Awards and Recognition

The RMTAO receives a great deal of support from its members in the many areas in which the Association operates. Without these valuable contributions, the RMTAO would not be able to offer the kinds of services that it does, nor would it be able to have as much influence within the profession and the health care community. The RMTAO Awards and Recognition program is designed to recognize the many RMTs that make outstanding contributions to the profession and the Association, volunteer their time, and demonstrate leadership. Nominations open every November after the call for nominations is sent out. Award recipients are honored at the Education Conference, or in years where there is not an Education Conference, at our Member Recognition Dinner.


RMT of the Year Award in Remembrance of Ken Rezsnyak

The Ken Rezsnyak RMT of the Year award will be bestowed annually to a member who embodies the true meaning of the profession in addition to going above and beyond for the betterment of the profession.

Award Description

Description

Ken Rezsnyak consistently made significant contributions to the profession of Massage Therapy and to the Association over the span of his career as an RMT. Ken taught at Sutherland-Chan for 15 years and was also on the Board of Directors of the RMTAO for 9 years. He was well known for his volunteer work with the GTA Chapter, the Hands Together education conference, and mentorship he provided RMTs within the profession.

Ken passed away in 2005 and in his honour each year, a member of the RMTAO who has made a significant contribution to the Association in the preceding year will be recognized with this award.

Recipients of the RMT of the Year Award in Remembrance of Ken Rezsnyak will:

  • Be an Active, Associate or Life Member of the RMTAO in good standing
  • Have made a significant contribution to the RMTAO by giving freely of their time, energy, knowledge and experience in the service of the RMTAO and its members.

The Ken Resnyak RMT of the Year Award will be bestowed annually to a member who embodies the spirit of Ken’s accomplishments and goes above and beyond for the advancement of the profession.

Note: This award may only be bestowed once to an individual recipient.

Nominations

There will be a call for nominations made by the Board of Directors.

Selection Process

The Membership and Elections Committee along with the previous year’s award recipient will review the nominations put forward through the call for nominations from the Board of Directors. Once this process has taken place, the Membership and Elections Committee will put forward four (4) candidates to the Board of Directors for their review and the Board will select one candidate for receipt of the award.

Nominate an RMTAO Member for the RMT of the Year Award

Past Award Winners

2019 - Karyn Hughes
2018 - Tracy Lovitt
2017 - Susan Bessonette
2016 - Richard Lebert
2015 - Amanda Baskwill
2013 - Erin Whyte


Professional Service Award

The Professional Service Award is presented to an RMT or a group of RMTs in Ontario in recognition of service to the profession through strong leadership that goes above and beyond in the areas of integrity, professionalism, innovation, advocacy, accountability and communication.

Award Description

Description

This award is presented to an RMT or a group of RMTs in Ontario in recognition of service to the profession through strong leadership that goes above and beyond in the areas of integrity, professionalism, innovation, advocacy, accountability and communication.

The award recipient or group will have demonstrated leadership in the profession by:

  • Inspiring others
  • Supporting new ways of doing things
  • Seeing beyond obstacles and assisting others to do the same
  • Seeing mistakes as learning opportunities
  • Supporting training and development
  • Engaging others in dialogue about values
  • Encouraging others by recognizing individual contributions
  • Celebrating team victories
  • Providing information as a coach or mentor
  • Works to add to the success of other RMTs

This award is open to both active and life members of the RMTAO.

Nominations

There will be a call for nominations made by the Board of Directors.

Selection Process

The Membership and Elections Committee will review the nominations put forward through the call for nominations from the Board of Directors. Once this process has taken place, the Membership and Elections Committee will put forward four (4) candidates or groups that have been nominated to the Board of Directors for their review and selection.

Nominate an RMT or a group of RMTs in Ontario for the Professional Service Award

Past Award Winners

2019 - Lori Copeland
2018 - Elizabeth Gibb
2017 - Stacey Shipwright
2016 - Margaret Wallis-Duffy
2013 - Rick Overeem


Research Award

The Research Award is given to a Massage Therapist in Canada who demonstrates leadership and encourages and participates in research which has a positive impact on the profession.

Award Description

Description

The Research Award is given to an RMT in Canada who demonstrates leadership and encourages and participates in research that has a positive impact on the profession.

The RMT is recognized for any of the following:

  • A peer reviewed work or a body of work with corresponding publication(s) in a professional/scientific journal
  • Presentation(s) of professional work provincially, nationally and/or internationally
  • Promotion of research itself and the application of research findings to the clinical setting (knowledge transfer)
  • Facilitation of research in a clinical setting that involves the profession
Nominations

There will be a call for nominations made by the Board of Directors. Submissions may be received from members of the RMTAO, non-members, or anyone currently active in the research community. The individual nominating the member will be asked to send in a copy of the publications and or account for the work within the field of research for the betterment of the profession on the award application form.

Selection Process

The Membership and Elections Committee will review the nominations put forward through the call for nominations from the Board of Directors. Once this process has taken place, the Membership and Elections Committee will put forward four (4) candidates to the Board of Directors for their review and selection.

Nominate an RMT in Canada for the Research Award

Past Award Winners

2017 - Donelda Gowan
2016 - Wray Barraclough
2013 - Trish Dryden


Educator of the Year

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes an individual with a history of academic excellence. The award acknowledges Registered Massage Therapists who are academic or clinical educators (teaching/supervising) in Ontario. The nominees of this award should promote professionalism, excellence in learning, provide innovative teaching techniques, go over and above the normal requirements of an educator and celebrate in the successes of their students.

Award Description

Description

The Educator of the Year Award recognizes an individual with a history of academic excellence. The award acknowledges Registered Massage Therapists who are academic or clinical educators (teaching/supervising) in Ontario. The nominees of this award should promote professionalism and excellence in learning, provide innovative teaching techniques, go over and above the normal requirements of an educator and celebrate in the successes of their students.

Nominations

There will be a call for nominations made by the Board of Directors. Submissions may be received from students currently enrolled or within 6 months of graduation in a Massage Therapy program in Ontario, and program co-ordinators and educators currently working in a Massage Therapy program in Ontario.

Selection Process

The Membership and Elections Committee will review the nominations put forward through the call for nominations from the Board of Directors. Once this process has taken place, the Membership and Elections Committee will put forward four (4) candidates to the Board of Directors for their review and selection.

Nominate a Massage Therapy Educator for the Educator of the Year Award

Past Award Winners

2019 - Greg Shortt
2018 - Jennifer Brennan
2017 - Andrew Clapperton
2016 - Stephanie Cox
2015 - Iain Robertson
2013 - Ron McKerracher


Honorary Membership Award

An Honorary Membership is awarded to individuals who have made distinctive and exceptional contributions to the objectives of the Association and/or the practice of massage therapy in the province of Ontario.

Current Honorary Members

2017 - Dr. Martha Menard
2015 - Bryn Sumpton
2015 - Paul Finch


Former RMTAO Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients (formerly the Meritorious Service Award)

2009 - Wendy Hunter
2008 - Rick Overeem
2006 - Gunther Froese
2003 - Sue Williams
2002 - Sue Williams
2001 - Wendy Hunter
1999 - Dennis Giesbrecht
1998 - Douglas Alexander
1997 - Debra Curties

        

1996 - Arlene Wilkinson
1995 - Pamela Fitch
1994 - John Sanderson
1993 - Jo-Ann Rutherford
1992 - Grace Chan
1991 - Margaret Colborne
1990 - Trish Dryden
1975 - R. James Allan
1974 - William & Rose Incze

Ken Rezsnyak Award of Merit Recipients (formerly the President’s Award)

2009 - Christine Yungblut
2009 - Donald Dillon
2008 - Barbara Brendemuehl
2007 - Douglas Alexander
2007 - Pamela Fitch
2006 - Nancy Engstrom

        

2006 - Pauli Schell
2003 - Trish Dryden
2003 - Dennis Giesbrecht
2003 - Anne Perera
2000 - Donald Dillon