By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
Ancaster businessman Steve Dunn is just grateful he can do something to help.
Dunn and his foursome were among roughly 100 golfers and volunteers who gathered at Century Pines Friday afternoon to enjoy a game of golf and raise money for Tim’s Tribute, the charity founded by Tim Bosma’s widow, Sharlene, to provide assistance to the families of innocent victims of homicide.
While he didn’t know the Bosma family prior to Tim’s murder in May 2013, Dunn said it’s important for everyone to do what they can to assist others.
“Living in the community of Ancaster, it (the tragedy) touched everybody in the area, and with this opportunity to support Tim’s Tribute and other victims of homicide, domestic abuse and victims of violence, we, as a community, need to step up to help.
“We are all in this together and need to help out when we are called on to help. I am just grateful to be able to do it.”
Dunn, who was born and raised in Ancaster, also lent his financial support to the tournament by being a major sponsor.
Five volunteers from Lean on Me were also on hand to lend support of a different — but equally important — kind. Lean on Me is a Hamilton-based support group for families who have lost loved ones to homicide. Five members from Lean on Me, sporting white and black memorial ribbons — symbolizing their loved one and the hope of creating a non-violent society — assisted on specific holes as volunteers. Lean on Me was formed in 2007 and offers a 12-week program to support people like themselves and the Bosma family.
The “door prize” on the 15h hole, CHCH television anchor Nick Dixon played the par three hole with other golfers making their way around the course.
“Obviously, having covered the sad story of Tim and getting to know Sharlene and Peter Lowe (Bosma family spokesperson), I felt I needed to be here today, not only for Tim, but for all victims of crime. I want to help out if I can.”
Dixon, who reported on the search for Tim Bosma, his death, the arrests made in the case and the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, said it was the most difficult local news story in his 10-year career with CHCH.
“I became very connected to this story very early, and Sharlene was so open and vulnerable in her appeals, and in speaking to me, I got to know her. I have seen more and probably feel a little bit more than most.
“I have a lot of respect for Sharlene and what she has gone through, and her courage and her determination.”
For her part, Sharlene praised the “fan..fan..tastic volunteers” who helped bring the first Tim’s Tribute golf tournament from dream to reality.
“I was part of the organizing committee, but there were some really wonderful volunteers who came with way more golf experience than I have, and those volunteers helped make the event possible,” she said.
Sharlene said her husband was a “social” golfer who definitely would have enjoyed the warm sunshine, refreshing breeze, camaraderie and sense of community at Century Pines.
“It’s a beautiful day, he would be hanging out with his buddies and having a good time and doing something beneficial. He would have been having a really good time, and I’m sure he still is.”
For more information on Tim’s Tribute, visit timstribute.ca.