As someone who has been a volunteer firefighter for 46 years, a municipal councillor and a minor hockey coach, chances are there's not a lot that surprises East LaHave resident Reid Whynot.
But he was "surprised as heck" to learn he was receiving the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers from Canada's Governor General.
At first, when he got a phone message a few weeks ago to contact the Governor General's office, he thought it was "a hoax."
Reid is a volunteer with the Bridgewater Fire Department and a councillor for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. And he himself is not short of a sense of humour.
"I called and left messages three times with no response. Then on the fourth try I got someone who said it was for real," he told LighthouseNOW in an email.
"Not that I would ever play tricks on anyone," quipped Whynot.
On July 1, Governor General Julie Payette issued a list of recipients for the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers; Whynot's name was on it.
According to the website of the Governor General's office, the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers "recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers."
"Above and beyond his 46 years of fire service in the Bridgewater Fire Department he has assisted in street patrols, coaching minor hockey and raising funds for Canada Muscular Dystrophy Association. Other organizations Reid has participated in include assisting The Salvation Army, LaHave River Watch Program, Lunenburg County Crime Stoppers, Cops For Cancer, Emergency Measures Organization, Scouts Canada, park maintenance for Cookville Provincial Park, and many others," family member Chris Johnson enthused on Whynot's Facebook page.
"Reid, we are very proud of your dedication and exemplary commitment to others. Your family loves you!" he added.