Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia has said that “A hero is someone who runs toward danger when everyone else runs away. Countless times, Tim Jones headed out into the dark and the cold to help people in B.C.’s rugged backcountry. Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are alive today because of Tim’s selflessness and dedication.”
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has said that “The naming of Tim Jones Peak is a well-deserved recognition of Tim’s numerous contributions to British Columbia’s search and rescue community. It also honours the many volunteers who worked alongside him over the years and who continue to share his values, work ethic and dedication to public service.”
A peak in the North Shore Mountains is being named in honour of a long-time leader of British Columbia’s search and rescue community and commemorates his work as an advocate for backcountry safety.
Tim Jones Peak is located on Mount Seymour in the North Shore Mountains and previously was known locally as Second Pump Peak, although that name was never officially adopted. The 1,425-metre peak is within the boundaries of Mount Seymour Provincial Park.
Tim Jones (1956-2014) was an advanced life support paramedic and unit chief with the BC Ambulance Service, as well as a team leader with the North Shore Rescue organization for many years. He was born in Edmonton. His family moved to North Vancouver when he was six years old. He spent the rest of his childhood exploring the local mountains.
Jones was a devoted husband to his wife Lindsay and a caring father who shared his love of the mountains with his children, Curtis and Taylor. He instilled the importance of volunteerism in his children from a young age. He was proud when his son became a North Shore Rescue teammate and he fundraised for the organization with his daughter at his side.
Jones died in January 2014 at the age of 57 years while hiking on Mount Seymour with his daughter and his beloved husky.
Jones was widely respected for the many significant contributions he made to the volunteer component of search and rescue activities and to outdoor safety projects and programs in British Columbia. Through his volunteer work, he helped protect the lives of over 1,600 people in his decades of service to the people of the province — not including the lives he saved as an advanced life support paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service.
Jones was instrumental in helping North Shore Rescue become the first search and rescue team in British Columbia to implement helicopter longline rescue techniques. His leadership and commitment helped North Shore Rescue to become a world-renowned search and rescue organization as he developed a state-of-the-art communications system, managed the building of its world-class rescue facilities and organized professional training for his team so they could perform rescue operations at the highest level.
Jones was a strong advocate for search and rescue volunteers throughout British Columbia, lobbying for funding and the recognition of volunteers. In 2014, the federal government recognized Jones in its budget by establishing a national search and rescue tax credit in his name.
In recognition of his pioneering work in backcountry safety and the many lives that he saved, Jones was presented with the Order of British Columbia, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and an honorary doctorate from Capilano University.
With Avalanche Awareness Days events scheduled this weekend (Jan. 21-22, 2017), this is a fitting time to acknowledge the many contributions and sacrifices that search and rescue volunteers make throughout the year in British Columbia and elsewhere.