For 25+ years, Rotary Club of Lions Gate has staged Canada Day for over 20,000 attendees annually.Our gallery features many photos from this happy event at which all our members volunteer. After months of planning, we work with the vendors, host the stage show, sell hot dogs, hand out cupcakes, answer inquiries, manage the many volunteers, and then clean up! Funds raised go to our North Shore charities.
Rotary Club of Lions Gate collaborates with three other North Shore Rotary Clubs to safely deliver Holiday partygoers to their homes in their own cars. The service is provided on weekends in November and December and on New Year’s Eve. In preparation, our Club members help to recruit volunteers and sponsors. On the ORN dates, we dispatch, drive, navigate, and provide a second escort car. Funds raised are used for North Shore youth projects.
Rotary Club of Lions Gate is proud to support the local Boys & Girls Club which offers North Vancouver youth with many worthwhile programs: after-school by providing a child-friendly, safe learning environment where the younger children learn social and life skills, and many other activities during the summer. We have supported the NorVan Club with a donation for new books and games for the children from our Literacy Fund; to have volunteered in many numbers for their 300-person Christmas Pancake Breakfast, arranged for the installation of some new kitchen equipment, and there are plans afoot for future hands-on projects.
On the last Saturday of every month, we gather at our adopted street, Edgemont Boulevard, don safety vests, and fortified by coffee, proceed to pick up litter along the street. We are rewarded by the many thank you’s from the shoppers and store owners.
Lookout Society supports and provides shelter for the North Shore homeless. We have a history of supporting Lookout, and have plans for even greater participation in the near future.
Another recent project, Cultivate is a sharing garden project. Produce grown by volunteers will be shared with needy organizations.
Turning Point is housing for women in recovery from addiction. We are in the process of donating equipment to the recently-opened facility on the North Shore.
We successfully indexed, stocked, shipped, and installed a library for the remote First Nations community of Oweekeno at River’s Inlet, British Columbia. The library which also included computers, was contained with a customized, donated modular unit. The story about our Club’s participation is here.
Rotary Club of Lions Gate has a long-standing relationship with the Salvation Army in North Vancouver, including annual kettle collections, Christmas lunches, and a state-of-the-art stove for their culinary skills training.
Nick Liem, a Club member is co-founder of the Sound of Hope School in Bali, Indonesia. The school, when complete, will be a self-sustaining trade school for hard of hearing children. Many other Rotary Clubs have given their support to this remarkable project, as has the Rotary Foundation with a grant, and the Canadian government.
Every year, Rotary Club of Lions Gate donates funds to buy a shelterbox. The box is shipped to somewhere in the world to shelter refugees from disaster, whether that disaster be extreme weather or war.
As we have been in existence since 1978, these are just a snapshot of the many projects we have participated in and contributed to during our many years of service to the North Shore and to the international community.
Rotary Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.