Rural Communities Council

The Rural Communities Council is currently seeking new members with terms beginning September 2024. If you are interested in being part of the Council, please apply through EngagePEI. Deadline for applications is Friday July 26, 2024. 

The Rural Communities Council provides advice and makes 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:

  • Examines, discusses and reviews Government strategies through a rural lens to identify the potential rural impacts of Government policies and decisions.
  • Identifies opportunities to enhance rural population growth and recommends ways to improve inclusiveness within rural PEI communities.
  •  Engages with industry, academia, Government and local partners to understand the complex issues related to people, communities, wellness and the environment in PEI.
  • Provides 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;
  • Collaborates with communities, municipalities, and groups such as Partnership for Growth, 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 is composed 12 members appointed by cabinet via Engage PEI. 

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. Typically, there will be 4-6 meetings per year.

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 held in a central location.

Rural Communities Council - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
Elmer MacDonald - Co-Chair Prince  August 23, 2022 August 22, 2024
Gerry Gallant - Co-Chair Kings August 23, 2022 August 22, 2024
Mike J. Randall Prince Sept 18, 2023 June 30, 2025
Patricia Bray  Kings August 23, 2022 August 22, 2024
Jason Ramsay Prince  Sept 18, 2023 Sept 18, 2025
Terry Nabuurs Kings Sept 18, 2023 Sept 18, 2025
Michelle Pineau Queens August 23, 2022 August 22, 2024
Kelly Shea Rayner Prince  August 23, 2022 August 22, 2024
Patti-Sue Lea Queens Sept 18, 2023 Sept 18, 2025
Margie Burns Queens Sept 18, 2023 Sept 18, 2025
Tyler Gould Queens Sept 18, 2023 Sept 18, 2025

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.

Council Reporting and Information


Amie Swallow MacDonald
Director of Rural and Regional Development
Phone: 902-838-0662

Published date: 
September 26, 2023
Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture

General Inquiries

Department of Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture
Shaw Building
95-105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
North 3rd Floor

Telephone: 902-368-5956