PC MHA for Terra Nova District;
Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services and Minister responsible for the Office of Public Engagement
Born in Gander and raised in Glovertown, Mr. Collins graduated from Glovertown Academy and went on to Memorial University, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, double majoring in Political Science and History. Following a year of teaching in South Korea, he returned to Memorial where he earned an Education Degree and after which completed his teaching internship at Holy Cross School in Eastport. He would then return to Korea for another year of teaching.
In January 2004, Mr. Collins began working with government, as the Constituency Assistant to then MHA, Paul Oram. He assisted the families, employers and councils of the Terra Nova District with their issues and concerns. He not only deepened his appreciation of the area’s needs and opportunities, but also developed a strong working relationship with residents.
In October 2007, he accepted the role as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Business and then to the Minister of Health and Community Services. In his role as Executive Assistant, he gained an understanding of the inner workings of government at the departmental level.
Given his past experience, Mr. Collins decided that he would seek the candidacy to continue working for residents of the Terra Nova District. He was elected as MHA on November 26, 2009. He was re-elected on October 11, 2011 and appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services on October 28, 2011.
On May 1, 2014, he was appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.
On July 17, 2014, he was appointed Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services and Minister responsible for the Office of Public Engagement.