Jim Thompson

Profile Updated: May 29, 2010
Where do you live now? New Glasgow, NS Canada
Are you married, single,? Married
Do you have children? If so how many. Tell us about them. I have 8 children. Wow I met my wife in South Africa and she had 4 already and we made 4 more,
7 More…girls and 1 boy.
Elisah 23 working in Antigonish NS
Johannes 20 @ University of Ottawa
Catherine 18 Grade 12 accepted at McGill
Mina 14 Grade 8
Emily 13 Grade 7
Heather 11 twin Grade 6
Patricia 11 twin Grade 6
Tsakane 8 Grade 2
What do you do for a living? Or are you lucky enough to be retired? Chief Geologist Armistice Resources (Kirkland ON)
Yes! Attending Reunion
Do you have any memories of your high school years? Tell us!

I remember being younger than my grade, shy and insecure and afraid I wasn't going to grow and/or get taller!!! It is amazing how much life and time changes you. I let my insecurities go a long time ago. Being busy, working on a career and raising a family helped to refocus me. I liked going to dances with my brothers and sister, driving around with Michael Dewit,Steve Vanden Borre and Don Johnson, listening to music with Pat Van Mil, Steve Just and Alex Bodden.

Are you looking forward to the reunion?

I am sorry I will not be attending.
It has been 33 years time flies when you are having fun!!!
After high school I attend Seneca College in North York. I was taking electronic engineering technology. After 2 years of a 3 year diploma I decided I was tired of going to school. I was going to get a job that paid money. Well I'm glad I ended up with low paying jobs because it made me go back to University in 1981. At the same time as I was attending university, I got married but that did not last. I call that my young and stunned period. But it helped to form who I am today. I graduated in 1987 and worked at Gay Lea Foods in Guelph as a labourer, just becuse you have degree doesn't mean you can get a job in your field. I eventually decided I had to try to find a job in geology. In 1988/89 gold mining and exploration was booming in Canad so I went travelling to northern Ontario and somehow managed to get a job in a gold mine near Lake Superior. Gold mining and geology is a very cyclical business so mines open and shut depending on the price of the commodity. I have worked all across Canada, South Africa and Scotland. This was ok when I was single but in 1996 I left Yellowknife to go to a small gold mine in South Africa where I met a woman who would become my 2nd wife. I married her in 1997 and took her 4 children as my own and we have made 4 more. This is getting long winded so I better wind this down.

Do you still have family around Norwich?

My parents still live in Otterville same as my sister Jo Ann. My borther Phillip lives in Burgessville.

How often do you get back to Norwich?

I haven't been around home since the spring of 2008. I work in northern Ontario but I commute back and forth to Nova Scotia via Rouyn Noranda PQ- Montreal- Halifax. Even though I work in Ontario I have no way of getting to southern Ontario.

What do you do now?

Chief Geologist for Armistice Resources in Kirkland Lake Ontario. We own a gold mine located in Virgininiatown ON. Virginiatown is located almost at the Ontario/Quebec border. A large gold mine calle Kerr Addison existed in Virginiatown until 1996. In its history it produced 11 million ounces of gold. We just bought the claims and the property. I get paid to take apart what geological work was done before and put it back together. With this info I re-evaluate and decide where to drill more holes looking for gold ore that has not been discovered.

How did you get into that line of work?

I graduated in 1987 from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Earth Science. I worked for a few years at a menial job so I could pay back my student loans and finally took a risk and went looking for a geology job in northern Ontario. And the rest is history. I have worked in mines in Wawa ON, Cassiar BC, Yellowknife NT, South Afirica, Scotland and Nova Scotia.

What did you always want to do that you haven't done yet?

I don't know what I am doing tomorrow let alone next week, next year so I don't know what I haven't done yet until I do it. That sounds strange but I try not to look ahead or back or around at others but to live.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have a 12 days at work, 9 days at home schedule. When I am at work I work on geological puzzles, think and read. When I am at home I enjoy being with my wife and children. I own a house and a 100 acres of scruffy trees and rocks in the middle of the woods of Nova Scotia so when I can, I clear trees on my land, (we are trying to establish a lowbush wild blueberries farm almost have 20 acres done) cut my firewood and relax. I lead a very "simple" life.

How old do you feel?

I know what it says on my birth certificate but I don't know how old I feel. Still having younger children I don't feel old but I know I am not young. Especially after cutting a lot of firewood but my excuse is I am not use to physical work.

Any grey hair yet? Women don't have to honestly answer this one:)

Yes I have some but I would rather have some hair back not gone but thinning. Just vanity raising its ugly head. But as I have gotten older my attitude has become "who cares I am not an insecure 20 year old anymore and hair does not make me who I am!!!

Did you have any nicknames in school?

Jungle Jim

Cool things you've done in your life?

Going from being a single man in 1996 to a father of 8. Never trade this life !!!!

Any words of wisdom?

Live life and be thankful for it. Never tease your father that his arms are getting too short to read the newspaper because it happens to you. Bifocals are fun!!!!

Ever helped a stranger?

No one is a stranger just someone we haven't met yet. Scarey travelling to new places to work and I knew no one. I met a lot of strangers.

Ever been lost?

At certain times in my "life" but nothing bad ever happened!!! Makes you stronger

Danced your heart out?

Love to go dancing but haven't been in a million years. My kids just laugh at me but dancing makes you feel happy and alive.

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