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 tireless 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 program 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 have had the opportunity to work with him in their professional lives after graduation.
“Whenever I would meet Tim on the North Shore trails he spoke highly of the OREC program, students and graduates,” comments Outdoor Recreation program instructor Greig Gjerdalen. “He was in contact with our graduates that work as park rangers in Metro Vancouver parks, ski patrollers who work on the three local mountains and adventure guides on the North Shore and in the Sea to Sky corridor. When I last spoke to Tim just five days ago he complimented our program on the good work we have done with our students on being safe and responsible in natural areas and how these skills, knowledge and values are being passed on to the public through our graduates.
“He will be sadly missed—he has left very big boots to be filled.”
See a glimpse of Tim Jones’ passion and calling in To the Rescue” which premiered on January 16 on CBC TV’s DocZone. It describes North Shore Rescue as “one of Canada’s elite search and rescue squads.”
He was a true hero who will be missed by all who knew him and whose lives he touched and saved. Condolences are extended 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.