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RMTAO executive director resigns

brynsumpton.jpgThe executive director and chief executive officer of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO) has resigned his posts, and will be stepping down effective Nov. 15, 2013.

October 29, 2013  By Mari-Len De

In an e-mail announcement, Bryn Sumpton informed RMTAO members of his decision to step down citing “personal reasons.”

decision to resign is based on personal reasons, not directly related
to the position or the RMTAO,” Sumpton wrote. “I intend to continue to
support and be involved in activities related to massage therapy and
health-care professionals. I strongly believe in the continued efforts
of the RMTAO on behalf of RMTs, and am very proud of the word done by
the association over the last two years.”

Sumpton assumed his posts at the RMTAO in January 2012.

In an interview with Massage Therapy Canada, Sumpton said there was a "great deal of consideration" that went into his decision to resign and reiterated his leaving the association was for "private reasons having to do with myself as an individual, and not related to the position or the association."


Sumpton said he intends to continue to be involved and assist in various projects related to the massage therapy profession, including research and other advocacy initiatives.

The RMTAO executive director thanked "all those who have assisted the association in the work that’s been done and assisted me in the work that’s been done over the last two years."

In a post on RMTAO’s Facebook page, board chair Krystin Bokalo thanked Sumpton for his work.

behalf of the board of directors of the RMTAO we would like to thank
Bryn Sumpton for his dedication and commitment to the association and
recognize all the work he has done during his time with us,” Bokalo

She said the board is currently seeking a new executive director and CEO for the RMTAO.

resignation comes amid new developments in the Canadian massage therapy
industry calling for greater collaboration among stakeholders.

this month, a planning committee comprised of various stakeholders in
the massage therapy industry announced plans are underway to establish a
national accreditation body for massage therapy education.

In a
workshop held in Toronto, attended by close to 70 representatives from
massage therapy schools, RMT associations and regulatory bodies, the
planning committee stressed collaboration among stakeholders on a
national level is important to achieve an effective and successful
national accreditation program.

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