Inaugural Board Expression of Interest

Nov 3, 2020


CARNA Council voted unanimously on August 19, 2020, to move to a single mandate regulatory organization with a commitment to develop and grow a new nursing association. 

On behalf of the Develop and Grow Association Steering Committee, CARNA is extending a call for the expression of interest from individuals interested in serving on the inaugural board for the new nursing association. 

About the role

The inaugural board members will join the Develop and Grow Association Steering Committee and will form the Joint Steering Committee. The purpose of the Joint Steering Committee is to oversee the development of the foundational plan to establish a stand-alone nursing association.  Once the Joint Steering Committee has assisted with their role of the support and advice, the inaugural board will become a functional nursing association board and the Joint Steering Committee will be disbanded.  


  • Facilitate and enable discussion by providing subject matter expertise as it relates to their role;
  • Use reasonable judgement in identifying which factors are important to their analyses, recommendations, or actions;
  • Encourage and support open dialogue and consensus decisions;
  • Prepare for and actively participates in Committee meetings; and
  • Address action items as assigned.


The first eight (8) months of membership you will be involved in, but not limited to, the following activities:

  1. Development of the legal framework (e.g. Part 9 (not-for-profit) company or society) and associated articles/memorandum of association and bylaws,
  2. Establishment banking, financial and infrastructure functions,
  3. Development of governance policies and bylaws for the new society.


The term to serve a minimum of two (2) years, the first eight (8) months setting up the Alberta nursing association foundation. Meetings will be scheduled virtually once a month for a minimum 1 – 2 hours. To facilitate the activities there may be review of materials prior and following meetings.

Aspirational Qualities and Criteria

Aspirational Qualities

  • Trusted and inclusive provincial voice for the profession of nursing in Alberta
  • Embrace cultural safety and diversity
  • Collaborative and embrace change
  • Lead and inspire with passion
  • Open and transparent relationship builder
  • Action oriented and challenge positive


  • Regulated nurses (RNs, NPs, LPNs, RPNs) in good standing in Alberta, retired nurses and current nursing students
  • Passion for the profession of nursing and interest in advancing key policy issues that impact nursing practice and the public
  • Keen interest in nursing leadership
  • Prior board experience considered an asset but not mandatory

Thank you to those who expressed interest in a position on the inaugural board of the new nursing association. The expression of interest is now closed. 

The expression of interest was open to all nurses in Alberta, including students and retirees. 

All applicants will be notified following the December 14, 2020 Steering Committee meeting.