Meadow Lake Lions Club member recognized for long service

Apr 25, 2023 | 4:21 PM | By Angela Brown | MeadowLake NOW

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River MP Gary Vidal, right, presents Lions Club member Barry Gibson with a certificate for his long service. (Facebook/Gary Vidal)

Meadow Lake Lions Club is honouring a long-serving volunteer who has been with the group for 60 years.

Barry Gibson joined the club when he was 22 years old. He is a charter member, since he has been with the club since it started in the 1960s.

Some of the big projects he has been involved with include helping build the arena, developing the Lions Park, and making a $100,000 donation to Meadow Lake’s new nursing home – the NorthWest Community Lodge.

“The Lions Club is a good club [to belong to],” Gibson said. “The fellowship with the members for all these years has been great.”

He said he’s always enjoyed being involved in Lions Club activities.

“It was fun to do things for the community,” Gibson said. “I had always felt I’d like to give something back to the community.”

Gibson’s wife, Hilda, said Barry loves being involved in the club.

“Barry always does a lot. It’s a community thing,” she said. “Good members, they work hard together.”

The humble man said he was rather surprised to see the local dignitaries stop by to honour his anniversary.

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River MP Gary Vidal presented Gibson with a certificate from the federal government to commemorate the occasion. Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison was also on hand to present a certificate from the province.

During his visit, Vidal also met withMakwa and District Lion’s Club, Goodsoil Lions Club and Dorintosh Lions Club. He took the opportunity to congratulate Lions members Gerry Nelson and Chris Villeneuve, who recently won the U.S. Open Blind Golf Championships in Columbus, Georgia.

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