In the 2023 CMTBC Board election that will open February 1, 2023, six RMT candidates are running for four Board positions. See below for the candidates’ names, photographs, and statements.
The election will be conducted online by Simply Voting Inc., a provider of hosted online elections for regulators and other non-profit organizations. Individual ballots are 100% confidential: CMTBC receives voting results in final tabulated and aggregated form only. Eligible RMTs will receive an email on February 1, 2023 from Simply Voting with voting instructions and a link to the voting website. Ballots must be cast by February 28, 2023.
Cameron Barker graduated with honours from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, and worked with local government prior to becoming an RMT. His professional practice focuses on providing compassionate, inclusive, and effective patient-centred care. Cameron believes massage therapy is a vitally important part of a comprehensive, holistic approach to overall wellness. He is committed to ensuring RMTs are informed via clear, consistent language in order to improve the profession in a meaningful way, while protecting the public interest.
Kristen Burrows has served the public as an RMT for 20 years, as of March 2023. She was a clinical supervisor for 15 years and classroom instructor for five years at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Kristen has already served the public as a CMTBC Board member for the past three years. In that time, Kristin has attended various board training sessions and has attended nearly every meeting. While advocating for the public, Kristin tries to be realistic about the challenges that RMTs may face in their drive to ensure compliance with CMTBC standards.
Ollivor (Olli) Dickson is the Owner and Founder of Epoch Integrated Health in Langley. If elected, Ollivor will bring accountability to the college, integrity to the profession, and respect to all involved. With respect to Bill 36, it is Ollivor’s goal to ensure the College, the public, and the profession are equally protected by helping ensure the integrity of all RMTs while promoting the accountability of the college. The last few years have been challenging; however, Ollivor considers it important to treat all parties with respect and thoughtfulness regardless of their beliefs while navigating through these times.
Jennifer Lie has been a BC RMT since 2005 and has previous Board and committee experience at CMTBC. During her previous term on the Board (2018-2020), amalgamation was an ongoing discussion. If elected to the Board, Jennifer will draw on her previous experience and understanding of public-centred governance to help navigate this change in the regulation of the massage therapy profession. Jennifer considers that it would be a privilege to serve on the Board again.
Kateri Mills has been an RMT since 2014, graduating from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. Previously, she graduated from Laurentian University’s School of Human Kinetics and coached high performance athletes in cross country skiing at international level competitions for 12 years. During her time as a coach, Kateri served on many sport-focused committees and athlete advocacy-related boards. Kateri would like to combine her life experience as an RMT, strong work ethic, and history of working on boards and committees with CMTBC as it heads toward its new transition with new regulations in British Columbia.
Jonathan Norton graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy and has been an RMT since 2008. Jonathan has gained extensive regulatory knowledge by not only practicing, but also through professional roles at the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, and also serving on the CMTBC Board, along with the Governance and Registration committees, for the past year. Jonathan would like to continue to apply his skills and knowledge to support the Board to meet their mandate of regulating the profession of massage therapy in British Columbia for the public interest.