Marathon Kick-off

Did you see us on Global TV on June 21? Steve Darling and Sophie Lui helped with the pancakes. We served blueberry pancakes and fruit cups at the Surrey International World Music Marathon Kick-off.

We Built A Playground!

On Saturday, July 13 something very special happened at Whalley Athletic Park. The Community got together and participated in building a playground.

The playground was organized through KaBOOM, a non-profit group from Washington DC that believes every child should have a safe place to play. The funding Partner was Foresters Insurance who committed seven million dollars to build playgrounds throughout Canada and the US. Local partners were the City of Surrey and the North Surrey Lions Club who jointly applied for and received a KaBOOM grant.

But this playground wouldn’t have happened without a great deal of community support.

A big THANK-YOU to everyone who helped to make the playground a reality:

  • The students at KB Woodward Elementary School who helped design the playground
  • Foresters Insurance, for not only financial support, but also for their member volunteers
  • Ted Uhrich and Jeff Graham from the City of Surrey Parks Department and Shira Standfield from the City of Surrey Beautification Planning for all their hard work and expertise
  • The Playground Planning Committee and the Build Captains for their leadership and dedication
  • A & W Restaurant on 102 Avenue who supplied breakfast for the two Prep Days and Build Day for the Volunteers
  • Price Smart Foods Whalley for supplying fresh salad for Prep Days and Build Day
  • Starbucks at Central City who supplied coffee for the Volunteers
  • Bozzini’s Restaurant for supplying pizza on Friday for the Volunteers
  • Jasbir Sandhu, MP Surrey North and Bruce Ralston, MLA Surrey Whalley for not only supplying lunch on Saturday but cooking and serving it as well
  • Safeway for supplying sandwiches on Thursday for Volunteers
  • Concord Security for sponsoring and providing a First Aid Attendant
  • Central City Brewing Company for providing ice on some very hot days
  • Surrey Crime Prevention Society for providing evening security for the site
  • The City of Surrey Engineering Department for hooking up the water station
  • The Downtown Surrey BIA for organizing the great DJ who kept everyone moving all day long as well as providing DSBIA interns, Supreet and Kaitlyn to organize the Children’s Participation Area
  • The staff at Chuck Bailey Rec Centre for lending a number of items necessary to make the event a success
  • Tom Zillich from the Now Newspaper who helped send out our call for Volunteers
  • The staff from KaBOOM especially Katrina, Josh, Danielle and Jen
  • And especially all the Volunteers – over 150 participants including Whalley Daycare staff and parents, Forester Insurance members, the YMCA Cultural Exchange Students and host families, the Kwantlen Park Leos Club, the Enver Creek Leos Club, the Earl Marriott Leos Club, Scouts from throughout the Lower Mainland, Forever Fitness staff and clients, Cloverdale Volunteer Firefighters, individual community members and last, but certainly not least, The Phoenix Society Red Shirt Volunteers.

The playground will amuse and excite the children who visit Whalley Athletic Park for many years to come. It will provide them with a great place to play, be active and create wonderful childhood memories.

Since 1957, the North Surrey Lions have been active community supporters and are proud to serve a City with such great community spirit. The North Surrey Lions Club would like to thank everyone who worked with us on this project. 

We need Your Help!

Kaboom, a non-profit organization, is partnering with Foresters Co-op, the City of Surrey and the North Surrey Lions Club to create a brand new playground at Whalley
Athletic Park. This truly collaborative effort will build an entire playground in a single day . Up to 150 Community members are invited to become vital volunteers on Saturday, July 13th between 8am and 2:30pm.

There are lots of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and interests. Opportunities for people of all ages include the Unpacking & Assembly Team, Food Service
and Green Teams.
If you are over 19 years of age there are a number of teams to participate in including: Builders (and leaders), Operations, Registration, Safety & Security Team and Youth

In addition, adult volunteers are needed to help prepare the site and supplies on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 from 8am-3pm (Friday Prep Day is only necessary if
everything is not done on Thursday). There will also be supervised activities for children to
participate in on the Saturday Build Day so that parents can volunteer with piece of mind. Food, water bottles, and refreshments will be provided to volunteers on both prep
and build days. The official start of the program takes place on Saturday, July 13 at 8:30am and the offcial opening of the Playground will take place on Thursday, July 18 marking the community’s success in building a playground together.

If you would like more information or want to volunteer, please contact Let’s help build a great community for our children!

New Playground for Whalley Athletic Park

The North Surrey Lions Club are pleased to partner with KaBOOM!, the City of Surrey and sponsor, Foresters to build a new playground at Whalley Athletic Park. Planning has begun for this project with the Build Day planned for July 13th.

We can’t do it alone. We are looking for 150 volunteers to help on Build Day as well as two Prep Days (July 11 & 12).

There are lots of jobs available including food service, children activities, builders and team leaders.

If you want to participate in this project, please send an email to and put KaBoom Playground in the subject line.

It was a Short Meeting

In Honour of Chuck LeBlanc, the North Surrey Lions President who passed away in March, Club members wore shorts to the meeting on May 7. Chuck, a retired postal worker, was a big fan of wearing shorts no matter what time of the year.

During the evening, substitute Tail-Twister, Lion Lois organized a contest whereby three members stood behind a blanket with only their legs showing. Three members were blindfolded, brought back into the meeting and had to determine who was standing behind the blanket based only on legs and feet.


Chuck LeBlanc, RIP

It is with great sadness that the North Surrey Lions Club announce the passing of our President, Chuck LeBlanc. Chuck has been involved with Lions for  years and served as President of many different Clubs. In addition, Chuck was Past Zone Chair for H5.

Chuck’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Living Waters Church located at 9095 Glover Road Fort Langley BC. Chuck leaves behind wife (and PZC) Gena, daughter Kathryn, granddaughters Rebecca, Brooklyn, Avery and son Timothy.

Chuck LeBLanc at Movies Under the Stars showing of Wizard of Oz (The Scarecrow, the Tin Woman, Dorothy and Chuck as the Lion)

Spring Fundraising Dinner

The North Surrey Lions Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held Friday, May 3 at 7pm at Compass Point Inn (9850 King George Blvd).  In addition to the dinner, there will be a Silent Auction and a Reverse Draw – last ticket drawn will receive $1000. Proceeds from this year’s event will be split between the Centre for Child Development and KidSport Surrey/White Rock. Tickets can be purchased from any North Surrey Lions Club member for $60 each or contact

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Meat Draw Benefits Local Elementary School

Every week from September until the end of June, the North Surrey Lions hold two Meat Draws – on Saturdays at Robin Hood Pub and on Sundays at Donegal’s Pub. This year, the money from both Meat Draws will benefit local schools in our community. To help supplement the Surrey Firefighter’s School Breakfast Program, the North Surrey Lions will provide funding to Parent Advisory Committees to purchase fresh items to add to the children’s breakfasts. Currently, the North Surrey Lions are assisting Newton Elementary School and Cedar Hills Elementary School (shown above) but hope to expand the program to other schools in the future.