Ayurveda Association of Canada has 5 Provincial Chapters to better serve the needs and requirements of various provinces.
The Chapter Chair
The chapter Chairperson has the overall responsibility for developing chapter programs, for ensuring that plans and assignments are carried out, and for seeing that the chapter fulfils its obligations to the Association. The Chairperson will be familiar with the policies and procedures of the Association, with the association bylaws, and with the duties of all the other AAC officers and committee chairpersons.
Ruth Lamb (Chair, British Columbia Chapter)
Ruth Lamb, RN, BA, MSN, PhD, student of the Vedic teachings for over 20 years, founding manager for the Langara Health and Human Services primary prevention and integrative health promotion program area, has experience as critical care nurse, acute care hospital supervisor, and Corporate Director of Nursing with a portfolio including 500 patients and 250 staff. Currently her coordinator-administrator role includes curriculum development, education,and clinical research. For over 15 years she has worked in the area of primary prevention and whole person healing, developing integrative healing practitioner programs and organising supervised student clinics in a wide range of trauma-focused health care settings.
Recently she developed the Strategic Resilience for First Responder Certificate Program, Strategic Resilience for Peer Leadership Program, and Strategic Resilience for First Nation Communities Programs all based on current literature and research as well as theory and years of clinical experience.
Ruth has presented across Canada, in the USA,and has taught programs,and supervised internships in North and South India. Ruth focuses on transformative education with scholar-practitioner application to integrative primary prevention, and proactive, resilience-oriented, consciousness-based well-being.
Franca Vresk (Chair, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Chapter)
Franca grew up in a family of Entrepreneurs’ in Ontario. She decided to move with her niece to make Saint John her home in May 2010.
Franca has been successfully running her own practice in Saint John since she has arrived. She has incorporated Meditation courses and personal development classes for anyone who is interested in learning new things.
Franca organizes Spa days to encourage women to help women. She volunteers her services to auction off for various charity organizations.
Franca’s educational background consists of the following:
- Reiki 1 & 2 in 2001 providing long-distance and in-person energy healing
- Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification from Ayurvedic Academy of Canada in 2004. Franca practiced and taught at the Centre of Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing (CAISH) and practiced part-time at Yoga-To-Go in Dundas, Ontario
- Raja Yoga with the Brahma Kumaris from 2004 – 2008 and provided spiritual healing.
- Kriya Yoga 2004-2006
- Shamanic Apprenticeship 2005-2006
- Music Therapy Certification 2006
- 1st & 2nd Tier Akashic Records Consultant Certification 2007
Franca also comes from a background of over 20 yearsexperience in the corporate world of Sales and Marketing.
Franca Vresk is registered and licensed with The Canadian Reiki Association, Alliance Professional of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (A.P.N.N.) and the Canadian Ayurveda Medical Association
Moninder Kaur Rekhi (Chair, Ontario Chapter)
Vd. Moninder Kaur Rekhi is a board-certified Doctor of Natural Medicine (Ayurveda). She did her ‘Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery’ from a well reputed University in India, followed by ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy’. In her more than two decades of journey as an Ayurvedic physician, she has been a practitioner, educator, speaker, writer and a lifelong learner. She has effectively treated clients for chronic and common ailments with herbal formulations. She uses the concepts of Ayurveda and psychology to understand needs of body and mind to fruitfully guide her clients towards overall well being. She specializes in herbal recommendations and holistic counselling with focus on creating balance in the life of her client. Registered as an herbalist in Ontario, Canada, she is an Ayurvedic practitioner in Oakville. She is also on the editorial board of the magazine ‘Ayurveda Mantra’ and is a regular contributor for the same. Trained in safe talk and suicide alert, she is a volunteer with Distress Centre Halton, an organization that helps people deal with emotional crisis and loneliness. A simple person by nature, she is guided by a humble desire to live her own life in alignment with her real self and genuinely supports others who desire to do the same.
Nadia Turgeon (Chair, Quebec Chapter)
Nadia Turgeon worked as a mental health professional for more than 15 years before she became interested and involved in the study of Ayurveda and Yoga, both in Nepal and India where she lived and worked several years. She became an Ayurvedic counsellor after completing an Advanced Ayurvedic Learning Program in Kerala, and several months of studies with Dr. David Frawley and other Vaidyas in South Asia. Born and raised in a small Quebec town, she understands the community and population aspects of health, which is why she is now dedicated to a Master degree in global health. She represents AyuMantra products in Quebec and is responsible to promote the French version of the Ayurveda Mantra magazine in francophone countries. Her goal is to foster people’s health through the promotion of Ayurveda and allied health approaches.