Spreading Warmth to Northern Residents

Congratulations Ferris Lions Club for ensuring warmth for our children. It definitely takes a village to raise a child and you’ve shown us how quickly something so vital can be undertaken and completed! Thank you Lions John Marcil for sharing this experience! Please see Lion John’s account of this project below.

By Lion John Marcil

As a Lion’s Club we received many requests to help and it’s not easy to choose which requests to support. In November 2019, the Ferris Lions learned of an opportunity to help a number of children in a small community in Northern Ontario this winter.

The opportunity was to provide winter jackets, scarves, toques and mittens to elementary students in Pickle Lake, ON. With the support of many partners and the community of North Bay at large, within three weeks we collected 5 full hockey bags of warm outerwear for these children. In total we collected 250 pairs of mittens and gloves, 160 toques, 50 pairs of socks, 53 scarves, 11 pairs of snow pants 20 infant snowsuits, 5 pairs of infant boots, 37 winter jackets and 300 chapsticks.

Pickle Lake is 1,618.5 km away from North Bay, ON that’s an 18 hour and 45 minute drive. This remote community is the farthest community you can drive to by road in the remote areas of the north.

Now that we had this massive amount of items, how were we going to get them all the way to Pickle Lake? Well with a number of very dedicated Santa helpers the five enormous hockey bags traveled from one stop to the next and changed hands several times over the period of a week until finally arrived in the school gymnasium.

This just goes to show that when you have a strong group of Lion’s members , big or small, and partners, any project can be successful. It doesn’t hurt to have a little Christmas Spirit working for you as well.

40 Years in Lionism

It’s always a pleasure for a club to celebrate a milestone with a member. Lion Vic Roach, member of the Hudson Lions Club, and a Charter Member of the Charlton Englehart Lions Club enjoys 40 years service.

Family Fun Day!

Minnow Lake Lions partnered with Our Children Our Future to host their annual Family Fun Day in August. The free event is held every year for the residents of Minnow Lake and area.  Kids and parents alike had a great time. A bouncy castle, face painting, lots of great eats and treats and loads of fun, Service Professionals from Greater Sudbury Police, Fire Service and Paramedic services were on site, interacting with the kids, showing them the more playful side of Emergency Services.  


Lions Catherine Somerville (pictured) Carol Charlton (behind the camera) handed out candy at the Mallowe’en event in the New Sudbury Shopping Centre where they were located to sell tickets for the Canadian Hard of Hearing ‘Dream Home’. Looks like it was a storybook evening!

New Liskeard Lions Donate to Temiskaming Hospital Foundation

Left to right, Dangalle, Richard Males, Eric Campsall ,Mike Baker, Ron Sutton and Alf O’Reilly.  Representing New Liskeard Lions Club and  Temiskaming Hospital Foundation

On October 12, 2019, New Liskeard Lions Board presented the Temiskaming Hospital Foundation with the second donation installment of a $60,000 pledge to the Temiskaming Hospital Foundation.

95th Charter Celebration for Lions Club of Sudbury

The Lions Club of Sudbury celebrated 95 years of serving the community of Sudbury on October 19, 2019. Special guests arrived from Alberta, Toronto and Newmarket. Congratulations Sudbury Lions. We look forward to the 100th!

Back to School

On August 21st the Valley East Lions Club (VELC) created a “Back to school program” for children in need, from kindergarten to college.

VELC purchased and handed out school supplies consisting of a backpack, lunch bags, crayons, pencils, etc., and included a listing of healthy snacks and suggested healthy lunches. 

Three hairdressers were on site for free haircuts, providing 18 students a fresh look for the start of school. All of this was held at the Valley East Lions den.

Overall 25 children/teens attended along with a parent.  The families served were most appreciative and VELC is hoping on supplying 50 students next year.

Valley East Lions Club Chairperson for this event was Lion Sylvia Legrove-Emmell and co-chair was Lion Jeanne Lachance. An additional 8 Lions were on present for the day to assist.

Passing of a Giant in Lionism

Few can say they were as completely engaged in Lionism as PDG PCC Lion Gerry Albert. He personified Lionism. Gerry recommended every Lion spend at least 15 minutes per day learning about Lions. He felt Lionism was the means by which we could better our communities, be better employees and strengthen our character. And there’s no doubt about it, he was quite a character!

Lion Gerry passed away August 12th, in the early morning hours, but, his legacy lives on; in the CNIB Eye Van Tour, the Eye Care Centre, the RET Cam project and many others. Without his efforts on these projects, they may not have been successful.

While Lion Gerry called the Sudbury Lions Club and District A5 home, he spent many years working for Lions International, travelling throughout Canada and some of the US to start Clubs and strengthen existing Clubs. Many Clubs can testify to his sponsorship of their Club. It’s pretty safe to say, there isn’t a Club in the District for which Gerry didn’t have an affinity.

At 93, he was still a mentor, guide and leader who could be contacted anytime. Thank you Lion Gerry for all you did. You have earned your rest!

“Gerry” Albert
93 years
Monday, August 12th, 2019 at Health Sciences North.

Beloved husband of Enes (Miatello) predeceased 1981, and Marilyn (Pollard) predeceased 2019. Loving father of Rod Albert and Randy Albert, stepdaughter Deborah Brettschneider, and stepson Terry Johnson predeceased. Loving brother of Georgette Pretty and Roland Albert, predeceased. Sadly missed by many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Gerry was born, raised, and educated in Sudbury. Gerry was well-known throughout the mid-North for his activities in both business and community affairs. Over his career, he was manager of a number of retail businesses, including Morse Jewelers, Fidelity Music, and Silverman’s. He was an account executive at CKSO Television for 15 years. He was active in his community over his lifetime. He served on the Board of Directors of the CNIB, was President of the local Tuberculosis Association, President of the Nickel Belt Coin Club, and served the Lions Club of Sudbury as well as Lions International with distinction for over 50 years. One of his proudest achievements was helping to raise over $200,000 for a new Eye-Care Centre for the Sudbury Regional Hospital.

Gerry was recognized on many occasions for his outstanding community service and efforts on behalf of the Lions. He was a Life Member of Lions Clubs International.

A celebration of his life will be held in the
R. J. Barnard Chapel
Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
233 Larch Street, Sudbury
Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 2pm.
Cremation with interment in the family plot at the Civic Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may gather after 1pm Saturday September 14th.
For donations and messages of condolence, www.lougheed.org. For those unable to attend the service, it can be viewed online at www.livememorialservices.com

Pet Valu/Lions – Walk for Guide Dog Success!

Congratulations to all who took part in the 2019 Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides!

$1,328,560.03 raised through the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides! 

Lion Clubs, walkers, donors, foster families, graduates, volunteers and staff worked together to help make all these walks across Canada a huge success.
Special thanks to title sponsor Pet Valu and its family of stores, supporting national sponsors Rayment & Collins, Cadillac Fairview and VIA Rail for their support.
$1,328.560.03 will go directly to help provide more Dog Guides at no cost to Canadians with a medical or physical disability! If you’d like to find out about individual walk’s total, please visit www.walkfordogguides.com as each Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides’total is listed there.

Thats an impressive 53 dogs that can be trained for service. Congratulations everyone!