About Us

Board of Directors

PEI Citizen Advocacy would not be where it is today without the help and guidance of its board members. Here, you can learn more about the people that made Citizen Advocacy what it is today.

Joan McDonald

Board President

Joan McDonald’s vision for PEI Citizen Advocacy is to become more responsive to the social engagement needs of people with intellectual disabilities by ensuring that the organization is able to make matches that are mutually fulfilling and sustainable. Her second goal is to ensure that when someone with an intellectual disability finds themselves alone in a crisis, they are able to turn to PEICA for a timely and community-resourced solution and support.

Over the years Joan has been a crisis advocate. In doing this work, Joan has come to realize that Citizen Advocacy not only helps those they directly serve to develop friendships but in doing so, creates attitudinal, organizational, and systemic change in our community that benefits all islanders.

Joan’s personal values and beliefs about relationships, empowerment, and mutual sharing and caring, are highly reflected, and aligned with those of Citizen Advocacy. Because of this, she has held a long-standing passion and commitment for the work of the organization.

Frank Costa

Vice President

Emma Mackenzie


Leo Garland

Board of Directors Member

Leo has been with PEI Citizen Advocacy for over 25 years. Once a protege, now Leo works with his fellow board members to help create new matches for people that need friendship and support. He also helps to push for more awareness in the community for people living with intellectual disabilities.

He has many fond memories of working with PEICA, including the 25th-anniversary celebration that was hosted at the Haviland Club. It was a great day, with the biggest turnout and a huge showing of support from the community.

Leo hopes to see PEI Citizen Advocacy expand in the future, with perhaps a new location being opened up on the island that could reach out and offer support to even more islanders that live with intellectual disabilities.

Carson Greer

Board of Directors Member

Mike McAleer

Board of Directors Member

Mike has worked with PEI Citizen Advocacy for over 20 years. He shares with Leo his start as a protege, and also now works with his fellow board members to help create new matches for PEICA, as well as doing some recruitment.

He has many great memories of working with PEICA, but he enjoys when he is able to recruit new members to Citizen Advocacy.

Mike hopes to see PEI Citizen Advocacy grow even more in the future, which can help more people and create new lifelong friendships.

Jane MacIsaac

Board of Directors Member

Jane MacIsaac joined the board in 2019. Grateful for the opportunity to contribute to her community, she also looks forward to helping PEICA continue to grow for many more years to come.

When asked about her experiences working with PEICA, she fondly reflects on her first meeting with Mike a fellow member of the board. He shared stories of early life experiences with her that were touching and a true lesson about what matters.

Jane’s hope for the future is that PEICA will be able to support many more matches throughout Prince Edward Island and that they continue to provide support for those in our community in need of it.

Shannon Farrell

Board of Directors Member

Shannon is a lawyer in private practice with Key Murray Law. She lives in Charlottetown with her husband and loves to kayak, canoe, hike, camp, and go backpacking.

She is new to PEI Citizen Advocacy and is very excited to have the opportunity to serve on the board. Shannon believes that our entire community is strengthened when we all work to improve the quality of life of all of its members and that PEICA offers a unique form of support to its proteges. The promotion of inclusion, companionship, and independence; she is happy to be part of it.

Courtney Gaudet

Board of Directors Member

Cathy Larkin

Board of Directors Member

Hailey Arsenault