Jack has dedicated 5 years to volunteer service with RCMSAR Station 10 (Richmond) and 1.5 years to its governing body, the Fraser Marine Rescue Society. His journey into volunteering was spurred by an act of terrorism he experienced while he was a teenager, where his ability to remain calm in a crisis became evident.

Shortly after the incident, at 19 years old, Jack recognized he could channel his experience into helping others through emergency response. Volunteering has fostered a deep connection to the community for Jack, exemplified by his second emergency call with RCMSAR. The call came just after sunset, and Jack biked for 20 minutes across Richmond – from Steveston to the Middle Arm of the Fraser – arriving just in time to help search for a fellow UBC student.

Within his volunteer team, Jack is grateful for everyone’s mutual empathy and support, acknowledging the importance of comradery, training, and Critical Incident Stress Management in coping with the emotional toll of rescue operations, especially when they don’t result in the desired outcome.

His involvement extends beyond local waters, as he participated in a life-altering mission in the central Mediterranean, where he helmed a fast rescue craft and responded to a mass casualty rescue onboard the Sea Eye 4. The rescue operation saw 48 survivors safely disembark, although tragically, four individuals did not survive the rescue attempt in this hostile maritime environment.