Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island , Canada
May 01, 2007 12:15pm
|Info||Chester Gillan was first elected as a Conservative MLA for District 11, Parkdale-Belvedere, on November 18, 1996. He was re-elected on April 17, 2000 and again on September 29, 2003. He served as Minister of Education from November 1996 to May 2000 and Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Environment from November 2000 to August 2002. He was re-appointed Minister of Education on August 22, 2002 and retained the Environment portfolio. On October 9, 2003, Mr. Gillan was appointed Minister of Health and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors. |
A graduate of the University of New Brunswick, Mr. Gillan holds both Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from St. Dunstan's University. He taught high school in Charlottetown for 29 years and has worked as a summer school lecturer with the University of New Brunswick and the University of Prince Edward Island.
Mr. Gillan is past president of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, served as chair of the Council of Ministers of Education of Canada from 1996-1997, and is a charter member of the Canadian Environmental Education Association. Mr. Gillan has also served as a director for Island Nature Trust, was chair for the volunteer committee of the 1996 East Coast Music Awards, and served as national vice-chair of the Small Craft Safety Division of the Red Cross Society from 1985-1988.
Mr. Gillan's other community interests include sports. He is a past director and charter member of the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, the PEI Canoeing Association and the PEI Alpine Ski Association. He was involved with the 1991 Canada Winter Games and served as a member of the board of management and vice president of the Human Resources Division.
Mr. Gillan and his wife Fran live in Charlottetown. They have two adult daughters – Jennifer and Alana.