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Tim Jones Community Achievement Award

Co-presented by VIMFF and North Shore Rescue

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The Tim Jones Community Achievement Award is awarded each year to a community member who has made an outstanding contribution to the North Shore outdoor or sports community. This award is in memoriam of the late and great Tim Jones, paramedic and chief for over 24 years of North Shore Rescue. It represents Tim’s legacy and serves as an inspiration to the community to selflessly help others.

The mission of the award is to educate and share the passion for nature and the love for our backyard mountains.

The winner of the 2021 Tim Jones Community Achievement Award is:

VIMFF TIM JONES AWARD MAYIA ANTOINE

MYIA ANTONE

Myia was nominated by Sandy Ward, who works with her at Indigenous Women Outdoors:

“Myia is a member of the Squamish nation and plays a very important role in getting Indigenous Women involved in the outdoors. She strives to break down the barriers that keep these women from recreational sports, including high costs of equipment and access to knowledge. She provides a safe space for these women to learn and thrive within a very tough industry.

As the founder of Indigenous Women Outdoors, she has succeeded in her goals of reconnecting local Squamish Nation women to their traditional territories. IWO started out as a hiking group on the North Shore and Squamish areas and Myia has turned it into so much more. She has branched out into ski/snowboard touring, snowshoeing and many more summer sports to come.”

The Awards jury consisted of Richard Walton (former mayor of District of North Vancouver); Lindsay Jones (wife of the late Tim Jones); and Peter Haigh (North Shore Rescue member).

Richard Walton:

“Myia’s contributions to the strong social fabric of the North Shore are well documented. The encouragement and mentorship she provides within her community is of immense worth. Reconnecting Squamish First Nation women with their traditional territories, through outdoor activities requires leadership, funding and role models. Her groundbreaking energy and initiative provides opportunity and builds confidence, in a safe and nurturing environment. Her founding leadership of Indigenous Women Outdoors will hopefully be a catalyst for many similar initiatives: this selfless leadership allows more within her community to better connect with the local rich natural heritage of their traditional lands. Myia is a worthy recipient of the Tim Jones Award as a steward of the land, an educator and a community leader.

Peter Haigh:

“Myia is re-introducing members of her society who would typically not learn to enjoy the great outdoors that some of us love. She is active in the outdoors and encouraging others to experience the healing powers. Her name should become better known, so she can encourage more participation.”

Lindsay Jones:

“She shares her passion for nature and the outdoors. She selflessly helps other Indigenous women feel safe and supported while inspiring them to reconnect with their ancestral land. Many of the outdoor activities take place on the North Shore mountains. I think she is a wonderful role model.”

More about Myia Antone:

She is currently a student in an advanced Skwx̱wú7mesh sníchim (Squamish language) program. Being 1 of ~40 speakers means she carries a lot of responsibility revitalizing and passing down her language.

She recently founded the non-profit Indigenous Women Outdoors, to break down barriers that exist for Indigenous women and folx to get out on the land and try new outdoor activities. She is passionate about (re)connecting Indigenous peoples to their lands and roots because it allows an opportunity for healing.

Past years have seen older recipients for the honour, and it was more regarded as a lifetime achievement award. With Myia being the youngest winner ever, the award shifts focus to a younger generation, to inspire everyone that making a change and contributing to society does not come with age, but with passion and tenacity.

Criteria

The nominees for this award must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Shall be/ has been active in the North Shore outdoors or sports community
  • Shall be perceived as having made an outstanding contribution
  • Must be perceived as an ‘unsung hero’, someone who has received little in the way of national and or public recognition for their accomplishments
  • Not have received payment for their volunteer work or performed the services as part of their regular business or professional duties

All submissions will be adjudicated by a jury consisting of Lindsay Jones, Peter Haigh and Richard Walton, who will select a recipient from the eligible submitted candidates.

For more information about the award, please contact Sieneke Toering: sieneke@vimff.org

History & Past Recipients

2020: John Dudley

A resident of Lions Bay for almost 50 years, John Dudley developed his love and knowledge of the local steep hiking trails as a volunteer for the Lions Bay Search and Rescue during the 70s and 80s. In the late 1990s, John was out in his back garden one day when he got the idea that it would be wonderful to create a few small hiking loops around the village, giving the residents accessible hiking options to avoid the steep grinds of the logging roads.

Today John’s legacy includes 15 kilometres of networked trails, many named after other Lions Bay residents insisting that he doesn’t need his name on anything.

Now in his late 70s, John can still be seen setting off into the forest almost daily, clippers and rebar in hand, to check on a section of trail, make improvements and come up with fresh new ideas for loops and view spots.

John’s contribution to Lions Bay and to the North Shore hiking community is immeasurable.

2019: Enzo Federico

For almost three decades, Enzo Federico has selflessly dedicated his time and energy toward the Kneeknacker Trail Running Race in North Vancouver. Having co-founded the iconic race in 1989, he continues to be involved in the community and on the race committee. Enzo sets an example through his vision, his generosity, and his volunteerism. The countless volunteer trail building hours that have become synonymous with participation in the Kneeknacker have set a standard to envy. Besides impacting the lives of thousands of trail runners at the finish line, Enzo raised over $100,000 for various charities since race inception.

2018: Jay Piggot

Born and raised on the North Shore Jay Piggot could always be counted on to show up for those in need. As a member of North Shore Rescue he enthusiastically donated his time and skills to make the team a stronger, more efficient organization. Along with his work as a paramedic he has touched countless lives for the better. He could be often be seen at rescue bases organizing equipment, training hard for tasks or pushing the team to improve on existing structures, even after he was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma in December 2015.

This award is especially fitting, not only because of Jay’s outstanding contributions to the outdoor community but Tim Jones was also a mentor to Jay and he did his best to follow in Tim’s very large footsteps. Sadly, Jay passed away in December 2017 and his loss is felt deeply by his family, teammates, colleagues and the community, which he so selflessly cared for.

2017: Jennifer Hewlett

Jennifer Hewlett received the award out of the hands of 2016 winner Shaun Hollingsworth. Jennifer founded the organization Fresh Air Life twenty years ago, a group dedicated to introducing women of all ages to the beauty of the North Shore mountains. She created a culture of wellness and inspired a community of inclusiveness. She is a guide, a mentor and motivator. She has volunteered her time in many charitable endeavors.

2016: Shaun Hollingsworth

Shaun Hollingsworth receives the award in 2016 out of the hands of Tim Jones’ son Curtis Jones. Shaun is the president of the Seymour Salmonid Society, co-chair of the Skagit Environment Endowment Commission, a director for the B.C. Conservation Foundation and past president of the North Shore Fish and Game Club.

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2015: Tim Jones

Tim Jones receives the award posthumous, and his daughter Taylor Jones accepts the award on Tim’s behalf.

2014: Todd Digger Fiander

North Shore trail builder Todd Digger Fiander receives the very first award, presented by mountain bike “freeride Godfather” Wade Simmons. In 2015 the award was renamed ‘The Tim Jones Community Achievement Award’, in memoriam of the late and great Tim Jones, paramedic and chief for over 24 years of North Shore Rescue. The award was renamed to continue Tim’s legacy and to keep on inspiring community members to selflessly help others.

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