Board of Directors

The Public Schools Branch is governed by a three-person board of directors, appointed by the Minister of Education, Early Learning, and Culture.

Harvey MacEwen

Harvey MacEwen received his BBA from UPEI in 1971.  After six years with the Bank of Nova Scotia, he returned to PEI as the Superintendent of Business Affairs with the Unit One School Board. He retired in January, 2011 as the Director of Business Operations with the Western School Board.

Harvey has been active in his communities, serving in many volunteer organizations such as Western Hospital Board; United Way; Board of West Prince Ventures; Minor, Senior, and Junior A Hockey; Western Curling Club; Boy Scouts Jamboree; 1991 and 2009 Canada Games; and PEI 2014 Celebration. He is currently serving on the Board of the 2009 Canada Games Legacy Trust.

Harvey and his wife, Anne, divide their time between Charlottetown and Fortune Cove. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Dale Sabean

Dale Sabean comes to the Board of Directors with 40 years of experience in the field of education and public schools. From his beginnings as a classroom teacher and through a variety of school-based and system-based administrative positions, Dale’s most recent responsibilities as the Superintendent of Education for the Western School Board of PEI (2005- 2011) have provided him with a comprehensive understanding of education across PEI and the diverse needs of our students, staff, parents and communities.

His academic history at the Nova Scotia Teachers College, Acadia University and the University of Alberta as well as numerous professional courses and training opportunities over his career serve him well as a recently appointed member (May 2017) of our Board of Directors for the Public Schools Branch.

Susan Willis, Board Chair

In July 2015, Susan Willis was appointed Deputy Minister of the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture.  A seasoned leader in education, Susan had served for 39 years at Charlottetown Rural High School, as a teacher, a vice-principal, and since 1995, as principal.

During her career, Susan has contributed her extensive knowledge of the Island’s education system to many committees and initiatives of the School Board, Department of Education and PEI Teachers Federation.  During the 1990s, Susan chaired a review of PEI’s high school education system, on behalf of the Department of Education.  In 2007, Canada’s Learning Partnership recognized her as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.

Susan earned her B.Sc in Biology from Acadia in 1975, a B.Ed from Queens in 1976 and a M.Ed from St. Mary’s University.  She lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


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