January 20, 2014
The Capilano University community is deeply saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Tim Jones, team leader of North Shore Rescue.
In 2012, Tim received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Capilano University, the highest form of recognition granted by the University honoring those who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national and/or international levels. It is conferred upon those distinguished and widely recognized individuals who have outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise and whose achievements are appropriate and relevant to the University
Tim was certainly a worthy recipient, embodying those principles in the dedication, compassion and leadership he brought to his profession and volunteer role, and his contribution to the community.
Tim, a paramedic and the public face of North Shore Rescue (NSR), was a part of the volunteer team since 1987, rescuing hundreds of people from the North Shore's backcountry trails. Over the years, he helped to raise more than $1,500,000 for the organization’s operations and equipment and was a passionate advocate for backcountry safety and preparedness. A co-founder of NSR’s heavily relied on Helicopter Rescue Program, he also established its extensive Communication Network. He received the Order of British Columbia in 2011, an honor extended to those who have excelled in any field benefiting their fellow British Columbians.
Tim was a strong supporter of our Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma and from time to time, a guest speaker. Over the past 15 years, students raised money through class assignments and donated it to North Shore Rescue. In addition to sharing his expertise, he was an inspiration and role model to students, many of whom had the opportunity to work with him during their professional lives as ski patrollers, adventure guides and park rangers after graduation.
“He was a true hero who will be missed by all who knew him and whose lives he touched and saved,” remarked Capilano University President, Kris Bulcroft. “We extend our condolences to his wife Lindsay, son Curtis and daughter Taylor and his many search and rescue colleagues with whom he served during his more than three decades of volunteer service.”