Honorary Membership is bestowed by the RAC National Board of Directors to individuals of who have performed exemplary accomplishments and/or efforts in the furtherance of the purposes of the Association.
Honorary Members of the Reflexology Association of Canada
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Dr. Dorothy Marshall, PhD (Hon.), ND (UK), NHP
In 1976, Dorothy Marshall recognized the need for a standard of educational practice in the health field of reflexology and this led her to become the founding President for the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC).
By 1980, many people were asking her to start a school to teach nutrition, herbs, reflexology, homeopathy and iridology. To meet this need to help educate others, she initiated the foundation of a not-for-profit organization called the Canadian College of Natural Healing, which began to set defined benchmarks for educational development and standards in Natural Health Therapies, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, iridology, massage, nutrition, reflexology and oriental acupressure.
Throughout her life, she has continued in her quest to help develop natural health education. Recognizing the need for formal training in the Ottawa Valley for massage therapy, she initiated the founding of the International Academy of Massage in 1998, which programming was approved by both the regulating body, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the Ministry of Education. Then again in 2005, she identified the increasing awareness of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices and the future need for trained practitioners, who could interweave Eastern and Western Therapies in the care of their clients. This led to the founding of the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This culminated in the International Academy of Health Education.
The 7,000 sq.ft. Academy facilities house the International Academy of Massage, the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences, the International Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Meridian Educational Network and the Marshall Health Clinic.
In her role as a health educator, she continues to provide knowledge and guidance to her many clients, some who will still travel a great distance, e.g. Israel and Iceland, to see her. She also continues to oversee the operations of all three schools on a daily basis, along with the professional team at the Marshall Health Clinic.
Carol Faguy, is a RAC-certified Reflexology Therapist and Hand and Foot Teacher/Trainer. She also teaches the first level of the Cranio-Sacral Reflexology certification program for the Cranio-Sacral Reflexology International Academy (CSRI) and is a board member of the International Council of Reflexology.
She is known here in Quebec as the “Mother of Reflexology in Quebec.” And if you have ever called the RAC main line, it is her voice that will greet you. She has been a strong voice for reflexology education and teaching across Canada.
She is current president of the RAC Quebec Chapter. Carol is also certified in Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki and NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) and the co-owner of Massage Exécutif (Chair Massage and Reflexology specialists). She is a woman of many, many talents.
Carol teaches and lectures across Canada. She is passionate about Reflexology and its many healing benefits
Danielle Gault, RCRT is a teacher for RAC of the Hands, Feet, Ears and a teacher trainer for all 3 modalities. She has a BA in Psychology and a HRM Diploma.
She has been instrumental in training new reflexology teachers across Canada and for reaching out to new sectors to experience the joys and benefits of reflexology
Danielle has successfully blended her training in the natural healing arts such as yoga, self-knowledge and reflexology with high-quality personality workshops in team-building, communication, and problem-solving processes.
Her strength lies in her belief that the power to shape the future lies in each of us and it is important to find ways and means to tap into this natural intelligence and express the inherent wisdom that each of us has to share.
Jean Louis Dube
Arriving in Ottawa in 1968, with his B.Com & B. Education plus four years business & teaching experience; Mr. Dube embarked on further teaching, training including within the Federal Government for the next 28 years.
Through the art of Reflexology, Mr. Dube has evolved into a happy, hearty, healthy reflexology therapist and wellness educator. In 1976 he took his first 10 week (25 hour) course in foot reflexology at De La Salle Academy.
After meeting Dorothy Marshall (co-founder of RAC) at a health show in Britannia Beach, she invited him to join the newly created, RAC, and her newly chartered Canadian College of Natural Healing. Mr Dube was certified with RAC in 1979 in Foot Reflexology & assisted in practical exams at the 1979 Toronto conference through the guidance of Dorothy Marshall.
During the 80’s and 90’s Mr. Dube volunteered as a RAC Board of Director, serving as President and Vice President for an eight year period.
Today, Mr Dube is trained in RAC Foot, Hand, Ear, is a Teacher Trainer, and offers Face/Facial Reflexology. Mr Dube is a strong leader in the holistic arena, and assists with many health shows, and offers his talents at charitable events.
If you ask Linda Baril who she is, she might answer… Mother, Grandmother, Environmental Activist, Reflexology Therapist, Adult Educator, and Natural Childbirth Advocate.
Her involvement with RAC began in 1993 when she was certified in Foot Reflexology, soon followed by Hand and Ear. She became a RAC Teacher in the late 90’s and has trained Foot Reflexology Therapists from coast to coast. Literally, from Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island to St. John’s Newfoundland!
Linda sat on the national Board of Directors as well as on the BC Chapter board. Her support of RAC has been long-standing and heart-felt.
Linda is also a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator. She began supporting childbearing women soon after the birth of her third child, Amber, in 1986 and has attended more than 200 births since that time. In fact, the most recent birth she attended was that of her daughter Amber and the arrival of little Magnolia! Linda has melded her passion for natural childbirth with her strong belief in Reflexology
Therapy and created her own RAC-accredited workshop entitled “Assisting Women Through their Childbearing Year Using Reflex and Acupressure Points”. She is currently licensed with RAC as a Teacher Trainer and Ear Reflexology Teacher. And, she loves to travel!
She invites you to talk to her about coming to your area to teach her courses.
Linda wants to express her gratitude to each and every person who continues to support RAC and its goals and is deeply honoured to become an ‘Honourary Member’.
Batya Piness was following a different course in her earlier career. She made a significant leap in the route that life was taking her when she arrived in Toronto in 1998. Having certification in Reiki levels I and II, her interest in the wholistic world drew her interest to Reflexology culminating with her certification in Foot Reflexology in 2000. Since then she immersed herself in growing her practice and expanding her knowledge, by way of reading books and articles and taking part in seminars, workshops and conferences. In addition, she got her certification in EFT levels I and II, the Upledger Institute Cranio-Sacral Therapy level I, and Facial Reflexology Sorensen System.
Feeling that she would be a positive asset to her peers, she joined the National Board of Directors in 2011. She served three consecutive terms as Secretary/Treasurer, a position that demanded volunteering endless hours with passion and commitment. She was awarded with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in 2015. Her devotion, passion, and loyalty for the work she was performing were exemplary. She always considered herself as being part of a team remembering the saying that together we can walk farther. She consistently kept in mind what had to be done to further the members of the Reflexology Association of Canada’s professionalism.
During the time that she served as a member of the National Board, the Reflexology Association of Canada went through a threshold of notable changes which will have an impact for years to come.
The Reflexology Association of Canada has been part of Mary’s life since receiving her certification in Foot Reflexology in 1999. Trained Teacher of Foot, Hand, and Ear Reflexology, Mary continues to share the love of reflexology to others including students. Mary’s student, Roxanne, who recently was certified in Core & Foot Reflexology and RCRT says this about Mary: “Mary is an amazing instructor with a wealth of knowledge.
She was able to walk you through each section and show us in detail the techniques and benefits of Reflexology. Her passion for Reflexology radiates from her, which in turn makes you, as a student, more passionate about the modality as well.” Mary’s enthusiasm, love, and deep commitment for maintaining high standards of practice for Reflexology, led her to serve as a proud member on the Board of Directors for the Reflexology Association of Canada from September 2012 – November 2020 and was the President of the National Board of Directors from 2013 – 2020.
Ana (Vuksinic) Govednik
Ana’s journey into Reflexology began in the late 70’s, when she had exhausted all available allopathic treatment for chronic and debilitating pain. Through a conversation, she heard about someone who ‘massaged feet’ and although alternative healing modalities were taboo at the time, she felt she had nothing to lose, and booked her first treatment.
It was a turning point in her life. After her second treatment Ana began to notice improvements with her health and wanted to understand how massaging someone’s feet could do more for her wellbeing than what the current medical establishment could offer. Once she had regained much of her health and vitality, she began her studies.
Reflexology was foremost, however, Ana’s interest for self-knowledge drove her to explore different modalities of healing. She has trained in Polarity therapy, Reiki, Iridology, Herbal Medicine, and Applied Kinesiology, and although each has its place, she believes Reflexology to be the most subtle and effective of them all.
Her passion to help others and her stanch support of RAC, have been the foundation on which she has built her ‘word of mouth’ practice. Many of her clients have benefited from her treatments and have reversed their chronic conditions with a better understanding of their own bodies.
Ana attributes Reflexology to saving her life and plans to practice for years to come!