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Providing Leadership in the Nursing Profession

Active-practising members of CRNNS elect RNs and NPs to fill Council positions. There must be a minimum of 33% public representation on Council and these individuals are appointed by the CRNNS Council. Provincial elections are held annually. The CRNNS electoral districts will align with the Nova Scotia Health Authority zones:

  • Western District (includes Yarmouth, Shelburne, Digby, Queens, Annapolis, Lunenburg, and Kings counties);
  • Eastern District (includes Guysborough, Antigonish, Richmond, Inverness, Victoria and Cape Breton counties);
  • Northern District (includes East Hants and Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties); and
  • Central District (includes Halifax county and West Hants).

One Councillor from each district is filled through member elections for a three-year term.  In addition, every two years nurses across the province cast their vote for a President-Elect.

Central District Election in April

On April 5, CRNNS will hold an online election in the Central District to fill a vacant Councillor position. The election will be administered online and all active-practising members living in the Central District will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate they believe best represents the interests of Nova Scotians on Council.

Election ballots and information about each candidate were emailed to all eligible voters on Monday, March 11. The election will be administered by The Voting Place, a secure and Canadian-based online voting platform, which allows all eligible voters to participate from home, work or on the go.

The election results will be tabulated by two Election Scrutineers, members of the profession who have volunteer their time in lieu of voting in the election. All candidates can be present for the vote count or can verify the results prior to the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The successful candidate will be announced at the 2019 AGM and will join Council on July 1, 2019 for a three-year term or until one nursing regulator is proclaimed.

If you do not receive your ballot on March 11 or have any questions about the upcoming election, please contact Darlene Martin, CRNNS Executive Assistant, at or 902-491-9744 ext. 1223.

Meet the Election Candidates

The upcoming election includes five candidates from the Central District. Each candidate was approved by the Nominations Committee as well as the CRNNS Council as a whole. Keep reading to learn more about each candidate before voting. This information can also be found on The Voting Place prior to casting your vote.

Nancy Connor
Nancy Connor resides in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia where she is an educator with the Nova Scotia Health Authority as well as a current a PhD student at Queens University. Her previous roles include working as a Staff Nurse in the various departments, such as emergency and surgical intensive care, as well as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Nancy is currently an active member of the Canadian Vascular Access Association, National Emergency Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association.

Vicki MacKenzie
Vickie MacKenzie resides in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia where she is a Medical Adjudicator for Service Canada. She is currently pursuing her Master Degree through the Master of Nursing Program at Athabasca University and her previous roles include working in the community as a registered nurse for the Victorian Order of Nurses as well as with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Outside of work, Vicki has been a volunteer Doula providing in-home pregnancy and postpartum support and education to pregnant woman and their families and is a volunteer with the Girl Guides of Canada.

Angela Bransfield
Angela Bransfield resides in Fall River, Nova Scotia where she is a Director of Policy and Planning Patient Flow at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) as well as a current Masters student in Health Studies at Athabasca University. Previously, Angela was a Health Services Manager with NSHA as well as a Senior Director of Resident Care for Ocean View Continuing Care Centre. She is currently a member of the NSHA and Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union Code Critical Internal Working Group and was Chair of the Provincial Task Force on Heightened Aggression in Long Term Care in the past.

Dannie Currie
Daniel (Dannie) Currie resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where he works at the Nova Scotia Community College in the Practical Nursing Blended Program. He is a graduate of the Master of Nursing Program at Memorial University and his previous roles include working as a Patient Safety Improvement Lead and Senior Director at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Dannie is a member of the Canadian College of Health Services Executive as well as a past member of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia’s Complaints Committee.

Bénédicte “Bene” Franquien
Bénédicte resides in Timberlea, Nova Scotia where she is a Clinical Educator with the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). She is a graduate of the Baccalaureate Degree of Nursing from Saint-Joseph de Gilly University and her previous roles include working as a Community Care Nurse with VON, Case Manager for AHS Home Care and Operating Room Nurse with the Cross Cancer Institute. Outside of work, Bénédicte has taught French as a second language in the community.

Western District Councillor Won by Acclamation
There was also an open position for a Western District Councillor and Suzanne Sheppard-Jackman won by acclamation. Suzanne was approved by the Nominations Committee as well as Council and will begin her three-year term on July 1 pending proclamation of one nursing regulator. While she will be formally introduced at the 2019 AGM, keep reading to get to know a bit more about Suzanne.

Suzanne Sheppard-Jackman is a Geriatric Nurse Assessor with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Nursing Program at the University of New Brunswick and her previous roles include working as a registered nurse on the General Medicine Unit and the Surgical and Gastrointestinal Unit. She is currently Chair of the CRNNS Continuing Competence Committee as well as a member of the CRNNS Complaints Committee. Suzanne works on the Seniors’ Community Health Team serving the South Shore of Nova Scotia and is Chair of the Queens Community Rounds Group.