Ontario rejoins national massage therapist alliance

Mari-Len De Guzman
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014 – The Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario (RMTAO) has rejoined the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), a national alliance of massage therapist associations, citing the necessity for a unified national approach for the profession. In a letter sent to the CMTA, Krystin Bokalo, chair of the RMTAO, expressed the Ontario association’s commitment to supporting and maintaining an open dialogue with other provincial massage therapy associations.
“The RMTAO is in full agreement that there is a clear and undeniable need for a national massage therapy presence,” Bokalo said.

The RMTAO was previously a member of the CMTA until it withdrew its membership in 2011. Then RMTAO chair Amanda Baskwill cited, in the RMTAO annual report, the reason for the withdrawal as “due to the amount of financial and human resources that would have been required to participate in this organization.”

In deliberating to rejoin the CMTA, Bokalo said some of the concerns voiced in recent board discussions had to do with the CMTA’s financial structure and compliance with the Not-For-Profit Act and the integration of any future amendments to the Act to the alliance’s by-laws.

“At this time, the RMTAO board of directors sees the necessity for a unified national approach, and would like to move the profession forward by joining the discussion as a part of the CMTA.

“As well, in the capacity, the RMTAO would like to work towards ensuring the CMTA is fully compliant with the implementation of the Not-For-Profit Act as well as any other necessary amendments to its financial structure,” Bokalo wrote in the letter to the CMTA chair, Marilyn Sparling.

Commenting on RMTAO’s recent decision, Sparling said the CMTA is currently in the process of integrating the Ontario association with the national alliance and “will be proceeding as soon as possible.”

"The CMTA very much welcomes the RMTAO's decision to enter negotiations for full participation and membership in the National Alliance,” Sparling said. “The massage therapy profession is now an important part of the health-care sector in Canada and there is a clear need for national coordination to advocate on behalf of the profession. We very much look forward to working together with the Ontario association as part of the overall positive dialogue within the profession."

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