CRPNA Council


Provincial Council is mandated by the Health Professions Act to manage and conduct the business affairs of CRPNA. Council consists of 12 members including 9 elected registered psychiatric nurses (president, president-elect, treasurer, executive officer and 5 councillors) and three public representatives appointed by the Minister of Health.

The College’s Council meets regularly throughout the year. Anyone who holds an active-practicing licence with the College (in good standing) is eligible to run for Council. The term of office for Council members is three years.

The CRPNA is pleased to provide the Online Provincial Council Nomination & Voting process.  The online election process ensures ALL regulated RPNs in Alberta have the opportunity to put nominations for Provincial Council forward and vote on those nominations to elect CRPNA Council Members from anywhere in Alberta.
Call for Nominations to the CRPNA Provincial Council Now Open
Submission Deadline is midnight June 30, 2020

There are 3 Provincial Councilor Positions for elections, each for a three-year term. 



Q.  How does the Online Election process work?

Each year a call for nominations goes out to all RPNs in Alberta.  All interested RPNs are to submit a completed nomination form and member overview which is used to develop their member profile which will be posted and sent to all regulated RPNs to vote on during the election process in September.
To be eligible for nomination the RPN must:
       a) Be on the Practicing or Temporary Practicing Register; 
       b) Be in good standing on the date of the election; 
       c) Have a minimum of one (1) year practice in Canada; and
       d) Submit a nomination form and Member overview     *CRPNA confirmation of receipt required

Q.  What are the expectations and responsibilities of a Provincial Council Member?

A Provincial Council Member as part of the CRPNA must carry out the activities and govern its regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest, and must provide direction to and regulate the practice of the profession.

A Provincial Council Member must carry out the activities of the college and perform other duties and functions by the exercise of the powers conferred by the Health Professions Act.

A Provincial Council Member must act in the public interest adhering at all times to the highest ethical standards without regard to personal interests, in the crucial role of self-governance in regulating the practice of Alberta RPNs. 

Q.  What is the commitment of a Provincial Council Member?

  • A Provincial Councilor is a three-year term
  • Council meetings are held four to five times per year on a Saturday at the CRPNA Head office
  • Participate in discussions, while respecting other opinions and committing to Council decisions
  • Contribute to the development of priorities for the College through strategic planning activities in a manner that protects and serves the public interest
  • Act on behalf of, and be accountable to the public in the regulation of RPNs

Submit your nomination package by June 30, 2020.

2019/2020 Council

Back row left to right: Sharon Martin, Hany Abdelhady, Lisa Fetsch, Anthony Brannen, Tonya Ratushniak, Barbara Lowe, Rufus Awharitoma, Munira Peermohamed

Front row left to right:  Tawanda Chiremba, Greg Pflance, Nathan Henshaw, Joseph Zelmer
(Missing from the photo Judy Negrey)

Council Members

President                     Tonya Ratushniak                                               
President Elect            Judy Negrey                                   
Executive Officer        Tawanda Chiremba                          
Treasurer                     Sharon Martin

Rufus Awharitoma
Anthony Brannen
Lisa Fetsch
Nathan Henshaw
Greg Pflance

Public Members
Dr. Hany Abdelhady
Munira Peermohamed
Joseph Zelmer


All CRPNA members and members of the public are welcome to attend regular meetings of Provincial Council.  Meetings are held at the CRPNA head office at #201, 9711-45 Ave Edmonton
Upcoming Council Meetings:

Saturday - March 7, 2020
Saturday - June 13, 2020
Saturday - September 19, 2020

Reserve your seat:

Seating is limited and available by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis and should be arranged at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. Complimentary continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch are provided to observers with a reserved seat.

To reserve, contact: CRPNA Executive Assistants by phone 780.434.7666 / 1.877.234.7666 or email: 

Once you have reserved your seat there will be meeting information , that you need to know prior to the meeting, emailed to you.