Member Inuvik Twin Lakes
P.O. Box 1320 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Inuvik Twin Lakes Electoral District:
Lesa Semmler was elected to the 19th Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly as the Member representing Inuvik Twin Lakes.
Ms. Semmler was born in Yellowknife, NT and raised in Inuvik, NT, where she still resides.
Ms. Semmler graduated from the Aurora College Northern Nursing Program as a Registered Nurse in 2000 and obtained her Community Health Nurse Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association in 2008. Ms. Semmler received her Leadership Certificate from Vancouver College in 2012 and her Managers Certificate from the Government of Northwest Territories and the University Of Alberta School Of Business in 2016.
Ms. Semmler has 15 years’ experience as a frontline Registered Nurse for the Inuvik Regional Hospital where her focus was in Acute Care, Homecare, and Public Health. She also worked for one year in Public Health in Yellowknife. Ms. Semmler was the Manager of Acute Care Services for the Inuvik Regional Hospital, which became the Regional Manager of Acute Care Services after the amalgamation into the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority. Most recently, Ms. Semmler was employed with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) as the Inuvialuit Health System Navigator where she assisted Inuvialuit Beneficiaries in navigating the health care system.
Ms. Semmler served as a Board Member on the Inuvik District Education Authority from 2012 to 2015 and in 2015, was elected as Chair until 2018. During this time, Ms. Semmler also served as Chair of the Beaufort Delta Education Council.
Ms. Semmler has also been a member on many working groups at the territorial and national level such as the Inuit Tuberculosis Elimination Board, Inuit Midwifery Revitalization, Hotii ts ‘eeda (NWT Scientific Patient Orientated Research Unit), as a governing council member for the IRC, as well as many other health-related initiatives.
Ms. Semmler has also volunteered as a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Family Advisory Circle member where she had the great honour to take part of this historic piece of the Northwest Territories’ past, where she worked to ensure that all northern voices were heard and represented in their final report.
Ms. Semmler enjoys reading, completing small home improvement projects, and sea-dooing in the Mackenzie Delta with her husband during the summer.
Ms. Semmler is married to Jozef Carnogursky, her partner of 25 years. They have two children: Jozef and Myja.