District Governor | Lion Chanprit (Prince) Baweja
I came to Canada in 1972 and lived in Vancouver until 1976. We moved to Edmonton at that time and have lived here since. In 1991 I managed to charm Mandeep and convinced her to marry me. We have 2 sons, who are also Lions.
Throughout my career I have been involved customer and client interacting roles. I have served in a variety of industries from insurance, travel, restaurants, and retail to finally my current role in banking. Over the years I have served on many boards and clubs.
In 2003 I became a full time member of the South Edmonton Lions Club. Over the years I have served in various capacities within the club, district, and multiple district.
I have been blessed to be mentored by many past District Governors who have stoked my fire and passion for Lionism; empowering people to share in the vision that service and community are not just words, but rather the thread that binds us.
1st Vice District Governor | Lion Melodie Franko
Lion Melodie Franko was born in Drayton Valley, Alberta and raised on an acreage East of Ardrossan. She graduated high school in 1986 then college in 1994 from Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Lacombe, Alberta. Upon completion of her studies, she went to work in finance and administration for an upholstery company where she met her future life mate, Kirk. Lion Kirk brought her into The Stony Plain Lions Club in 1996, where they were engaged and then married in 1997. Their only daughter, Loreen was born in 1999.
Lions Kirk and Melodie live in Stony Plain, Alberta and made the decision to have at least one stay-at-home parent, so Lion Melodie started 3CPO Accounting Services Ltd. in 2001. She continues to work part-time as an accountant and bookkeeper.
Lion Melodie served as Club Treasurer of The Stony Plain Lions Club for 11 years and received 100% attendance for those 11 years. Served as Club Convention Chair in 2008 where she received an International President’s Certificate of Appreciation and a Melvin Jones Fellowship. She is also a recipient of a Bill Webber Fellowship and a Lion’s Quest Fellowship. She has received numerous Club awards. She was appointed Zone Chair under her mentor, the late PCC Bill Ingram. At the District level, she has served as Lions Quest Chair and has taken the teacher’s training. She has also attended a USA/Canada Leadership Forum.
The Frankos have hosted three youth exchange students from Peru, Brazil and Finland.
Lions Kirk and Melodie Franko transferred their membership to The St. Albert Host Lions Club in 2009 where Lion Melodie continues to serve. She has served as Club Director, Vice President and President 3 times. She also serves on various committees. In 2018, she received a Club award recognizing her two years of President of outstanding Club leadership. In 2019, she received Lion of the Year.
Lion Melodie had been elected to serve District C1 as 2VDG at the MDC Convention May, 2019. With this election, opportunities have been opened. Along with the Online Lions Learning Center, she has attended ALLI in November, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois. COVID 19 hit in March, 2020 and instead of slowing down, Lion Melodie has taken this opportunity to find new ways to serve.
Currently she sits on the 2021 USA/Canada Leo Leadership Forum Host Committee, 2022 USA/Canada Leadership Host Committee, MDC Council of Governors and District C1 Constitution and By-Laws.
2nd Vice District Governor | Lion Suzanne Leshchyshyn
Lion Suzanne Leshchyshyn was born and raised in the rural farming community of Vimy, Alberta. After graduation from high school in Legal, she went on to NAIT and graduated with a Diploma in Dental Assisting. She later earned her B.Sc. in Home Economics from the U of A in 1986. Suzanne has worked at Alberta Hospital Ponoka, and a few years with Red Deer College. She worked for many years with Alberta Agriculture in the Peace Region as a District Home Economic and Business Development Specialist and in Central Alberta with Livestock Diversification.
In 2004 Suzanne earned a Premier’s Award of Excellence as a team member in the development of Legislation for confined feeding operations in Alberta. Suzanne currently works full time as an Office Administrator for the Central Region of the Natural Resources and Conservation Board in Red Deer.
Suzanne was involved in 4H as a youth, and then went on to volunteer her time as a 4H leader for many years, mentoring and working with youth. Lion Suzanne was involved for many years with the Alberta Ride for Sight event, raising awareness and funds for vision research and cures through the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Lion Suzanne and her husband Dave were avid motorcyclists up until a few years ago when Lion Dave lost his vision.
Lion Suzanne has been a Lions member since 2011 and has held many positions at the Club, District and Multiple District Level. She has received numerous International President’s Certificates of Appreciation and many 100% attendance awards. In 2018-2019 she was recognized by the MD with a certificate for her commitment to New Voices in the area of Leadership. Lion Suzanne received a Leadership certificate after completion of the Lions Faculty Development Institute program in Reno in January 2019. She also completed the Guiding Lions Training in 2017 and 2019.
As a Lions Certified Instructor, Lion Suzanne taught the Guiding Lion program in 2019 and was a faculty member at the 2020 Regional Lions Leadership Institute in Edmonton. Lion Suzanne has attended two USA/Canada Leadership Forums where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Lions University in 2018 and 2019 respectively. In recognition of Lion Suzanne`s service she has received a Melvin Jones Fellowship and a Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship. Lion Suzanne takes pride in calling The Blindman Valley Lions, District C-1’s newest Lions club, her Lions family.
She will continue to work at inspiring others to learn more about Lions, our cause and how we serve in our communities and globally. She will encourage members to reach new and higher goals for themselves in their club and other levels of Lions, and to empower our younger generation to become Lions.
Lion Suzanne is married to Lion Dave; they live in Sylvan Lake and have two adult daughters.