Provincial Council

The Provincial Council is the governing body and board of directors of the Green Party of Prince Edward Island. Provincial Council meets regularly once a month, and minutes of past meetings can be accessed by members through the Members' Area

We encourage you to reach out to any member of Provincial Council using the email addresses listed below, or to all Councillors at once by emailing [email protected]

 

Susan Hartley - President

Susan Hartley has spent a lifetime working as a clinical psychologist, an educator and human rights advocate. She has served in leadership roles in her profession, including as past President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, and in community volunteer work. Through her work and volunteering, Susan has been exposed to a wide range of human experience, and has developed a strong sense of social justice that has led her into activism, humanitarianism and politics. She was a long-standing director of the non-governmental organization, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan), is a Rotary Peace Scholar, a conflict resolution professional and a consultant in community engagement and facilitation, and served as the Green Party of PEI’s Shadow Critic for Health & Wellness from 2016 to 2019 and was first elected to Provincial Council as Vice President in 2018. In 2019, Susan Hartley ran as the Green Party of PEI candidate in District 2 (Georgetown-Pownal).

Contact: [email protected]

Sue Whitaker - Treasurer

Sue Whitaker has been an environmental advocate for the better part of 45 years working with
organizations such as The Island Nature Trust, Nature PEI, Save South Moresby and helping to preserve
the nesting colonies on Boughton Island. She has an interest in ornithology and spent summers up in
Churchill, Manitoba and Yellowknife, NWT studying birds and writing management plans for several wildlife areas
for the federal government. Her post secondary school education began with an undergraduate
Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) with a major in Biology and she later retuned to school to obtain her
Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) with a major in Accounting. She received her
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2000 and worked for many years as an auditor
and manager with the Provincial Government of Prince Edward Island. Sue served as Treasurer of the
Green Party of Prince Edward Island from approximately 2016 to 2019 and, now recently retired, has
returned as interim Treasurer.

Contact: [email protected]

Chrismarlon Perera - Member at Large 

Chrismarlon Perera hails from Sri Lanka and moved to Charlottetown in May 2015, where he is currently employed at Hinduja Global Solutions Inc. From 2017-2019 he was a member of the Indo Canadian association of PEI and had the opportunity to organize several cultural events and fundraisers. From 2018-2019 he served as Secretary of the association. Chrismarlon also served as Vice-President for the Premier Toastmasters Club of Charlottetown from 2015-2017. Currently, he holds the Secretary position in the Sri Lanka Canada Association of the Atlantic Region. 

In his spare time, Chrismarlon enjoys travelling, taking photos, and try different kinds of cuisines. He has always had an interest in politics since he loves helping people and is passionate about equality for all.

Contact: [email protected]

Maria Rodriguez - Member-at-Large

Maria Rodriguez was born and raised in Venezuela and emigrated to Canada 27 years ago. After living in Québec and Ontario, she has called PEI home for the past eleven years. Maria retired in 2020 after twenty years with the federal public service, where she held a variety of responsibilities, most recently with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as Manager, Science Policy and Partnerships.  She has many years of experience in science-based policy analysis, participatory processes, and partnership development, nationally and internationally, and is a strong advocate for inclusive decision-making and the need to create spaces and build capacity for active citizen engagement. She has been active in the party's committee work, including policy process development, motions submission support, and strategic planning. Maria holds an agriculture engineering degree from the Central University of Venezuela and a Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal. She has four daughters, four grandchildren, and lives in Montague. 

Contact: [email protected]

Eddie Childs - Member-at-Large

Eddie was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and from a young age, he came to call Summerside home.  He has made a point of working with Islanders of all ages. While coordinating volunteers at the Harbourfront Theatre, Eddie was able to work with a diverse array of committed community members.  

Eddie recently contested the federal green nomination in Egmont, and believes in the core tenets of the Green Party, with particular attention paid to Ecological Wisdom, and Participatory Democracy.  He feels strongly that including younger voices, while also guiding our discourse away from digital spaces can repair the strains in our democratic conversation.  

Eddie has been a lifelong learner, and his passion for local and geopolitical issues alike has always motivated him to peruse political understanding. He has also had a lifelong interest and appreciation for interactive entertainment, emerging media, and local arts.  Eddie wishes for PEI to be represented honestly and accessibly, with long term vision and humanity as the core of the mandate.

Contact: [email protected]

 

Adina Nault - Member-at-Large

Adina began volunteering with the Green Party of PEI in 2019 in support of a friend who was running as Green candidate. When she had begun, she had not realized the impact this community would have on her life. This begun a slow learning process on the important role that politics plays in everyday life, and how to effect positive change. 

Adina is attracted to the Green Party because of its core values, which she shares, and because of the work it is doing to effect positive change, engage youth and take time to listen to constituents. 

Contact: [email protected]

Darlene Doiron - Member-at-Large

Darlene began volunteering with The Green Party of PEI in 2019 and has since gone on to become a member of the Coordinating Team of the Stratford Regional Association of the Green Party of PEI. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Business Degree from UPEI. In her lifetime, Darlene has volunteered with many organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Newcomers Association, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Volunteering has allowed Darlene to better connect and understand the needs of Islanders Darlene is going to bring the unique perspective of senior citizens to the council. 

Darlene has a reputation for showing up, she is a good foot soldier and will do the footwork needed to move a project forward. 

Contact:[email protected]

Toby MacDonald - Member-at-Large

Toby was born and raised in Wellington, one of our beautiful Acadian areas on PEI.
Shortly after graduating from Nursing School, Toby and her family moved to Summerside and remain there to this day. 
Toby is a strong advocate when it comes to speaking out for the health and safety of Islanders, especially students, and the rights of children. This was evident when she fought for and achieved a registry for students who were present during the TOSH renovations. She continues to petition the government to no longer allow students to be present when hazardous materials are being abated, improve the student registry, and better communicate between parents, schools, and the government. Toby was recently asked to participate in the international asbestos conference by ADAO to share her experience. Her presentation was well received among the experts present and many people in the public. 
Toby wants to further her fostering of positive change in her community and province by being an active member of the Regional Association for Districts 21 and 23 and a large member of the Green Party Provincial Council.  Since joining the Green Party Provincial Council, she now sits on the Membership and Volunteer committee.

Contact: [email protected]


Matt MacFarlane - Official Agent

Matt_MacFarlane_Fav_medium.jpgMatt MacFarlane lives in Augustine Cove and practices law through offices in Summerside and Charlottetown. For more than 15 years he has maintained a general law practice, serving clients throughout the province. After obtaining his law degree in 2000 and prior to returning to PEI with his wife Johanna, Matt worked in Ottawa as a Legislative Assistant in the Senate of Canada and as a Market Research Officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

Matt has volunteered with the Kidney Foundation of Canada since 2004, serving as President of both the PEI Chapter and the Atlantic Canada Branch and sitting on the National Board of Directors.  He is vice-chair of the PEI Labour Relations Board and volunteers with numerous local community organizations. Matt regularly donates his time by presenting to community groups on various legal issues and offering legal support. In 2019, he was the Green Party of PEI candidate for District 19 Borden-Kinkora, and served on Provincial Council from 2019-2020 as Interim Central Representative. Having received a kidney and the gift of life from his sister in 2001, Matt advocates for organ donation at every opportunity and reminds us to talk to our families about our organ donation wishes.

 

Contact: [email protected]