Michelle is a Practitioner/Teacher member of the Shibumi International Reiki Association. The philosophy of this non-profit international organization is to ask its members to adhere to specific criteria that are aligned to the Japanese influences of the system rather than new age influences. Shibumi membership offers community to those dedicated to following the spiritual practices of the system of Reiki from a Japanese perspective. The embodiment of this spiritual practice involves continued self-practice and personal development.
Michelle is a Practitioner member of the Canadian Reiki Association. The CRA is a federally-chartered, national non-profit registry of Reiki Practitioners and Teachers that promotes ethical practices and teaching, encourages educational standards, and provides the public with referrals to Registered Practitioners and Teachers. Its goals are to ensure that all members maintain the highest levels of professionalism, and adhere and abide by the code of ethics, to offer a safe and positive environment for clients and students. Michelle has been a CRA member for two years (2015-2017).
Michelle is a member of the Feline Friends Network of Stratford. This organization provides spay/neuter and educational programs to decrease local cat overpopulation and homelessness. Every year, Michelle donates 25% of the proceeds of one of her Animal Reiki Level One classes to FFN. Michelle has been a FFN member for three years (2014-2017).
Michelle was a Professional member of the Reiki Membership Association of the International Center for Reiki Training. The purpose of the association is to promote the professional practice of Reiki. Professional members have agreed to abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and have taken Reiki I & II and ART/Master training from a Professional Licensed Teacher. Michelle was a RMA member for two years (2014-2016).
Michelle was a Teacher/Practitioner member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association, a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes Animal Reiki through meditation practices. Michelle was a SARA member for four years (2013-2017).
Michelle was an OCR Certified member of the Ontario College of Reflexology for one year (2016-2017).
Michelle volunteers as an Animal Reiki practitioner at Adopt-a-Pet Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in Lucknow, Ontario. Since 1998, Adopt-a-Pet has been picking up unclaimed, homeless and discarded animals from pounds and shelters in a large area including Kincardine, London and Cambridge, to save them from being euthanized. The shelter receives no funding and is entirely run by volunteers.
She has also volunteered as a Reiki practitioner at Cats Unlimited (retired), a sanctuary for rescued cats in Ethel, Ontario; at several human retirement residences; and at the Wellspring cancer support centre in Stratford, Ontario, where she shared Reiki with human cancer patients, bereaved, caregivers and family members.