Hon. Marion L. Reid
Former Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, Deputy Speaker, and MLA
Hon. Marion Loretta Reid was the 37th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. Reid was also the first woman to hold this position on Prince Edward Island and in Atlantic Canada.
Reid was born on Jan. 4, 1929, in North Rustico, PEI, the daughter of Michael and Loretta (Whelan) Doyle. She was the fifth child in a family of eight. On June 29, 1949, she married Lea P. Reid and together they had eight children: Maureen and Colleen (twins), Kevin, Bethany, Marylea, David, Andrew, and Tracy.
Reid was educated at North Rustico, Stella Maris School, and Prince of Wales College, where she graduated with her First Class Teacher's License at the age of 17. While at Prince of Wales College, she won the John H. Bell Prize for debating, and the Lord Strathcona Prize for physical education. Following her graduation, Reid taught school for three years in North Rustico and Hope River, both situated on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. After the birth of her twin daughters in 1950, Reid took leave from teaching and remained at home for a number of years to raise her family.
Reid taught school for 21 years, with her last four years as principal of St. Ann's Elementary School in Hope River. During her tenure, she was awarded sabbatical leave to return to university (1972-73), where she completed the requirements for a Certificate 5 Teacher's Licence, and was awarded two scholarships for academic excellence.
Reid served as secretary on the board of governors of the Prince Edward Island Teachers' Federation for seven years. As an active community worker, Reid was president of the Sterling Women's Institute; Catholic Women's League; 4-H leader; a charter member of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation; and a member of the Zonta Club of Charlottetown. She was a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and attended church at St. Ann's, Hope River.
- Elected in the general election held on April 23, 1979;
- Served as Member of the Legislative Assembly in the dual-seat riding of 1st Queens for 10 years;
- Re-elected on Sept. 27, 1982, and April 21, 1986;
- Served as Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and elected Speaker in March 1984, the first woman in Prince Edward Island to hold both positions;
- Served on various committees, including Standing Committee on Education, Standing Committee on Agriculture as well as Standing Committee on Tourism and Parks;
- Travelled as a delegate to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conferences in Canada, Kenya, Westminster, and the Isle of Man.
Reid was appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island on Aug. 16,1990, and served until 1995. She was the first woman to serve in that role in the province and in Atlantic Canada.
Reid spent her free time with her ever-growing family, and still had a keen interest in politics and the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island. She passed away June 22, 2023.