Community mourns Thompson volunteer Kim Jones

Kim Jones was elected to Thompson
Kim Jones was elected to Thompson's board of directors in 2006, and became president in 2008.
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"Few volunteer members have given as much to the Thompson Community Association as Kim did in so short a time."

High praise from Julie Halfnights about Kim Jones, who died Sunday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 66.

Jones was elected to Thompson's board of directors in 2006, and became president in 2008.

"He provided firm and confident leadership, learning the complicated organizational history and operating model as he did. His legacy at Thompson Community Association lives on in an updated constitution and bylaws, in a new committee structure that allows board members to carry out our roles more effectively, and in a facility review that will, ultimately, make better use of our space at the community centre," said Halfnights, a fellow board member and former president at Thompson.

"Kim also made significant contributions to projects that affect all Richmond community association. His volunteerism extended well beyond Thompson and the community associations, and the same energy and drive that he brought to us was evident in the duties he undertook at the (Richmond Olympic Oval) and the O Zone," she said.

Lisa Kowan, secretary for the association, commended Jones for his dedication to the community.

"He...gave his whole heart to the organization for which he volunteered and to the task at  hand. Kim would help out in any way if he knew that a friend or fellow volunteer was in need. He was a very caring and compassionate person and will be missed."

Jones is survived by his wife of 21 years, Helen, and three children Andy, Kevin and Leah.

A celebration of Jones' life will be held on Monday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Arbor Chapel, Valley View Memorial Gardens, 14644 72nd Ave. in Surrey.

In lieu of flowers, the Jones family is encouraging contributions to the B.C. Cancer Foundation in his memory.

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