Rev. Vance honoured for her community work

Bench designed and created by Lion Tony Menchenton
Stephenville Lions Club honoured Rev. Kathryn Vance with a bench in her name presented to Aunt Jean’s Place for her contributions to Stephenville and the Bay St. George area. Aunt Jean’s Place is the result of a vision Rev. Kathryn had to help those she came in contact with regularly in her career as a United Church minister. Turning her house into a home for those finding themselves without a roof over their heads is just one of many sacrifices this woman has given throughout her years in the ministry.

With a vision and help from the Southwestern Housing Stability Initiative and the Community Education Network, in 2012, Rev. Vance sought out grants and funds to offset the costs of renovating the upstairs of her newly purchased home to 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and a small kitchenette/living area, along with the addition of a separate entry way and family suite for residents.

Aunt Jean’s Place offers refuge for those experiencing emergency and transitional housing needs. Rev. Kathryn many times left her bed after receiving a phone call from AES, the RCMP or the Salvation Army.
Since its official opening in June of 2012, hundreds of people down on their luck has received shelter and a new start at Aunt Jean’s Place, thanks to the selflessness of one woman who, is very similar in nature to the house’s name sake.
Aunt Jean was a ” wise, honest, hard-working, and loving woman who had a great sense of humour and a distinctive laugh. She was a great listener and comforter to any who were experiencing hardship. If able, she would do what she could to help people help themselves.  One of her gifts that she took great delight in was the gift of hospitality. One always felt welcome at “Aunt Jean’s Place” no matter what age or social position.
Aunt Jean died on December 21, 2009. This home is named in memory of her and the many times she offered safety and shelter in the storms of life.”
On August 28, 2016 Rev. Vance will begin the next phase of her life upon her return to Ontario to spend her “retirement” with her family. Anyone who has had the privilege of knowing Rev. Vance knows that this wonderful lady does not understand the concept of retirement. The Stephenville Lions Club wishes her success and a long life of contentment and happiness in whatever life brings her.

Lions celebrate our youth!

13909430_1110057145720976_7247368287347927117_oWhenever Lions have the opportunity to interact with community members while assisting, we are all over it and today was no different…except for one thing…we got to interact with some awesome and inspiring young people in our community.

Partnering with the Community Youth Network and the Housing Stability Initiative, we were able to celebrate International Youth Day during our monthly Community Cafe. 13912545_1111121438947880_2008645154440262500_n186 people walked through our doors at the Stephenville Lions Club to enjoy a fun-filled couple of hours as we were entertained by talented young people, met new friends during a game of Community Bingo, dressed up for a selfie with friends, some even decided to be a tiger for the day by having our face painted.  Thanks to the friendliness of so many 20160811_120359volunteers dressed in colorful tees, all patrons were treated to a delicious meal prepared in part and served up by Lions.

Not only was it a great day of fun, but there was much to learn. Fourteen community organizations displayed their programs and services from easy ways to have fun while exercising, to eating healthy for cheap, learning how to be a part of the largest service organization in the world (this is the Lions Club, for those who didn’t know) and how to keep our mental health positive.20160811_111327 - Copy

All who joined in the celebration walked away touched in some way by our youth. On August 12, and every day, take a moment to recognize all the good being done by youth in your community.