Learning Partners Advisory Council

The Learning Partners Advisory Council provides advice and insight on how best to advance learning excellence and support learners of all ages, in support of Prince Edward Island’s long-term prosperity and well-being. The Council’s 25 members from across the Island bring diverse and relevant perspectives on education and learning in all settings and from early childhood to the senior years.

What is the function of the council?

The Learning Partners Advisory Council was established in December 2015 to bring together learning champions from the community, educational organizations, and government to provide diverse perspectives on priorities, opportunities, and goals for PEI’s learning systems to help shape public policy on education and learning. The Council’s mandate is to provide insight and advice on how best to advance learning excellence and support learners throughout the lifespan, in support of the Province’s long-term prosperity and well-being.

How many people are on the council?

 The Learning Partners Advisory Council is comprised of 25 members:

  • Two co-chairs;
  • Twenty citizens who are representative of a broad cross-section of Islanders, who are passionate about learning, and who have ideas and insights on how to advance learning excellence across PEI; and
  • As ex officio members, the deputy ministers of the Departments of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Workforce and Advanced Learning, and Family and Human Services, to promote a cross-sectoral approach within government to leading and delivering learner supports and services.

What are the requirements of council members?

Members of the Council should be representative of PEI’s diversity, including demographics, region, and communities of interest. They should bring to their role a range of perspectives and ideas and a strong commitment to enhancing learning in PEI.

What are the nomination requirements?

Appointments to the Council are made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Terms are ordinarily for three years, and members may be reappointed to a second term. 

Will I get paid?

Council members serve on a volunteer basis without remuneration.  Expenses related to participation in Council meetings and related activities are reimbursed at government rates.

What is the time commitment of the council?

Meetings usually take place during the evenings and on occasion, during the day. There are 3 - 4 Council meetings a year.  Some reading is required in advance of most meetings. Meetings are held across PEI to balance travel time for members. From time to time, working groups may be established, adding to the time commitment.  Council member participation in those working groups is voluntary.                                                                     

Learning Partners Advisory Council - members
Name County Term Start Term End
Dr. William (Bill) Whelan, Co-chair Queens Dec16, 2015 Dec 31, 2018
Kathleen Flanagan, Co-chair Kings Jan 26, 2016 Dec 31, 2018
Amanda Brazil Queens Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2019
Amber Jadis Kings Jan 26, 2016 Dec 31, 2018
Angela Arsenault Queens Jan 26, 2016 Dec 31, 2018
Anne Bernard-Bourgeois Prince Dec 16, 2015 Dec 31, 2018
Bethany MacLeod Queens Dec 16, 2015 Dec 31, 2018
Donald Des Roches Queens Jan 26, 2016 Dec 31, 2018
Jackie Charchuk Prince Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2018
Jeff Brant Prince Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2019
Lori Johnston Queens Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2019
Michelle MacCallum Queens Jan 26, 2016 Dec 31, 2018
Rocio MacCallum Queens Jan 26, 2016 Dec 31, 2018
Ron MacDonald Queens Dec 16, 2015 Dec 31, 2018
Anne Miller Kings Mar 27, 2018 Dec 31, 2020
Gloria Welton Queens Mar 20, 2018 Dec 31, 2020
Heidi Morgan Prince Mar 20, 2018 Dec 31, 2020
Kent Bruyneel Queens Mar 20, 2018 Dec 31, 2020
Lisa MacDougall Queens Mar 20, 2018 Dec 31, 2020
Mary MacPhee Queens Mar 20, 2018 Dec 31, 2020
Mohamed Ghandar Queens Mar 20, 2018 Dec 31, 2020
Rebecca Gariepy Queens Mar 20, 2018 Dec 31, 2020

Susan Willis, Deputy Minister
Education, Early Learning and Culture

  Ex Officio at pleasure

Brad Colwill, Acting Deputy Minister
Workforce and Advanced Learning

  Ex Officio at pleasure

Craig Dalton, Deputy Minister
Family and Human Services

  Ex Officio at pleasure

How can I apply? 

If you would like to serve as a member of the Learning Partners Advisory Council, please apply online through Engage PEI. 


For further information about this committee, you may contact:

Wendy MacDonald
​Secretary to the Council
Clerk Assistant, Executive Council Office


Published date: 
April 5, 2018
Executive Council

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: (902) 368-4502
Fax: (902) 368-6118


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