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2018 June 9

Lions at the Squamish Senior Citizens Home Society Lunch

Lions Mike, Malcolm and Rick display their BBQ finesse, at the Squamish Senior Citizens Home Society lunch held Friday June 8, 2018. Photo by Lion Brad.

2018 March 21

Lions Recognize Relationship with WCRA

Lions President Brad Hodge presents a cheque to the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA), represented by Bob Philip (President) and Tammie Casettari (Director of Events) at a Club meeting held March 15, 2018. The Squamish Lions clubhouse sits at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, the WCRA’s 12 acre theme park nestled in beautiful Squamish, BC. The relationship between the Lions and the Railway Park runs deep with the Lions helping the Park with many different activities and projects including volunteer breakfasts and lunches for Day Out With Thomas and Polar Express and the very popular Children’s Interactive Play Area (CIPA) Wooden train located near the entrance to the mini rail on site. The cheque presented is only a small token of the immense gratitude the Lions have for the WCRA and all that they do for the community (and the Club).

2017 September 17

Lion Nelson proudly presents the 2017 Howe Sound Secondary School (HSSS) bursary winner, Parmeet Hunsra, with a cheque to assist with her studies this year. Each year, the Squamish Lions award two bursaries to graduating students of HSSS to assist in their post-secondary education. Photo submitted

2017 September 7

Tail Twister Lion Nelson and President Lion Brad present Lion John Lowe with his 20 year pin during the first meeting back after summer break in September 2017.

2017 June 4

2016 Bursary recipient Oliver Jarrett-Will be studying Behavioural Psychology at UVic.

2017 May 30

What Squamish Lions Have Done Over the Past 60 Years

The Squamish Lions club was the first service club to be established in our town. One of the first projects the Squamish Lions took on was the acquisition and supply of ambulance services, dating back to 1957. Among the many creative projects undertaken were giant community Bingo games, light bulb sales, followed by scrap metal drives, and breakfast and lunch cookouts.

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2017 April 7

Lions Proudly Support Squamish Youth Week

Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. The intention is to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province.

Squamish is proud to be a part of BC Youth week. Since 2015, Big Brothers Big Sisters Sea to Sky has collaborated with District of Squamish Recreation Services, the Squamish Youth Center and local youth (who form our Teen Advisory and Action Group – T.A.A.G) to provide activities and events for youth during this week-long celebration of our communities’ youth.

On Thursday May 4th, as part of Squamish Youth Week (May 1–7), the community of Squamish will CELEBRATE the youth of our community by awarding five (5) unique awards. These awards will represent key areas that are not recognized anywhere else in our community. We have asked businesses in our community to step up and sponsor the awards to add credibility and merit to each award. The Squamish Lions is proud to be one of these community partners that has stepped up since the inception.

Please visit to nominate the youth in our community as well as checking out all of the great activities happening.

A little more about our award:

Selfless Citizen Award
presented by the Squamish Lions
• Citizen thrives for the betterment of Squamish by thinking globally and acting locally
• Citizen actively seeks out community service opportunities and volunteers for a variety
• Citizen is an advocate for local youth involvement


2017 March 26

Thanks to Lions Nelson, Dave Thomson, Malcolm, Rick, Sharon and Mike, who served burgers/hot dogs to over 100 people at the Men’s Shed Open House from noon to 2pm last Friday March 24. For more information about this great community initiative, please visit

2017 January 31

Lions Mike, Art and Nelson met with the Howe Sound Secondary Football team, along with their principal Nick Pascuzzi, to present them with a cheque for $300 in view of the teams’ efforts in traffic control during the 2016 Christmas Parade in downtown Squamish.

2016 December 8

Lions Art Tichauer (Left), Malcolm McEwen, and Nelson Winterburn (right) present seven doll beds they made to Darcy Reimer (in Blue) of the River Church. The quilts were made by the spouse of one of the Lions Members. Squamish Lions wish everyone a Merry Christmas, especially seven little children who will have a doll bed hand-crafted by local Lions members.

2016 November 11

Lions donate $529.01 to The Legion

By David Thomson

The annual Squamish Lions Beef-on-a-Bun fundraiser was once again a smashing success with $529.01 going back to support the Royal Canadian Legion #277.

Run in conjunction with Remembrance Day services, the Beef-on-a-bun fundraiser is a tradition that many veterans and their supporters look forward to. The Lions look forward to it too as it is a good time to get together in support of our veterans while sharing stories and laughs around the kitchen stove. Sandwiches and Au Jus are available by donation and all proceeds raised go back to the Legion. Many come in for a warm meal and cold beer after taking in the service downtown Squamish.

A special thanks to Mclean Meats for providing the beef at cost and to Nester’s market for providing the condiments. Also want to provide a shout out to Leo Dawson and soon-to-be-a-real-Lion Donna Fourchalk for lending a hand with cleanup and services.

2016 October 5

Lions Provide Valuable Feedback in District Seniors Centre Survey

by David Thomson

Members of the Squamish Lions met over breakfast today to provide feedback and dialogue around the Seniors Centre Revitalization Project; a study being conducted by the District of Squamish and a project team made up of various community members.

The District struck the project team to help build a strategy to increase visitation and utilization of the Squamish Senior’s Centre.

As the community of Squamish continues to grow in size, its current public meeting and recreation spaces are filling up. Before planning the capital expense of expansion or construction of new facilities, the District is hoping to better utilize their current assets. The Senior’s Centre is well positioned to be a facility that has room for more.

Some of the issues expressed by the Lions included: better programming, less bureaucracy, affordability, more parking, and better marketing/communication. There was an overall feeling that the current Centre isn’t welcoming and is rather generic in appearance. One idea floated by the Lions was to better utilize the talents and passion of the anchor tenant, the Squamish Senior’s Society, in the delivery of the day-to-day management while the District continue to fund the strata fees, and ongoing maintenance of the structure.

The results of the survey will be published in the fall with recommendations by the Committee brought forth to Council and Mayor December 2016.

For more information on the Project, visit:

2016 May 22

Lions Feed Day Out with Thomas Volunteers

by Nelson Winterburn

Again this year, Squamish’s Railway Heritage Park hosted the very popular Day Out with Thomas extravaganza. The two weekend event is run largely with the help of volunteers. The Squamish Lions Club were asked and agreed to put on a pancake breakfast for the volunteers to give them a good start of breakfast energy to meet and interact with the public - especially with the little ones who are both mesmerized and entranced by the close proximity of the Thomas the Tank Engine characters.

In true form, the Squamish Lions Club lived up to the LIONS Motto - WE SERVE - as noted when the above volunteers were served their pancakes complete with maple syrup, sausages, and fruit.

2016 May 5

Lions play a contributing role in the 2016 Squamish Teen Awards

Last night in Brackendale, five teens were recognized for their outstanding achievements and the Lions were there.
As part of National Youth Week, Big Brothers Big Sister Sea to Sky along with a few other local businesses hosted the 2016 Squamish Teen Awards and Talent Night at the Nest Restaurant. Fifteen nominees, their family, friends, and community were on hand to enjoy an evening of homemade pizza, musical talent and laughter. The highlight of the night was the celebrating of the 2016 Award winners.

Lion Nelson Winterburn was on hand to present the award for Selfless Citizen to grade 12 student Callista Ryan.

The Lions have proudly sponsored this award since its inception last year.

For more information on the Teen Awards, please click here.

2016 January 13

West Coast Railway Association

Lion John Drinovz presents a cheque for $600 to WCRA GM Gord Bell on behalf of the Squamish Lions Club. Nelson Winterburn, photo.

2016 January 9

Squamish Search and Rescue

Lion President Mike Jenson presents a $500 cheque to Jerry Woods of Squamish Search and Rescue. The presentation was made to acknowledge the effort the SAR put forth in last month’s Santa Parade that helped make the event such a success.

2015 December 3

Lions Build Toys for the Corridor

Squamish Lions Nelson, Malcolm, and Rick, along with Ambleside Tiddleycove Lion George have been working on the creation of six wooden doll beds and 19 pull toys that will be handed over to the Squamish Christmas Community Care program this week. In total, the group held four work parties that totalled 55 person work hours of teamwork and dedication.

A special thank you to Colleen Winterburn who saw the need and made the blankets to go with each doll rocking beds.

2015 November 14

Lions Start Building Christmas Toys for Squamish

A big thank you to Nicole Vergara for letting us use her wood shop and tools to work on our toy making project. It was greatly appreciated.

Thanks to ZC George Sim of Ambleside/Tiddley Cove club for joining us and receive first hand how are hard working Lions are working for kids. And thanks to Malcolm and Rick for all their cutting and sanding.

Lion Nelson

2015 October 21

Chilliwack Lions Bring Toys to Squamish

Chilliwack Lion Robert Prinse stopped by the Squamish Lions Club den to discuss toy making details and to provide some sample units. Last Christmas, Lion Robert sent three large boxes of toys made by Chilliwack Lions for distribution to our Community Christmas Care program here in Squamish. Following Robert’s guidance, our club will now be able to have a work bee and build toys to give to the less advantaged children in our community come this Christmas season.

2015 June 21

Lions Break for Summer

The Squamish Lions got together one last time before breaking for summer to celebrate the year’s accomplishments as well as induct the 2015-2016 Executive. District Governor Eric Keller made the journey from Vancouver to conduct the ceremony.

The Squamish Lions will reconvene the first Thursday of September; Thursday September 3, 2015. Check out this website throughout the summer for updates and images on all our summer events.

2015 June 4

Regular Meeting held at Lions Easter Seal Camp Squamish

On June 4, the Squamish Lions Club was hosted by Mr. Stephen Miller, President/CEO of the British Columbia Lions Society For Children with Disabilities Easter Seals British Columbia & Yukon. Mr. Miller took the members on a tour of the camp showing us the kitchen, dining hall, swimming pool, living quarters, high wire, tennis court, the fully accessible tree fort complete with wheelchair ramp, and the memorial garden.

Following the tour, Mr. Miller and staff served our members a fabulous dinner. A group picture was taken and the Lions then continued their scheduled meeting that included the induction of a new member.

2015 May 25

Lions Award Annual High School Scholarships

The Squamish Lions were amongst 40 other local service clubs, businesses, community groups and families, presenting scholarships to the Howe Sound Secondary School grad class of 2015. Two scholarships in the amount of $750 were awarded to graduating students Melissa Ayling and Niall Anthony Hart for outstanding service in their community. The two Lion Scholarships were part of a staggering $80,000 that was awarded tonight to deserving graduating students.

On behalf of all of the Lions, congratulations to the class of 2015!

2015 May 9

Lions Breath Life into First Annual Youth Week

Working along side Big Brothers Big Sisters Squamish, The Squamish Firefighters Association, and the Breakfast Club, The Squamish Lions engaged the EDUCATE and CELEBRATE portions of the newly created Squamish Youth Week that ran May 3–11th.

EDUCATE - Working along side Vancity, Squamish LIons hired a facilitator to instruct youth on the power of collaboration when working as volunteers in their community;

CELEBRATE - LIons worked with youth to create two new awards (Selfless Citizen and Dedicated Athlete Award), launched a website and solicited nominations from the community. Four youth were selected by third party panel and awards handed out with a meal and movie to follow for all in attendance. It was the finale vent of a week long list of activities geared towards youth in the community.

For more information visit:

2015 May 9

Lions Support BC Special Olympics

Squamish Lions were on hand in the Walmart parking lot this afternoon to provide concessions services during the travelling RCMP Ball Hockey event promoting the BC Special Olympics in Communities throughout BC.

2015 April 26

Lions Serve Up Hot Dogs at Food Bank Open House

The Squamish Lions were on hand today to help welcome the public to the first annual Squamish Food Bank Open House. Under slightly cloudy skies, approximately 100 guests took in the festivities which included a tour of the Food Bank's new facilities at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Lions Nelson, Christine, Malcolm, Rick, Dave, and Leo Claire were all on hand to cook up hotdogs, smokies and gourmet turkey burgers for the guests. Money was raised through donation.

The Squamish Lions are big supporters of the Food Bank, volunteering their services twice monthly with the food distribution program to over 100 families in the community.

2015 April 19

food bank open house

2015 April 2

DG Jimmy Ho Visits Squamish

District Governor Jimmy Ho, his wife and fellow Lion Cyndia, and 1st Vice Eric Kellar traveled north on the Sea to Sky highway from Vancouver last night to join the Squamish Lions for the regular bi-monthly Thursday meeting. As part of DG Jimmy's annual commitment to his elected position, he visits each Club in the District MD-19 once a year.

The evening began with a decadent and delicious dinner prepared by Gvan Catering; pork tenderloin in a mushroom gravy, roasted root vegetables and yukon gold potatoes with Pecan squares for dessert.

There were nine Squamish Lions on hand to welcome the guests. DG Jimmy gave a passionate speech about the need to reinvent Lions Clubs to keep them current and engaging to attract more membership. There is a real push as we near the 100 year anniversary of the Lions and the convention in 2017 in Chicago, Illinois – the birthplace of the Lions by Melvin Jones in 1917.

President Dave Thomson spoke about the need to increase the value for members beyond the cause itself. With all Lions having busy lives, it is important to keep them engaged and interested so they are inspired to come to meetings and events. Having more Lions involved will eliminate 'burnout' and provide a sound base to attract new members – the future lifeblood of any Club.

New Lion Christine Elliot was inducted. She shared why she wanted to become a Lion; she believes in the grounded, grass roots approach to service that the Lions display in the community. She has witnessed the positive difference Lions can make and wanted to be a part of it. Welcome Lion Christine!

The Squamish Lions will be holding Executive position elections for the 2014-2015 season on April 16th. With only four regular meetings left in the year, there isn't much time to wrap up club affairs before summer break.

2015 March 8

Howe Sound Lions Curling Bonspiel

Lions from Squamish joined Lions from Ambleside-Tiddley Cove, Whistler, and Pemberton for a fun curling bonspiel. About 24 teams in all participated, the youngest player being from Squamish (age eight) upwards to several many seniors from Ambleside. Many of the players were wives and friends of Lions – a testament to the social side of the activity.

As the accompanying pictures will clearly show, the teams were very diverse, and skill level often gave way to good fortune on the ice. Most importantly, all players were clearly having fun and the final scores were not significant. For the record, however, the Squamish One team fell from their top position last year.

A big thank you is extended to the Bonspiel organizers for getting us together again and taking time out from working together to having fun together.

Pictured here are Lions Malcolm, Mike and Nelson with friend Fran. (Nelson Winterburn photo)

2015 February 18

Lions Continue to ’SERVE' at the Local Food Bank

Lions Malcolm and Brad, assisted by Lion Nelson, volunteered at the Squamish Food today by assisting with the semi monthly food distribution. This on-going project of the Squamish Lions is much appreciated by the operators of the Squamish Food Bank and the many clients it serves. The new headquarters are much more efficient than the previous location and this improvement has reduced the overall man-hours required to operate the service.

To learn more about the Squamish Food Bank, please visit

2015 February 17

Lions Help bring in Lent

On Tuesday evening, February 17 (Shrove Tuesday) Lion Nelson served up pancakes to the Anglican Church congregation to acknowledge the advent of Lent. The pancakes, coupled with a serving of sausages, were well received by the parishioners.

It is hoped that the Lions will be remembered by the sin bosun in time of need and may, perhaps, get a big discount on ministerial services!

2015 January 21

Lions continue support of Local Food bank at New Location

Today was distribution Day at the new location of the Squamish Food Bank. Pictured above are the Lion Malcolm, Nelson and Rick who attended and assisted with the distribution of food to over one hundred clients. Doors opened at 1100 and by 1330 all attending clients were provided with basic food supplies to keep them fed for the next two weeks.

2014 December 29

Lions Steve and Nelson lend a hand at the Squamish Food Bank during the Holidays

The Squamish Food Bank is moving from the downtown location to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in the Northyards during the first week of January. The new facility will provide plenty of storage for all of the Food Bank's needs as well as represent a new relationship between the Food Bank and the West Coast Railway Association. The Squamish Lions will continue to assist the Food Bank in 2015.

2014 December 5

Wooden Toys find a Xmas Home

Lion Nelson Winterburn holds one of the many toys forwarded to the Squamish Lions Club for distribution to needy families. Receiving a doll bed is Teresa on behalf of the Squamish Community Christmas Care. In total, four boxes of toys were delivered for a total of seventy-two toys.

Many thanks for the the efforts of the Chilliwack Lions Club.

2014 November 17

Lions Donate $850 to the Legion

On November 11th, the Squamish Lions didn't forget.

On this important day when we remember those that have (and continue) to bravely serve our country in the armed forces, a number of Lions put on aprons and served up the annual "Beef-in-a-Bun" at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #277 in Squamish. The Roast beef was graciously provided by McLean meats ( ) and was served, in heaping mounds on fresh buns along side pickles, condiments, and, of course, fresh hot au jus to over 200 guests in attendance. This year the Lions added smokies to the mix as an alternative to the roast beef sandwich. Money was collected by donation and, after the last sandwich was served, the Lions wrote a cheque for $850 and presented it to the Legion.

The day saw a large number of Lions work together, in a tight space, for the common good of the community. Stories were shared and many laughs were had. A fine day in the spirit of those who gave their lives for our freedom. A fine day for fellowship and service.

2014 October 28

A Full Belly lends to a Full Mind

The 2014 Squamish Vital Signs report ( ) states "poverty remains a pressing concern for Squamish; a coordinated approach by all sectors might lead the way to real progress, or at lead identify some opportunities".

The Squamish lions recently identified an opportunity and took the steps to diminish the concern, at least a little bit, for the 76 students at Stawamus Elementary School.

Last week, Lion Nelson Winterburn presented a cheque on behalf of the Lions in the amount of $800 to Stawamus Elementary Principal Juanita Coltman to be used for the purchase of food as part of their daily 'Lunch program". The Program is simple, students who do not come to school with a lunch can fill out a request form and hand it into the school office before noon each day. Clerical staff purchase food and, on their own time, prepare sandwiches, fruit, and a healthy snack for each child that has filled out a request. The kids then pick up their lunch from the office and join their friends. 5-12 lunches are prepared daily.

Thanks to the donation by the Lions, the money that was earmarked from the school budget to support the Lunch Program can now be redirected to other areas of the school operations that need attention.

2014 October 2

Bringing Sound to Those That Can't Hear

The Squamish Lions presented a cheque for $750 to Ms. Amy Koza, certified audiologist with Mainland Hearing in Squamish during a recent general meeting of the Club. Pictured here is Club President David Thomson and Ms. Koza.

The funds will be used to assist a community member in the purchase of hearing aids. Ms. Koza shared that hearing is an important part of everyone's life and is all too often taken for granted. She has recently opened up the hearing clinic in Squamish from the North Shore to take better care of Sea to Sky Community. Because hearing aids are not funded through the Government health care program, it is hard for some residents to find the funds to cover the costs. Ms Koza and her Team work hard to not only diagnose and find solutions for those with hearing impairments but also work hard to find alternative funding sources to ensure patients get what they need to live a fulfilling life.

The Lions are pleased to provide the funds for such a worthy cause.

2014 September 20

Squamish Hosts First Zone Meeting for 2014/15

The Squamish Lions played host to roughly twenty representatives from all eight Clubs in Zone A-2 today. Beautiful sunny skies provided the backdrop for a wonderful drive on the Sea to Sky highway as delegates from the following Clubs met for the first of four meetings together this year: Squamish, Pemberton, Whistler, Mount Seymour, Lynn Valley, Deep Cove, North Vancouver Host, and Ambleside Tiddly Cove. Along with individual Club updates, the meeting had a special presentation from the Chiba Youth Exchange Program as well as discussions around thus year's Zone Rally and Zone Project. Thanks to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park for allowing the group access to the museum for a special tour following the meeting.

2014 August 24

Lions Blaze Their Grill on the Tarmac in Squamish

The third annual Airport Community Day was well attended by over 500 families wanting to explore their municipal Airport this past Sunday August 24th. The local flying Club hosted the day with many activities for all to enjoy including: static displays, aircraft Show & Shine, live music, airplane and helicopter rides, fun kids events, face painting, games, prizes and the Lions Club Food Concession. Once again, the Lions worked along side the Squamish Leo Club serving BBQed hotdogs, grilled onions, chips, pop and water.

2014 July 26

Lions launch Jolly Roger Beer Garden at Inaugural WIND FESTIVAL

Donning pirate gear, Lions from Squamish, Lynn Valley, and Whistler converged on downtown Squamish to offer up suds, cider, and good cheer to the 800+ patrons taking in the Friday night FREE concert series during the opening of the inaugural Squamish WIND Festival (

Special to the menu was the PASSING WIND Amber wheat ale, a limited edition Summer Ale made special by Howe Sound Brewing for the Festival. Complimenting the PASSING WIND, was Garibaldi Honey Pale Ale and Okanagan Cider. McLean Meat provided the Turkey Jerky.

The beer garden was a complete sell out with over 600 cups of beer and 50 litres of cider consumed in four hours.

The Lions appreciate the local support and look forward to using the funds towards services and programs in the community.

2014 July 24

Devastating Fire Affects Two Squamish Families

On July 16 last in the small town of Squamish, two houses located beside each other were destroyed by fire at about five PM. All ten people escaped the fire without physical injury. Little remains of their homes and almost nothing of their belongings.

The Squamish Lions have donated to families that have been burned out in the past and for these families, the members immediately stepped up to the plate with a donation of $400 to EACH family.

2014 July 1

Squamish Lions Reminder

As per our Constitution, 2014-2015 DUES must be received no later than Tuesday July 1st. In an effort to make collecting said dues easier, the Executive would like to strongly recommend all Lions hand in their dues by the final meeting before summer break - Saturday June 21st. Dues are $80. Thank you.

2014 June 4

CIPA Project Unveiling Delayed

CIPA project Chair Malcolm is delaying the unveiling of the CIPA project to a undisclosed later date instead of this Saturday June 7th during the start of Day Out With Thomas.

You can see from the picture that there has been some great progress on the ENGINE portion of the consist.

More details to follow shortly.

2014 June 3

Squamish Lions Award Scholarships

The Squamish Lions are proud to award $750 scholarships to two deserving students graduating from Howe Sound Secondary school who exemplify a balance of community service & leadership while maintaining a high standard of academics.
This year's recipients are Maggie Heilig and Malcolm Thomson.

Pictured is Maggie and Malcolm standing with Squamish Lions President-elect David Thomson.

The scholarships were handed out at a ceremony that took place at Howe Sound Secondary school Monday evening, June 2.

The Squamish Lions would like to wish Maggie and Malcolm great success in their future endeavours.

2014 May 30

SoupWorks Pilot #2 a Big Success

On May 28th, the Squamish Lions in partnership with G-Van Catering, Nester's Market, Squamish Savings, and the Helping Hands Society once again hit the streets of Squamish to provide free hot soup to families. This time, they brought the soup to the people through stations set-up at Brennan Park and Squamish Elementary.

A key learning from the first SoupWorks pilot held on May 7th was the fact that families had a hard time travelling to the downtown serving location. This time we thought it best to attempt to spread out in two high traffic, family focused locations within the community. The overall focus was to continue experimenting with the working model in an effort to collect data on the project for a funding application due June 15th (as well as to gauge whether the community supported the initiative or not).

We are pleased to announce this pilot was a complete success.

The station at Squamish Elementary opened at 3pm when the bell rang and was finished handing out 75 litres of hearty, healthy, hot vegetable soup within 15 minutes. Lion John Drinovz led a team comprised of two elementary school volunteers who handed out the soup while representatives from Squamish Savings conducted surveys to better understand who was there and what they thought of the Project. The Squamish Lions would like to extend a big thank you to Squamish Elementary School Principal Ms. Margaret Paxton for her support of the project.

The station at Brennan Park started off a little slower but gained momentum as the soup ran out at the school. Lion Brad Hodge led a team made up of committee member Kim Lacombe and her son Kaiden. Leanne Hodge was also present representing Squamish Savings conducting surveys. Thank you to District staff Tim Hoskin for his support.

In total, 104 litres of fresh hot soup were served to the community.

Next steps in the Project including compiling survey results, gauging the future of SoupWorks, setting long term budgets, and applying for funding. The hope is that the community does indeed support the idea, that the current partners can continue to participate, and that funding can be secured too ensure long-term sustainability. We hope to have the project start up again in a more full time capacity starting in September.

Please check back here often for updates on the project. If you are interested in getting involved or have comments to share, please contact David Thomson at

A big thank you to our committee members who worked in a collaborative fashion to get this idea started. A special thank you to Cliff Miller for the use of his 100 litre pot and wooden stir paddle and to the communication team of John French (Mountain FM), Ben Lypka (Chief Newspaper), Grace McLeod (Squamish Chamber) and Deanna Wampler (In The Know Consulting) for helping spread the word. We couldn't have done it without your support.

Committee members
• David Thomson – Checkpoint 6
• Gregg van Heirden - G–Van Catering
• Sean Daly – Nester's Market
• Kim Lacombe – Squamish Savings
• Jennifer Schorz – Squamish Savings
• Maureen Mackell – Helping Hands Society

2014 May 25

Lions Host 300 Rotary Delegates for Breakfast

On Sunday May 25, the Squamish Lions hosted over 300 delegates attending the 2014 Rotary District 5040 Annual Conference taking place at the CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, BC. Ten Lions awoke at the 'crack of dawn' under grey rainy skies to begin preparing for a 10am serving of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, fresh juice, coffee, and tea. Using their own two grills along with one borrowed form the Squamish Elk's, Lions Steve, Dave Thomson, Ron, Art, Nelson, and Evan flipped the flapjacks over 500 times and grilled the 600 sausages for the hungry delegates. Lion Malcolm balanced the batter while ensuring the coffee was flowing in the guests' cup (and on his shirt).

Lions Lynn and John acted as the ambassadors for the Squamish Lions greeting attendees in the line up while assisting with their needs at the buffet table. Lion Dave Thethi controlled the grill temperature and made sure they were firing just right for the signature golden brown pancakes. It was a pleasure to serve the visiting Rotarians Breakfast on their last day of a four day District wide Conference that was taking place in Squamish for the first time in its history.

The Squamish Lions would like to extend a special thank you; to Gregg Van Heirden of G-Van Catering for the use of his culinary knowledge and kitchen supplies, to Sean Daly of Nester's Market for the donation of food and ongoing support, and to Gordon Bell of the WCRHP for the use of the Roundhouse Servery and additional supplies for the breakfast. Money raised from the event will go back to support community initiatives and projects.

2014 May 18

Wood Arrives for WCRA CIPA Project

The locally milled cedar for the WCRA Children Interactive Play Area arrived last Tuesday freshly planed and dried thanks to the support of Fraserwood Industries Ltd. In Squamish. Lions Nelson, Ron, Malcolm, and Dave hand-bombed the wooden planks off the back of the truck and stored it inside the shop graciously donated by the WCRHP for the duration of the project build. Next steps include cutting the wood to length and staining it prior to beginning assembly. A special thank you to KalTire for the use of their truck (and staff) in the transporting of the wood. Stay tuned for further project updates.

2014 May 7

Squamish SoupWorks Launches Pilot Project

The Squamish Lions along with Nester's Market, G-Van Catering, Squamish Savings, the District of Squamish, and the Helping Hands Society launched the first SoupWorks Project at the Squamish Senior's Centre on Wednesday May 7. The community based project was started to provide free hot soup to families.

About 40 litres of homemade, hearty, healthy carrot soup were served to families that showed up on location. Another 20 litres were hand delivered by Squamish Savings and Squamish Lions volunteers with the remaining 40 litres donated to the Helping Hands Society. For those that attended, the response was very favourable. Surveys were conducted with those that attended and the Project committee will be reviewing their content over the coming week.

The number of support staff and volunteers that turned out was amazing. All hands on deck. And, of course, the soup was excellent.

The Project committee will be meeting over the next two weeks and will review whether or not the Project will continue through the summer or perhaps hold off until the fall.

A special thank you to all the volunteers that came out to support the launch. As well as a thank you to the District of Squamish for providing access to the Senior Centre.

2014 May 1

New Officer Induction / YEAR-END Wrap Up Party Announced

Saturday June 21st, 5pm, Tichauer home

2014 April 17

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Squamish Lions Club Officers

• President – David Thomson
• Vice President – Ron Geche
• Treasurer – Mike Jenson
• Secretary – Nelson Winterburn
• Tail Twister –Art Tischaur
• Lion Tamer – David Thethi
• Director – Devin Van Heirden
• Director – Lynn Tischaur
• Director – John Drinovz

The Club recognizes Doug Reid's contribution to the Club in the capacity of Treasurer over the past five years. Thank you Doug!

2014 April 4

Lions Host Open House

The Squamish Lions hosted an Open House today to celebrate its 57th year serving the community of Squamish. A number of Lions were on hand welcoming family and friends on a tour of the Lions Club car, its constitution, and trivia about the Squamish Lions. Light food and refreshments were available with plenty of chatter about all of the accomplishments the Lions have achieved over the years.

2014 March 25

Squamish Lions Open House

Friday April 4, 2014 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Lions Club Car
West Coast Railway Heritage Park 39645 Government Road

Light refreshments will be served.

Come learn more about your Lions and the projects we are working on in the community.

2014 March 15

Squamish Lions Take First Place

The Squamish Lions Club enjoyed another great curling day at the Third Annual Pemberton Lions Club Bonspiel held at the Squamish valley Golf Course on Saturday, March 15. The bonspiel was a fundraiser for the Pemberton Club with eleven teams participating. Squamish was represented by the teams: Malcolm McEwen, Nelson Winterburn, John Lowe and Mike Jenson and Evan Sykes, Ron Geche and Lily Geche. The 6 hour event with four one hour games concluded with a social time of appies and prizes. A big thank you goes to the organizer, Dorothea Frisse from the Pemberton Club. We are pleased to announce that the team skipped by Lion Malcolm won first place with a total of 48 points out of a possible 56. We are all looking forward to next year.

2014 March 12

Important Notice

All feedback on proposed Squamish Lions Club Bylaws to be received by the Secretary NO LATER than Monday March 31st, 5pm

Proposed bylaws can be found under the MEMBERS ONLY section of this website.

2014 March 6

Squamish Elk's Visit the Lions Club

Squamish Elks Lodge #119 President Jeremy Purdie stopped by the Squamish Lions on March 6th to present them with a cheque for $600 for their efforts in helping with the 2013 Logger Sports Breakfast hosted by the Elks last August . Close to 900 breakfasts were served to Festival attendees in the parking lot adjacent to Panago Pizza and Save On Foods. The Squamish Lions hope to use the funds for various upcoming projects in the community. Look for the Lions and the Elks serving up delicious pancakes, eggs, and sausages at this year's Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival July 31 to August 4, 2014 (

2014 February 24

Squamish Lions Take On A Large Project

Once again, the Squamish Lions picked up the challenge to prepare a large quantity of food for a sports activity. This time it was the CVCC and the Payak requesting 700 bowls of chili to be served on site, some veggie and the rest beef.

The prep began with peeling & dicing of onions and garlic cloves by two people at the local Legion (the Lions had rented their kitchen) and the balance of work began to come together when the whole crew arrived mid afternoon. In total, eight people worked on this project:

Lion President Evan and his wife Jo, Lion Vice President Ron, PP Nelson and wife Colleen, PZC Mike, Lion Dave H, PP Malcolm.
A very special thank you to Colleen and Jo, the wives who assisted throughout the day.

After the cutting and mixing came the cooking and separating into manageable sized pots and serving trays. Work went on until 9:00pm! Then, after a night’s sleep for the chili and the cooks, the food was carefully loaded into a vehicle for transport to the Callaghan Valley, a distance of about 35 km.

Preparing 700 bowls of chili (30% veggie and 70% beef) was no easy feat, but the Lions worked through this to earn a tidy net profit of $1,375.00 which will support Lions projects both in the community and around the world in times of disaster.

Leftover chili (~25L) was donated to the Squamish Helping Hands Society along with 50 juice boxes and six boxes of hot dogs.

A big thank you to the members who worked long and hard to make this project a success. An extra big hug and thanks to the two ladies who worked tirelessly with us.

2014 January 27

District Governor Visits Squamish Den

On January 23rd, District Governor Peter Cheng joined the Squamish Lions for dinner and General Meeting as part of his annual A2 Club visit rotation. Joining the District Governor was 1st VDG Jimmy Ho, ZC Bob Rasmus, and Lynn Valley Lion Larry Bain. Dinner included homemade BBQ steak and mashed potatoes. A number of Squamish Lions came out to show their support with the largest meeting attendance of the year (so far). DG Peter's message to the Club included an emphasis on a need to donate back to the LCIF this year. Additional photos from the evening can be found under the GALLERY tab.

2014 January 19

Rick Mercer visits Squamish

Squamish Lion Nelson Winterburn spends a few minutes talking to CBC's Rick Mercer during recent filming at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park on Sunday January 19. For the full story, visit

Images from the event can be found here.

2014 January 14

Zone Chair Visits the Squamish Lions

Zone Chair Bob Rasmus and Lynn Valley Lion Larry Bain joined the Squamish Lions at their first general meeting of 2014 on Thursday January 9th. During their visit, Bob addressed the Club. Please click here to read his speech.

2013 December 16

Lions Holiday Dinner A Blast

A Pillow, hand blender, and knife set create some fun at this year's celebration

The CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre in Squamish provided a wonderful festive backdrop as 28 members of the Lions and their guests enjoyed cocktails on board the Car Alberta. Local Chef Gregg Van Heirden served a delicious meal including green salad and Pancetta wrapped spinach stuffed chicken breast. The meal was capped off with a healthy portion of decadent New York style cheesecake with fruit coulis. Holiday music created the tone of an elegant evening of laughter, stories, and friendship. The most spirited part of the night was the gift exchange back on board the Alberta. A body pillow, hand blender, knife set, and flask were some of the more popular items that experienced many owners as gifts were exchanged, stolen, and shared throughout the 'game'.

The Squamish Lions would like to extend a special thank you to General Manager Gordon Bell and his staff for allowing us access to this wonderful facility and Car for our celebration.

On behalf of all of the Lions, Happy Holidays!

2013 December 16

Squamish Host Quarterly Zone Meeting

On Saturday December 14, the Squamish Lions hosted twenty Presidents and Secretaries to the quarterly A2 Zone meeting. Along with usual Zone business, guests Julia Minnie and Patrick Stafford-Smith from the Special Olympics and Vancouver Adaptive Ski Program respectively joined us for special presentations.

2013 December 16

Lions are Joined by Guests from New South Wales

Bevin and Kay Hardy, visiting Lion and Lioness from New South Wales joined the Squamish Lions at the regular general meeting on December 5th. Bevin and Kay have visited the Club in the past as evident by the two Lions friendship banners we have hanging in our car. As very active members of the Lions and Lioness clubs back home, both Bevin and Kay had some excellent information to share. Welcome Bevin and Kay, glad you could join us!

2013 November 15

2013 Squamish Lions Holiday Dinner party

Sunday December 15, 2013
WCRHP CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre - Car Alberta
Buffet style dinner and limited bar service
$30/person with host bar
Dress: Squamish formal

Evening Menu
• Green Salad with Blueberry Ginger Vinaigrette
• Pancetta Wrapped Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast with Green Peppercorn Demiglace on Mushroom Rissoto and Steamed Vegetables
• New York Style Cheesecake with Fruit Coulis

There will be a 'Gift Exchange' after dinner. Please be sure to bring a wrapped gift valued NO MORE than $15.

Welcome aboard the Car Alberta and take a journey with your fellow Lions in celebration of another beautiful holiday season – its time to give back to yourself for a change. Cocktail services will begin at 5:30pm on board the Car Alberta (see history below) followed by buffet style dinner service prepared by legendary Squamish Chef Gregg Van Heirden. Guests will be seated at elegant dressed tables with traditional railway china at tables along the Car Alberta inside the CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre.

Tickets are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. All Lions and their guests are welcome. Tickets are $30/person and can be reserved by contacting Secretary David Thomson at 604-785-7010 or

Car Alberta
The car was built in 1929 as one of a fleet of 10 superintendent cars that were used by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) across the country until the late 1960s before being retired from active service. The car was then purchased and moved to a spur in Vancouver's Gastown area, eventually becoming known as the Railcar Restaurant.

After the business ran its course, Marathon Realty donated the car to the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) in March 2002. From there a search for a sponsor to fund the restoration was commenced and Vancouver businessman H.Y. Louie, the Tong and Geraldine Louie Family Foundation CEO, stepped up to the plate. Money was donated over several years to pay for the restoration.

2013 November 11

Lions Donate Beef-in-Bun proceeds to RCL #277

Once again in an annual full Club effort, with generous support from McLean Meats, over 160 'Beef-in-Bun' sandwiches were served by the Squamish Lions Club in honour of all Veterans who proudly serve our great Country. Eight hundred dollars was collected through 'by donation' sales of the traditional Beef-in-Bun sandwich with all of it donated back to the Legion to support Veteran services in the community.

2013 October 25

Remembrance Day Beef in a Bun

Branch #277 Royal Canadian Legion

For many years the Squamish Lions Club has sponsored a Beef in a Bun Lunch at the Legion lounge following the Remembrance Day Service and Wreath Laying ceremonies. The Legion now welcomes all guests, whereas at the outset the lunch was for marchers, Legion members, and bandsmen.

The beef is served with a bun and a small bowl of au jus plus condiments of horseradish, pickles, and sauces. As usual, beverages are available from the bar. And during the afternoon the Squamish Pipe Band puts on a brief performance of popular bagpipe music.

As each plate is served, the guest is encouraged to make a donation (suggested $5.00) and ALL money donated is turned over to the Legion for use in their various community programs. At the 2012 Remembrance Day event, $763 was presented to the Legion. The Lions Club bore the entire cost of ingredients to enable the Legion to receive the entire contents of the donation jar.

This year, the Squamish Lions are pleased to announce a partnership with McLean Meats who have graciously offered to provide 30 kilograms of beef for this year’s event.

2013 October 20

Lions bring the fun food elements to the Sea to Sky Family Fair

Mini flat grill, mini donuts, and fried onions, were all signature items on display and available to residents of the Squamish community on Saturday October 19th at the CN Roundhouse and Conference centre for the annual Sea to Sky Family Fair. Lions Mike, Dave and Malcolm along with effervescent Leo Claire, were on hand under white tent and behind the mini donut machine serving up fair-style favourites to over 600 people on hand for this annual family focused trade fair. McLean meats provided the phosphate and chemical free chicken dogs and pork chorizo sausage. The usual pop was replaced by juice and water in an effort to offer parents a healthier alternative to soda pop – but really, when they smelled those sugar coated mini donuts, all plans of a reduced caloric intake for the young ones was lost in the romance of yummy piping hot rings of batter. The six hour cookout ended in a near sellout of all available dogs and over 100 bags of mini donuts sold. Proceeds from the concession will be used to support community projects.

2013 September 16

Lions Help Deliver Major Fun at Mini Days

On Saturday and Sunday September 14 & 15, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, BC played host to a variety of fun, interactive activities for the community all themed around the word ‘mini’. Replacing the annual Harvestfest and incorporating elements from past successful Steamfest installations, Mini Days welcomed over 500 visitors over the two days to take part in a number of railroad themed activities; Speeder car rides, Pump car rides, CN Roundhouse Tours, Historical BrightBill House Tours, Mini Cooper automobiles display, Model railways, Garden railways, pony rides, 3km mini rail rides and of course, the Squamish Lions infamous mini donuts. Lion Malcolm and future Leo Claire were on hand dishing out over 300 dozen sugar coated deep fried circles of goodness. Lion Dave dressed the part and helped future Lion Rob offering rides to families on an actual pump car; accompanying and pumping families over 85 trips on the 200m section of track dedicated to the activity. The great turn out and bluebird skies surely added to the successful event guaranteeing it s return next year.

2013 September 1

Lions to Provide Concession Services at this Year’s S2S Family Fair

S2SThe Squamish Lions have accepted the invitation of the Sea to Sky Family Fair committee to offer concession services once again at this year’s event. Sea to Sky Family Fair gives younger children the chance to enjoy a fun filled day of fun and laughter in the Par T Perfect Fun Zone. Food on site and quality vendors makes it a whole day party! The Lions will be serving up their signature grilled hotdogs and fried onions, chips, and assorted beverages. For more information on the Fair, please visit