Doug Dennis with son Alan and grandson Alec

Outstanding public service

Legacy of Doug Dennis honoured by son and grandson

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The Community Foundation of PEI recently announced the Doug Dennis Outstanding Public Service Award. The Award will provide annual recognition to an individual or group that works for the provincial government and has made an outstanding contribution to the residents and Government of PEI. The Award is being established by Doug’s son Alan and grandson Alec to pay tribute to Doug’s legacy of excellence in public service. The recognition will include a $1000 contribution to the charity (or charities) of the winner’s choice.

Doug Dennis (1930–2019) was a PEI civil servant from 1959 to 1986. He served as Deputy Minister to six Ministers under five Premiers. Most of his service was as Deputy Minister of Finance, but it also included periods as Secretary to Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Deputy Minister of Tourism, and Comptroller of the Hospital Services Commission. 

“Doug Dennis exemplified the four key attributes of a committed and responsive public service—demonstrating respect, integrity, excellence and accountability; helping to lift the people around you; working to make the organization a better place; and improving the lives of Islanders. By honouring Doug’s legacy in this way, his family has created an opportunity for outstanding public service to receive the recognition it deserves and for Island charities and the Islanders they serve to also benefit. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Doug’s family for their philanthropy and for the Community Foundation of PEI as their partner.” said Jonathan Ross, President of the Board. 

Visit cfpei.ca/community-grants for more info about the Award and how to nominate an individual or group.