For the last two years, Kevin Jones has worked as a Resident Care Worker at the Men’s Mission and Rehabilitation Centre. He loves his job because of the opportunity it gives him to help people who are most needing of his help. Working at the Mission can be difficult and certainly challenging at times. For some employees, involvement in hobbies and other activities keeps the mind positive and fresh.
For Kevin, he keeps himself active and centred with the sport he’s been involved in his whole life: Lawn Bowling.
Dating back to the 13th Century, and likely beyond, Lawn Bowling, (or Bowls as it is commonly known) involves rolling biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball. “It’s basically curling, on grass,” Kevin explains.
To say that lawn bowling is in Kevin’s blood is a bit of an understatement. “My Mom and Dad actually met at the Elmwood Lawn Bowling Club in South London,” he says. “My Dad is a champion.” Indeed he is. Ron Jones is one of Canada’s most distinguished bowlers, with a well earned spot in the London Sports Hall of Fame. Since joining the Canadian National Team in 1971, Ron Jones has played the sport of bowls around the world.
It’s not surprising then, that Kevin took up the sport. And he’s good at it. He’s won the Canadian Singles and claimed victory at the Canadian Fours not once, but twice. Recently, he returned from British Columbia with a gold medal in hand from the pairs event at the Canadian Championships. “I’ve been playing since I was six years old,” he says. “I’ve been all over the world representing Canada with two bronze medals from international competitions.”
With so much international travel and competitive experience under his belt, it’s hard to imagine the different side of Kevin Jones that steps into the Men’s Mission each day. “Kevin has been very dedicated to the job,” says Mike Toth, supervisor at the Mission. “He’s focused on gaining and maintaining relationships with the clients.”
All eyes will be on Kevin as he follows in his father’s footsteps and as he continues to show such dedication, compassion and humility to the clients of Men’s Mission.
In Act II of Shakespeare’s Richard II the Queen asks her lady in waiting what sport they should play to drive away their heavy thoughts:
“Madam,” she replies. “We’ll play at bowls.”