Don Peckham, Newfoundland representative of the Navy League of Canada, presented the medal during a parade at HMCS Acadia Aug. 3.
Edwards is one of only 10 sea cadets in Atlantic Canada to receive this award, which recognizes the contributions of Canadians to the greater good in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
He has been a dedicated sea cadet for five years with 237 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Truxtun in Lawn, where he holds the position of ‘Sailing Petty Officer’ and is a member of the ceremonial guard.
This summer, Edwards is an Intermediate Sail Instructor with Pegasus Division at Acadia, Canada’s largest sea cadet summer training centre, where he trains young sailors from all across Canada and abroad on a six-week course.
He was showing the younger cadets the ropes as part of his own training on the Intermediate Sail Course. After graduating from cadets, he said he would like to study sciences at Memorial University and maybe join the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer.
In his free time, Edwards likes to play guitar and spend time with his friends.
‘HMCS Acadia’ is one of five Cadet Summer Training Centres in Atlantic Canada. Cadets from across Canada and abroad are at the training centre this summer taking part in music, sailing, seamanship, and fitness and sports programs.