Const. Micheal Berns received the Queen’ Diamond Jubilee Medal at an RCMP awards ceremony in Prince George Nov. 7.
He is one of the few Williams Lake and area residents to earn the honour.
The new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for service to this country.
At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.
Since moving to Williams Lake in January 2007 Const. Berns immediately started working on a weekly basis with the local 3064 Army Cadets, states his biography.
As commanding officer he is responsible for administering the training, ensuring safe and efficient delivery of the program, and for enhancing community involvement in the cadet movement in Williams Lake.
Const. Berns fosters positive working relationships with all sectors of youth in Williams Lake.
Over the past year, Const. Berns has also assisted 202 Chilcotin Sea Cadets in Williams Lake.
He spends an average of 12 days a month working with cadets on various activities on top of his full-time career obligations and family commitment.
Without his drive and dedication, the community of Williams Lake would not have two wonderful youth-based programs.
Const. Berns is a full time RCMP officer with the Williams Lake Forensic Identification Section. He is one of the founding co-coordinators responsible for planning and implementing the RCMP Youth Academy held in Williams Lake in March of 2012.
He looks forward to planning another successful youth academy in 2013.
Const. Berns is also an accomplished bagpipe musician.
He has played with the Williams Lake Pipes and Drums band and has volunteered for numerous community events as a bagpiper including Remembrance Day ceremonies, funerals, banquets, and other special community events.
He is currently developing a youth-based pipes and drums band in Williams Lake.
Const. Berns is dedicated and works above and beyond to provide opportunities and positive choices for the youth in Williams Lake.
He brings credit to his community and Canada as an outstanding citizen, states his biography.