A5_Governor_Verner_PresseLION VERNER PRESSE

Lion Verner was born in September of 1957 in Haileybury, Ontario.  He attended New Liskeard Secondary School, and then, in 1974, joined the Canadian Armed forces for a short period before receiving an honorable discharge.

Upon leaving the forces he managed a security company in Toronto, moving to North Bay in 1976 where he worked in the security field for the following 10 Years.

1976 was also the year Verner met his wife Thelma, who were married in 1978.  They have one son, Ryan, who with his wife Samantha, have given Vern and Thelma three amazing grandchildren.

In 1986, Verner moved into the promotional/entertainment business.

He is the Past President of the North Bay Capital Center’s Board of Directors.

Verner joined the Widdifield Lions Club in 2000, Lion Vern has held various positions, including treasurer.  He served 5 terms as club President, has received the 100% President Award, and was honored to receive the Lion of the Year Award in 2014-2015.  He served 4 years as Zone Chair, 4 years as Region Chair, and was Co-Chairman of the 2009, and 2016, MDA Conventions held in North Bay.  Lion Vern has served as Global Membership Coordinator for District A5.

He has received two volunteer awards, from the province of Ontario, a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, from the Widdifield Lions Club, and two International President Certificates of Appreciation.

At the 2013 District A5 convention, he was presented with an International President Leadership Medal.

Lion Vern is a very dedicated, organized, and committed Lion believing very strongly in serving his community’s greatest needs.

In his spare time, Lion Vern enjoys spoiling his grandkids, reading, fishing, and of course, enjoying a bright sunny day on the golf course.