Melvin Harnum of Heart’s Delight-Islington, who is the Region 1 Director for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The medals were presented to individuals across the Country in honour of significant contributions, achievements and volunteerism. He was nominated for this award by the Newfoundland and Labrador Fire Services, which he has held the position of Region 1 director for the past 10 years.
Melvin is well-known in the area for his volunteer work and is very active in numerous organizations. In addition to Melvin’s tremendous commitment to the association, he has also been an active member of the Heart’s Delight-Islington Fire Department for 37 years and is currently the fire chief.
He has been very active in the Trinity-Bay de Verde Firefighter’s Association for over 30 years and has held the positions of chair or vice-chair for the past 10 years. Melvin has also been a very active member of the Trinity Conception Youth Justice Committee for the past 20 years, of which he has held the position of chairperson for the past five years.
He was also a very active member of the Heart’s Delight-Islington Volunteer Ambulance service, serving as a driver/attendant for 25 years.
Melvin accepted the medal during the summer of 2013 at the Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook from Bonavista-Exploits MP Scott Simms while attending the 2013 conference for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services. For more information regarding the award please visit www.gg.ca.
Sincere congratulations are extended to Melvin from both his family and friends, especially his grandchildren Austin and Payten, on receiving this prestigious medal in recognition of his outstanding commitment and dedication towards his community and volunteerism.