Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Member for Mount Scio
Dr. Dale Kirby grew up in Lord's Cove on the Burin Peninsula where generations of his family worked in inshore fishing industries. He earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland before completing a PhD in Higher Education Theory and Policy Studies at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Kirby is currently on leave from his position as a professor in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is nationally-recognized for his work as a researcher on issues of student access and participation in college and university. In recognition of his academic contributions, the Canadian Council on Learning named him a Minerva Scholar in 2007. In 2011, he received the R. W. B. Jackson Award from the Canadian Educational Researchers Association for his research with high school students.
In 2011, Dr. Kirby was elected to represent the district of St. John's North in the House of Assembly. He was elected to represent the new district of Mount Scio in 2015 and subsequently appointed as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Dr. Kirby lives in St. John's with his wife and son. He is a dedicated distance runner, soccer fan and enjoys camping in our great Newfoundland and Labrador outdoors.
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