Doug Currie was elected as Liberal MLA (Charlottetown –Parkdale) on May 28th, 2007. He was appointed Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs on Oct. 18, 2011.
As Health Minister, 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 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, Currie implemented 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 traditional early 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.
Minister Currie currently serves as the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, after his appointment in January 2016. Currie is leading the transformation of the English public school system in the province, through a re-organization of the department, the establishment of a new Public Schools Branch, and through a new advisory model designed to give all education partners more opportunity for input in the education system.
Minister Currie is also leading the development of a new cultural strategy for Prince Edward Island to update the province’s approach to heritage and arts development on and from PEI.
Currie is the chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and is also co-chair of the National Early Learning and Childcare Framework committee, with federal Families, Children and Social Development Minister Duclos.
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, Currie spent two decades working with – and caring for – the emotional and physical health of Island youth as an educator, counsellor and 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 lives in Charlottetown with his two daughters.