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May receives Ambassador Award
May 30, 2001
{Author: eBerg Staff}

Jack May, lighthouse keeper at Long Point on Twillingate Island, has been bestowed with a Newfoundland and Labrador Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

These awards are presented annually to businesses, individuals and groups that have served as true Ambassadors of the province. Sheila Kelly-Blackmore, Secretary of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, made the presentation at the Kittiwake Economic Development Corporation's last monthly meeting.

"This presentation recognizes the role that lighthouse keepers have played in the promotion of this province," Ms. Kelly-Blackmore said. "Few other professions capture the imagination and fascination of visitors quite so well as that of lighthouse keeper."

While automated lighthouses are now the predominant method of guiding ships along Newfoundland's coast, Mr. May remains a lightkeeper extraordinaire, Ms. Kelly-Blackmore noted.

"He has taken the original role of lightkeeper and given it a modern day tourism spin. From opening the lighthouse to visitors to reading iceberg reports on provincial media, Jack is a true ambassador of both lightkeepers and Newfoundland and Labrador."

"Thank you very much for recognizing what I am trying to do for both tourism and lightkeeping," Mr. May said. "I believe that Twillingate Long Point is the most visited staffed lighthouse in the world. People descend on the place in droves, not just in the summer, but during a January blizzard. My primary purpose remains as lightkeeper, but in the summertime it can become a bit of a zoo, so I call myself a zookeeper."

Past recipients of the Ambassadors of Hospitality Awards include the Ennis Sisters, Great Big Sea and the Downhomer magazine.