Interested in becoming a Council Member?

Complete the Council Nomination Form for the 2021 election. 

Available Council positions:

  • Council Member (3 years)
  • Council Member (2 years)
  • Council Vice-Chair (4 years, the first two years as Vice-Chair before assuming the role of the Chair)

Watch the SALPN videos to the right to learn more! 

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:

View Council Governance Guiding Principles

To learn more about the SALPN Council, please review the Council Terms of Reference:
View the Council Terms of Reference Here

SALPN Council


Denise Kominetsky, LPN


Linda Ewen, LPN

Council Members:

Tina Sentes, LPN


Marlo Umahag, LPN
  Kirsten Hack, LPN




Public Representatives:

Kathryn Bradford


Mary Ellen Wellsch


Theo Bryson

Executive Director:

Lynsay Nair, LPN

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.
View the Council Members Terms of Reference Here

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:
View the SALPN Chair and Vice-Chair Terms of Reference Here

Upcoming 2021 Council Meetings

March 9 & 10, 2021

View the Council Meeting Minutes Here


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Check out SALPN’s new consultation page to see where we are currently seeking feedback from the public, Members, and other stakeholders.

Are you curious about the procedures of SALPN’s statutory committees? Read to find out more about this important work.

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