Born Surrey, England, Lion Frances Sawiak came to Canada 1973 and has been a resident of Vegreville since 1989. She is now retired, having served as a business administrator for 25 years.
Since 2009 she has been a member of the Vegreville Lions Club. She have been involved in:
- Volunteering at community bingos/casinos in Ft. McMurray and all Lions community fundraisers
- As Project/Fundraising Chair for the Lions Community Spray Park/Playground since 2009. Spray Park officially opened 2010; in 2012 added the themed playground/gazebo; in 2016 project completed with the addition of tots’ play area and adult exercise equipment.
Since becoming a Lion, she has attended all District 371, C-2 and C-1 Conventions, Cavalcade for Diabetes, campouts, other District Conventions, and Charter Nights.
Positions held in Lions Vegreville Club:
- 2010-2011 Tail Twister
- 2011-2014 Treasurer
- 2015-2016 President
- 2016-2017 Secretary
- 2013-2015 Zone Chair & Cabinet Secretary
- 2014-2015 2nd Vice District Governor
- 2015-2016 Cabinet Secretary
- 2016-2017 2nd VDG
- 2016-2017 Quest Chair
- 2017-2018 1st VDG
- 2018-2019 District Governor
International Conventions attended:
- Toronto; Chicago; Las Vegas; Milan
USA/Canada Forums attended:
- San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Rapids, Ml; Portland, OR; Columbus, OH; Spokane, WA
- Certified Guiding Lion (working with two clubs)
- Advanced Lions Leadership Institute (ALLI); Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI)
- Faculty Development Institute (FDI); Faculty Development Excellence Series (FOES)
“I thrive on gaining knowledge from Lions International, Lions Clubs and their members. I enjoy meeting members in my travels, and look forward to when COVID-19 will allow this the happen again. Until then, I will share my knowledge with Lions members, prospective members and promote the Lions motto “We Serve”, via other means.
“I am committed to being a good Lion, and fulfilling the duties of any position I hold within the Lions organization.
“I have been honoured to have been awarded:
- Melvin Jones Fellowship
- Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship
- Patti Hill Fellowship
- Vegreville Citizen of the Year 2010
- Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship
- Progressive Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship
- International President Certificates of Appreciation
- Vegreville Senior Citizen of the year 2019″