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The Mays looking forward to next chapter of life with move to Victoria, B.C.

Denise May has been a tireless volunteer working hard for a number of sports groups for a lot of years. She has resigned from her volunteer role with the Saltos Gymnastics Club because she is moving to Victoria, B.C., to assume the role of director of human resources with a long-term care home on Vancouver Island.
Denise May has been a tireless volunteer working hard for a number of sports groups for a lot of years. She has resigned from her volunteer role with the Saltos Gymnastics Club because she is moving to Victoria, B.C., to assume the role of director of human resources with a long-term care home on Vancouver Island.

Denise May had a tough time deciding she was ready for a change of scenery because she’s leaving behind so much, but she’s excited about writing the next chapter of her life.

May has taken a leave of absence from Western Health to assume the role of director of human resources at a long-term care home in Victoria, B.C.

An avid sports nut who played key roles in the growth of gymnastics, alpine skiing and triathlon in Corner Brook, May has mixed emotions about moving from coast to coast.

“It was a gut-wrenching decision, to be honest with you,” May said Monday morning. “The opportunity is exciting and the idea of going somewhere new and kind of creating a new life there is exciting, but the thought of leaving here, and all my friends and my volunteer work, was very difficult.”

May, who grew up in Corner Brook, began entertaining the notion of taking the job in Victoria after she had a conversation with the facility’s CEO. It sounded like an interesting opportunity, so she headed west to check out the area and the venue.

“It just seemed like a really good fit, a really interesting opportunity, so we decided to try it,” she said.

She has resigned from her position as president of Saltos Gymnastics Club, an organization that she helped build into one of the biggest clubs in Atlantic Canada. Her lifelong commitment to sports included countless hours helping expand triathlon and downhill skiing.

She figures she was reaching the end of the line when it came to volunteerism, so she’s fine with the timing of her decision. She says there are a lot of passionate people who will follow in her footsteps and keep strong the various programs she helped create over the years, and that helps make it easier for her to leave.

Her husband, Steve May, also a big contributor to sports in the city, and their two daughters, Carly and Tessa, are expected to join her when school is out for the summer.

Steve May said it’s been an amazing experience to have been involved with so many sports on so many levels over the years.

He was proud to be one of the people who played a role in taking triathlon from a local event to bigger and better things through the different phases of growth that culminated with the peak of hosting the world duathlon championships.

“That was quite a life-altering and enhancing experience right through all those years,” he said.

His time spent involved with grooming young skiers at Marble to helping youth find their way in triathlon has been fulfilling and he has no regrets about the time shared or whom he shared the time with, because it brought him a lot of satisfaction, he says.

But being afforded an opportunity to have a say in how some sports groups were run and trying to introduce new ideas or better ways of doing things was the most rewarding part of it all, he says.

Leaving it all behind is going to be tough because he realizes sports provided him and his family with a social circle. He knows he will miss a lot of people who became close friends through sport over the years.

“It’s a surreal feeling to think about not being here, but life is a journey, isn’t it, so we’ll see where it leads,” he said.

May has taken a leave of absence from Western Health to assume the role of director of human resources at a long-term care home in Victoria, B.C.

An avid sports nut who played key roles in the growth of gymnastics, alpine skiing and triathlon in Corner Brook, May has mixed emotions about moving from coast to coast.

“It was a gut-wrenching decision, to be honest with you,” May said Monday morning. “The opportunity is exciting and the idea of going somewhere new and kind of creating a new life there is exciting, but the thought of leaving here, and all my friends and my volunteer work, was very difficult.”

May, who grew up in Corner Brook, began entertaining the notion of taking the job in Victoria after she had a conversation with the facility’s CEO. It sounded like an interesting opportunity, so she headed west to check out the area and the venue.

“It just seemed like a really good fit, a really interesting opportunity, so we decided to try it,” she said.

She has resigned from her position as president of Saltos Gymnastics Club, an organization that she helped build into one of the biggest clubs in Atlantic Canada. Her lifelong commitment to sports included countless hours helping expand triathlon and downhill skiing.

She figures she was reaching the end of the line when it came to volunteerism, so she’s fine with the timing of her decision. She says there are a lot of passionate people who will follow in her footsteps and keep strong the various programs she helped create over the years, and that helps make it easier for her to leave.

Her husband, Steve May, also a big contributor to sports in the city, and their two daughters, Carly and Tessa, are expected to join her when school is out for the summer.

Steve May said it’s been an amazing experience to have been involved with so many sports on so many levels over the years.

He was proud to be one of the people who played a role in taking triathlon from a local event to bigger and better things through the different phases of growth that culminated with the peak of hosting the world duathlon championships.

“That was quite a life-altering and enhancing experience right through all those years,” he said.

His time spent involved with grooming young skiers at Marble to helping youth find their way in triathlon has been fulfilling and he has no regrets about the time shared or whom he shared the time with, because it brought him a lot of satisfaction, he says.

But being afforded an opportunity to have a say in how some sports groups were run and trying to introduce new ideas or better ways of doing things was the most rewarding part of it all, he says.

Leaving it all behind is going to be tough because he realizes sports provided him and his family with a social circle. He knows he will miss a lot of people who became close friends through sport over the years.

“It’s a surreal feeling to think about not being here, but life is a journey, isn’t it, so we’ll see where it leads,” he said.

Steve May has been a dedicated alpine ski coach in his spare time. He’s also been active in triathlon, running and cycling throughout his life in Corner Brook.

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