“Dr. Ablard was very knowledgeable, supportive, and passionate. She provided well organized classes and was very good at getting students interested in aromatherapy. Our students really enjoyed her class.” Aya Shobashima, Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy

“Kelly is an excellent student of the scientific method. I met Kelly while conducting our Doctorate research in communication and behavioural ecology. Kelly’s enthusiasm and drive have contributed to her success as a researcher – from experimental design and implementation of research to statistical analysis, report writing and publication. Her tenacity in working with creatures measured on the order of millimeters and that exhibit complex behavioural interactions is a testament to her goal-oriented nature. Finally, Kelly was an excellent teacher and mentor to a number of research assistants, graduate students, and volunteer researchers and an amazing colleague, and friend, to work with.” Dr. Zaid Jumean, Senior Land Use Biologist

“Dr. Ablard is a gifted and intuitive healer. Her insightful and balanced approach to well-being is unparalleled. The breadth and depth of her knowledge extends far beyond what one would expect from a professional in her field. Not only does she acknowledge the damage being done to aromatic and medicinal plants around the world, it is her mission and purpose to bring awareness and to make everlasting change. I’ve seen firsthand the love between Kelly and plants. The way she communicates and cares for them is beautiful and inspiring. That love extends into all of her work, with plants and with people. Dr. Ablard is as unique, individualistic and as rare as the aromatics she produces.” Nicole Degagne, Educator and Spiritual Teacher

“Kelly Ablard taught enthusiastic students at the Wild Seed School on Salt Spring Island in BC, this past January 2017.  It was a very packed curriculum,  which Kelly delivered with gusto. Students were delighted to learn the uses for many essential oils, as well as their respective sustainability status. Kelly is a kind and affable person, and is clearly passionate about animals and planetary responsibility. She is also highly knowledgeable about her are of expertise, yet humble.  She is also timely and fun!” Jasmyn Clift and Kevin Kunzler, Owners and Educators – Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Kelly through facilitating workshops on aromatic plant medicine and Reiki Healing. Kelly embraces the qualities of an amazing facilitator. She is incredibly organized and plans her workshops sophisticatedly. When she teaches, she is confident and charismatic, creating an engaging, informative, and positive learning environment. Kelly not only is phenomenally knowledgeable of aromatic plant medicine, but always takes the time to enhance her own skills and education. Participants come away feeling inspired!” – Panna Majithia, Reiki Master and Educator

I first met Kelly when I joined the British Columbia Association of Practical Aromatherapists Board of Director’s in 2010 and since that time I have had the pleasure of spending many hours and experiences with her.  To say she is passionate about aromatherapy would be an understatement, and her devotion to this modality has benefited many aromatherapists, not only in British Columbia but across North America. Kelly Ablard is an ambassador for aromatherapy through her involvement on the Tisserand Institute’s Advisory Board, her long-term commitment to the British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists Board of Directors, her travels to Peru to meet with growers, distillers and chemists of aromatherapy products as well as her availability and enthusiasm to speak about her experiences and knowledge. She is pacesetter in the realm of conservation related to essential oil and carrier oil bearing plants.  Her education and knowledge the areas of conservation and biodiversity is enormous, which makes her a source of reference for aromatherapists and budding aromatherapists, farmers and distillers of essential oils.  Although Kelly was awarded her PhD in 2013, she wasn’t content to rest on her laurels and sought out practical experience by visiting Peru in 2015.  While there she worked with indigenous peoples in Peru which allowed her to understand their struggles with conservation and to lend advice while at the same time learning much from them. Kelly has freely shared her experiences in Peru and will be speaking at an international conference later this year. She conducted a webinar for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists on this subject and I personally benefited from her extensive knowledge as she conducted two webinars for my students who attend my school, Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies.  Her webinars are packed full of information and delivered in a manner that is engaging, informative and well-paced.  Feedback from my students included: 1) I had no idea so many plants were endangered.  Thank you to Dr. Ablard for sharing this information! 2) Just thought I’d give you a line about Kelly’s webinar.  It was fantastic – really enjoyed it.  It was beautifully structured and had enough information to be interesting without being overwhelming.  And her love of the subject is quite motivational. 3) Inspiring talk on conservation.  This is something everyone needs to know.” Colleen Thompson, Owner and Educator, Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies