BA (Geog) , 1979
As the volunteer Team Leader of the North Shore Rescue (NSR), Tim Jones literally saved thousands of lives, while often risking his own. The NSR is a mountain search and rescue team of approximately 40 volunteers based in Vancouver, BC. They performed close to 100 search and rescue operations annually under Tim's leadership, often in very harrowing conditions. The work is dangerous and unpaid, and those who do it have a passion to make a difference in their communities by helping persons in distress.
During his 20+ years with the NSR, Tim helped to introduce helicopter based long line rescue and protocols to treat hypothermia. He also initiated a kayak team and an area-wide communication system which is also used by other search and rescue teams. He also raised over a million dollars to fund the team's work, and was a strong advocate for adequate financial support to keep the community safe.
When he wasn't volunteering, Tim served as the Paramedic in Charge with the BC Ambulance Service.
Tim received the Order of British Columbia in 2011 and an honorary doctorate from Capilano University in 2012.
He passed away on January 19, 2014 and will forever be remembered as a hero.
On behalf of everyone who was helped by Tim, and all of us at Simon Fraser University, we thank Tim for his amazing contributions and send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Tim was most recently featured in this CBC Documentary on Doc Zone that provides a glimpse into the amazing courage that's required of a search and rescue team:
Photo credit: http://www.financialpost.com/magazine/Rescue/610809/story.html
Submitted by: SFU Alumni Relations