Canada's Chapter Board of Directors

Voted to the Canada Chapter's Board of Directors in November 2015 at the General Assembly and Education Conference, the following team of volunteers work to promote IAIM and support our members in Canada.

Sandy Inkster

President - Sandy Inkster

Port Sydney, ON

Sandy became a CIMI with IAIM in 2009. She was trained by Françoise Lefebvre in Ottawa, Ontario, and joined the Board of Directors in 2012. Sandy has over 30 years experience of working with not-for-profit organizations and committees. She lives in Port Sydney, Ontario, and is employed as the Early Literacy Specialist for Muskoka and Southeast Parry Sound. Sandy is the mother of two children and a grandmother.





Risako Ota

Vice President & Secretary - Risako Ota

Sidney, BC

Risako became a CIMI with IAIM in 2012 after attending the training in Vancouver with Sylvie Hétu. Having worked with immigrant and refugee families with young children for the past 10 years, Risako now works as an Administrative Manager for a First Nations social services agency. Risako is originally from Japan and moved to Canada in 2002. Risako and her husband live in Sidney, BC.





Christine Chisholm

Chapter Representative & Warehouse Coordinator - Christine Chisholm

Winnipeg, MB

Christine has been a CIMI since April 2000 and was trained by Sylvie Hétu. She is a Registered Massage, Cranio-Sacral Therapist and Hydro-Therapist practicing at Sundragon Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Christine has been a board member of IAIM, Canada – AIMB, Canada since April 2004 holding various positions. She is currently our Chapter Representative with IAIM International and has held this role since 2006. In this position, Christine has served on the International Ethics Committee of IAIM International for three, two-year terms. She also runs the warehouse in Canada. Christine is a mother of three and a grandmother.



Tammy Carter

Treasurer - Tammy Carter

Moncton, NB

Tammy became a CIMI with IAIM in 2013 and was trained by Françoise Lefebvre in Moncton, N.B. She lives in Smithfield, N.B, and is employed with the Province of New Brunswick Department of Education as a Rehabilitation Assistant. She works with children 0-5 years of age. Most of her work is centred around Speech and Language Development. She became a member of the board in the Fall of 2015. Tammy is the mother of two children.





Andrea ByrneWebsite Coordinator - Andrea Byrne

Surrey, BC

Andrea became a CIMI with IAIM in 2012 after attending the training session in Vancouver with Sylvie Hétu. Andrea is not only an Infant Development Consultant but also teaches sign language and infant massage classes to parents and their babies. Andrea is originally from Ontario but has lived in BC for the past 20 years.






Afaf Zahnoun

Board Member at Large - Afaf Zahnoun

Montreal, QC

Afaf trained as a CIMI in June 2014 with Françoise Lefebvre and joined the board in November 2015. Afaf teaches infant massage classes through her role as a family support worker at La Maison de la Famille de Saint Léonard in Montréal. Afaf carries out parent-infant workshops working with babies aged 0-6 months and 7-12 months. Prior to this role, Afaf was a high school French teacher for 12 years before she moved into Early Childhood Development. She trained and worked as a nursery nurse in maternity, pediatric and neonatology. Afaf is originally from Algeria and lived in France before coming to Canada in 2011. Afaf is the mother of two children. 



Kelly Zwartouw

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.



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.