Remembering Nicola Jones

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As I sit here teary eyed, going through videos, photos and conversations with Nicola, I am reminded of what a wonderful person she truly was. Nicola was my role model. She was my colleague, confidante and loyal friend. To this day, I still refer to her as my sister (my work sister). We had so much fun at work together. On TV you’d see the ‘serious’ and sometimes ‘not so serious’ versions of ourselves. Nic always wanted to dance, laugh and just have a good time at work. I miss that. There are a lot of things that haven’t been the same since she left us but I think it’s important to look back at the good times, share and remember the stories. She was amazing inside and out and to this day, she reminds me of how lucky I am to have my health, my family, friends and career.

In this post, I want to reflect back on some special moments I shared with Nicola. I’m going to share some of our personal conversations and pictures. I went back through old videos and made a compilation of FUN times we had on the air at CHCH because that’s how I remember her; always smiling, laughing and having fun.

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When I started out at CHCH Nicola was so helpful. She mentored me, taught me how to do the forecast, create the weather maps and be personable on camera. Instantly, we were good friends. She wasn’t threatened that I was younger. She wasn’t intimidated that I was social media savvy. Instead, we helped each other out.

The traffic centre is on the second floor of the CHCH Building, while the Weather Center (where Nicola did the forecast) was on the main floor. We were live on the air every ten minutes and between those hits I would always run down the stairs to catch up with my good friend.

Nic was the most positive person of anyone that I’ve ever met. She always told me to shine my ‘light’ on people that were in the dark. She claimed that she always felt sorry for negative and destructive people because they were obviously unhappy with themselves. She didn’t care what people thought of her. She didn’t care to look silly on the air. She DID however make a conscious effort to bring something different to the table.

I would say, “But there’s nothing going on in traffic. What am I supposed to talk about?” and she’d say… “Look up a fun fact and tell me about it on the air!”

She was always thinking outside of the box when it came to on air conversation. Nic would tell me:

“Your job isn’t just about presenting the weather and traffic… you’re an on air personality. Show off that personality! Think of something valuable and entertaining to say.”

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Another tip from Nic:

“WEAR BRIGHT COLOURS.” Nicola Jones

You can see that she followed that rule in the photo above. To this day, I make a conscious effort not to gravitate to grey and black (like most people). I do my best to wear bright pink, yellow, orange and red. That’s what people want to wake up to in the morning.

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“YOU ARE WORTH IT.” Nicola Jones

Whenever I asked Nicola’s opinion when I wanted to purchase something she would always give me an honest answer. Most of the time she’d say “Do it. You are worth it!”ย  It’s not often that I treat myself to a really nice coat or buy an expensive lipstick but it’s nice to be reminded to treat yourself every once in awhile. She always encouraged me to take care of myself and to appreciate my well being. She’d say, “If you don’t take care of yourself then who will?”

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I was looking back at my phone conversations with Nicola and this one really resonated with me. When she was sick she asked me about my blood type and I couldn’t even tell her what that was. I’m making it my personal goal to get my blood taken this week and find out what blood type I am.

Nic: “What’s your blood type lol?”

Jac: “I have absolutely no idea. I know that’s terrible.”

Nic: “Go and donate blood in my honor and find out one day. Enjoy your health. Do everything you can to make your body feel appreciated. I love even more my memories of being fit and strong. I will get back to it one day. Don’t waste it. You have no idea how bad it is to be stuck like this. Go play.”

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Nicola was a fighter up until the day she died. It was shocking to all of us that she had gotten so sick because she was a person who truly took care of her health. She was always bringing in homemade soup for lunch and making really healthy meals. She would even use glass containers over the plastic ones to avoid the chemicals. I remember hearing her spoon clinking against her glass dishes. It’s an odd memory but sometimes when I catch myself doing it… it makes me think of her. Nic was even careful about taking the pain killers when she was in hospital. She wanted to be strong for her son Christian.

Jac: “Are you in a lot of pain?”

Nic: “Yes but I was before so I can take it.ย  I did really well avoiding drugs. The nurse said most people go through in 4 hours the morphine I did not finish in 24.”

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Nicola taught me how to mediate although I’ve never stuck with it. She told me to take the time to just sit in silence and to let the first thought come to my mind. I’m not going to lie, I thought it was kind of odd but she swore by it… so I tried it. (Actually, you can buy Nicola’s Meditation CD’s on iTunes)

“Once that thought comes into your mind, you’ll realize that you control all of your thoughts. You can choose to be positive. You can choose to control the way you think about everything.” Nicola Jones

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This one year, Nicola wanted to surprise everyone with Personalized Bobble Heads! She found the company, submitted our photos and voila… they were sent to the station. We did a big reveal on the air and everyone loved them.

You know, we’re lucky that so many of the memories we shared together were caught on camera. I took some time to go back and dig up some of my favourite clips. I want people to remember Nicola as the fun, bubbly and elegant woman that she was.

Nicola will forever be a part of my life. I spent a quarter of my life sharing every morning with her on the air, I spent most afternoons chit chatting with her through text messages and many weekends planning out future projects. I miss her so very much and I know that for me, she will never be forgotten. This was a very personal post as these are memories I truly cherish. Thank you for reading and thank you for keeping Nicola’s memory alive.

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I usually sign off as Jackie but today… I’m signing off by what Nicola used to call me.

Jac xo

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14 thoughts on “Remembering Nicola Jones

  1. Rick Hanson says:

    Jac…sweet of you to mention and keep the memory alive of such a beautiful woman that all of us miss. Seems a small part of her lives on through you and that is special.

  2. John gallagher says:

    A truly great friend and mentor she was to you Jaclyn,we all need someone like that in all our lives,I cannot begin to imagine how you are hurting from the loss, for that I am sorry,I wouldn’t know how much pain I would be in if one of my dearest friends past away.

  3. Gene Otterman says:

    Jaclyn
    Everything you have said about Nicola is absolutely one hundred per cent true . From the first time I seen her on TV I thought she was such an amazing person . She was a person everyone had to love . She could be so funny but yet be so cheery . I was at her fun raiser CH had for her . The response was amazing . As long as you are there on CH she will never be forgotten . She has taught you well and you remind me so much of her .
    Keep up the great work
    Gene

  4. Helen Sweet says:

    Jaclyn…Nicola was one of a kind…but so are you! .. two beautiful souls. You have so many of her qualities, and of course………’beauty’…….beautiful inside and out. Keep up the good work, Helen.

  5. Debra Starr says:

    I used to work for Nicola’s mom. My favorite memory of Nicola was when she covered me in the office while I was going to write my Canadian Citizen Test. She was only in the office for a few minutes when she came to my desk and asked what I was doing. I told her I was working. She simply replied, “You have a test to write in an hour. I suggest you open your books because I’ll be back in 15 minutes to quiz you.” She came back, tested me and I scored perfect on my test.
    She was truly an amazing person. She made me laugh… a lot. I miss her. ๐Ÿ˜ข

  6. kathy says:

    She was a beautiful person inside and out keep her memory alive we loved watching her on CHCH, hubby says she was a nice looking lady I agree hope her son is doing well Kathy

  7. Rita says:

    I know how much you loved her Jackie… I’m sure this was very difficult to put together….. What a beautiful tribute to her memory!! Loved seeing her beautiful face on-air every morning… miss her so much! Rest in Paradise Nicola!! xo

  8. Brad Pasowysty says:

    Thanks for sharing these memories Jaclyn. Ch has always felt like Family as you are in our home every day. She will always be missed .
    So Glad you were able to know her personally.

  9. Casper ........a faithful viewer says:

    That was GREAT Jackie…..you were lucky to have known each other….she taught you well…I love your morning show I’m up at 4am and you and Tim are Great together keep up the good work…Thank You for keeping Nicola’s memory alive, she is watching down on you smiling xoxoxo

  10. Jen Hill says:

    Jac I Left a long long long comment on the post of your tribute to your good friend Nicola..I know you are very busy..but I hope you get time to read it sometime..I hope you find comfort in it cause I meant every word…I got to meet you at last years CHCH Xmas Party..I wanted to talk to you more about Nic..but I knew it was still a hard time..u might not remember ne now..but..i was in the Dec.14 2012 Fire at 405 King St. East..I lost everything including my other dogs Urn and my Dads Korean War Medals and pics..I saved my dog thank god..he and I are still nearby..Nic and you are amazing..and forever bonded..hope you find comfort in what I wrote…You are a Wonderful friend of Nicola..and know she is with us all..and never will be forgotten due to great friends she had in you..every Thanksgiving I know..she passed…and I pray for you and her family and colleagues to get through…We Love You Allโค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™

  11. Mike Jones says:

    Nicola’s Dad here ,Mike Jones .Thanks to everyone for their wonderful memories of Nicola ,and the wonderful tribute put together by Jaclynn

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