Distict Cabinet 2020/2021

Immediate Past District Governor
IPDG Dan Sibanda

Lion Dan Sibanda became District A711 Governor (2019-2020) in Milan, Italy, on July 5th, 2019. In addition to his role as the Immediate Past District Governor, he serves in the Multiple District A North American Membership Initiative (NAMI) team, where he is responsible for Member Retention initiatives.

He was a Charter Member of Bulawayo Aloe Lions Club in District 412 in 1989. He transferred to Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club in 2002 where he has been Club President three times. He was Region 6 Chair for two consecutive terms (2012-2014). His term as District Global Leadership Team (GLT) Coordinator ran from 2014 to 2017.

In his Lionistic career, PDG Dan has held every club-level Executive position (from Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, Club Membership Chair to Club President). This was coincidentally perfect preparation for his role as GLT Coordinator (2014-2017), where thorough knowledge of club administration is a vital skillset.

A strong believer in membership growth, PDG Dan has sponsored over ten (10) people into Lions in the last eight years. His tireless efforts led to the formation of the Emerging Leaders Lions Club in 2014 and he served as the co-Guiding Lion of the new club. As the District GLT Coordinator, his passion was identifying and developing future leaders. As District Governor (2019-2020), his efforts led to the reactivation of three previously cancelled clubs.

Having been a Lion for over 30 years, PDG Dan enjoys sharing his expert knowledge in lionism with all Lions across the District and Multiple District A. A Certified Guiding Lion and Melvin Jones Fellow, PDG Dan is a graduate of the Faculty Development Institute (FDI) and Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP). He has served, in one capacity or another, all the A711 District Governors since 2012, receiving numerous International Presidents' Awards, Medals and Certificates of Appreciation.

On a professional level, PDG Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer (Ontario) and a Chartered Engineer (UK). He holds a Masters degree in Business Leadership and is a Technical Services Manager with a company in the energy industry. He is also an active member in his community - having been, among other things, a Director at Carassauga Festival of Cultures for 6 years (2002 - 2008), and a member of the Elder Nomination Committee (2017-2018) at Portico Community Church, Mississauga.

Lion Dan is a father to three adult children and a proud grandfather to one. His wife, Lion Phoebe, is the current Region 6 Chair.

District Governor
Tebo Richards

Lion Tebo (Terrence) Richards was a Leo then a Lion for over 20 years in the true spirit of the motto of Lions Clubs International (LCI) - "WE SERVE". A member of the Thistletown Lions Club, Lion Tebo served with distinction in several leadership positions including Leo Advisor, Club President, Zone Chair, Region Chair, District Chair, Convention Registrar, Cabinet Secretary, District Trainer on District Global Leadership Team (GLT) since 2014, Facilitator for MDA RLLI in 2019, and LCI Webinar in 2020.

Lion Tebo has attended all District and Multiple District Conventions since 2007, all Lions International Conventions since 2014, and all USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forums since 2015. Lion Tebo is a graduate of ALL levels of Leadership Development Institutes namely: LCIP (Lions Certified Instructor Program Pilot) 2017; FDES (Faculty Development Excellent Series) 2016; FDI (Faculty Development Institute) 2015; ALLI (Advanced Lions Leadership Institute) 2014; & ELLI (Emerging Lions Leadership Institute) 2013. Lion Tebo was among the first ever graduates of Lions University programs with a Bachelor (2015), Masters (2016), and Doctorate (2017).

Lion Tebo has been recognized for his contributions to Lionism with awards including 100% Attendance; Lion of the Year; Membership Key; Secretary Award; Zone Chair Award; Region Chair Award; District Governor Awards; and International President Awards & Medal. Lion Tebo is a Certified Guiding Lion (CGL); Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF); Life Member of Camp Dorset Kidney Dialysis; Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada (LFC) Dog Guides; CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Knight of Lake Joseph Camp for blind, visually impaired, and deafblind; and Honorary Lions Guardian of Camp Huronda Diabetes Canada D-Camp for children with diabetes.

Lion Tebo has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science from the UNB, Fredericton, NB, a Postgraduate Honors Diploma in Information Technology from DeVry Calgary, AB; and a Masters of Science (MSc) in Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University, Oakbrook, Il, USA. A Business Systems Analyst, Lion Tebo started his own business www.terryfix.com providing services as a freelance business consultant specializing in Cyber Security and penetration testing.

His passion for service extends beyond Lionism as an active member of several community service groups and organizations including 4-H Club, Boy Scouts, Cadet Corps, Rotaract/Rotary, Toastmasters, and Junior Chamber International (JCI) St Kitts Jaycees. An ordained Priest and choir member, he also serves as Deacon, Cathedral Board Secretary, and is Treasurer of his Lodge. Lion Tebo is married to Lion Dionne, with five children: Shawn, Elrick, Keilon, Terrence Jr, and Terrell.

1st Vice-District Governor
Lion Sandy Heeralal-Judan

In the year of 2000, Lion Sandy joined Lionism. She is an educator with the Toronto District School Board and graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Lion Sandy is a proud mother of three wonderful children: Mark, Brian and Natasha.

Lion Sandy has been awarded the Judge Brian Stevenson’s Award and has earned several International President’s Membership Awards. In addition, she has received the Diamond Centennial Award, District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation from 2014 to 2019 and Centennial Club Organizer recognition. Lions Foundation of Canada granted her Life Membership in 2007.

Currently, she holds the title of District Cultural and Community Activities Chair and Youth Exchange and Camp Program Chair. In the past she has held the positions of Region and Zone Chair, as well as Guiding Lion. She is a proud member of Toronto Centennial Lions Club.

Her passion and belief in lifelong learning is the catalyst behind attaining Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Lions University. It has motivated her to work on her Doctorate.

“Fostering the bridging of cultures in our communities” is her mantra and she remains constantly involved in supporting and servicing, neighbouring clubs, educational projects and First Nations initiatives.

With humility, she is proud to serve.

2nd Vice-District Governor
Ferdinand Coronel

Lion Ferdy is a charter member of Toronto Achievers Lions Club. What attracted him to Join the Lions organization is the opportunity to serve the community while gaining Organizational and Leadership skills, He has attended two lnternational Conventions and Three USA/CANADA LIONS Leadership Forums. Lion Ferdy enjoys being a Lion and loves to Travel and meet new Lions, He was a Club President, Club Secretary twice, Membership Chair, MCC twice and active in various Club Committees.

He was elected Zone Chair 58B 2018-2019, Region Chair 58 2019-2020 and re-elected as Region Chair 2020-2021. Served as a member of the GLT 2019-2020, Convention Committee 2018-2020, District Directory Committee 2018-2020.

Lion Ferdy will serve as the NAMI COORDINATOR 2020-2021 and member of the GLT 2020-2021, GMT 2020-2021.

A certified Guiding Lion, Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow, Graduate of LCI lnstitutes (ELLI/ALLI), graduate of Lions University (Bachelors, Masters) & completed the Doctorate course. He received the DG Appreciation Award 2020, Outstanding Zone Chair Award 2019, Leo Extension Award 2019, Lion of the Year, President Award, Secretary Award.

Professional Life: Insurance/lnvestment Advisor for the past 26 years and an active member of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board as a Realtor (7 yrs.)

Happily married to Lion Arlyne the current Secretary of Toronto Achievers Lions Club and blessed with 3 adult children.

Cabinet Secretary
Ann Stevens

District A1

  • Inducted as a Lion in February 2000 by PDG Peter Geene at the Westmount Lions Club in London Ontario
  • attended 4 USA/Canada Forums, Halifax 2001, Peoria, Grand Rapids
  • Past Region Chair and Past Zone Chair
  • Youth Exchange Chair and Camp Director for 4 years
  • Attended Lions Quest training & Completed the Guiding Lion Course
  • First attended CNIB Lake Joseph in 2001 & have attended every work weekend ever since
  • Member of the Nights of Lake Joseph since about 2002
  • Past President, Secretary, Tail Twister, Lion Tamer, Newsletter Editor
  • Sponsored 3 new Lions
District A7-11
  • Transferred to A7-11 in 2008 to the Brampton Village Lions
  • Volunteered at the Blue Jays giveaways with Weston Lions since 2009
  • President, Secretary for Brampton Village Lions
  • Transferred to Weston Lions in 2013, currently President
  • Volunteered at the International Convention in Toronto in 2014
  • CNIB Lake Joseph Chair since 2014
  • Volunteered with the Lions/CNE PeeWee Baseball snack bar for 3 years
  • Attended the USA/Canada Forum in Omaha, Nebraska in 2016
  • Region Chair 32 - 2018-29
  • District Secretary 2019-2020

Awards received:
Helen Keller Award
100% President's Award - Chatham Lions
International President's Certificate of Appreciation
President's Appreciation Award - Chatham Lions
District A-1 Bulletin contest winner
International President's Commendation
Bulletin Award - x4
Assistant Cabinet Secretary
Eliseo Galindo

Lions Clubs International (LCI) motto is simple, but it says it all “We Serve”. Lion Eli joined Lions in 2010. An active member of the District A711 Toronto Mabuhay Lions Club, he currently serves as Club Administrator. He has held all key positions within the club.

A Certified Guiding Lion, he has been recognized for his contribution to Lionism with awards including Lion of the Year for 2 terms, 100% Attendance Award and recently received the Club Excellence Award. He has participated and/or chaired most of the club’s community affairs initiatives to increase the visibility and enhance new and existing Lions opportunities.

Over the years, Lion Eli has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Toronto. He also organized the first ever Mabuhay Shoot Fest fundraising event in 2017.

At District level, Lion Eli has served as District Environmental Chair for the past 2 years and Registration Co-Chair for the 2017 district convention. He has also consistently attended the A711 club officers training. A sports enthusiast, Lion Eli is passionate about chess, basketball, bowling and martial arts.

He completed online training and gets credits for Bachelor’s and Masters Program at the Lions University

Lion Eli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce – Business Management from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He works at the Home Depot as a Department Manager.

Lion Eli is married to Myra Galindo and has two daughters, Nicole and Angelique.

Cabinet Treasurer
Jim O'Breza

Lion Jim has been a member of the Burlington Lions Club since 2007 He has served as club Treasurer for the past 13 years He has served on the Finance, Funding, Membership, Market and several other Committees in the club. He was the Organizing Chair for the 90th Birthday Celebration and organized the annual Youth Night Project for many years

In the District Lion Jim has served as Cabinet Treasurer for 2 years and 6B Zone Chair for 2 years. Served as Convention Treasurer for the past 2 years.

He has attended several Conventions and many District meetings over a number of years. At the club level he has received the Lion of the year award and the International Melvin Jones award.

At the District level he served on the Disaster committee and VIP Car Rally.

Lion Jim is a widower who was married to his wife Audrey for over 50 years. He has 3 daughters, 4 Adult Grand Children and 4 Great Grand Children.

He is a retired Controller. Other positions he held were Cost Accountant, Banker and a Consultant during his career.

During his Lifetime he was an active Ten Pin Bowler, Fastball Player and Golfer as well as other Sports.

His Volunteer activities included mentoring a winning Junior Achievement company, Coached Youth fastball, Executive Member of the Brockville Ten Pin Association (ABC) that redeveloped the organization. Established the Youth Ten Pin Bowling organization (YBC) in Brockville.

He was a certified bowling instructor and he developed and coached a high school bowling league.

Assistant Cabinet Treasurer
Patricia Matheson
Region 6 Chair
Phoebe Kagumba-Sibanda

Lion Phoebe became a Lion on July 1, 2010 when she joined Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club. She was motivated to become a Lion after attending several Lions activities, and getting to learn and understand the role of Lions in service in the community. Ordinary people doing Extraordinary stuff!

Lion Phoebe rose through the ranks to serve as Club Treasurer, 2nd and 1 st Vice President and completed three years as Club President from 1 st July 2016 to June 30th 2019. As a Lion, she has participated in Club fundraising and service projects such as Community Park Cleaning, Food Bank, Bingo fundraisers, Counselling, Dog Guides, Diabetes Awareness and service to Community members going through a rough patch.

Lion Phoebe is a Melvin Jones Fellow and Certified Guiding Lion. She served as co-Guiding Lion in the formation of the Mississauga Emerging Leaders Lions Club (chartered in 2014). She was also instrumental in the chartering of the Mississauga Leo Club (April 2019) where she is their co-Leo Advisor. Both Clubs are sponsored by Mississauga Cooksville Lions Club. Keen in seeing her home Club grow in membership and its community presence, Lion Phoebe sponsored two Lions in the 2018/19 Lions Year. Phoebe is the immediate past Zone 6A Chair.

Lion Phoebe enjoys travelling and interacting with citizens of the world. She is currently working in one of the ‘Big Five’ Canadian Banks as a Consultant. She serves actively in her church family - Portico Community Church (Mississauga), and has leadership roles within the Kenyan Community in Ontario.

As Region 6 Chair, Phoebe is keen to see a greater presence of Lions in action within Region 6 communities, and an increase in membership. She is looking forward to partnering with the Club Presidents, Zone Chairs and members of Region 6.

Lion Phoebe is a mother to three adult children who are all Lions, and Grandma to Moses! She is married to immediate past District Governor (2019/2020) Dan Sibanda.

  Zone Chair 6A
Nancy Burns

Lion Nancy has been a member of the Streetsville Lions Club since 2006. She has served as Membership Chair (2008 & 2010), 1st Vice President (2013), President (2014 & 2015), and currently Secretary since 2016.

Nancy has a long family history of involvement in Lionism with the Streetsville Lions Club. Father Lion Jim Hammond Sr. ( 40 years) sister Gayle Hammond a lioness (10 years) brother Jim Hammond Jr. (25 years and still active) and as well her spouse Lion Bob Handley has been in the Streetsville Club for 11 years.

She is employed with VON Peel Community Support Services for nearly 10 years as an administrative assistant serving our community.

She is committed to helping others for the betterment of those in need.

With years of family guidance in Lionism, Lion Nancy strive's to follow; "In giving to others, my reward is in their health and happiness"

Peace and Love

  Zone Chair 6B
Onkar Rai

Lion Onkar Rai has been a proud member of the Oakville Lions Club since 2008. Over the years, at club level, Lion Onkar moved progressively through the ranks from Junior to Senior Director, 1st and 2nd Vice President and on to assume the position of President.

He has served on several committees including Fundraising (Chair), Health and Welfare, Annual Golf Tournament, Annual British Car Show (Chair) and has played a vital role in several program activities within the Club.

At the District Level, Lion Onkar served on the 2019 Convention Planning Committee and was instrumental in organizing the District's Hospitality operation.

Professionally, Lion Onkar is self-employed in the Food Services for almost 20 years and was at one time a multi unit owner.

Lion Onkar is married to Susan and they have two children, a daughter named Sumanpreet and a son Navraj.

Region 7 Chair
Abdullah Gamandie

Lion Abdullah joined San Juan/Barataria Lions Club. Dist. 60A in 1984. Served on several club positions including Club President in 1988/89. Transferred to Toronto Bathurst Lions Dist. 7 A in 1990.

Lion Abdullah continue to serve on several committees and club positions. He became President in 1994/95, 2003 to 2008 and 2013/2018.

At District level Lion Abdullah served as Zone Chair in 1997/98, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2019/20. also assisted in the amalgamation of Dist. A7 and A11 to become A711.

Continue to served the District as Region Chair in 2000/01, 2002/03 and 2013/14 also served as District Youth Exchange Chair, Leos Chair, Lions Opportunities for Youth Chair and Sight First 2 Coordinator.

Lion Abdullah a LCI Life Member, Melvin Jones Fellow, Certified Guiding Lion, Graduate of Advanced Lions Leadership Institute - 2014. Lions University Graduate - Bachelor Program.

A Recipient of 100% Perfect attendance, 100% President Award, sponsored several new members to Lionism and have started two new Leos Club under PDG Paul Baker.

Lion Abdullah has attended six International Conventions and two USA/Canada Forum. A past member of Jaycees International. Now retired after working for the TTC.

Married to Joan(Raziya) and has Three adult Children and four Grand Children. Key interest in Formula One racing, Cricket and Basketball.

  Zone Chair 7A
Dundas Kwok

Lion Dundas Kwok has been a Lion for almost 15 years. As an active member of the Toronto Cathay Lions Club, he had served as Club Secretary, Club Treasury, Club First Vice President and 4 terms as Club President.

Lion Dundas had the position of Zone Chair 2016-2017 and Region Chair 2017-2018. Lion Dundas was also involved in District activity on Youth Exchange Program.

Lion Dundas attended the Lions University and earned both Bachelor and Master designation. He also attended the Guiding Lion Certification.

During the term 2018-2020 as Club President, he successfully raised funds for various organizations such as

  • Markham Stouffville Hospital,
  • Chung Wah Chinese Heritage School,
  • Donation to Fred Victor to support the homeless,
  • Across U hubs (Youth Program),
  • Donated 6,000 face masks to Hong Kong through coordinating with oversea sister Lions Club Kwun Tong in Hong Kong. In 3 months, they reciprocate the same gesture 6,000 face masks pick up by Markham Stouffville Hospital to support frontline medical workers,

Lion Dundas is a Professional Fellowship of Real Estate Institute of Canada. He is a real estate developer and Is partner of real estate brokerage firm.

  Zone Chair 7B
Dr. Mohammad Biswas

Lion Dr. Mohammad Biswas joined Toronto Global Doctors Lions Club as a charter member in 2018 and holds positions including club LCIF coordinator and club president. As an internationally trained medical doctor from Bangladesh, he served his Bangladeshi rural communities for 6 years through various research-based, non-profit health organizations, focusing on primary health care initiatives. For the last 3 years Lion Dr. Biswas serving at Ryerson University, in capacity building training programs in the public health sector.

Region 25 Chair
Stan Eastman

Region Chairman Lion Stan Eastman was born in 1950, in Kelowna, B.C.

  • Moved to Port Colborne, Ontario, 1962
  • Married Christine in 1969
  • Moved to Stoney Creek 1982
  • Joined Stoney Creek Lions 1994

Served as:

  • President 2 times
  • Secretary

Other Executive Positions:

  • Chairman of many Activity Committees
  • Co Chaired The Hamilton Lions Clubs Christmas Parade Float
  • Chairman of The Hamilton Area Lions Clubs Children’s Wish “Walk for Wishes”
  Zone Chair 25A
Rick Mallon

Lion Rick has been a proud member of the Dundas Lions Club since 1979. He served as secretary before becoming president in 1985/86. He served as Deputy district governor in1987/88 and 88/89. he was cabinet chair in 89/90. He was the MDA convention vice chair in 1991.

Lion Rick was president in 2013/14. He served a second term as zone chair in 2014/15 . He served the district as region chair 2015/16,2016/17 , 2017/18 and 2018/19.

He served his club as president for the third time in 2019/20. Rick begins his third term as zone chair in 2020/21.

Rick is a life member of LFC and received a Melvin Jones Fellowship from his club in 1991.

Lion Rick is married to Elaine for 31 year and they have two adult children who follow in serving their community as high school basketball coaches.

  Zone Chair 25B
Melvin James Dempsey

Melvin James Dempsey (Mel) was born in 1939 in the province of New Brunswick and migrated to Ontario in 1955. After finishing High School, Mel attended Ryerson Trade School and later took photography courses at George Brown College.

Mel served with Saint John Ambulance for twenty years. He was a divisional officer, then was promoted to headquarters as a core officer. Mel was a CPR and first aid Instructor as well as a Casualty simulator instructor.

In 1998, Lion Mel was inducted in the The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem at the grade of Serving Brother. In 1992, he was up grade to the rank of Officer with the title Melvin James Dempsey of Sir and Initial O, St. John.

Mel sits as chair of Faith and Worship committee in Emmanuel United Church Hamilton Ontario.

Mel worked as a heavy equipment tech in the Lasco steel plant in Whitby. He was promoted to full time Health and Safety officer and worked in that position for 25 years.

Mel join Dunford Lions in 2007 and soon became secretary. Lion Mel moved to Hamilton in 2013 and transferred to the Ancaster Lions club where he served as Vice President, Secretary and Club President. He became Zone Chair for 25B in 2018.

Mel’s passions are photography and craft jewelry, and Lions’ charitable work.

Region 32 Chair
Consuelo Julien

Lion Consuelo Julien was introduced to Lions International over 20 years ago. Having been involved with community activities in Montreal, where she grew up, Consuelo wanted to continue that grassroots community involvement in her new home, Toronto.

Lion Consuelo has been a member of the Toronto Onyx Lions Club for the past four years and has held the positions of Club President and Secretary. Prior to joining Toronto Onyx Lions, she served under the Club banners of The Toronto Annex Lions Club and was a Chartered Member of the Toronto Pan Music Club.

Her involvement as a member of these clubs has been enriching. It allowed her to experience the true breadth and depth of Lionism and helped shape her desire to pursue other leadership roles in Lions. Over the years, she has participated in Lions community activities such as food and clothing drives.

Lion Consuelo has served as Zone Chair, District A711, 32B for 2018-2019, and has graciously accepted the new position of Region Chair for 2019-2020. She will continue to do her utmost during her term. Her goal this year is to continue promoting collaborations amongst the clubs and strengthening alliances in the promotion and execution of community activities.

Lion Consuelo is married to Barry, who is also a Lion. They have been together for over 28 years. They are parents to Brandon and Jeanelle. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and personal development training.

  Zone Chair 32A
Lion Ed Bosker

Lion Ed Bosker joined the Wyoming Lions Club in 1981 and was invited to join by his brother-in-law at the time. Ed then transferred to Sarnia Township Lions because of moving to Sarnia area. Ed held the position of Bulletin Editor in the club.

After moving to Chatham, Ed transferred to the Chatham Lions Club. Ed initiated the Chatham Lions Breakfast, which also had a special series pin, that he designed, featuring a different plane each year. The first, tenth and twentieth year featured the Snowbirds. This is where he held the position of Bulletin Editor, President, Secretary and Tail Twister. He also moved up to Zone Chair and Region chair for District A1. Ed was asked to be Environmental Chair, Hearing Chair and then the Youth Exchange Chair the following year. Ed was also a part of a convention committee one year. While in Chatham he also assisted with helping to raise funds for the Children of Chernobyl.

Ed has received a Helen Keller, International President's Award, and Presidential awards. The Chatham Lions also made all members Knight's of the Blind for Lake Joseph. He has attended 25+ years at the Lake Joseph CNIB work weekend. He left Lions in 2005.

In 2008, he started assisting with the CNE/Lions PeeWee Baseball when he was in Toronto and has continued to assist with the Weston Lions Blue Jays giveaway, and finally rejoined Lions in 2013 and is a member of the Weston Lions. In 2019 Ed was asked to be the Camp Dorset and Camp Huronda Chairs.

Ed Bosker was born in Delfzijl, Holland. His family had 6 sisters. That's why he came to Canada in 1967.

  Zone Chair 32B
Lion Barry (Brandon) Mural

Barry was introduced to Lionisim by his wife Consuelo.

He was a chartered member of the Pan Music Lions Club. He later joined the Annex Lions club where he held various positions and is now a member of the Toronto Onyx Lions Club. His first appointment in the Toronto Onyx club was that of third V.P. He then moved up to second V.P. and currently holds the position as club President.

Barry has attended many Lion training seminars including the Guiding Lions seminar. He has taken part in many endeavors with his club, weather they were fund raising, assisting in community events, or just having fun with his fellow Lions.

Barry attended Holy Cross College in Arima, Trinidad W.I. He is also a scholarship winner and graduate of both The Hilton International Culinary School and Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology where he studied Hotel Management. Throughout his career he has held senior management positions in several hotels such as Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Manager and General Manager of Five Star Hotels in Western Canada and The Caribbean. He has had the privilege of managing one of the top fifteen resorts in the world. Barry also formed his own hospitality consulting company "Five Star Hospitality Consulting which he presently operates. He also has a keen interest in the Forex market and enjoys analyzing and investing with different currencies.

He is married to his wife Consuelo and is famous for driving her to Lion meetings all over the GTA. They have two children Brandon and Jeanelle. He is also a Dad to two birds Salsa, and BJ and the family's Pug Russel Caper.

Region 34 Chair
Mary Lou Pollock

Lion Mary Lou was born in Oshawa and has lived in Brampton for over 25 years. She was originally introduced to Lions by her parents, who both held cabinet positions in A16. Lion Mary Lou has been a lion since 1996 and is an active member of the Brampton Bramalea Lions Club. She has attended 5 International Conventions and a Lions Day at The United Nations.

Mary Lou has served in several positions in her club – she is the current Club President, a position she has held twice before. She has been Region 34 and Zone Chair 34B several times before. Mary Lou is the recipient of the Helen Keller Award, Life Member of Camp Dorset and Lions Foundation of Canada. She has three District Governor’s Appreciation Awards.

Mary Lou is co-District Chair for Special Olympics with Lion Gary MacDonald and raised over $15,000 for the Special Olympic Ontario Summer Games held last summer in the Peel Region. She has volunteered with Special Olympics Healthy Athlete and with Special Olympics Brampton.

Mary Lou graduated from George Brown College as a Power Engineer and is currently employed in Condominium Management. Her hobbies include scuba diving, travel and genealogy. Her daughter is a coach for Special Olympics. Both her daughter and granddaughter are members of Brampton Bramalea Lions Club.

  Zone Chair 34A
Rick Evans

“I am one of those people who wakes up every morning eager to face the day and tackle whatever challenges come my way!”

A lion since 2011 and the son of a Nobleton past-president, Lion Bill Evans. I’m starting my 2nd consecutive year as President of the Nobleton Club and have been a club officer in all but my first year of service.

A Certified Sales Professional (CSP) as recognized by the Canadian Professional Sales Association, with over 30 years of experience in that capacity, as well as a licensed mechanic and Gas- Fitter. I am also a former professional photographer.

Being a recognized trainer in the propane industry, and working as an adult tutor with the Literacy Council of York Simcoe, has made me a very comfortable speaker who can easily, and effectively, create and deliver presentations and printed materials. I have become well known as a communicative leader of both people and processes.

Having completed the educational portion, I will (hopefully) be attending the 2020 USA/Canada Leadership forum in September to complete my Lion’s University Bachelor’s degree. I have also completed the in-class portion of the “Guiding Lion” program.

I still work closely with the Newmarket Club in district A-16 where I first joined Lions. I have done all of the effective speaking scorekeeping for their club, as well as the A16 district contest for the last 9 years.

I am the recipient of a District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation in 2019-2020, a Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada and an Honourary Life Director for Camp Dorset.

I reside on the beautiful Legacy Pines Golf Course in Palgrave, Ontario with my Lovely wife Karen and her 93 year old mother Marion. Our daughter Jen, and son Jeff have given us 5 awesome grand-children! Life is Good!

  Zone Chair 34B
Lion Gary MacDonald

Lion Gary MacDonald has been a Lion since January 2015 at the Huttonville Lions Club. He needed to find something rewarding to fill his time since retiring and has found it in at Lions service.

He enjoys his involvement in fundraising and attending events for Special Olympics Ontario, which he has always had passion for. He was co-District Chair for 3 years with PDG Harold Hobson and Mary-Lou Pollock and is presently A711 Chair of the Special Olympics. He is also Zone 34B Chair

He also has been Sergeant-of-Arms for the A711 Convention for the past 3 years. As a member of the Huttonville Lions Club, he has served as President for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. He was awarded the Melvin Jones award in 2019.

Lion Gary enjoys visiting other clubs and helping out; for example, attending at Camp Nokomis for kitchen duty, helping at the snack bar during Pee Wee baseball, helping Caledon Lions at the Bethel Hospice fundraising event, attending various clubs fundraisers, as well as other activities, which gives him a well-rounded insight into different activities and projects of various Lions Clubs.

He is a retired custodian with the TDSB (35 years) and lives in Brampton with his wife of 5 years, Sherry, and their “child” Dolce (the dog).

Region 58 Chair
David Chan

A Lion for over ten years and Immediate Past President of Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club, Lion David has gained extensive knowledge in Lionism.

He is also;

  • An ELLI & ALLI Graduate
  • A Lions University Bachelors & Masters Graduate
  • A Certified Guiding Lion

Lion David has attended seven Lions Clubs International Conventions and one USA/Canada Leadership Forum.

He has consistently demonstrated his ability to organize projects within his community and his ultimate goal is to use these same skills for the betterment of Region 58.

Lion David plans to promote Children Pediatrics’ Cancer Project, strengthen LCIF’s initiatives, and widen Lions’ global service activities (hunger & Food Banks, protecting the environment and strengthen the wheels on meals program).

  Zone Chair 58A
Verona Payne

Lion Verona Payne has been an active member of the Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club since October 2014. Since then, her keen interest in learning about this great organization and the incredible work Lions are doing around the world have driven her passion for serving and learning.

Lion Verona is the Club's Immediate Past President and was Club President since January 2019. She held many roles within the Club and served as 1st Vice President, Club Secretary, Club Director and Chairperson of various committees. Lion Verona served as the District Hunger Chairperson, District Administrator-East and member of the District’s New Voices Committee. She has received recognition and many awards for her service & dedication and continues to be passionate about helping those less fortunate.

Lion Verona’s leadership achievements speaks to her passion. She has attended two Lions International Conventions, two USA/Canada Leadership Forums and five District Conventions. Lion Verona graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Lions University, is a Certified Guiding Lion and an ELLI graduate. She conducted the District Club Secretary training in May 2019 and is a part of the GLT facilitator team for 2020 - 2021.

Lion Verona currently works in the Legal Department of a chemical manufacturing & distribution company. Prior to this, she built a career with one of the major banks and among other roles was an instructor with the Training & Development Centre.

Lion Verona is looking forward to serving the District and its Clubs.

Lion Verona is the mother of three and grandmother of six. She continues to work hard to achieve a healthy balance between spending time with family, working and giving back to the community.

  Zone Chair 58B
Estela Lorenzo-Castro

Lion Estela has been a Lion since 2000 under the Toronto Golden Vision Lions Club and has served several positions including Director, Membership Chair and Secretary then transferred and become a chartering member of Toronto Maharlika Lions Club in 2014. She become a Director (2014-15), two term Treasurer (2015-17) and IP President (2018-19) of that club. LCI coordinator 2019-2020. She received numerous awards like: Centennial Club Organization-Extension Award LY 2017-2018, 2 Membership Key Awards, Club President Excellent Award LY 2018-2019, LEO Club Sponsoring-Extension Award LY 2018-2019, International President Certificate of Achievement Award LY 2018-2019, Zone Chair Appreciation Award 2019-2020.

Lion Estela chaired the Environment program, Certified Guiding Lion until 2022, and co-chaired in organizing three Leo clubs (2018-19). She's an active member who participates in Lions activities, and volunteers with different projects and fundraisers, such as Feed the Hunger, Diabetes Awareness, Cancer and Recycle for Sight.

She attended several District A-711 Conventions, the International Convention in Toronto (2014), as well as the 100 Years International Convention in Chicago (2017).

Lion Estela graduated in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has a certificate in Computer Programming and Medical Office Assistant (Ontario).

She is married to PRC and Leo Chair Lion Alex. They have two children, Leo Mikhail who is the Chartered President of Toronto Radiant Leo Club Omega) and Leo Alexa who is a Chartered Treasurer of Toronto Maharlika Leo Club (Alpha)