CMTBC is governed by a Board that receives its authority from the Health Professions Act. The Board consists of 10 individuals: six elected RMTs and four public appointees, all of whom are sworn to uphold the College’s public interest mandate. The Board’s responsibilities include establishing policy, setting strategic goals, and ensuring CMTBC is managed in a way that enables it to carry out the objects specified in the Act.
The Board holds four to five regular meetings per year, and posts minutes of its meetings on CMTBC’s website.
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Deborah Charrois (Public Representative), Chair
Deborah Charrois holds a Master of Laws from York University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Deborah is the Coordinator of Professional Practice at the British Columbia Nurses’ Union. She specializes in administrative law and labour law, with a focus on professional governance and regulation. In her work with BCNU, Deborah has assisted many nurses with health issues related to return to nursing practice. She has been active in her local union for over 15 years. Deborah is currently a practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
Barbara Martin (Public Representative), Vice-Chair
Barbara Martin is a retired resident of beautiful Ladysmith, BC, having lived and worked in Saskatchewan for most of her career. She spent the majority of her working life in health care, including as a CEO of several health care facilities. She was also a board member and then board chair of one of Saskatchewan’s health regions during the turbulent years of health reform. Barbara currently serves as a committee member with two other health regulatory colleges, and volunteers as a patient voice on some health-related projects. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother, a semi-professional singer, and enjoys sailing with her husband. She is passionate about health care in all sectors and finds end-of-life care particularly meaningful and rewarding.
Emily Bissonnette, RMT
Emily Bissonnette has been an RMT since 2011. She has a BHSc and a BA in psychology. Emily has been involved in health research, education, and mentoring new RMTs. She believes that while CMTBC policies must protect the public, policies should also consider the struggles of new grads and the frustrations of current RMTs. Emily’s goal on the Board is to help find simple, realistic, and reasonable solutions. She will help the Board make decisions that protect the public, but also work for RMTs.
Kristen Burrows, RMT
Kristen Burrows has been an RMT for 17 years, a clinical practicum supervisor for 14 years, and she has spent three years as a classroom instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She became a member of the CMTBC Board on April 1, 2020, and in that role, she has learned about governance and the role played by CMTBC in ensuring that the public is kept safe and well-treated. She looks forward to continuing to use her experience to help create understanding about how RMTs can better protect the public, and to continuing to serve as an active and productive participant on the Board.
Joti Dhesi (Public Representative)
Joti Dhesi has a degree in marketing from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and has specialized in digital marketing, leading many innovative national campaigns. In 2004, she sat on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. She has also participated in the Sikh Centennial Gala Committee and the Ad Club Committee. In 2012, Joti joined the CORSA Foundation Board, and since 2018, she has been on the Board of the Indian Summer Festival. She was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in January 2019.
Laura Dunkley, RMT
Laura Dunkley graduated in 2011 from West Coast College of Massage Therapy (New Westminster), and has a solo practice in Vancouver with a focus on persistent musculoskeletal pain and complex pain disorders. She completed a Bachelor of Music at McGill University in 2004, and then worked in the financial services industry prior to becoming an RMT. She has worked with Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of BC and Pain BC, and has served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Pacific Spirit Triathlon club. Laura is passionate about consumer advocacy in healthcare, and is committed to supporting her RMT colleagues in providing ethical, patient-centred care.
Jonathan Norton, RMT
Jonathan Norton (he/him/his) has been an RMT since 2008. Since graduating from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy in 2008, Jonathan went on to obtain his Masters in Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University and has gained extensive regulatory knowledge by not only practicing clinically, but also through his professional roles at the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, where he was the Professional Practice Manager supporting registrants with their Quality Assurance/Practice requirements, and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, where he is the Compliance and Assessments Manager supporting registrants with their registration requirements. Jonathan is looking forward to applying his skills and knowledge to support the Board to meet their mandate of regulating the profession of massage therapy in British Columbia, under the authority of provincial law, for the public interest.
Harman Pandher (Public Representative)
Harman Pandher graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts, and is currently an elementary school teacher with the Surrey School District. Harman’s passion for education and community service led him to become a school trustee with the Burnaby Board of Education for over seven years. He is also a board member of the Punjabi Language Education Association of BC, and was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in January 2019.
Robin Perry, RMT
Robin Perry has been a Massage Therapist for more than 14 years, graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2005. He has a keen interest in sports injury massage for athletes, stress management for frontline health care workers, and postural realignment for computer/office workers. During Robin’s first stint on the CMTBC Board, which included being Chair, he increased his knowledge of governance and developed leadership and conflict resolution skills. He would like to continue to use these skills and grow as a productive Board member to assist the profession. His philosophy as a Board member: everyone has a perspective and deserves to be heard.
Michael Wiebe, RMT
Michael Wiebe has been a proud registrant with CMTBC since 2011 and has been in private practice since then. He has served as a volunteer committee member and previous Board member with CMTBC and taught as a senior instructor at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Michael is pleased to continue to support CMTBC as they move forward with regulating massage therapy in British Columbia.