Rural Communities Council

The Rural Communities Council will provide advice and make recommendations to Government regarding rural topics related to the themes of people, communities, the environment and wellness and explore opportunities for development in rural PEI. 

What is the function of the council?

Specifically, the Rural Communities Council will:

  • Examine, discuss and review Government strategies through a rural lens to identify the potential rural impacts of Government policies and decisions.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance rural population growth and recommend ways to improve inclusiveness within rural PEI communities.
  • Engage with industry, academia, Government and local partners to understand the complex issues related to people, communities, wellness and the environment in PEI.
  • Provide advice to Government with regard to the issues identified by the Regional Economic Advisory Councils including (but not limited to): education, healthcare, housing, the labour market, PEI’s aging population, and the out migration of PEI youth;
  • Collaborate with communities, municipalities, and groups such as Partnership for Growth (link is external), development corporations (including Summerside and Charlottetown), Rural Action Centres, and Premier's Youth Council to promote community development opportunities that support regional growth.

How many people are on the council?

The Rural Communities Council will be composed of 8-12 members appointed by cabinet via Engage PEI. Two co-chairs will be selected before the the first meeting.  

What are the requirements of council members?

Rural community leaders and residents who are passionate about rural PEI and interested in providing their expertise from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply.

What are the nomination requirements?

Applications can be forwarded to Engage PEI and members will be appointed by cabinet. Appointments will be for two (2) years, renewable once. Some initial appointments may be made for three (3) years.  

Will I get paid?

Members serve on a volunteer basis without remuneration, but are reimbursed for expenses incurred in serving on the Council.

What is the time commitment of the council?

The Council will meet a minimum of four times per year.  Meetings will be help in various communities across PEI.  The co-chairs of the groups will meet once per year with the Premier and Minister of Fisheries and Communities. 


Rural Communities Council - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
Elmer MacDonald - Co-Chair Prince June 30, 2020 June 30, 2022
Gerry Gallant - Co-Chair Kings June 30, 2020 June 30, 2022
Blake Bernard Prince June 30, 2020 June 30, 2023
Patricia Bray Kings June 30, 2020 June 30, 2022
Sheri Bernard Queens June 30, 2020 June 30, 2023
Jason Ramsay Prince June 30, 2020 June 30, 2023
Terry Nabuurs Kings June 30, 2020 June 30, 2023
Mitch Jollimore Queens June 30, 2020 June 30, 2023
Michelle Pineau Queens June 30, 2020 June 30, 2022
Kelly Shea Rayner Prince June 30, 2020 June 30, 2022
Maria Smith Queens June 30, 2020 June 30, 2023


How can I apply?

If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI.


Darryl O'Brien
Rural Policy Specialist
Phone: 902-838-0670


Published date: 
July 8, 2020
Fisheries and Communities

General Inquiries

Department of Fisheries and Communities
548 Main Street
PO Box 1180
Montague, PE C0A 1R0
Phone:  902-838-0983
Fax:  902-838-0972