International Guest 

PID Per Kaerager Christensen

Per Christensen
Per Christensen

Per K. Christensen, from Aalborg, Denmark, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association's 93rd International Convention, held in Sydney, Australia, June 28 to July 2, 2010.

Past Director Christensen previously served in the military and is currently the owner of a facility service company.

A member of the Gug Lions Club since 1992, he has held many offices within the association, including district governor and council chairperson. He also served as Leo club charter president, Leo chairperson, youth exchange chairperson, MERL chairperson, membership chairperson, Leadership Institute faculty member, Leadership chairperson and Lions Nordic coordinator. In addition, he founded 19 Lions clubs made up of women members, organised several Leadership institutes and participated in many meetings, institutes and conventions locally and internationally.

In recognition of his service to the association, he has received numerous awards, including the Club Lion of the Year, 100% District Governor Award, several District Governor Appreciation Awards, the District 106 B Medal of Honor, a District Extension Award, eight International President's Certificates of Appreciation, the International President's Leadership Award and eleven International President's Awards. He also received a Lions International Academy Award in 2006 for the organisations best leadership program, and the Ambassador of Good Will, the organisations highest award. He is also a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Past Director Christensen's partner, Lene Juul, is also a Lion. 

Guest speakers

Steve Bailey and Jonathan Perkins

Childhood Cancer & Naomi House Hospice:

Pauline Walker BEM

Pauline Walker
Pauline Walker

Pauline Walker

I have been involved in special needs swimming for 36 years. Being passionate about young people with Down's Syndrome, in 2007 I decided to start up my own swimming club in Windsor, there doesn't seem anywhere to learn to swim. We have had young people travel from Southampton, Hatfield, Oxford, and many other areas, to join the club.

In 2014 I started up the synchro part of the club, we have travelled all over the world for Competitions for people with D.S. We are the only club in the country that teaches absolute beginners with Down's syndrome to competitive level in both disciplines.

The Queen honoured us with the Queen's award to voluntary services in 2018, equivalent of an M.B.E, that year we also won Swim England's club of the year award, and I also was honoured by the Queen with a British Empire Medal for services to Down's Syndrome swimming.

"My aim is to let as many people as possible to know, that given the opportunity these young people an achieve anything"

Mandy Barter

Mandy Barter
Mandy Barter and Liz Lee

My Cancer My Choices was founded by Mandy Barter and Liz Lee in 2014

Having had cancer, Mandy wanted to support people right from diagnosis. Liz had a background in nursing and felt equally passionate about providing therapies to benefit cancer patients. Both complementary therapists, it was an easy decision to combine their skills and experience to establish the registered charity, My Cancer My Choices. Contact with Liz Riddle, the Oncology Outpatients Clinic and Macmillan Information Centre Manager made all of this possible.

"We understand the challenges of facing intense treatments, and it is wonderful to now be able to offer an holistic complementary therapies service through My Cancer My Choices that supports the wellbeing of people with cancer in Berkshire."