Complaints Committee

An important part of our work is accomplished through regulatory committees that are established to help fulfill our mandate of public protection. Our regulatory committees function at arm’s length from our day-to-day work and include volunteer nurses and members of the public who make objective decisions related to the registration and licensing, practice and conduct of nurses in Nova Scotia.    

The Complaints Committee acts as a screening committee by resolving less serious complaints and referring serious allegations of misconduct, incompetence or conduct unbecoming to the Professional Conduct Committee

Upon receipt of a referral or a request for review of a complaint, the Chair will appoint a panel of at least 3 Committee members to act as the Complaints Committee, including at least: 1 public representative, 1 registrant with the same designation as the designation of the respondent; and 1 other person as determined by the Chair. Click here for the procedure to select a panel.


Complaints Committee members are approved by the NSCN Board.  The current members are as follows:

  • Agnes MacDonald LPN (Chair)
  • Angela Whynot RN 
  • Aprill Negus NP
  • Cheryl Young RN    
  • Christine Hines RN
  • Cora Lee Dowding LPN
  • Dan Seguin PR    
  • Dana Fidgen RN
  • Gail Denton LPN
  • Gilles Robichaud RN
  • James McRae PR    
  • Jill Morse RN (Vice Chair)
  • Jody Sheffar RN    
  • John Garroway PR    
  • John McNeil PR
  • Kelly Rowlett PR    
  • Kim Fleming RN    
  • Kimberely Lamarche NP
  • Kymberly Franklin PR (Vice Chair)  
  • Lena MacDonald NP  
  • Lindsay Burke RN
  • Lorraine Pye-Varnes PR
  • Maria Marshall RN
  • Marian Casey RN
  • Melanie Dunlop NP   
  • Melody Deveau LPN
  • Michelle Blagdon RN     
  • Nick Swift RN    
  • Ron McGillivary PR    
  • Rosita MacNeil LPN
  • Ruth Martin-Misener NP
  • Sara Gillett PR
  • Shauna Houk RN    
  • Suzanne Sheppard RN
  • Theresa MacDonald LPN
  • Tracy Brown (nee George) NP
  • Tracey Polley LPN


In the spirit of transparency, we publish the terms of reference for each of our committees. The terms provide an in-depth look at the work and requirements of the committee. Click here to open the Complaints Committee Terms of Reference. 

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