The Canadian Society of Teachers of the F.M Alexander Technique (CANSTAT) is a volunteer run Canadian not-for-profit corporation that leads efforts to support the Alexander Technique across Canada.
First founded in 1981, CANSTAT maintains Canadian standards for Alexander Technique teacher training, membership, and practice. In addition, CANSTAT fosters affiliation with similar Alexander Technique credentialing bodies worldwide; promotes public awareness, understanding, and access to the Alexander Technique; and furthers Alexander Technique research and professional development. CANSTAT is an educational, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory organization incorporated in Canada as a not-for-profit corporation.
To support the Alexander Technique to become a continuously developing, healthy profession. One recognized as a modern, educational, practical approach that enhances health and well-being in everyday life; an essential aspect of artistic training and performance across Canada; and a source for further discovery of the cognitive-neurophysiological workings and embodiment of human potential.
Executive Council and Board of Directors
The executive Council of CANSTAT is a volunteer board that oversees all operation and acts as it's official board of directors:
President and Co-director: Gabriella Minnes Brandes
Secretary and Co-director: Heather Walker
Treasurer and Co-director: Mark Vasak
Committees and Representatives
CANSTAT volunteer committees and representatives are an essential support that further the foundation and reach of the Alexander Technique in Canada and beyond. (In alphabetical order)
Professional Conduct Committee
Heather Campbell, Johanna Godliman, and Marta Hunter
Teacher Training Committee
Brigitte Caron, Elaine Kopeman, Gabriella Minnes Brandes, and Marta Hunter
Professional Development Representative:
Public Relations Representative
Insurance/ RES Representative
Hélène Bellemare, and Sarah Russell
Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies (ATAS) Representative