RMTAO appoints new executive director

Mari-Len De Guzman
March 03, 2014
March 3, 2014 — The board of the directors of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO) has announced the appointment of Andrew Lewarne as its new executive director and CEO.
Lewarne succeeds former executive director and CEO Bryn Sumpton, who resigned his post last November due to “personal reasons.”

Lewarne assumes his new role effective March 3, according to RMTAO board chair Krystin Bokalo.

“Andrew is a registered massage therapist and comes to the RMTAO with significant experience with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, Inter-professional Communication Committee (University of Toronto Medical School), Medical Council of Canada and the Association. Andrew's experience will prove to be an asset in his role,” Bokalo said in a statement sent to RMTAO members.

Bokalo added the board is “very excited” about Lewarne’s selection.

“We look forward to working with Andrew in his role as ED and CEO. The wealth of knowledge he brings to the position both as an RMT and with his involvement with the regulatory college is an asset going forward for the association.”

In an e-mail sent to Massage Therapy Canada, Lewarne said he looks forward to serving the profession as the new executive director and CEO.

He said he is currently reviewing “a number of avenues” and potential advocacies to support RMTAO members.

“From publications to ongoing education, one of the priorities of the association will be to continue to offer high quality of resources and opportunities for continuing education units.,” Lewarne said.

One of the first orders of business for the new executive director is to meet and engage in discussions with members of the RMTAO board and other stakeholders.

“There are of course many challenges ahead with regard to advocacy at the local, provincial and national levels of the profession. I am excited by the opportunities that I will explore to foster growth and further development. This is an interesting time for the profession and I look forward to advocating in any way that I, and the association, are able to do so.”

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