The Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy (3CH) was formed during a time of both exciting advances and unprecedented challenges for homeopathy in Canada.
On the one hand, there were media criticisms and publicity campaigns by well-funded opponents of homeopathy (which have since intensified); on the other, the process of regulation of homeopathy in Ontario—a province which is often viewed as a legislative leader by other provinces—swung into high gear, exciting new research results pointed the way to greater acceptance of homeopathy, and homeopathy continued its rapid growth. It became very clear that an organization through which consumers and professionals alike could support homeopathy in a unified way was needed.
This initiative was taken on by Maria Ringo and Karen Wehrstein, the former presidents of two homeopathic professional associations which had previously been at odds. Both gave up their positions to work together as co-Executive Directors of the new organization, and focus on laying the ground work for the Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy.
3CH is proud to now be working with our long-established American counterpart, the National Center for Homeopathy.
The Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy (3CH) is a consumer-based organization that:
– educates, advocates, promotes and raises general public awareness, understanding and appreciation of and access to homeopathy, and
– assists homeopathic practitioners, suppliers, educators and supporters in their efforts to do same.
The Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy envisions homeopathy being used to its full potential as a fully-integrated part of a Canadian health-care system that has freedom of health-care choice as a key guiding principle, making all effective health care options fully available, both via practitioners and by use of freely-available products.
The Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy:
- provides general information and education to the public about
- what homeopathy is, and basic principles
- homeopathic medicines
- basic homeopathic self-care
- how and where to access homeopathic medicines
- how and where to access professional homeopathic care
- advocates with government agencies in favour of homeopathy and freedom of choice in healthcare
- advocates for coverage of homeopathic care under health insurance
- provides homeopathy-positive information and announcements to the media
- partners with the professional homeopathic community (homeopaths, schools of homeopathy, professional associations, suppliers) to raise awareness of homeopathy
Claude Marie Lainesse
Claude graduated from the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine (now the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine) in 2005 and has a private practice in Newmarket, Ontario. She is registered with NUPATH (The National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths). Prior to her work as a homeopath, she practiced massage therapy for 13 years.
Claude has been involved with different organizations, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massage Therapy Association’s Ottawa chapter and president of the Board of the Sutton Housing Co-op. She is currently the communication agent for the Parent Council for ESC Renaissance. She offers lectures to students and adults on health and homeopathy in an effort to help promote homeopathy and educate the public about its benefits and use for all conditions. She is fluent in French and will use that skill to help bring 3CH to the Canadian francophone community by helping with the opening of a Quebec chapter.
Her dedication and determination will be invaluable for project realization, and her passion for homeopathy will keep her focused on the goal: making homeopathic medicine known and accessible to all Canadians.
Board of Directors
Judy Hughes (Interim President)
Judy is a business owner, consultant, researcher, strategist and project advisor with experience at the international, national, provincial and community levels. She has worked and volunteered in the alternative and mainstream health care field for over 35 years.
Judy has a specific interest in investigating standards and regulations and writing policy for the safe expansion of homoeopathic medical education and practice. She has actively engaged with municipal, provincial, federal and Aboriginal government health officials, health professionals, consumers and other stakeholders.
She has served in a leadership role with organizations such as the National Aboriginal Health Organization, Canadian Coalition for Homeopathic Medicine, Saskatchewan Homeopathic Consumers Protection Group and Dr. Nielsen’s Homeopathic Medical Education and Research Centre.
Her contributions include advisory and technical services for the integration of homeopathic medicine into Canada’s health care system, several presentations to Homeopathic Taskforces curriculum development for Homeopathic Basic Science and Post-Secondary studies, co-facilitating and organizing Canadian International Homeopathic conferences, coordinating Homeopathic Satellite Clinic Development across western Canada, and serving as Health Policy Consultant for the Native Women’s Association of Canada.
Judy currently operates a Community Homeopathic Health Clinic in Yorkton, Saskatchewan where she resides with her family.
Karen Wehrstein (Media Co-ordinator)
Karen Wehrstein is a freelance journalist and three-time published novelist based in Muskoka, Ontario. She holds a degree in journalism from Ryerson University. She became interested in homeopathy in the mid-nineties due to two experiences—one life-changing and one merely astonishing—from taking single doses of homeopathic medicines.
Karen has a long history of volunteer organizational and advocacy work in homeopathy, mostly with the National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths, though she also helped establish the Canadian Society of Homeopaths. She was instrumental in founding the Canadian Homeopathic Conference and spearheaded the creation of the homeopathy awareness site www.extraordinarymedicine.org .
Karen co-founded 3CH with Maria Ringo, working first as Co-Executive Director and then solo Executive Director for a total of a little over two years.
Dr. Philippe Souvestre
Tamara Der-Ohanian, Classical Homeopath (Writer)
Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy (3CH)