Nanaimo Lions ClubNanaimo Lions Clu, We Serve
Chartered March 1946

About Our Club

Welcome to the Lions Club of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, web site. The Lions Club of Nanaimo is proud to be a member of Lions International. Our club is in Multiple District 19 which is comprised of the Vancouver Island B.C. and Western Washington State, U.S.A. Lions Clubs.

Meetings: 1st. and 3rd. Mondays at 6:30 P.M. Location: - Old Age Pensioners Hall, - 2465 Labieux Road, Nanaimo.

Christmas Tree Chip Up: Jan 6-7 10 am. - 4 pm. Location: - North Town Mall near Sears. [recyclable bottles and cans accepted at this site]

About Lions "100 Years of Service"

Since 1917, Lions clubs have offered people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as cleaning up an area park or as far-reaching as bringing sight to the world’s blind. Lions clubs have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community. Today with more than 46,000 clubs in 193 countries and geographical areas, Lions have expanded their focus to help meet the ever-increasing needs of our global community. Our programs are continually changing to meet new needs and greater demands, but our mission has never wavered: “We Serve.”

April 2016, Bursaries and Scholarships "Upper Island Music Festival"
The Nanaimo Lions Club annually presents $1,000.00 in bursaries to the Upper Island Music Festival and $5,000.00 to graduating high school students to assist with their further education.

Tehya Clegg $75 - Piano
Ian Grabher $75 - Piano
Juliana Cook $400 - Classical Vocalist Rep to Provincials
Lilu Scott $300 Junior - Musical Theatre Rep to Provincials
Uei-Young Jung $75 - Flute
Serena Zhang $75 - Piano


Consider becoming a member of Lions. To learn more about the benefits and obligations of Lions membership visit our Membership Info page. To come to a introductory meeting of the Nanaimo Lions Club, ask a Lion member that you might already know or contact the Lions Club at e-mail address link. You will be contacted to arrange a suitable time and we would be pleased to meet you!



In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.

After World War II the Veterans returned to Nanaimo. Many of them were looking for something to give them some purpose in the community. In late 1945 and early 1946 the ground work was laid and these veterans decided to charter a Lions Club. Some of those who were in on the early planning were Joe Bertram, Haig Burns, Clyde Nicholson, Art Spencer, Sheldon Spurr, Grant Williams, Thomas Cramb, Eric Kneen, Harvey Murphy, Lloyd Bertram, Dr. Gordon Blott, Dr. John Baldwin and Clifford Bertram.

Ladysmith Lions Club were the sponsoring club and Gabriel Brown was installed as the Charter President in March 1947. From that date on to the present the Nanaimo Lions Club has played an integral part in the community raising funds to help those in need, building many community structures and offering an opportunity to citizens of Nanaimo to Serve their community and the people.

The Nanaimo Lions Club is “Proud of it past” and “Prepared for the future”.

Be a Lion!

Join us in making a difference! As a Lion, you’ll join a local group of service-minded men and women who are working together to strengthen your community. You’ll also be part of something bigger—a worldwide network of dedicated volunteers in over 46,000 clubs. Be the difference in your community. Be a Lion!

How can I become a Lions club member?

Membership is through invitation by the Nanaimo Lions Club and is open to all men and women of good character in the community. To learn more or to be considered for membership please contact us at the following link. Email

LEO Club
LEO Clubs

Leadership. Experience. Opportunity. LEO

These are just a few of the rewards young people gain from participating in Leos. They also happen to be the values that create the acronym of our club name.

In total, more than 150,000 young people in 139 countries are proud to volunteer to serve their local communities and to call themselves Leos.

Youth who join Alpha clubs (ages 12-18) have fun, make new friends and experience the rewards of serving others.
Omega clubs (ages 18-30) help members further develop their leadership skills and prepare them for a lifetime of community involvement and contribution to society.

Leo clubs provide youth with volunteer opportunities – and are also a place to grow and have fun.

Find out what Leo clubs around the world are doing now

Interested in starting a Leo club? Contact us.

Nanaimo Lions Club Projects and Fundraising

The Nanaimo Lions Club has completed a great number of projects in the community. Some of the more significant one are shown below.


Spot Scanner Eye Screening

The Nanaimo Lions club annually provides eye screening for all Grade 4 and 7 students in the City of Nanaimo. For information please contact Lion Joelle Greenway at or Lion Larrie Taylor at


  • Christmas Parade

    The Lions are involved in both the May Day Parade and the Christmas Parade. Contact DNBIA – Janet Vinet 250-754-8141 for entries to parade.

  • Free Skate

    Free Skate

    The Nanaimo Lions Club offers an opportunity for a free skate every Sunday at noon from mid September to late March every winter. Over the last 2 years over 12,000 peolpe have taken advantage of the program. For more information please contact Lion Jerry Joyal at or Lion Larrie Taylor at

  • Little Ferns

    Lions Al and Larry donating $500 in Save On Food Voucher to Little Fern Young Parents Program

  • Stock the Locker

    Lions Dave and Al presenting our $300.00 donation to Stock the Locker Program.

  • Ramp Program

    Several of our Members building another of our wheel chair ramps.

  • Lions Great Bridge

    The Lions Great Bridge built over the Millstone River connecting the Harbourside walkway with Maffeo Sutton Park. The cost of this project was over $500.000 dollars and countless volunteer man-hours by the Lions Club members. Lions Club Member Al Brett was the member who spearheaded this and it was his vision that made it happen.

  • Lions Great Bridge Funding

    Much of the funding for the Lions Great Bridge project was raised by selling memorial and family bricks to the public, businesses and corporations in Nanaimo. The fund raising was a huge task but with the cooperation of all Nanaimo and many volunteer hours it was done and will be enjoyed by thousands in the years to come.

  • Millstone River Bridge

    A pedestrian bridge across the Millstone River was built in Bowen Park.

  • Lacrosse Boxes

    The Bowen Park Lacrosse Box has been named the Ken Medland Sports Centre to recognize the contributions of our long time former member Ken Medland.

  • Hospital Foundation

    Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

    Lions Claire Clark and Leslie Smith donating $1,000.00 to the Palliative Care Unit.

  • ALS Society of BC

    The Nanaimo Lions Club donated $500.00 toward the Mid-Island Walk for ALS - This contribution will assist all in the North Central Island Chapter from Duncan to the north tip of Vancouver Island. Shown in the photo from left to right - Don Reynolds - secretary of NCIC- Len Hannah - Past President of Nanaimo Lions Club - Glenda Reynolds - President of NCIC - Larrie Taylor - Past President of Nanaimo Lions Club.

  • Lions Pavilion

    The Lions Pavilion built in Maffeo Sutton Park in 1999 was another significant project undertaken by our club. The Vision research and planning of this project was done by Lions Club member, Bob Rowledge. The pavilion costs were in excess of $250,000 and much of the funding was raised by selling plaques to Corporations, Business and Families.

  • Nanaimo Lions Manor

    This home was built by the Club near Beban Park many years ago as a residence for mentally challenged children and served this group for many years. When the need for the facility was reassessed it was converted to a women’s shelter and is used for this purpose now


PRESIDENT Leslie Smith 250-714-6507

1st. VICE PRESIDENT - Larry Johannes

2nd. VICE PRESIDENT - Dale Harvey

SECRETARY - Larrie Taylor

TREASURER - Pam Taylor


1st Year - Lion Ron Lille and Eric Anderson

2nd Tear - Jim Wilson and Rob Azizullo

TAIL TWISTER - Pierre Le Gal

LION TAMER - Burnie Smith


Past President - Larrie Taylor

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