Dr. Paul N. Tinsley started his career with the Matsqui Police on January 29, 1979. He retired on November 30, 2004, as the Deputy Chief of the Abbotsford Police Department.
Dr. Tinsley practiced, and believed, that education was fitness to the mind, and that fitness was education to the body. He began both a dedicated fitness regime, and constantly pursued education from his teen years, up to only a few weeks before his passing. The combination of both education and fitness brought to Dr. Tinsley strength, determination and contentment. By dedicating much of his life to both education and fitness, Dr. Tinsley continues to be a positive example to all.
In memory of Dr. Paul Tinsley, the Abbotsford Police Department is pleased to offer this scholarship to a successful athlete who is a participant in the Abbotsford Police Department Annual Basketball Tournament.
Cst. John Goyer Memorial Scholarship
Constable John Goyer served as a member of the Abbotsford Police Department from 1999 until 2006 when he lost his battle to the neuromuscular disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) – a terminal degenerative neuromuscular disease that destroys muscle tissue. Cst. Goyer’s ALS was triggered by an on-duty incident in 2001 when he and his partner were involved in a physical confrontation after responding to a domestic dispute. As such, Constable Goyer’s death was considered to be “in the line of duty” – the first, and hopefully the last, line of duty death in the Department’s history.
Constable Goyer was an avid sports fan and he embraced the spirit of sport through his own participation in competitive hockey. Cst. Goyer understood the true meaning of commitment and teamwork and was considered a leader on every team he ever played on. He really believed that through hard work and dedication to one’s sport one could always achieve excellence.
In memory of Constable John Goyer, the Abbotsford Police Department is pleased to offer this scholarship to a successful athlete who is a participant in the Abbotsford Police Department Annual Basketball Tournament.
Cst. John Davidson Memorial Scholarship
Abbotsford Police Constable John Davidson was tragically killed in the line of duty on November 6, 2017. Throughout his career, Cst Davidson was known for his work and commitment to youth issues. As someone who dedicated his life to fitness, he also understood the importance of how competition in sports helped our youth meet their potential in life.
In memory of Constable John Davidson, the Abbotsford Police Foundation is pleased to offer this scholarship to a successful athlete who is a participant in the Abbotsford Police Department Annual Basketball Tournament.
G. Jack Harris Memorial Scholarship
G. Jack Harris was an avid basketball fan and long-time supporter of the City Basketball Tournament. He loved cheering on his daughters who played for W.J. Mouat in the 1990's. Jack was known in the Abbotsford basketball world for hosting half court shots for up to $100 during half time of championship games.
Generosity was synonymous with G. Jack Harris and this scholarship is a way to honour his legacy by assisting one of our local athletes to pursue their post-secondary goals.