Board Election

The NSCN Board is the governing body responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and ensuring that NSCN meets its mandate of public protection. The Board consists of members of the public appointed by government and registrants elected by the nursing profession.

The NSCN Board election is now open online. Eligible voters have until 1 p.m. on May 10 to cast a vote for 1 LPN and 2 RNs and/or NPs nominees who are best suited to serve on the Board. If you are an eligible voter and experiencing technical issues, please contact Karen Mahoney, NSCN User Experience Designer, at

LPN Nominees:

  • Damilola Akinsuyi
  • Claudia Hynes
  • Vanessa MacKinnon-Beaton
  • Dawn McKenna
  • Marlana Pugsley

RN and/or NP Nominees:

  • Parteek Brar
  • Danielle Latty
  • Vonn Manahan
  • Krista Smith
  • Rachel Sullivan

Based on the NSCN By-Laws, eligible voters include registrants who hold a practising licence or a conditional licence, unless there is a condition restricting them from voting. It does not include NSCN employees, NSCN Board members, the Chief Elections Officer and any others filling an administrative position in the voting process.

NSCN pulled the list of eligible voters on Friday, April 23 in advance of the April 26 election start date. Any applicants who applied in this period are not included on the eligible voters list. 

The election is administered online by Simply Voting, a third-party election platform. On April 26, all eligible voters received a confidential email with personalized login credentials to log into the platform and cast a vote. Please open your email for instructions on how to vote. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, mail-in ballots are not available. 

If you did not receive a ballot, please make sure that you are eligible to vote. The eligibility criteria are above. If you meet the eligibility criteria and did not apply for a licence after April 20, please check your Junk and Spam folders, and contact Karen Mahoney, NSCN User Experience Designer, at

No. The election is a voluntary process. As a self-regulated professional however, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to help shape the NSCN Board and we encourage you to participate in the process.

Voting is open to eligible registrants only in accordance with the NSCN By-Laws. However, there are other ways for you to stay involved, such as applying to serve as a public representative on the Board or volunteering for a Statutory Committee.

The NSCN Board appointed Anne Boutilier as Chief Election Officer to oversee the election process. In her role, she ensures eligible registrants receive a ballot, oversees the counting of the ballots, and confirms that voting occurs in accordance with procedures and timelines set by the Board.

Anne Boutilier has been a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for 20 years. She began her first job at the Dartmouth General Hospital where she continues to work full-time today. During her career, she has served on many hospital-based and union committees.

Anne joined the legacy College of Licensed Practical Nurse (CLPNNS) Board at the beginning of the co-creation of one nursing regulator in Nova Scotia. During this time, she had the opportunity to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board as well as sit on the Education Committee, Finance Committee and several committees related to the co-creation of NSCN. Currently, Anne is Vice-Chair of the Education Approval Committee for NSCN.