Kody Blois was born and raised in Kings-Hants.

He grew up in the small community of Belnan, just outside of Elmsdale. Kody credits his value of hard work to being raised in a working-class family – both his father and grandfather worked in the trucking industry. Kody’s mother, Shelley, is an administrative assistant at Maple Ridge Elementary School. Kody’s father, Gordon, passed away in an accident in 2005.

Kody was the first member of his family to graduate from university. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in political science from Saint Mary’s University, and a Juris Doctor (Law) and Master of Management in Public Administration from Dalhousie University. Kody is currently working with McInnes Cooper as an articled clerk.

Kody was a draft pick for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2008 and was twice named CIS Academic All-Canadian for maintaining a strong GPA while playing as a varsity athlete for Brock and Saint Mary’s Universities.

Being involved in sports has helped shape the person Kody is today. Throughout his life, Kody has been involved with the East Hants Minor Hockey Association. It was through coaching that Kody began to make contributions to his community. He values the experience he gained and the opportunity to mentor youth through sport.

In 2013, the East Hants Sport Heritage Society was founded under Kody’s leadership. He is president of the non-profit organization, which celebrates the contributions of local athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers at the annual East Hants Sport Hall of Fame event.

In 2016, Kody worked with community-minded individuals to create the Come Home East Hants Association. The non-profit group facilitates a major homecoming summer festival known as Tide Fest. Kody was inspired by the model of success of other community events, like the Apple Blossom in the Annapolis Valley or the Jubilee in New Glasgow. Kody is also the president of the Come Home East Hants Association.

In its first two years, Tide Fest generated over $100,000 in profit – all which has been reinvested in local community groups and non-profits in the communities of East Hants.

Tide Fest also set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Washer Toss Tournament in 2017. The event brought over 8,500 participants in the first two years and organizers are looking to have over 6,000 participants in 2019.

Kody served as an Executive Director on the local film, “East Hants: This is Us”. It is a local documentary illustrating the Municipality of East Hants’ history. The film, narrated by CBC’s Jim Nunn, premiered at the Atlantic International Film Festival in September 2018.

Kody was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in June of this year. His partner, Kimberly MacLachlan, is an articled clerk at Stewart McKelvey. Kody’s interests include history, travel, sport and local craft beers and wines.

Kody has a passion for creating vibrant communities and spurring rural economic growth. With a proven record of bringing the community together and executing projects, he has the desire to serve the public on a larger scale.

As you Liberal candidate for Kings-Hants, Kody brings his enthusiasm, ideas, and experience to serving his communities.