SUN Provincial Elections

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses is a thriving organization thanks, in part, to members who step forward and run for positions on the Board of Directors. Being on the Board is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of SUN, and to have a positive impact on registered nurses across Saskatchewan.

The nomination period for the 2022 SUN election has closed. Click here to view the official Ticket of Nominations.

Congratulations to the following members who have been acclaimed for a two-year term:

  • Regional Representative, Region 2 | Darcy McIntyre, Local 259
  • Regional Representative, Region 4 | Maureen Arseneau, Local 68
  • Regional Representative, Region 6 | Lynne Eikel, Local 141
  • Base Hospitals Representative, Regina | Christine Schaeffer, Local 106

On the Ballot

Voting will be conducted by electronic ballot. Voting will open on March 30, 2022 at 09:00. Voting will close on April 13, 2022, at 12:00. 

Candidates for First Vice-President

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I am relatively new to nursing having convocated with Distinction in 2014 from the U of S while raising three young children.  I am, however, not new to healthcare.  My career started in 1989 in Nipawin Hospital after completing a business administration diploma at the former STI now known as Polytechnic in Moose Jaw. While working full time at the hospital I pursued a certificate in healthcare administration through the College of Commerce at the U of S.  

I have always gravitated toward leadership roles throughout my career and personal life.  My family took community involvement seriously and I inherited this interest to help out. Currently, I am in my third term as a school board trustee with Prairie Spirit School Division.  

As an RN, I have worked in long term care, often as charge nurse, rural ERs and currently with Saskatoon homecare.  Now that my children are in their teens I am interested in expanding my involvement into nursing leadership activities. Just as all 10,000 plus students in PSSD are considered equally important in my eyes as a trustee, so are all the nurses in Saskatchewan.  It would be my intention to do everything I can to represent all nurses across the province as fairly as possible with honesty and integrity.

The governance, leadership, and advocacy experience gained through trusteeship would lend itself to the financial, budget, and leadership demands of the position of first Vice President.  

While I value hard work and strong work ethic, I believe balance is key, and we must all enjoy and equally value life's pleasures. I greatly enjoy watching my children play their various sporting activities and as such have managed and treasured teams a number of times.  Even assuming the role of treasurer for the Clavet Minor Hockey Association for two seasons.  As well as raise our kids, my husband of 20 years and I operate a successful and busy heating and air conditioning company, enjoy acreage life, gardening and have even helped our son raise a couple pigs. We boat, camp, and travel as much as time and money afford.

My Name is Denise Dick, and I am seeking re-election as your First Vice President

It has been a true honor to serve on your behalf. The constant learnings and the opportunity to work with SUN members in this role is what I truly enjoy. 

My 39 years of Registered Nursing included working on the Paediatrics Unit, General Surgery and then on the Women’s Health Unit in Moose Jaw. My involvement at a local level started early in my career, from attending local meetings, supporting strike action in the strike office, and holding the roles of Secretary and Vice President and as the employee co-chair of the OH&S committee. This involvement led me to pursue the next level. I was elected to the Finance Committee in 2003, then the Board of Directors in 2004, and in 2013 to the position of First Vice President. All which have contributed to making my nursing career even more rewarding.

The constant changes happening in our environment, the threats to Registered Nurses and our practice, the transition to the Saskatchewan Health Authority and then a Pandemic all means there is rarely a dull moment in the work of SUN.  Working with the dedicated management and staff  and seeing firsthand how SUN members are represented is an amazing experience.

The opportunity to work with SUN members in the capacity of First Vice President whether it be in assisting Locals and SDC’s in their financial needs, monitoring SUN’s Finances as a whole, upholding SUN’s Policies and Bylaws or having the distinct opportunity to assist in facilitating educationals. These are just a few of the things that confirm for me how very privileged I feel and why I love being a part of this great organization.

Having the opportunity to represent SUN in meetings with some of our external stakeholders such as the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health, Saskatchewan Nurses Foundation, Saskatchewan Health Coalition, and others are just some of the opportunities I have been privileged to be a part of and I look forward to continuing this valuable work.

Part of my roles gives me the opportunity to meet with students and share about SUN and what it means to be a SUN member and how to get involved. We have some very active students involved in the Canadian Nursing Students Association in Saskatchewan; they are the future of SUN.

As the First Vice President an important part of the role is overseeing the finances of the union. This is a role I take very seriously. I am a principled and trustworthy person, upholding the Policies, Bylaws and Budget for SUN is an important part of this position and I take pride in being a good steward of the finances of SUN.

I look forward to being able to continue to serve in the capacity as SUN’s First Vice President and I would appreciate your continued support in the election.

In Solidarity

Denise Dick RN

Candidates for Base Hospitals Representative, Saskatoon

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I have been a Registered Nurse for 14 years, primarily at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Prior to that, among other endeavors, I worked as an addictions counsellor at Saskatoon’s Brief and Social Detox.

I love serving people in every aspect of my life, but especially as a Registered Nurse. Having benefitted immensely as a member of SUN, I am ready to give back to the Union and have nothing but great intent to fairly represent my sisters and brothers in our profession. I believe in a bottoms-up approach to leadership and root cause analysis, where elected representatives value active listening of all members and respectively bring forward all concerns brought forward to them. I value the trust that would be given to me in actively representing all members. In nursing school, we were all taught to advocate for our patients, but it is equally important that we as Registered Nurses also advocate for ourselves and our profession.

I am blessed to have been married for 37 years and have 4 children, one of whom is also an RN. I love reading, mountain biking, hoodoos, and the Rocky Mountains. As an animal lover, I have adopted rescue parrots and street cats.


I am excited to let my name stand for the position of Saskatoon Base Hospital Representative as I believe we all have the capacity to make a difference. I would love the opportunity to collaborate with leaders at SUN to ensure our members feel supported, valued, and heard.

As a practicing front line nurse for the last ten years, I have been fortunate in that I have had a variety of opportunities. While I am presently employed at SCH, I have worked in all three Saskatoon hospitals. I was also fortunate in that I was employed as a Nurse Practice Officer at SUN for five years, allowing me to advocate for safe nursing practice – something I am very passionate about!

Folks who know me, know that I like to keep myself busy! In addition to my involvement with SUN, I am active in the broader labour movement. At present I am the Registrar for the Saskatoon and District Labour Council. At the local level I was previously on the Local 107 NAC Committee. I also fulfilled the role of local president and bargaining committee member while employed at SUN.

I believe in addition to supporting its members, SUN is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the labour movement. If elected, I assure you while my priority is to advocate on behalf of the membership, I envision an opportunity to work within the labour movement to protect high quality, publicly funded and publicly delivered health care in Saskatchewan.

Melissa McGillivray, RN, BSN

I, Lori Powell would like to be re-elected as your Saskatoon Base Hospital Representative. I work as a registered nurse at the Dube Centre specializing in children’s mental health. I have been active within Local 75 in a variety of executive positions and currently hold the position of PR & Education Chair. I have proudly been your Saskatoon Base Hospital Representative for over three years. Attending local and annual meetings of all three sites, hosting member engagements, and provide support through calls and emails are ways I have engaged with members. These engagements have provided me with opportunities to successfully advocate and voice local concerns to the SUN Board of Directors. Adapting to virtual meetings, completing education events, and participating in weekly Tri site (SCH, SPH & RUH) meetings over Zoom have all proven to be successful. I completed a Queens University professional development program titled “Building Trust in the Workplace” this past year. I am eager to continue and complete further education and have registered in a leadership development program this year. Continuing to learn, grow, and invest in myself both personally and professionally remains my goal. I am a proud Registered Nurse, strong vocal advocate, and a leader for positive change. I commit to continuing to put forth the needed time and dedication required to succeed in this role. It would be an honour to remain YOUR Saskatoon Base Hospital Representative and I thank you for your support.


The duties of the Board of Directors can be found here in the Bylaws.