Distict Cabinet 2021/2022

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District Governor [DG]
Lion Sandy Heeralal-Judan

Lion Sandy became a Lions Member in 2000. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Lion Sandy is a proud mother of three wonderful children: Lion Mark, Lion Brian and Lion Natasha. Grace is her daughter-in-law, Lion Shaun is her son-in-law and Quentin is her grandson.

Lion Sandy has been awarded the Judge Brian Stevenson’s Award for contributions to Lionism and has earned the International President’s Membership Award from 2011-2012, 2015 to 2019. In addition, she has received the Diamond Centennial Award, District Governor’s Certificate of Appreciation from 2014 to 2019 and Centennial Club Organizer recognition from Lions Clubs International.

Currently, she holds the title of Governor of District A-711 for 2021-2022. In the past she has held several positions at the Club and District Level. She is a proud member of Toronto Centennial Lions Club, which she was instrumental in chartering in 2017. This Club is the Parent Club of two Club Branches: Toronto Tibetan Lions Club and Greater Toronto Area Brave Lions Club.

Her passion and belief in lifelong learning is the catalyst behind attaining a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Lions University. It has motivated her to further her studies and she is now working towards completing her Doctorate. Lions Foundation of Canada granted Lion Sandy Life Membership in 2007.

Fostering the Bridging of Cultures in our Communities is her mantra and she remains constantly involved in supporting and servicing clubs in our District, educational projects and First Nations initiatives. Advocating for Children and Youth is also close to her heart.

“Serving With Humility”

Toronto Centennial
Immediate Past District Governor [IPDG]
Tebo Richards

Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Lion Tebo (Terrence) RICHARDS is a member of the Thistletown Lions Club in the true spirit of the motto of Lions Clubs International (LCI) "WE SERVE". A Leo since 1991, then a Lion since 2001, he has served all Club Officer positions including Leo Advisor; Club President; Zone, Region, and District Chairperson; District and Multiple Global Leadership Faculty; District and Multiple District Convention Registrar; Cabinet Secretary; District Governor; Constitutional Area Team; and LCI webinar panelist.

As Lions of Canada celebrated 100 years of service in Canada from 1920-2020, Lion Tebo was elected to serve as the 2020-2021 District Governor A-711 the most populous District in Canada encompassing Toronto, Peel, Halton, Hamilton- Wentworth Regions; with over 1500+ Lions in over 80+ Clubs from Scarborough in the East, to Stoney Creek in the West, and from Nobleton in the North, to Lakeshore in the South.

DG Tebo was the first in his district to graduate from ALL levels of Leadership Development Institutes namely: Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP) first 3 in Canada; Faculty Development Excellence Series (FDES); Faculty Development Institute (FDI), Advanced/Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ALLI/ELLI), and was among the first ever graduates of Lions University i 2015 with a Bachelor (first in Canada), Masters (first in Ontario), and Doctorate (first in District). In recognition of his service to the association,

DG Tebo has received numerous awards, including 100% Attendance, Lion of the Year, Membership Key, Silver/Gold/Diamond Centennial Lion, Secretary/Zone Chair/Region Chair/District Governor Awards, several International President Certificate of Appreciation, and an International President Leadership Medal. A Certified Guiding Lion, Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow (PMJF), Life Member of Camp Dorset for kidney dialysis, Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, Knight of Camp Lake Joseph for visually impaired children, and Honorary Lions Guardian of Camp Huronda for children with diabetes.

DG Tebo has attended all District and Multiple District Conventions since 2007, all USA Canada Lions Leadership Forums since 2015, and all Lions International Conventions since 2014.

Hidden-fun-fact: DG Tebo was the first black person to graduate with a degree in Computer Science at the first Faculty of Computer Science in Canada, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB, Canada; a Postgraduate Honors Diploma in Information Technology from DeVry Calgary AB, Canada; and a Master's degree in Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University in Oakbrook Il, USA.

After serving over 20 years as a public servant working for Government rising to the rank of Assistant Deputy Minister/Permanent Secretary, followed by over 10 years in the private sector rising to Senior Management as Unit Head of MISD (Management Information Systems Department) of the ECCBank and IT (Information Technology) Manager of the a retail conglomerate TDC, DG Tebo started his own business www.terryfix.com providing services as a freelance business consultant specializing in Cyber Security and penetration testing as a Business Systems Analyst.

IPDG Tebo’s "PASSION FOR SERVICE" to the community extends beyond Lionism: as a member of 4-H Club, Boy Scouts, Cadet Corps, Rotaract/Rotary, Jaycees, and Toastmasters International. He is a Choir member, ordained Priest, serves as Deacon/Church Board Secretary, and Treasurer of his Lodge. He is married to Lion Dionne, with 5 children (Shawn, Elrick, Keilon, Terrence Jr, Terrell) and a proud grandpa of 1 beautiful grand-daughter Reign Alexandria Leila-Rose.

1st Vice District Governor [FVDG]
Ferdinand Coronel

Lion Ferdy (Ferdinand) Coronel is a charter member of Toronto Achievers Lions Club.

Join the Lions organization to serve the community while gaining organizational and leadership skills.

Lion Ferdy served with dedication as 2nd Vice-Governor, Nami Chair, Region Chair, Zone Chair, GLTMember, GMTMember, District Directory Committee Member, Convention Committee Member, Club President, Club Secretary, Membership Chair, MCC, Board of Director.

He has attended three International Conventions and four USA/CANADA Lions Leadership Forum.

A certified Guiding Lion, Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow. Graduate of both ELLI/ALLI Institutes, graduate of Lions University( Bachelors/Masters) & completed the Doctorate Course. He received 2 International President Appreciation, 2 DG Appreciation ,Outstanding Zone Chair Award, Leo Extension Award, Lion of the Year, President Award, Secretary Award.

He is a Life Insurance/Investment Advisor by profession for the past 27 years and an active member of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board as a Realtor.

Married to Lion Arlyne and blessed with three adult children. Lion Ferdy enjoys being a lion and loves to meet lions.

  Toronto Achievers
2nd Vice District Governor [SVDG]

District A1

  • Inducted as a Lion in February 2000 by PDG Peter Geene at the Westmount Lions Club in London, ON
  • attended 3 USA/Canada Forums, Halifax 2001, Peoria 2005, Grand Rapids 2007
  • Past Region Chair (2005-2006) and Past Zone Chair (2004-2005)
  • 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 since
  • Member of the Knights 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 2009 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 2014, currently Past President, Service Chair
  • Volunteered at the Lions International Convention in Toronto in 2014
  • CNIB Lake Joseph Chair since 2014
  • Volunteered with the Lions/CNE PeeWee Baseball snack bar since 2013
  • Attended the USA/Canada Forum in Omaha, Nebraska in 2016
  • Region Chair 32 - 2018-29
  • District Secretary 2019-2020, 2020-2021
  • Attended ALLI in Chicago November 2019
  • Elected 2nd Vice District Governor 2021-2022

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
A1-Bulletin Award – for Chatham Lions x4
100% continuous Perfect Attendance
Governor’s Award (A1)
Cabinet Secretary [CS]
Rolando dela Cruz

Lion Rollie started his Lionism in the Philippines and transferred to Wishing Well Lions Club where he became a District Governor in LY 2005-2006. He is a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellow, Life Member of Lions Clubs International and Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada.

He served at the Multiple District “A” as Extension and Retention Chairperson of the MERL Team for three years, In the district, he served as Cabinet Secretary, Global Membership Team Coordinator, Global Leadership Team Coordinator, Extension and Retention Chairperson.

He has attended School for Lion Leaders in the Philippines, Faculty Development Institute, Senior Lions Leadership Institute, Club Quality Initiative (CQI) Facilitator, Certified Guiding Lion Program and MERL Workshop. He graduated from the Lions University with Bachelor and Masters Degrees.

Lion Rollie is a recipient of an International President Medal Award, International President Leadership Medal Award, Grand Master Key Membership Award, District Governor Extension Medal Award, LCI Extension Medal Award, 5-Star District Governor Award, 10 International Presidents Recognition Certificates, LCI Zone Chairperson Medal award and various District Governor’s awards.

Lion Rollie, retired for 15 years, is married to Lion Lilia and blessed with three daughters and five grandchildren.

  Wishing Well
Assistant Cabinet Secretary [ACS]
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, Club Excellence Award and recently received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award [MJF]. He has participated and/or chaired most of the club’s community affairs initiatives to increase the visibility and enhance new and existing Lion’s 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 Assistant Cabinet Secretary for the past 2 years and freshly received the Melvin Jones Fellow Appreciation Award, District Environmental Chair 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.

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

  Toronto Mabuhay
Cabinet Treasurer [CT]
Alex Teliatnik

Lion Al became a member of the Oakville Lions Club in 2004, sponsored by PDG Surinder Sharma. Oddly, he was elected Secretary the following year. After practising in that position for a few years, he was asked to become the Treasurer of the Club. He has held that position for the past 10 years or so.

Lion Al is married to Arlene and has three children, Christopher, Lara and Erin and three grandchildren, Olivia, Grace and Eliza.

Lion Al likes to spend the spring summer and fall at his trailer in Sauble Beach where he can spend time with his wife and grandchildren.

Region 6 Chair
Onkar Rai

Rai has been a proud member of the Oakville Lions Clubs 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. Lion Onkar has serve as Zone Chair for 2 years in 6B.

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

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

- Zone Chair 6A
Nancy Burns

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

For District A711 I have just served my first year as Zone Chair, Region 6A and will continue in this position. I will continue to grow and share my knowledge and passion to serve others.

With a history of over 100 years of Lionism in my family, I strive to follow, "In giving to others, my reward is in their health and happiness".

I am committed to helping others for the betterment of those in need.

- Zone Chair 6B
Ron Hardy

Lion Ron became a Lion in August 2013. He is a proud and active member of the Aldershot Lions Club. He has served as the secretary in his club. He presently holds the position as club’s president. He volunteers also at the Halton Compassion Society ever since its inception. This organization serves as an emergency Food Bank for the less fortunate in the community. They provide clothing and hygiene products also as a service in their neighbourhood.

Lion Ron is a beacon in his community. He is dedicated and committed to serving with a smile. He is the proud recipient of the Aldershot Honor Award for volunteering service. He has been living in Aldershot since 1980. He is married to his wife Trish for forty-seven years. They have two daughters and five grand children.

  Burlington Aldershot
Region 7 Chair
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 (2018-2019) and club president (2019-2020). He is also a certified guiding lion and served at the district level as a zone chair for the year 2020-2021.

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. Also, as a health professional who worked with marginalized populations in the Global South, Lion Dr. Biswas would like to approach health as a population-based issue, rather than an individualistic one. Moreover, he does believe that every person and community should have the same opportunities to live a long and healthy life regardless of their socio-economic status. He is a strong advocate for improving health system globally with limited resources, coherent with specific needs of, and in collaboration with the community.

For the last 4 years Lion Dr. Biswas serving at Ryerson University, in capacity building training programs in the public health sector.

Toronto Global Doctors
- Zone Chair 7A
Munni Subhani

Various National and International Awards recipient Lion Ms. Munni Subhani is from Chittagong, Bangladesh, she came to Canada in the 1970s, and established herself as a cultural ambassador and philanthropist.

She is an accomplished Indian classical dancer, teacher, choreographer, singer, liberal arts advocate, public speaker, social influencer, founder of Therapeutic Healing Dance for Seniors and Physically challenged individuals.

Prior to being a Lion, Ms. Subhani has reached out to several community organizations in various Provinces of Canada as well as in USA to help build capacity by participating in their festivals and fundraising campaigns. As well, she has organised workshops for numerous interest groups. She has also served as a strong voice as both board member and advisor on various Women’s and other organizations. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She thanks her family, her Lions’ members, her Lions’ peers, and her Lions’ mentors for all the support she gets from them.

Toronto Beyond Difference
- Zone Chair 7B
Maria Theresa Reeves

Lion Maria worked over twenty-five years for a Trust Company as a Business Administrator. As a manager in 1984, she was awarded the Trust Companies Institute Business Education Certificate. She received her CCAP (Canadian Certified Administrative Professional) designation during this time and held, and continues to hold, many office positions. In 1998, Lion Maria took early retirement to start her own consulting firm: Reeves Administration. 

After learning about their purpose and mission to serve the community, Lion Maria decided to join the Toronto Central Lions Club in 1998. Lion Maria was thoroughly trained in the policies and protocol and was chosen to serve as both their President, as well as their Club Photographer. Lion Maria continued to serve in a leadership role and was president for three terms. During this period, Lion Maria also became an associate member of Toronto Beaches Lions Club. In 2016, Lion Maria became the President for the Beaches Lions Club.

Lion Maria has been routinely recognized throughout her time with the Lions and has been the recipient of many awards. Her top esteemed award was the Melvin Jones Fellow, which she received for her dedication and humanitarian services. As a celebration of her volunteerism and service, Lion Maria was invited to the 39th Annual Lions Day at the UN in New York City. A very proud moment for Lion Maria was when her grandson, Lion Drew Dawson, was inducted into Lionism at this international event. 

Lion Maria served as President of the Beaches Lions Club for a second term (2020-2021). She is looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities that come with being the Zonechairperson.

Toronto Beaches
Region 25 Chair
Mel Dempsey

Melvin James Dempsey (Mel) was born in 1939 in New Brunswick and migrated to Ontario in 1955. After completing 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, was promoted to headquarters as a core officer. Mel was a CPR and first aid Instructor as well as a Casualty simulator instructor.

Mel sits as Council chairperson of Emmanuel United Church Hamilton Ontario.

Mel joins Dunford Lions in 2007 and soon became club secretary2008 t0 2012. Lion Mel moved to Hamilton in 2013 and transferred to the Ancaster Lions Club, where he served as Vice President, Secretary 2014 2016and Club President 2016 - 2018.

- 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 fourth term as zone chair in 2021/23.

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 Vacant    
Region 32 Chair
Lion Ed Bosker

Ed 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. He was Zone Chair for Zone 32A and is incoming Region Chair for Region 32.

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

- Zone Chair 32A
Bruno Iaboni

Lion Bruno has been a member of the Weston Lions Club since 1998 with perfect attendance. He has been his club’s Vice President and was President in 2003-2004.

In the District, Lion Bruno has served as Zone Chairperson twice. He has also been the Lake Joseph Chairperson two years in a row.

He has attended many conventions and district events over the years. He has received several club and governor awards.

Lion Bruno is married to Cathy.

Lion Bruno is retired from CNIB where he was a Rehabilitation Teacher.

Lion Bruno enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

- Zone Chair 32B
Amanda Lok

Amanda Lok has been a Lion since 2018 after learning about Lions Clubs in her school’s email blast. She decided to join after hearing about the vast leadership opportunities for young people and the chance to give back to her community (which she missed doing after graduating highschool).

Amanda is the Club President of the Ryerson Campus Lions Club. She is currently the Zone Chair for 32B and the Campus Chair. After completing her first year of presidency, Ryerson Campus Lions Club was awarded “Affiliate Group of the Year” in 2020-2021 and a $500 cheque for the club’s outstanding excellence in adding the student life experience. She has also increased her club membership by 50% and is currently supporting the Lions Club at York University start up.

Amanda is entering her 5th year at the Human Resouraces Management Co-op Program at Ryerson University. She is also a Top 200 Program participant and was previously a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Student Assocation (CSRSA), Tri-Mentoring Program and Regenesis Ryerson. She has worked for the Toronto Public Library for over 5 years and has completed various Human Resources internships in the utilities, consulting and mining sector. Amanda resides in Scarborough with her family and is looking forward to cruising again in the near future.

Ryerson Campus
Region 34 Chair
Rick Evans

A lion since 2011 and the son of a Nobleton past president, Lion Bill Evans. I am a two-term past president of the Nobleton Club and have been a club officer in all but my first year of Lion’s service. I served as chairperson for zone 34A in 2020-2021.

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.

A recipient of an International President Award as the District A711 Marketing Communications Chairperson for 2020-2021, a Life Member of Lions Foundation of Canada and an Honourary Life Director for Camp Dorset.

I currently reside on the beautiful Legacy Pines Golf Course in Palgrave, Ontario with my lovely wife Karen and her 94 year-old mother Marion. Our daughter Jen, and son Jeff have given us 5 awesome grandchildren!

Life is Good!

- Zone Chair 34A Vacant Nobleton
- Zone Chair 34 B
Gary MacDonald

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
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.

For 2021-2022 fiscal year, Lion Verona is the Region 58 Chairperson, District Administrator and GLT Facilitator. She served as Zone 58A Chairperson in 2020-2021 and received the District Governor’s “Zone Chairperson of the Year Award”. In the past she has served as District Hunger Chairperson and is a Certified Guiding Lion.

As a member of the Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club, Lion Verona is the Marketing Communications Chairperson for 2021-2022. She has served as Immediate Past President, LCIF Coordinator, Club President (received the President Excellence Award & the Club was awarded the Model Club Award), 1st Vice President, Club Secretary, Director, and was the Chairperson of various service and fundraising committees.

Lion Verona has been recognized for her service & dedication at all levels and continues to be passionate about helping those less fortunate. Her leadership achievements speak to her passion. She has attended two Lions International Conventions, three USA/Canada Leadership Forums and six District Conventions. Lion Verona is an ELLI graduate and has completed her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Lions University and is working on completing her Doctorate.

As Region 58 Chairperson, Lion Verona is looking forward to supporting her Zone Chairpersons to effectively manage their Clubs, working with the Region to support the District Governor’s goals, and assisting wherever possible to enable all Clubs to have a successful year with a focus on reporting, service, and membership growth.

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 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.

Toronto Kaiteur
- Zone Chair 58A
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, Club Excellence Award and recently received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award [MJF]. He has participated and/or chaired most of the club’s community affairs initiatives to increase the visibility and enhance new and existing Lion’s 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 Assistant Cabinet Secretary for the past 2 years and freshly received the Melvin Jones Fellow Appreciation Award, District Environmental Chair 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.

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

Toronto Mabuhay
- Zone Chair 58B
Leslie Howard

Lion Leslie Howard is a Charter member of Malvern Onyx Lions Club in December 2005.

In addition to serving in various committees, served in many roles , including Director, Secretary, 3rd 2nd and 1st Vice President before being serving two terms as President . Lion Howard is an active member of various Community organizations and is currently serving in the position of Program Coordinator.

Lion Howard is now retired from the Ontario Public Service after 37 years of employment.

Malvern Onyx
- Zone Chair 58C
Cynthia Chu

Lion Cynthia became a lion since October 2016. She is currently the President of Toronto Cathay Lions Club, a first woman president of a club established for over 45 years. Working with the long tradition of lions had inspire her desire to pursue other leadership roles in Lions. Gladly taking on the Chairperson position of Hunger and involve in other committees in the District will be her goals.

  • Club Tailtwister in October 2016 to February 2017.
  • Appointed as Club Secretary in March 2017 to June 2018.
  • Re-elected as Club Secretary from July 2018 to June 2020.
  • Appointed as 1st Vice President in July 2020.
  • Stepped up to the role of Standing President in February 2021 to present.

She holds two awards, and recognitions for merits from her club: Most Valuable Lion (2016-2018) and Lion of the Year (2018-2019).

Lion Cynthia had completed the Certified Guiding Lions in 2018. She was appointed a GCL for the West Hill – Highland Creek Lions Club along with CGL Lion Slava Tsvetkov.

Lion Cynthia, an immigrant from Hong Kong in the 80s, a Case Manager at Fred Victor Centre specialized in Housing, Mental Health & Addictions and Certified WRAP (Wrap Recovery Action Plan) Facilitator. Her post-graduate degree in psychology & sociology, MSW at University of Toronto along with many years of experience gives her the extensive knowledge and clinical skills to help clients cope and overcome the challenges and struggles through the success of recovery.

Apart from her life in the lions’ activities, she is a dedicated and active member of her church, North York Chinese Community Church and plays an important role in leading a Women’s bible study group.

Her wish is to have more women realized that helping another woman win, cheering her on, praying for her or sharing a resource with her, does not take away from the blessings coming to them. In fact, the more you give, the more you receive. Empowering women doesn’t come from selfishness but rather from selflessness.

Toronto Cathay