Kyle May is running for councillor in Port Clements. The municipal election is Oct. 15, 2022. (Photo: submitted)

Kyle May is running for councillor in Port Clements. The municipal election is Oct. 15, 2022. (Photo: submitted)

In their own words: Kyle May

For Port Clements councillor

Candidates running in municipal elections on Haida Gwaii are invited to submit a biography to be published on the Haida Gwaii Observer website. The deadline to submit a biography is Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. If you are a candidate, please send a 300 to 400 word written biography and a photo to newsroom@haidagwaiiobserver.com.

Kyle May is a tourism entrepreneur and the founder of Gwaii Adventure Campers, a campervan rental business helping tourists explore the marvels of Haida Gwaii. Born in 1981 in a small town called St. Stephen in New Brunswick, in the home of a Scottish father and an American mother, he won three nationalities at birth.

Kyle spent his youth working in a family restaurant, mastering culinary skills to pursue a career as a chef. Passionate about living a nomadic life, he traveled frequently and cooked around the globe.

From 2009 to 2013, Kyle worked abroad in Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, a country where he met his partner. The duo lived in New Zealand then in many countries, including India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, they took on many volunteer projects. Then, they turned their focus to Europe and volunteered in Italy, Lithuania, and Portugal before reconnoitering South American countries; Chile, Peru, Columbia, and Bolivia.

In 2013, the couple returned to Canada from Chile, where he resumed his career working in remote ski lodges. Subsequently, Kyle and his partner relocated to Haida Gwaii in 2018 to start a new chapter. Kyle managed a bed and breakfast on the beach, and like many, he instantly fell in love with the island.

In the last nine years, Kyle has experienced over 46 countries and today he uses his passion and worldly experience to guide and facilitate tourists who travel for the Haida Gwaii Island experience. He provides them with “wheels of freedom” to explore the beautiful land to help make their trip feel unique and supreme. Gwaii Adventure Campers went from a hobby to a successful seasonal business in less than two years. As the owner and licensed transporter, Kyle delivers this unique service for tourists to help them create timeless memories.

Kyle believes he would be a positive candidate to serve town council, as he can facilitate and involve his “community experience” from around the world. His kindness and open-minded personality can benefit our villagers in many ways.

Involving himself into other communities gives him a much broader outlook on ways to improve the esthetics, giving an appealing and welcoming look to tourists and newcomers.

Election 2022