Conservationist Shaun Hollingsworth emotional over Tim Jones award
'I'm overwhelmed being recognized in the same light as him,' says president of Seymour Salmonid Society
Conservationist Shaun Hollingsworth is the first person without the last name Jones to be awarded a community achievement award named after the iconic leader of North Shore Rescue.
Award namesake Tim Jones died in 2014.
Last year Jones's own family received the award in his honour.
This year, his son Curtis Jones handed it over to Hollingsworth.
"This award, it's definitely emotional for me, it's emotional for my entire family, knowing that he's not here to present the award himself," said Curtis Jones at the ceremony, which was held at the opening night of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.
It was also an emotional moment for the recipient.
"He meant a lot to this community over the years. He's done a lot," said Hollingsworth, fighting through tears after receiving the award.
"And I'm overwhelmed being recognized in the same light as him."
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Hollingsworth 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.
"I have grandchildren and I see it as something to leave the world a better place for them," he said.
In January, 2014, Tim Jones died of a heart attack after collapsing on a trail while coming down from a rescue cabin on Mount Seymour. He was 57.
"There's only one Tim Jones and we need to make sure our children and their children remember and know who he was because he was an absolute legend in our community," said current NSR leader Mike Danks.