What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty. Which of your characteristics do you value the most? Determination. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My community contributions. What is your greatest regret? I returned from playing Junior Hockey in Ottawa to be closer to home. I regret not sticking it out to see how far the hockey career would have gone. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Deep in the woods with nature. What is your current state of mind? Driven on a mandate. Which living person do you most admire? My mother and father. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Work hard, Play hard, have Fun! Where would you like to live? Here at home in Saint John. What talent would you most like to have? Play the bongos. What is it you most dislike? Quitting. What is your favourite travel destination? Maui, Hawaii. What is your greatest fear? The ocean. What is your motto? Never give up!
COMMITTED TO SERVE
When you reach out to me for help, or with questions and ideas, you can expect to be treated with respect, courtesy, and empathy. I expect all constituents to hold me accountable to my commitment of continuous communication and finding smart solutions. I’m here for you.
My business background has taught me invaluable lessons in leadership. For the past decade, I’ve been the president of Atlantic Canada’s forest school and the Tír na nÓg Forest Schools system—a school I built myself–here in Saint John. Prior to that, I owned and operated an auto sales dealership and rental operation. That was a high risk business that included some great years and some challenging years. Hardship has helped me grow, as an entrepreneur, as a leader, and as a person.
As a young teenager, I saw my neighbour, Mrs. Crowley, out raking her lawn one day. I went up to her and said, “My name is Tim, and I would like to rake the lawn for you.” She handed me the rake, and I got to work. What I expected would take about a half an hour turned into half a day, but I felt really good having helped her. When I was finished, I knocked on her door to return her rake. She reached into her purse and handed me a $20 bill. I told her that I didn’t want her money, that I just wanted to rake her lawn so she wouldn’t have to. She argued with me until I told her, “If you pay me, I’m never coming back.” She put her money away, and I went home with much more than $20. I had earned a value that would guide me throughout my life.
ENGAGED CITIZEN OF SAINT JOHN
While I understand the need for income to thrive and contribute at home and in our communities, it’s the work I’ve led as a volunteer that fills my bucket. I founded a not-for-profit called Hooked on Hockey that provides summer hockey programs for local children. As co-founder and president of the Randy Jones and Family Foundation (which operated over a five-year mandate), I helped send donations in excess of $650,000 to the Saint John Regional Hospital Neonatal, Paediatric, and Juvenile Diabetes units. And, each year, we award $40,000 in scholarships so that children from low-income families can attend our Forest School or summer camps. My mandate aligns with sharing, caring, and paying it forward—all for the greater good.
Questions and Answers
What is your stand on Education?
MEET TIM JONES
WHEN YOUR PAYCHEQUE DEPENDS ON RESULTS, YOU LEARN TO WORK HARD. For the past 25 years, I’ve owned, operated, built, bought, and sold businesses in our community. As an entrepreneur, I know wins and losses, perseverance and sweat. I believe a political candidate needs to understand (and feel) the risks of receiving reduced pay or no pay, layoffs, shutdowns, and performance-based salaries. That’s why collecting a full paycheque, regardless of results, doesn’t sit right with me. Demonstrating fiscal responsibility, while fostering community partnerships and investments, is something I feel is an opportunity and should be a priority in Portland-Simonds.
But that’s not where my priorities end: Education and healthcare are also key.
I care so deeply about education that I opened Atlantic Canada’s first forest school, right here in Saint John.
And, having been a heart patient at our world-class hospital and having experienced the facility as a loved one to three family members who underwent emergency surgery there, I am forever indebted to this life-saving institution and will do whatever I can to ensure its sustainability.
As your representative in the New Brunswick Legislature, I will listen to what you have to say, and I’ll put in the work to get things done. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty in the process. (Fact: I own as many pairs of work boots as I do dress shoes.)
I invite you to learn more about my platform. If you wish to know a bit more about me, you can find that here.
It’s time to explore a new path forward. One that leads to opportunity and pride for all citizens.