Duties of the Directors of the Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia are set out in our Memorandum of Association and By-laws. All Directors must be Active Members of the Association and their terms are for two years. To learn more about being a Director, check out the Director information sheet .
If you are interested in becoming a Director, or know someone in MTANS that you believe would be a great addition, please use this Nomination Form. Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the association.
President – Amy-Lynne Graves (3rd term ends – AGM 2018)
Amy has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2006, working in a variety of clinical settings throughout Nova Scotia. Since joining the MTANS Board of Directors in 2012, Amy has also held the Director and Vice President positions. She is currently the Nova Scotia Liaison for the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA).
Aside from maintaining her own practice, Amy has also worked as an instructor with ICT Northumberland College since 2013. She believes that massage therapy is in integral part of the health profession and that it is crucial to promote awareness in the field as we move toward legislation in this province.
Vice President – Nadera Buffett (1st term ends – SAGM 2017)
Up until August 2014 she resided in Ontario where she Graduated from ICT Kikkawa College of Massage Therapy in 1995 and The Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1997. She also trained in the Adler School of Professional Coaching and received her personal coaching designation in 2004.
Post graduate study includes training in Acupuncture, Cranio Sacral Therapy and Matrix Re-patterning.
Currently, Nadera resides in Halifax, NS where she balances her work schedule between CBI at Portland St. in Dartmouth and her Private Practice on Merkel St. in Halifax. In addition to being a member of the board of MTANS, she is an active member of the Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club.
Treasurer – Monica Miller (2nd term ends – SAGM 2018)
Monica practices just outside Halifax in St Margaret’s Bay. After growing up on a dairy farm in Shubenacadie, she came to Halifax where she pursued a BSc in Psychology and played basketball with the SMU Huskies. After working for a few years, she went back to school to obtain her massage diploma from ICT Northumberland College. Monica has a strong interest in personal fitness and believes the body has an innate ability to heal itself once restrictions to healing have been removed. She has obtained further training in myofascial release, deep tissue massage, and craniosacral therapy and has been a member of MTANS since graduating in 2003. Monica has volunteered for the Conference and Trade Show Committee, PR Committee, and Complaints Committee and is now Secretary-Treasurer for MTANS. It is her strong personal belief that professional development extends far beyond the reaches of the massage table.
Director – Sarah West Andrews (2nd term ends – SAGM 2018)
Sarah graduated in 2003 from ICT Northumberland College. As a young child she knew she wanted to be a massage therapist. Plagued with anxiety, TMD, muscle strains and sprains due to competitive sports, she learned how useful massage could be. Since graduation, she has been an MTANS member but has recently decided to take a more active role on the Board of Directors and the Conference Committee.
She is experienced and proficient in treating muscle strains, sprains, acute and chronic pain, tendonitis, muscle imbalances, motor vehicle accident injuries including whiplash, WCB accidents, sports injuries, pregnancy, TMD (Jaw disorders) as well as many others. She is specially trained in myofascial and deep tissue work, TMD, symptoms of anxiety and whiplash injuries. Sarah is committed to helping people live well.
Director – Jamie Chediac (1st term ends – SAGM 2017)
Jamie has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2004. In her career, she has taken extensive training in hands-on ergonomic deep tissue therapy, Injury Prevention for the RMT with Fiona Rattray as well as perinatal professional development including Doula training. She is certified as a Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and a Barefoot Massage practitioner with the Canadian Institute of Ashiatsu Therapy. Jamie believes that every massage should feel therapeutic but also trigger a relaxation response within the body. With her clients, her main goal is to relieve pain & discomfort while helping navigate postural strain and issues with joint mobility.
Jamie has worked with MTANS as a committee member & Public Relations Chair and now serves as a director on the Board. Being part of the board allows her to be of service, advocate for the profession at large and stay up to date with both provincial & national issues that affect our profession.
Director – David Coady (1st term ends – SAGM 2017)
David graduated from ICT Northumberland College. Additional to his work with MTANS, David is on board of the Association of Oriental Practitioners of Nova Scotia. He has six years of study in Eastern Medicine. Certified as a Registered Massage Therapist, Therapist of Auricular Medicine, and Practitioner of Japanese Hot Stone Massage. Additionally he has advanced study in many massage specializations.
Director – Lauren MacDougall (1st term ends – SAGM 2018)
Spokesperson – Melanie Dumaresq
Melanie received her Massage Therapy Diploma at ICT Kikkawa College in Toronto with honours in 2006. She returned to Halifax to work in a massage therapy clinic and then a physiotherapy clinic. Melanie has received training in sport therapy, NISA and pelvic manipulation. Melanie is currently working from home while raising her two boys. Melanie has previously worked for MTANS as an OSCE Examiner, Track Examiner and Chief Examiner.
Since being a Chief Examiner, Melanie has sat on the Education and Examination Standards Committee and continues to actively participate on this committee. While not at home with the boys, Melanie is a member of ThirtySomething Dance Co-op and choreographs for local theatre companies. She sees it as a great privilege to act as the MTANS Spokesperson and looks forward to representing the membership.
Executive Director – Donna Noddin, Pathfinder Group
In December 1998, the Board of MTANS made the decision that they needed some administrative assistance to support the volunteer efforts of their members. They hired the Pathfinder Group. As an association management company, Pathfinder Group has been providing administrative services to not-for-profit organizations in an efficient, cost-effective manner since 1966. Services provided allow association leaders to put more time and energy into their mission and vision and less time on administrative tasks.
As the association continued to grow, there was a need for an Executive Director. In February of 2008, Donna Noddin, General Manager of the Pathfinder Group, was named the Executive Director of MTANS. Donna has been with the Pathfinder Group since 1990.
In the case of vacancies, Director positions can be filled by appointment. Members so appointed complete the term of the Director being replaced and then enter the election process at the next AGM. At the first meeting of the Board following the AGM, the ‘new’ Board elects the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer.
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