Provincial Negotiating Committee


Founded by nurses, the NSNU is an active, member-driven organization dedicated to meeting the unique needs and interests of its members.  First and foremost, the union enables members to voice their concerns on issues that affect their profession. The Union provides the opportunity through the member selected Provincial Negotiating Committee (PNC) and bargaining surveys for nurses to have input into the collective bargaining process. 

The NSNU vote for Acute Care PNC members-at-large concluded on Friday, July 10, 2015. Newly elected to the PNC are: Geoff  Bennett, Gerri Oakley and Jen Thiele. Our newest Alternates to the PNC are David Fox, Ann Marie Murdock  and Cindy O’Halloran. 

Acute Care PNC

  • Janet Hazelton – RN (NSNU President, Chair)
  • Chris Van Zoost – RN (NSNU VP)
  • Janis Ritcey – LPN (Central Region)
  • Karen MacDonald – RN (Western Region)
  • Alaine Halliday – LPN (Northern Region)
  • Laura Lee Sharpe – RN (Eastern Region)
  • Edson Castilho – RN (IWK Representative)
  • Vivian Starkey – LPN (LPN Representative)
  • Geoff Bennett – RN (Member at Large - IWK)
  • Gerri Oakley – RN (Member at Large - CBRH)
  • Jen Thiele – RN (Member at Large – Dartmouth General)


  • Jessica Duncan – RN (Central)
  • Helen Uhlman – RN (Western)
  • Kerri Ann Coulson - RN (Northern)
  • Kim MacKenzie – RN (Eastern)
  • Lynn Ross-Colson – RN (Eastern)
  • Laurie Hirtle - LPN (LPN Representative)
  • David Fox – RN (Member at Large)
  • Ann Marie Murdock – RN (Member at Large)
  • Cindy O’Halloran – RN (Members at Large)