Our Founders. Focused on service, the Lions Clubs were established in 1917 to bring together volunteers and serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.
In 1920, the Lions became international when the first club was established in Canada. Soon after, clubs were formed in British Columbia to continue the Lions’ mission of the betterment of their communities.
Over the decades, the impact of the Lions Clubs in British Columbia and the Yukon is evident on sign posts, playgrounds, buildings, and local gardens in cities and towns in all corners of the provinces. Their focus on local communities and humanitarian projects have made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of British Columbians and Yukoners each and every year.
Back in 1947, Lions Clubs witnessed the desperate needs of children with disabilities, and in 1952 founded the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities. At that time, kids with disabilities were isolated, at risk and families needed support. The Lions Clubs were true innovators at that time and offered transportation services and other supports to these families. Over these past decades, the Lions Clubs have continued to support hundreds of local community projects and charities, including the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities.
Today, Lions Clubs International extends its mission of service every day – in local communities, in all corners of the globe. Their local, national, and international network has grown to over 200 countries.