A Lions Life of Service Celebrated!

Since December 1, 1964 the world has experienced much sadness and despair with world hunger in third world countries and 9-11; war in Vietnam and Iraq; exhilaration when man walked on the moon; racial freedom with the release of Nelson Mandela, technological expansion with personal computers; love and humanity with Lions Centennial and through it all one man continued to serve his community for the better of humanity.

Today, Lion Eric Lomond is celebrated among his fellow Lions for his 55 years of dedicated service to Lions Club International and his fellow humankind. Beginning his volunteer career in St. George’s, NL in 1964, Lion Eric and several other men in the area chartered the St. George’s Lions Club.

Raising his young family, Lion Eric eventually moved to Stephenville where he didn’t skip a moment of volunteering at weekly bingos, community events, fundraisers and more as a member of the Stephenville Lions Club. A club he, today, is still quite active in and can most often be found happiest in the kitchen.

Lion Eric was recently presented with a Certificate of Recognition from Member of the House of Assembly for the Stephenville-Port au Port area, John Finn. During his presentation, MHA Finn remarked on the importance of volunteering in our province and the world as a whole. He recounted stories his mother told him of Lion Eric and his grandfather as Lions in St. Georges, NL. He also spoke of the impact of Lions gathered in the room on his own life and thanked the Stephenville Lions for their continued contribution to the community. 

A surprised Lion Eric accepted his certificate from MHA Finn as his fellow Lions celebrated him with a standing ovation. Club President Lion Corinne Tulk, in turn, also congratulated Lion Eric on 55 years of volunteerism and thanked him and many others for decades of service as “positive role models with much to teach.”  


A Lion-A Natural Leader: Stephanie Cormier Chaisson Memorial Award Recipient

A devoted mother and dedicated worker, Stephanie Cormier Chaisson was a born leader.  As president of the parent committee of École Notre-Dame-du-Cap on the Port au Port Peninsula, for many years, she was an inspiration to teachers and students. 

Planning and organizing activities, meals, outings and fundraisers came naturally to her, and she sometimes dipped into her own pocket to ensure equality among all.  When her children were involved in sports, she encouragingly attended all events and led in the fundraising for any field trips or celebrations. Compassion, eagerness, motivation, good-spirit, confidence, tolerance, charm and dedication are among the many qualities that made Stephanie a wonderful leader. In memory of Stephanie Cormier Chaisson, the Bay St. George Status of Women Council in partnership with the College of the North Atlantic offers a leadership award to a Community Studies student who demonstrates leadership and compassion in their community and student life.

Women of Ecole Polytech Massacre remembered during candlelight vigil

On December 6, 2018 during a candlelight vigil remembering 14 young women whose lives were cut short at the hands of a violent man in Montreal, Lion Lenny Tiller was named the recipient of this award. 

Lion Lenny Tiller with past award recipient and presenter, Lion Brenda Dennis

Volunteering in many capacities, Lion Lenny believes 

“when you give to your community you will receive back 10 times the reward and we fight as community leaders which gives me hope that future generations won’t be faced with problems such as oppression, marginalization, pay equity issues, a crippling minimum wage system, and political division. Our job as leaders is to make a better tomorrow.”

As Lions, We Serve…our communities, our people…and together we make our world a better place. It is under leadership qualities such as those demonstrated by our younger Lions that the vision of Lions Club International will continue.

Lion Lenny is the fourth Stephenville Lion to receive the Stephanie Cormier Chaisson Memorial Leadership Award…he joins Lions Sharon Williston, Brenda Dennis and Daryl Oakley in his honour. 

Congratulations to all!

New Voices of Lions…Stephenville Leo and Lions members gather for remembrance and change!