Chelsea Lewis and Michelle Strebchuk were voted to the Canada Chapter's Board of Directors in November 2019 at the General Assembly and Education Conference, and were recently re-elected alongside Paulette Morais, Mireille Beaudry, Yan Song and Shirley Damberger at our first IAIM Canada Virtual Extraordinary General Assembly in February 2021.
High Prairie, Alberta
Michelle first trained to become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) in Calgary with Sylvie Hétu in 2000. She refreshed her training with Sylvie in Edmonton in November 2016, and received her CIMI Certification in May 2017. She joined the IAIM, Canada- AIMB, Canada® Board in November 2017. In addition to over twenty 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 their three children own a certified organic farm near High Prairie, in Northern Alberta, where the kids love to climb trees, jump on bales, and tend their critters.
Haut-Sheila, New BrunswickThe mother of three beautiful children, Paulette and her family reside in Haut-Sheila, New Brunswick. She is a Speech Therapy Assistant and community service worker with the Talk to Me in Early Childhood program. She completed her initial IAIM infant massage training in March 2016 with Françoise.
Chelsea LewisChelsea is a Masters Student in Montreal, Quebec and has a passion for teaching infant massage. She she will be able to teach our infant massage therapy program online once she completes her IAIM Canada renewal!
Yan completed her Infant Massage Instructor program in 2020, and became an official CIMI in December 2020. She joined the She joined the IAIM, Canada- AIMB, Canada® Board in February 2021. For the last seven years, Yan has worked with BridgeWay Family Centre as an Early Childhood Educator. BridgeWay is a non-profit organization that supports families in various ways through the early learning programs in the Peel Region. Mandarin is her native language, and she looks forward to helping promote our IAIM programming to more mandarin speaking families.
Shirley's background in a wide variety of industries including technology, event management and marketing, literacy and post secondary education, and holistic health / wellness provides her valuable insights and skills in all aspects of board operation and management. With a strong foundation in both the science and art of bodywork, Shirley is a well-rounded practitioner trained in several modalities including a 2200 hour Registered Massage Therapist Diploma from Mount Royal University and a Certification in Thai Massage Therapy from the Sacred Asia School of Massage. She is a passionate, award winning instructor having taught thousands of practitioners various courses including Osteology, Myology, Arthrology, Gross Anatomy and Oncology Massage with organizations such as the University of Alberta - Department of Medicine, Foothills Hospital, MaKami College, Lymph Balance Centre, and Seminars for Health. Shirley attended an IAIM training in 2018, and looks forward to completing her CIMI certification in the very near future.
Board Consultant - Françoise Lefebvre
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 from 2004 to 2015 and with this experience now offers guidance and support to the current Board.
Many thanks to our outgoing board members and volunteers, but most especially to our past Warehouse Coordinator Anna Ogden.
Anna trained to become a CIMI with Sylvie Hétu in August 2017, and served as IAIM Canada's Secretary from November 2017 to November 2019.
She is a physiotherapist and works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, BC. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and two children.
Anna also served as our volunteer Warehouse Coordinator from July 2018 to February 2021, and was a tremendous asset to our organization. Thank you isn't sufficient, Anna!