I am writing to request your support for election as Second Vice District Governor.
Why should you vote for me for the position of Second Vice District Governor? Because of my diverse experience, integrity and commitment to Lions and the communities We Serve and because I have
PASSION WITH A PURPOSE.
I am honest, caring and I tend to challenge and not take things as presented. I will be a voice for all clubs, increase attendance at our District meetings and involve more people in Lionism. One positive this pandemic has conclusively proven is that virtual meetings increase participation and we can build on this to grow. My goal is to continue to engage our Lions with meetings that will move clubs forward, improve the quality of our communication and encourage Lions community service activities throughout the District.
I have been an active and lifelong volunteer, beginning in a Brantford Senior’s Residence. Through the years, I have volunteered with the Salvation Army Kettle and Red Shield campaigns, London Ontario Corporate Challenge and numerous other events.
What do such activities have to do with Lions? They demonstrate my ongoing commitment to serve the community and my passion to make a difference. You cannot name or place a value on the satisfaction you experience when helping others.
My twenty years as a Lion, my active involvement in cabinet meetings, USA/Canada Forums, ALLI (Advanced Lions Leadership Institute) and volunteer service have given me a perspective on the many ways to explore challenges. Challenges are opportunities to consider things from a different viewpoint and gain appreciation of others’ viewpoints.
Lion Ann Stevens
District A711 Cabinet Secretary
Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan MPH, PhD, MBA is a distinguished leadership award 2020 winner from Lions Clubs International President's Circle. He is 'Charter President' of the Toronto Global Doctors Lions Club (TGDLC). PRC Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, Melvin Jones Fellow & Helen Keller Fellow, currently Lions District Chair for Diabetes, Campus Lions and International Youth Exchange. He is also COVID-19 Dist. A711 taskforce committee's subject matter expert.
In 1987, Dr. Bhuiyan joined the Lions clubs through Leo clubs and became Leo district president in 1991 and Lions club president in 1994 at Dist. 315A. As a member of Scarborough Central Lions clubs in 2012-2014 he joined Lions Dist. A711 as Youth Exchange Dist. co-chair and Leo club advisor; he has held leadership positions including Lions club charter president, charter secretary, club president, membership chair, district Lions campus chair, zone chair and region chair.
Lion Dr. Bhuiyan has attended many international youth exchange and Lions International forums, leadership workshops and conferences including Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) 2019 in Markham, ON. He is also a guiding Lion; Dr. Bhuiyan has recruited many Leos and Lions globally and established 2 Leo clubs and 5 Lions clubs. Through a recent team leadership effort TGDLC Lions club sponsored four new Lions club; his team has recruited 125+ Lion members since October 2018.
Currently Dr. Bhuiyan working as a Global Health Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T and Distinguished Visiting Scholar/Academic Program Director and Co-founder of ITMDs Post-Graduate Training program at Ryerson University. In recognition of his leadership and community service, he has received numerous leadership and services awards, including the Newman Diabetes Award, Master of Success award. In addition to his Lions activities, Dr. Bhuiyan has been active in numerous professional and community organizations, and is currently serving as Board Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and on the Board of Directors of Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre for community services in Scarborough Southwest, Ontario.
Dr. Bhuiyan and his wife, Dr. Qureshi, who is also a public health data specialist, have one daughter, Nafisa, a 3rd year medical [MD] student and one son, Mufrath, a 4th year business student, who is also a past Leo and active member of Ryerson Campus Lions Club.