Hon. Doug Currie
Hon. Doug Currie
Minister, Health and Wellness
Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs
MLA for District 11: Charlottetown - Parkdale
P.O. Box 2000
4th floor north, 105 Rochford St.
Doug Currie was elected as Liberal MLA District 11, Charlottetown - Parkdale on May 28th, 2007. He was appointed Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs by Premier Robert Ghiz on Oct. 18, 2011 - a position in which he had much success when he held the portfolio in 2008. Currie has chaired the Policy Board of Executive Council since January 2009.
As Health Minister, Currie was instrumental in significant improvements to the Prince Edward Island health system. Currie helped establish the Integrated Health System Project, which focused on operational improvements and service realignment to improve health services for Islanders. The Government’s vision of One Island Future - One Island Health System guided this project.
In October 2008, Currie commissioned the Prince Edward Island Health Governance Review by renowned International Health Care Consultants Corpus Sanchez. Many of the positive changes recommended in this report have been made and are being made under Currie’s leadership.
As Health Minister,Currie established; the Family Medicine Residency Program; the Recruitment and Retention Secretariat; Youth Substance Use and Addictions Strategy; Palliative Home Care Drug Program; Healthy Aging Strategy, which included a manor replacement program; and an Organized Stroke Care Model.
He oversaw the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care Centre.
Currie provided national leadership when Prince Edward Island was the lead jurisdiction for Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) health departments in 2008. At this time, he served as FPT co-chair with federal Health Minister Tony Clement.
In May 2008, Currie represented Provincial and Territorial Ministries of Health as part of the Canadian delegation to the World Health Organization Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.
Most recently, Currie served as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Attorney General from January 2010 until spring 2011.
During this time, Currieimplemented the Public Education Governance Review for the Province of Prince Edward Island and was the driving force behind several key changes to Prince Edward Island’s education system.
Under Currie’s leadership, the Prince Edward Island education system saw the amalgamation of full-day, publically funded Kindergarten into the public school system and the transition from the traditionalearly childhood care model to an early childhood learning model for children aged 0-4. This led to the establishment of Early Years Centers (EYCs) across the province.
Currie representedthe Canadian Ministers of Education Council (CMEC) for the international summit on teachingin New York City in May 2010.
Currie grew up in District 11 Charlottetown - Parkdale and has spent most of his life living and working in his district.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick.
Before his appointment to cabinet,Curriespent two decades working with- and caring for - the emotional and physical health of Island youth as an educator, counselorand coach. He was head coach of the UPEI Men’s Hockey Panthers where he was named AUS Coach of the Year in 2002. Currie excelled in his career as an educator, before his life in politics, he worked as principal at Birchwood Intermediate School.
Currie’s other interests include running, fitness and spending time with his family. He and his wife Stephanie live in Charlottetown with their two daughters - Hallie and Casey.