Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Cabinet Minister, and MLA
Nancy (Garrison) Guptill was born April 28, 1941, in Halifax, N.S., to Lloyd and Evelyn Garrison as one of 12 children -- eight girls and four boys. She was educated at the Halifax Vocational School and the Victoria General Hospital.
She married L.R. Gregg Guptill in 1964, and was the mother of three daughters: Krista, Nancy Beth, and Peggy. The family moved to Bedeque, Prince Edward Island, in 1975.
- She was elected two terms to Summerside Town Council;
- She was a Member of the Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island;
- She was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of PEI in 1987 to represent the electoral district of 5th Prince from 1987 to 1996, and St. Eleanors-Summerside from 1996 to 2000;
- She had served in cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Parks from 1989 to 1991, and was the Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women from 1991 to 1993;
- She was elected as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1993 to 1996;
- She had stepped down as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in September 1999.
After her retirement from politics, Guptill served as the chair of the Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island. She remained active with Liberal Party functions where she shared advice and her experience with members, as well as current and future political figures.
On August 24, 2020, Nancy Guptill, passed away in Summerside, PEI.
Read the feature on Nancy Guptill: A Political Life Not Planned