SALPN Governance Video
Everything you need to know about the SALPN Council and what they do.
What is Council?
The Council is the governing body of the SALPN. As a self-regulating profession, LPNs are elected to Council. The five LPN positions on the SALPN Council consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair and three (3) Council Members. In addition, there are three public appointees appointed by the Minister of Health.
The Council is responsible for the regulation of the Licensed Practical Nurse profession in Saskatchewan. The SALPN is accountable for ensuring the SALPN regulates in the interest of the public and not the interest of the profession. The Council is delegated the authority to regulate the LPN profession by the legislature through a piece of legislation called “The Licensed Practical Nurses Act, 2000”. The Act outlines the regulatory and administrative responsibilities of the SALPN and the Council.
The Council fulfils its responsibilities through a process called governance. Governance includes setting the overall direction of the SALPN by developing a strategic plan and policies that guide the organization in its work. The Council delegates responsibilities to the Executive Director and monitors the organization’s progress and status through the Executive Director. The Council is committed to high-quality governance. In December 2020, the Council adopted principles to guide them through the governance process:
Linda Ewen, LPN
Marlo Umahag, LPN
Kirsten Hack, LPN
Uniqa Anmol, LPN
Kim Flath, LPN
Mary Ellen Wellsch
Lynsay Nair, LPN
SALPN Vice-Chair & Chair
The Vice-Chair is elected to a four-year term by the SALPN membership. After two years, the Vice-Chair becomes the Chair of the Council.
The Chair is the leader and spokesperson of the Council, presides over the Council’s activities, and is accountable for the integrity of Council’s processes. The Chair does not have individual authority over the SALPN but leads and manages the Council’s collective authority. The Chair works closely with the Executive Director in planning and implementing the Council’s activities while mentoring the Vice-Chair.
The Vice-Chair prepares to become the Chair by working closely with the Chair and steps into the Chair’s duties when required.
To learn more about the role of the Chair and Vice-Chair, please review the Terms of Reference:
Council Members Council members contribute to the governance of the SALPN by participating in the responsibilities and decision-making of the Council. LPN Council members draw upon their professional experiences, and public appointees draw upon their experiences as members of the public.
Council Members are expected to make the following commitments:
- Attend a minimum of 4 Council meetings per year, either online or in person. Most meetings are held on weekdays during the day. Some are held in the evening.
- Attend the AGM
- Review and respond to emails regularly and promptly.
- Prepare for meetings by reviewing materials in advance. This can take 2 – 8 hours.
- Participate in committee work and administrative processes of the Council
- Participate in educational opportunities provided to the Council
Expectations of Council Members:
- Make decisions in the best interests of the public
- Contribute to effective governance
- Support the decisions of the Council
To learn more about a Council Member’s role, please review the Council Member Terms of Reference.
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SALPN acknowledges the organization resides on traditional land, referred to as Treaty 4 Territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Salteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We honour and respect the treaties that were made on all territories and are committed to our partnership with Indigenous Nations in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.