Canada's Chapter Board of Directors

Voted to the Canada Chapter's Board of Directors in November 2017 at the General Assembly and Education Conference, the following team of volunteers work to promote IAIM and support our members in Canada.

Michelle Strebchuk

President - Michelle Strebchuk

High Prairie, AB

Michelle first trained to become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) in Calgary with Sylvie Hétu in 2000. She updated her training with Sylvie in Edmonton in 2016, and after “far too many years of delay,” received her official Certification in the Spring of 2017. She joined the IAIM, Canada- AIMB, Canada Board in November 2017. In addition to over eighteen years of Massage Therapy practice, Michelle brings to the Board local, regional, and provincial not-for-profit experiences and skills garnered in print, social media, and web communications. She, her husband and three children (8, 11, and 13) reside on their certified organic farm near High Prairie, in Northern Alberta, where the kids love to climb trees, jump on bales, and “feed their flocks” (five 4H lambs and a small brood of laying hens!).

 

 

 


Vice President & Communications Coordinator - Kelly Zwartouw

Vancouver, BC

Kelly trained with Sylvie Hétu in Vancouver, BC, in 2013 and teaches infant massage classes locally in community centres. Kelly also promotes and organizes the CIMI instructor training sessions in Vancouver. She joined the board in November 2015 as Communications Coordinator. Prior to having children, Kelly was a public relations and communications consultant in the City of London working with financial organizations. She also volunteered as a Communications Coordinator for the UK Chapter of UN Women including one term on the UK board when it was known as UNIFEM.

 

 

 


Secretary - Anna Ogden

Vancouver, BC

Anna trained to become a CIMI with Sylvie Hétu in Vancouver, BC. She completed her four-day training in August 2017, and at the prompting of her friend and colleague Brooke, joined the Board in November 2017. Anna is a physiotherapist and works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, BC. She plans to use her new skills in her workplace, and in her community. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two children (ages 2 and 4), and will be investing more time with them as she takes a temporary leave of absence from the Board from now until October 2018.

 

 

 


Board Member-at-Large - Misty Arbour

Sturgeon Falls, ON

Misty is a Registered Nurse working for a First Nation in Northern Ontario as a Maternal Child Health Nurse since June 2016. She joined the Board in 2017, and presently serves as our Bilingual Board Member. Misty trained with Françoise Lefebvre in February 2017 in North Bay, ON. She lives in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, with her beautiful family, which of course includes her, her husband, their 6-year old daughter and their Siberian Husky, Jack. Misty loves working with children and empowering families and helping babies grow and develop with nurturing touch. She particularly loves watching parent-child bonds deepen and relationships flourish in her infant massage classes.

 

 

 


Website Coordinator - Brooke Hannela

Surrey, BC

Brooke became a CIMI with IAIM in 2017 after training with Sylvie Hétu in Vancouver, BC. She joined the Board in 2017. Brooke works as a physiotherapist at Surrey Memorial Hospital where she enjoys working with infants and children. She also works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has a passion for working with premature infants and their families. Brooke has started to teach infant massage classes in her community and looks forward to sharing the joys of infant massage with many families in the future. 

 

 

 


Board Member at Large - Larián Hernández

Verdun, QC

Larián became a CIMI with IAIM after training with Andreina Di Geronimo in Caracas, Venezuela in 2011. She moved to Canada in May 2016, along with her husband and their two children (now 5 and 10 years old). They presently live in Montreal, Quebec. She joined the Board in 2017. Although she worked in Venezuela as a Clinical Psychologist since 2002, Larián is now in the process of completing the additional practical training required by the Order of Psychologists of Quebec in order to practice in Canada. She is a Counselor of Breastfeeding, certified by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). 

In addition, she writes articles in Spanish to support families facing the many challenges that come with parenthood and helps them adapt to their new role as parents. Her online publishing includes articles on parenting, setting limits, breastfeeding and coping with post-natal depression.

 

 


Francoise Lefebvre

Adviser - Françoise Lefebvre

Montreal, QC

Françoise has been an international trainer with IAIM since 1997 and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor since 1988. As well as teaching parent and baby classes, Francoise's also teaches IAIM Infant Massage Instructor training sessions across Canada, Belgium and Switzerland. Françoise has taught and mentored thousands of students for IAIM. She has been a member of the IAIM, Canada - AIMB, Canada® Board since 2004 to 2015 and with this experience now offers guidance and support to the current Board.