Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series featuring Pictou County recipients of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
RCMP Sgt. Shawn Reynolds says he is humbled to be among the first 70 Nova Scotians to be named as recipients of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
Reynolds attributes the decision to list him based on his stewardship while leading the RCMP Provincial COVID-19 team in its coordination efforts during the pandemic.
The medal follows his receiving golden and diamond jubilee medals marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 50 years and later 60 years as the British monarch since her reign began in 1952. A ceremony will be held next month to present the medal.
“It’s an honour, and this one is different as it was for leadership in a work environment,” he said.
The previous medals were awarded for community service while he was posted to various locations in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Reynolds, who had been working in the Pictou County Street Crime Enforcement Unit, left his family in March 2020 and worked for more than a year in Dartmouth at the RCMP Headquarters, creating a team that supported the national and provincial programs within the RCMP.
During the on-set of the pandemic, he regularly delivered personal protective equipment to the police agencies in the county when returning home during some weekends.
Reynolds’ team directly supported the Public Health Agency of Canada by being a conduit of information into the RCMP and the municipal police agencies in support of the Federal Quarantine Act compliance checks.
Reynolds’ emergency management knowledge and leadership led the team through learning how to operate in the COVID-19 environment and became significantly involved for an extended period supporting the RCMP after the mass tragedy in April 2020.
Reynolds acknowledged that the work completed in the last two years by the COVID-19 management team has been outstanding and is a testament to the employees’ professionalism and the RCMP’s trust in their abilities.
He also acknowledged his own family and the family of all the team’s employees as being the support needed during the last two very challenging years.
He and his family have called Pictou County home during the last 10 years and he also saluted the support of the community for his family when they were needed through the pandemic.
Reynolds was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces before joining the RCMP.