Former Leader of the Opposition, Party Leader, Cabinet Minister, and MLA
Pat Mella was born Patricia Jane MacDougall on Aug. 29, 1943, in Port Hill, PEI, as one of six siblings and twin to sister, Peggy. She is the daughter of Frank Joseph MacDougall and Patricia Mary Hilda (nee Callaghan) MacDougall, and grew up in the rural communities of Port Hill Station, Bloomfield Station, and Kinkora.
She was educated at Saint Dunstan’s University, UPEI, Catholic University of America, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts.
She married Angelo Mella on June 27, 1970, and together, they raised three children: Andrew, Michael, and Nancy.
- Member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island;
- Ran unsuccessfully in the 1989 election as a member of the PC Party of PEI;
- Served as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party from 1990 to 1996;
- Served as Leader of the Opposition from 1993 to 1996;
- Represented 3rd Queens (the district later known as Glen Stewart-Bellevue Cove) in the Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 2003;
- Elected in the PC government of Pat Binns in 1996, serving as Provincial Treasurer until 2003;
- Retired from politics, opting not to re-offer in the 2003 election;
- Appointed as chairperson for the PEI Conservative Party of Canada federal election campaign, 2004.
Since her retirement from politics, Mella has remained active in the PC Party of Prince Edward Island.
She has been involved in a number of organizations and boards, including serving as the province’s kindergarten commissioner; member of the Charlottetown Christian Council, Bunbury, Southport, Crossroads Recreation Commission; member of the Diocese Pastoral Council, Prince Edward Island; member of the Assumption Church Parish Council; member of the Heritage and Planning Commission of Town of Stratford; PEI Lending Agency; Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation; St. Dunstan’s University; the Atlantic Pilotage Authority; and the Public School Board.
Read her feature story: Forging Her Own Path