Paul Thomas Legacy Programs
Paul was a cornerstone of Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre for the last 21 years. From his work in the Ray-Cam Immigrant Buddy Program many years ago to his key role as Youth Programmer at Ray-Cam, Paul was a role model, mentor and a consummate caregiver for youth, families and his colleagues in the Downtown Eastside. He was always available, always put the needs of the community first and did whatever needed to be done no matter how big or how small.
Paul leaves a legacy of initiative such as: Ray-Cam Rockets Bike Program, Wheels, Wings & Moving Things (RC Car Rally), Leadership Programs, Youth Incentive Program, Boys Club and especially his personal touch with all the programs he was in contact with.
With his tireless “chill, Jamaican” style Paul’s dedication and compassion encouraged hundreds of youth to purse their dreams and gave them the confidence to succeed. Paul nurtured and mentored these youth to become doctors, social workers, security guards, mechanics, youth leaders , and more. He encouraged them to give back to the community and become volunteers.
Paul was a true community member and leader. His legacy will continue to touch the lives of the many individuals and families impacted by his kindness and compassion.
Memorial Soccer Tournament
Paul Thomas Memorial Soccer Tournament was inspired by youth who wanted to recognize Paul’s passion for soccer. The tournament is held on the 1st Saturday in May, recognizing Paul’s birth month. The tournament is truly a community event where teams are mixed and include all age groups and skill level on the same team. The tournament focuses on fair play, sportsmanship, team spirit and community – all values that were important to Paul.
Legacy 10k Walk/Run
Paul’s Legacy Walk/Run is a 10 km fundraising event where 100% of donation supports Paul’s Legacy events such as Educational Scholarship Fund and Memorial Soccer Tournament. This event is held in April and open to family, friends, staff and community.
Paul Thomas Scholarship
A scholarship fund has been established to honor the admirable work of Paul Thomas, a beloved Ray-Cam Co-operative Center employee, friend and community leader who passed away in 2016. Paul worked at Ray-Cam Cooperative Center for 20 years as Youth Programmer and was dedicated to the community, to the youth and families he worked with.