Rotary Club of Charlottetown Literacy Foundation Board of Directors


Gary Scales, President






Dr. David Keenlyside, Vice-President

David is currently executive director of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, a position to which he was appointed in March 2007. Born in British Columbia, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a doctorate in New World archaeology from the University of Calgary.

He is an archaeologist and museum curator by profession and worked at the National Museum of Man in Ottawa. He later worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilization as the Atlantic Provinces Archaeologist, a position he held for 35 years. He also served as curator of the Canadian Children’s Museum for four years.

David has a broad range of heritage interests and has served in various capacities in professional and volunteer organizations across Canada.


John Scales, Treasurer

John was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, and graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was employed with Island Fertilizers Ltd. from 1980 to 1999 as the general manager responsible for locations in the maritime provinces and the US state of Maine.

He is currently the president and general manager of Phillips Agri Services, based in Charlottetown.

John is a past member of the Board of Directors or the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, past president of the Atlantic Fertilizer Institute, and past member of the Atlantic Region Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He has been a Rotarian since 1985 and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.


Barbara MacNutt
, Secretary

Barbara (BA, BEd, MEd) is a lifelong learner and specialist in adult and continuous education and teaching. She is a graduate of Prince of Wales College, Dalhousie University, and Mount Saint Vincent University, and is currently a PhD candidate.

Over a 45-year period, Barbara taught in junior high school, college, and university. She is the recipient of various local and national awards for contributions to the field of adult learning and served as the manager of PEI’s Literacy Secretariat from 1996 to her retirement in 2017.

Among her many achievements, Barbara coordinated partnerships between the province and PEI Literacy Alliance ( Challenges, Great Rewards.Her focus is on ensuring that learning opportunities are available province-wide for Islanders to increase their essential skills required for success in the knowledge economy.

Barbara also serves the Foundation as a member of the Management Committee for a special project with Workplace Learning PEI to advance workplace literacy.



Jinny Greaves, PEI Literacy Alliance representative



Kingsley Lewis, Director

Kingsley (MCIP(R) holds a BA degree in Engineering, Sociology, and Philosophy from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. He also holds an MA in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia  (UBC) in Vancouver.

While at UBC, he was a Mellon Fellow. He became a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) in 1970 and practiced as a Professional Planner in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island until retirement in 2012. An active member of CIP, Kingsley served on nine Councils of the Atlantic Planners Institute and was editor of the Planners Pen for three years. He is a recipient of the Bruce Yeo award from the PEI Federation of Planners.

Kinglsey has been a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown for 32 years. He is a past president of the club and is a recipient of the True Rotarian award. He is past chair of the Easter Seals Society of PEI and a past board member of Camp Gencheff for individuals with special needs ( He joined the board of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Literacy Foundation in 2012, and served as chair from 2014 to 2017.


Dr. Virginia (Ginny) McGowan, Director

Since graduating with a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1989, Ginny (BA, MA, PhD) has held various academic and applied research positions investigating addictions, mental health, and federal corrections issues in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She was the founding Coordinator of the University of Lethbridge‘s Addictions Counselling Program, receiving a national award for an interactive educational CD. She now holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine (Community Health and Epidemiology).

Ginny was a senior advisor to Correctional Service Canada (CSC) for ten years where she advised on programming, operations, and policies on topics such as key performance indicators, addictions, correctional education, violent extremism, Aboriginal healing practices, and management of high-risk offenders, receiving the Exceptional Service Award in 2009. In 2013, she decided to start her own business, McGowan & Co.: The Write Edit Group ( After taking early retirement from CSC in 2014, and enjoying the life of an entrepreneur, she joined two partners in 2016 to establish Business Learning Solutions ( to help small business owners learn how to work ON, not just IN, their businesses. Ginny is an avid community volunteer; among other volunteer activities, she chairs a standing committee on communication for Trinity United Church Council in Charlottetown.

Ginny has been interested in (and concerned about) adult literacy throughout her career and is currently a volunteer tutor with the PEI Literacy Alliance, as well as a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. She serves the Foundation as a member of the Management Committee for a special project with Workplace Learning PEI to advance workplace literacy.


Edna Reid, Director

Edna has been in the insurance industry for over 30 years, owning an insurance and benefits consulting business for 15 of those years.   In 2014, she partnered her business Benefits Plus Inc. with Cooke Capital (,one of the well-known Cooke companies.

Edna has been a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Charlottetown for twelve years, serving as President for the year 2013/14 and as a director for eight years. She served on the Board of Directors of Camp Gencheff, which provides an enjoyable, recreational program for individuals with special needs (children, teens, and adults; for the past twenty years, retiring from that role in February 2017.  She was chair of fundraising for Camp Gencheff for each of those 20 years and chair of the board for eight.

Edna has a passion for literacy; she has seen throughout her years in business the value of helping employees gain literacy skills.