Doug W. Currie biography
Doug Currie entered public life in 2007 after being elected MLA for District 11 Charlottetown–Parkdale, where he grew up and still resides with his daughters Hallie and Casey.
As Minister of Health, Social Services and Seniors, beginning in 2007, Currie led a governance review and the establishment of Health PEI which focused on improving the delivery of health services across Prince Edward Island.
From 2009 to 2011, as Minister of Education, Early Learning and Attorney General, he oversaw the introduction of full-day publically funded kindergarten in Island schools and the implementation of the Preschool Excellence Initiative, a provincial model which made Prince Edward Island a national leader in early childhood development.
After being elected for a second term in 2011, Currie served as Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister responsible for Sport and Recreation. Under his leadership, a provincial Mental Health and Addictions Strategy was developed, a new Youth Addiction Facility was opened, as well as PEI’s first Youth Mental Health Day Treatment Centre.
During this time significant investments were made in Primary Care, Emergency Services and public manor replacement. A Catastrophic Drug Program and an Under 65 Generic Drug Program were introduced and significant enhancements were made to several provincial drug programs.
In January 2016, Minister Currie was sworn in as Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture. During this time he led a reorganization of the department, created the Public Schools Branch and established new advisory councils to give all partners opportunity for input into public education.
Following a School Review in 2017, action was taken to address overcrowded and under-utilized schools. Student Well-being Teams were established in the school setting, supports were added for immigrant students, significant enhancements were made to school facilities, and a provincial cultural strategy was developed. During this time, Minister Currie was the lead Minister and Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC), and lead minister in the development of a National Early Childhood Framework.
Prior to entering public office, Doug held various leadership roles as a school administrator and as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations at UPEI. He holds a BA and B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Masters of Education from the University of New Brunswick.