruited 75+ Lion members since October 2018.

Currently Dr. Bhuiyan working as a Global Health Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T and Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Academic Program Director and Co-founder of ITMDs Post-Graduate Training program at Ryerson University. In recognition of his leadership and community service, he has received numerous leadership and services awards, including the Newman Diabetes Award, Master of Success award. In addition to his Lions activities, Dr. Bhuiyan has been active in numerous professional and community organizations, and is currently serving as Board Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and on the Board of Directors of Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre for community services in Scarborough Southwest, Ontario.

Dr. Bhuiyan and his wife, Dr. Qureshi, who is also a public health data specialist, have one daughter, Nafisa, a 3rd year medical [MD] student and one son, Mufrath, a 4th year business student, who is also a past Leo and active member of Ryerson Campus Lions Club.

 
  Outgoing Students Committee Co-Chair
  Outgoing Students Committee Co-Chair
Constitution & Bylaws
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.

 
Convention
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.

 
District Historian & Lions 2020
Ray Charbonneau

Lion Ray is from the Brockville area of the St. Lawrence Valley and moved to Toronto for work. His business of 20 years specializes in the presentation and management of fine art collections.

He is a 12 year member of the Scarborough Cedarbrae Golden Mile Lions Club where he has served in every club office and sponsored several new members. He is also a 6 year associate member of the Lions Club of Toronto Central, where he has served as Chairman of the Newman Foundation & Charitable Trust.

He is a Past Region Chairman in District A711 and currently serves as Multiple District ”A” Historian preserving our archives, providing articles for the Lion Magazine and historical presentations.

He lives in Scarborough with his two children Paul and Jaqueline and is delighted be able to serve.

International Relations
Dundas Kwok

Lion Dundas Kwok has been a Lion for almost 15 years. As an active member of the Toronto Cathay Lions Club, he had served as Club Secretary, Club Treasury, Club First Vice President and 4 terms as Club President.

Lion Dundas had the position of Zone Chair 2016-2017 and Region Chair 2017-2018. Lion Dundas was also involved in District activity on Youth Exchange Program.

Lion Dundas attended the Lions University and earned both Bachelor and Master designation. He also attended the Guiding Lion Certification.

During the term 2018-2020 as Club President, he successfully raised funds for various organizations such as

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital,
  • Chung Wah Chinese Heritage School,
  • Donation to Fred Victor to support the homeless,
  • Across U hubs (Youth Program),
  • Donated 6,000 face masks to Hong Kong through coordinating with oversea sister Lions Club Kwun Tong in Hong Kong. In 3 months, they reciprocate the same gesture 6,000 face masks pick up by Markham Stouffville Hospital to support frontline medical workers,

Lion Dundas is a Professional Fellowship of Real Estate Institute of Canada. He is a real estate developer and Is partner of real estate brokerage firm.

LCIF Coordinator

Born (1943) and educated in England, emigrated to Canada in 1966 and worked for CIL for over 40 years retiring in 2007 as Ontario Operations Manager.

Member of the Lions Clubs International since 1993 and held several positions in both Club, District, MDA and District A-16 Governor in 2007-2008.

Transferred to Toronto Lions Club Central (A-711) in 2016 after moving from Markham to mid town Toronto and presently hold positions of Club Treasurer and District LCIF Coordinator.

Married to my wife Monica and have two adult children, a daughter, Tiffany, a High School Vice Principal in Toronto School Board and a son, Gregory, a Research Scientist in Boston, USA.

New Voices / Women's Initiative

Lion Carol has been a Member of Lions since 2004 with Toronto Beaches Lions Club until the end of 2018 and Toronto Green Capes Lions Club since 2018. Carol has served in numerous leadership rolls including Region Chair, Zone Chair, Club President, Secretary and Membership Chair. Carol has also served as the GMT team Co-ordinator, as well as a Guiding Lion for 2 clubs and 5 years. Currently Carol is the Women's Initiatives and Lions New Voices Chair.

She has also served on numerous club committees, namely Canada Day, Christmas in The Park, Walk for Dog Guides, and the Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade. Carol was the club's Webmaster from 2004 to 2018 with a very old, although efficient, code/frames style website. Members of Carol's family are active Lions in Alliston and her father was a Lion for over 45 years.

Carol's past volunteer work includes supporting various fundraising Walks including Thyroid Cancer, Walk for Heart, Childhood Cancer-Sick Kids -Meagan's Walk & Night Walks for CNIB. Serving the figure skating club executive and on the board at her children's school parent associations where she was successful in convincing them it could be done and fundraising for playground equipment at a school where it had been non-existent for 20 years.

Carol strongly believes in the power of teamwork if any organisation is to be successful.

Carol's career has spanned large corporations, namely Ford Motor Company, Alberta Treasury and Spar Aerospace prior to entering real estate 27 years ago. She is a licensed Broker with the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and a Member of The Toronto Real Estate Board, Ontario Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Carols Real Estate Career has spanned selling both Low Rise and High-Rise Pre-Construction for well known developers, as well as Re-Sale Residential Communities throughout the GTA with Royal LePage Corporate.

Carol is the proud Mom & Grandma of a Son, Daughter and 3 grandchildren.

 
Nominations & Elections
Sam Dako

Lion Sam was born in Ghana, West Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1980. He was educated at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana (1965-1969) and worked in the Information Technology industry for 38 years. He is recently retired from Hewlett Packard, Canada after 23 years and is an active member of Portico Community Church in Mississauga where he serves as an usher.

Sam has been married for over 35 years to his wife Veronica and they have a daughter and two sons.

He was inducted into Lionism in the year 2003 and became Club President in 2006-2007, Zone Chair 2007-2008, Region Chair 2008- 2010 and 2nd Vice District Governor 2010-2011.

Lion Sam attended the LCI Senior Leadership training in Toronto in 2008 and is a recipient of Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship Award and the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

PDG Honorary Committee
IPDG Dan Sibanda

Lion Dan Sibanda became District A711 Governor (2019-2020) in Milan, Italy, on July 5th, 2019. In addition to his role as the Immediate Past District Governor, he serves in the Multiple District A North American Membership Initiative (NAMI) team, where he is responsible for Member Retention initiatives.

He was a Charter Member of Bulawayo Aloe Lions Club in District 412 in 1989. He transferred to Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club in 2002 where he has been Club President three times. He was 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, PDG Dan has held every club-level Executive position (from Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, Club Membership Chair to Club President). This was coincidentally perfect preparation for his role as GLT Coordinator (2014-2017), where thorough knowledge of club administration is a vital skillset.

A strong believer in membership growth, PDG Dan has sponsored over ten (10) 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. As the District GLT Coordinator, his passion was identifying and developing future leaders. As District Governor (2019-2020), his efforts led to the reactivation of three previously cancelled clubs.

Having been a Lion for over 30 years, PDG Dan enjoys sharing his expert knowledge in lionism with all Lions across the District and Multiple District A. A Certified Guiding Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, PDG Dan is a graduate of the Faculty Development Institute (FDI) and Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP). He has served, in one capacity or another, all the A711 District Governors since 2012, receiving numerous International Presidents' Awards, Medals and Certificates of Appreciation.

On a professional level, PDG Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer (Ontario) and a Chartered Engineer (UK). He holds a Masters degree in Business Leadership and is a Technical Services Manager with a company in the energy industry. He is also an active member in his community - having been, among other things, a Director at Carassauga Festival of Cultures for 6 years (2002 - 2008), and a member of the Elder Nomination Committee (2017-2018) at Portico Community Church, Mississauga.

Lion Dan is a father to three adult children and a proud grandfather to one. His wife, Lion Phoebe, is the current Region 6 Chair.