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  Sylvie Hétu
Country Canada
Profile Sylvie is the mother of three children, two boys and one girl. She lives in Montreal, Canada.

Sylvie studied nutrition in college in 1976 and graduated from Montreal University receiving a degree in education. She continued her studies, completing three years of training as a Steiner teacher (Waldorf education) in 1996. She worked for three years in a day care centre and three years in a primary school as a teacher. She is also a part time Waldorf teacher at the Rudolf Steiner school in Montreal, teaching nutrition and biology.

She became a qualified Infant Massage Instructor in 1983 and a qualified Instructor Trainer in 1989 with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM). She pioneered infant massage in Canada. She is an active member of the Canadian Board as well as the International Board. Sylvie is a member of the IAIM International Educational Committee.

She also created approaches in massage for toddler groups, day care and pre-school children with "L'Association pour la Petite Enfance au Quebec", an association supporting children under 6 years old.

She has created approaches for school aged children which she has presented to teachers during study days and at educational conventions, colleges and universities in her province.

Sylvie did volunteer work in two hospitals in Montreal with babies and children who were ill. She also did volunteer work for "Alternative Naissance", a support centre for parents for 10 years.

Sylvie also participated in the creation of a video for alternative approaches in child birth and infant care.

She founded "Au Coeur de l'Enfance" in her province in 1996, which consists of services and resources in education for parents and educators. This was inspired by the Waldorf approach.

Sylvie has combined her experience, together with her colleague Mia Elmsater to create the "Massage in Schools Programme" being taught in the UK.