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C.M., O.P.E.I., LL.D.
First woman Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
Born in North Rustico, PEI on January 2, 1929
The Hon. Marion Reid
Political Affiliation: Progressive Conservative
Legislative Career: 1979, elected to Prince Edward Island Legislature, served as Deputy Speaker of the House and, in 1983, as Speaker of the House, Opposition House Leader
Honours and Awards: Dame of Grace in the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (1990), Canada 125 medal from the Governor General of Canada (1992), Member of the Order of Canada (1996), PEI Medal of Merit (1966), member of the Order of Prince Edward Island (1996), degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, University of PEI (1997), honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University (2002).
Family, community and politics have always been integral facets in the life of Marion Loretta Reid, 37th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. Daughter of Michael Doyle and Loretta Whelan, Reid was one of eight children. She began her remarkable career as a child, accompanying her mother to Progressive Conservative meetings, where women were rarely seen. Encouraged by her mother to continue her education, she graduated from Prince of Wales College at 17, and began her teaching career. Two years later she married Lea Reid, a farmer, and with his support raised eight children. Apart from a few years leave when her children were young, Reid continued her teaching career for 21 years. In 1972 she returned to school, earning a Teacher's Certificate and two scholarships for academic excellence from the University of Prince Edward Island, which enabled her to become a school principal.
Reid began her official political career by successfully running in the 1979 PEI provincial election. She and running mate, Leone Bagnall, earned the distinction of being the first female Progressive Conservatives elected in PEI since Confederation and only the third and fourth women ever elected to the provincial legislature. She served two consecutive terms as Member of the Legislative Assembly for First Queens District. Continuing her trail blazing, Reid served as Deputy Speaker of the House and, in 1983, as Speaker of the House, the first woman in PEI to hold both these offices. Her final three years in the legislature were spent as Opposition House Leader. From 1990 to 1995, Reid served as Lieutenant Governor for the Province of Prince Edward Island.
Throughout her teaching and political careers, Marion Reid remained active in community service. Her achievements include president and life member of the Sterling Women's Institute; 4-H leader; charter member of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation; board member for the Confederation Centre; past member of the Zonta Club of Charlottetown; and chair of the Premier's Action Committee on Family Violence. In 1994, the Girl Guides of Canada, PEI Council, initiated an award in her name, in recognition of outstanding contribution and service to citizens and youth of PEI. Marion Reid's hobbies include cooking (in large quantity for her family), reading and gardening. When asked to explain her extraordinary energy Reid says "How do I do it all? Well, I got into high gear as a child and I've functioned in high gear ever since." (Gray, p.129).
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Gray, Charlotte. "Women in Provincial Politics: Atlantic Provinces." Chatelaine. Vol. 55, no. 8 , (August 1982), p. 54+.
Reid, Marion L. and Mary McQuaid. These Roots Run Deep. Charlottetown, PEI : Tangle Lane, 2005.
Zonta Club of Charlottetown. Making History: Celebrating the Lives of Prince Edward Island Women of the 20th Century. Charlottetown: Zonta Club of Charlottetown, 2000.
Prince Edward Island: Lieutenant Governors Gallery. "The Honourable Marion Reid."
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