Nearly four years ago, we gathered on a snowy day at Ancaster Christian Reformed Church to witness and celebrate the wedding of Tim and Sharlene Bosma, two people wonderfully suited for each other. Tim’s name is now a familiar one to many as his disappearance and murder last May broke our hearts, shocking our church and country. Tim Bosma was a dear friend, the type of person who loved to help others — a legacy that will now continue through Tim’s Tribute (timstribute.ca). This charity has been set up by Sharlene Bosma to honour his memory and express her gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from her church and greater community.
“Very few people are recipients of such generosity. I’ve learned that there is very little support for families in our situation and I would like to help others who are so unfortunate to lose a loved one to homicide,” Bosma explained. “Tim’s Tribute is one way to acknowledge all that others have done for me and my daughter, and to say thank you.”
Shannon O'Callahan, show manager of the Hamilton RV Expo at the Careport Centre in Hamilton, Ontario approached Sharlene Bosma with an opportunity to assist in raising funds for Tim’s Tribute. O’Callahan, whose brother was murdered 25 years ago, appreciates that Bosma founded this cause to help others in situations like theirs, support she feels is much needed.
The Hamilton RV Expo arranged with Tim’s Tribute to offer a promo code on their Facebook page that would give show attendees a five dollar discount, and in return the show would donate five dollars for each code used to Tim’s Tribute. In addition to this, exhibiter Leisure Days RV Centre presented Bosma with a $2,500 cheque at the opening of the show.
Tim’s Tribute, launched last August, is dedicated to providing support and assistance to the families of innocent victims of homicide. It has partnered with Christian Stewardship Services (csservices.ca) and is working with Victim Services to identify those in need. Bosma hopes to alleviate some of the burden of costs that arise out of these times of crisis.
“For now, we will focus on providing financial assistance and support for families in the Hamilton-Wentworth Area. It is our hope that we will eventually be able to expand beyond this region,” said Bosma.
With some of the legal and administrative aspects of setting up a charity completed, Bosma hopes to begin assisting families of innocent victims of homicide in the coming year.
Tim’s Tribute is working with other Hamilton shows to continue in raising funds through the use of promo codes. Upcoming partnerships include the Hamilton Boat Show and the fall Hamilton Home show, events that also honour Tim Bosma’s memory as he loved camping, boating and working on his own home.
“These are such great events for us, a way to thank the community that has helped us through this discount and a way to raise funds for Tim’s Tribute,” explained Peter Lowe.
Lowe managed social media and other media communications during the week of the search for Tim Bosma, and he’s continuing in this role.
“We’re really excited about these new partnerships. We have so much on the go and really want to spread the word through the Facebook page,” said Lowe.
Prior to the Hamilton RV expo, Tim’s Tribute had raised over $40,000, a great start to building Tim’s legacy.