As your newly inducted A5 District Governor, I offer these few words. Firstly, a heartfelt thank you for your support. With full dedication I will do my best to represent all A5 Lions. During this global pandemic, Einstein’s quote: “In the middle of every difficulties lies opportunity” resounds. Let us all take this as our challenge this coming year. As we ride the COVID 19 wave, let us be innovative and creative and let us empower each other and our clubs to redefine our services. A Lion’s purpose is humanitarian service; much needed during challenges throughout all times. Also, 2020 is our year for celebration – 100 years of Canadian service. Therefore, together, INSPIRIT, as we serve, let us shine even more. Our opportunity rises in this challenging time.
Submitted by: Lion Brenda McLay of Minnow Lake Lions
Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program in collaboration with United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario, the Minnow Lake Lions received a grant to use for assistance to seniors during this pandemic. The Lions partnered with Our Children Our Future to give out this money to deserving seniors. A lot of people may not know that many seniors are raising their grandchildren. When they thought that they were saving for their retirement for 2 people, they now have households of anywhere from 4-9 people and could just use a little bit of help. The Lions purchased grocery gift cards to give to the senior clients of Our Children Our Future and a few other seniors that the club members knew that just needed a little help. Thank you to everyone their ongoing support of the seniors in our community.
There’ s been a lot of Christmas spirit in Sudbury area this year. Minnow Lake Lions donated to the Salvation Army Christmas fund to the tune of $1,000 as well as donating 64 hours of service to attend the kettles at various location leading up to Christmas.
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.
The Minnow Lake Lions Club donated $2000.00 to the Wade Hampton House operated by the March of Dimes in Sudbury.
Wade Hampton House is a community-based setting that offers 24-hour support to individuals who have experienced a moderate to severe brain injury. The staff members work together with residents to engage them in both their personal care and on-going rehabilitation goals. The services assist residents to regain skills and pursue areas of daily living that are meaningful to them while focusing on maximizing community integration and independence.
The March of Dimes is currently raising funds for an expansion of the house to accommodate more residents.
Minnow Lake Lions donated $500.00 to Northern Ontario School of Medicine topping their bursary to $24,800.00. The bursary was initiated in 2010 taking advantage of matching contributions from the government. The payout each year is based on approximately 5% of the capital amount and allows a medical student to realize his/her dream to study and hopefully practice in Northern Ontario.
Nickel Blades Skating Club acknowledges years of support for their club from Minnow Lake Lions Club. On hand for the presentation were 2018 Olympic Gold Medalists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. Meagan Duhamel was born and raised in Sudbury and always supports her roots here in Northern Ontario.
Pictured: Lions Linda Lachance, Bruce Kutchaw , Shirley Ogilvey and Keith Argent with Gold Medalists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford