Meet the Board

Katherine Howse RMT - President

From Newfoundland
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I joined the board in October 2013 and have been involved ever since. I started as a Director, and have since taken the role of Vice President, now President and CMTA Representative
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
I think it’s mostly about helping to further my profession. I have enjoyed working with other RMT’s and learning lots about the profession, and now working with the CMTA I hope will one day make a huge difference to RMT’s practice on a daily basis, by working towards some of the goals we hope to achieve.
How long have you been an RMT? I have been an RMT since January 2013 - 4 years
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love going home at the end of the day knowing that I’ve (or we’ve) been able to help a client accomplish some of their health/wellness goals. From learning to walk again to mental health, Massage Therapy is so diverse, but at the end of the day we are all working towards making our clients well, that sense of accomplishment when a client comes back and says “massage helped me” is what I love most about my profession!

Ashley Parsons RMT - Vice President

From St. John's NL
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I joined the board late 2015. Started as a Directory, and took over the Vice President role a few months later.
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
Being involved. I've always liked knowing how things work, and I appreciate the opportunity to move the NLMTA forward, in a positive direction for all of it's members.
How long have you been an RMT?
I started working as a Registered Massage Therapist in September 2013
What do you love about the profession in general?
This is a great profession. I appreciate helping clients, and I love watching my own practice grow - gaining experience, constantly learning and accepting the challenges that go along with such a physical career.

Pat Mennie - Treasurer

From Tors Cove NL
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I started in 2002 as a part-time Book Keeper, hired as Administrator in 2006 and have been the Treasurer for 10 years.
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
Aside from keeping the day to day business running efficiently, the most important part of my job is answering phone calls/replying to emails in a timely manner to either answer, or find the answer to the memberships questions. For me, the fun part is helping new therapists get started. It's very rewarding to encourage them, to see them start successful careers, and then to be here to assist them in any way I can, as their career progresses. My job, though not always easy is always rewarding and I'm proud to be a part of the NLMTA for so long.
What do you love about the profession in general?
In addition to working so closely with therapists, I receive Massage Therapy for various health reasons. I see the importance of this profession, as a client whose life is made better by the treatment I receive.

 

Caityln Hill - Secretary

From Nova Scotia, living in St. John's since 2003
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far? Fall 2013
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
I like brainstorming, and I like seeing a big picture issue from both sides. For me, being physically present for discussions - for example by-law revisions - feels like a valuable contribution.
How long have you been an RMT?
I started working as an RMT in 2013, a few weeks before I started with the board!
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love the immediate, physiological responses that can happen during a treatment -- to see and feel a trigger point release is one of the great joys of my work! I love seeing a client improve over the course of a few months, and being a part of their recovery. I love the problem solving, and the small things you continue to learn everyday.

Caroyln Staple RMT - Director

From Newfoundland
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I've been on the board since I became an RMT, May 2016.
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
I want to be on the ground level of being part of making changes and making the profession the best it can be on behalf of the members. Anything I can do to help promote our profession to the public through public awareness, to help promote our continuing education through facilitating workshops, as well as promoting our services to more rural areas that are in need/want of RMT's - these are my focus areas.
How long have you been an RMT? Since May 2016
What do you love about the profession in general?
Alleviating pain, helping to make people feel better after a treatment, both mentally and physically; empowering and educating people on their on role and ability to help themselves through lifestyle changes and specific home care.

Megan Pollard RMT - Director

From St. John's NL
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I joined the NLMTA November 2016
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
Being a contributing voice. Being a part of the Association allows me to be informed about the growing profession and network with other RMT's. I'd like to contribute to ensuring there is care and quality in the Massage Therapy field for all members.
How long have you been an RMT? I became a Registered Massage Therapist in late 2014
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love being a Registered Massage Therapist. One thing that excites me is the continuing research being written to promote and showcase Massage Therapy as a respectful and beneficial health care option.

Sarah Sexton RMT - Consultant

From St John's NL
How Long have you been on the board? Which roles have you taken so far?
I have been a board member, Vice President, and President of the NLMTA. I've also been Registrar of the CMTNL, CMTA Representative, President and Vice President.
For you, what’s the most important part of being on the board/part of the NLMTA?
Currently I am a board member with the CMTCA, I think the best part of being involved is knowing what is developing in the big picture and contributing to that growth. I'm enjoying the role of collaborator at the provincial and national level.
How long have you been an RMT? I have been an RMT since 1988.
What do you love about the profession in general?
I love the work of Massage Therapy because it makes a direct connection with people to improve their well being. We are part of the orchestra that is made up of all things contributing to wellness.