Working together to end the stigma

There is strength in numbers and that is the belief held by the Stephenville Lions Club as it joined forces with the Consumer’s Health & Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labador, (CHANNAL) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to end the stigma regarding mental illness.

King Lion Dave Rex delivers a recitation of Smokeroom on the Kyle

March 6-12, 2016 was identified provincially as Stigma Awareness Week. During this time, special consideration is given to educating and making others aware of the stigma portrayed towards mental illness in today’s society.

During the 2nd annual Stigma Awareness Week Variety Show held on Friday, March 11 at the Stephenville Lions Club, those attending were entertained through an assortment of talents from drumming circles, to
singing, instrument playing to stories and poems about strength and love right down to a good old Newfoundland recitation by our own King Lion Dave Rex.

Admission was just $2.00 with all proceeds being donated to the Southwestern Housing Stability Initiative’s Community Cafés, a monthly event held at the Lions Club, to raise awareness of the housing and homeless needs in the local area while offering social inclusion for everyone, accompanied of course by a hot, delicious meal.

Max Jacobs sings a tribute to his friend James

In addition to community display boards with several prize draws and give-aways, folks were invited, through a unique 50/50 contest, to help take Stigma off the wall. With each 50/50 ticket purchased the buyer was invited to remove a post-it note that all together spelled stigma. Stephen Barry, the winner of $92.50 graciously donated the his winnings back to the cause.

Event coordinators Angel Osmond and Bonnie Rotchford

Not to forget the reason for the gathering, Max Jacobs, Provincial Operations Coordinator with CHANNAL in St. John’s sang a beautiful song in memory of his friend James who lost his battle with depression in 2014 and who continues to be remembered for the fun-loving person he was.

According to CMHA, “stigma reduction is one of the great challenges facing mental health  organizations,” however, it is believed that “education is the best means of preventing and eliminating discrimination.”  We all must do our share to end the stigma, to ensure the betterment of our people and our

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Stephenville Celebrates 63 Years of Lionism

It was indeed a celebration as members of the Stephenville Lions and Lioness Clubs, family and friends gathered to mark the monumental occasion of 63 and 62 years, respectively, of serving the Stephenville-Bay St. George area.

Special guests in attendance were N-3  District Governor (DG) Penny Pike, N-3 1st Vice District Governor (VDG) Valerie Clarke, Zone Chair Roy Sheaves, Lioness Edna Sheaves and Town of Stephenville Councillor Mike Tobin.  

During the evening, Club President Dave Rex touched on some of the many accomplishments the local club has achieved in this fiscal year thus far, including a successful bingo, monthly community cafés, thousands of dollars in financial donations, the rewarding partnerships with the Indian Head Co-op, the BSG Sick Children’s Foundation among others.  To add to this list of achievements, N-3 District Governor Penny Pike awarded the Stephenville Lions Club with the Centennial Service Challenge Award for 2014-2015 (for meeting the needs in areas of humanity, hunger, youth and environment). 

In addition to the club awards, several members received distinction awards for their above and beyond dedication to Lionism. Lion Les Hulan received the highest form of recognition, the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Awarded for his exemplary service to his club and the area it serves. Chevron Awards for decades of dedication were presented to: Lion Derik McKay for 10 years service; Lion Chris Tiller for 20 years of service; and Lion Jerry Patey for 40 years of service.

“To be a Lion is to be an active volunteer, a community member, a friend to people in need.” These words spoken by DG Pike rang no truer than when speaking about the dedication and drive behind it’s Charter members Lion Eric Lomond and Lioness Minette Shave who have been active since the beginning so many years ago. 

“We serve” the words that each Lion and Lioness of the Stephenville area commit to each and every day. Words that has been the mantra for over six decades. And as DG Pike said, these are the words that will continue to motivate members to strive to make “problems get smaller and communities get better.”

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N-3 District Governor Penny Pike presenting Club President Dave Rex with the Centennial Service Award
Charter members Minette Shave and Eric Lomond

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