What is a Celebrant?
*photo credit - Ian Chan 2018
Life-Cycle Celebrants® are thoughtfully trained ceremony specialists who deeply believe in the power of ritual and ceremony to strengthen the bonds of families, partnerships and communities and deepen the human connection across generations.
Not just another officiant, we are skilled writers and storytellers who excel at drawing out the essence of our clients to create just right ceremonies for all of the milestone of life. We co-create and perform customized ceremonies for weddings, funerals and other life events that reflect the needs, beliefs and values of the people we are honoring and we welcome diversity, proudly serving anyone, including interfaith, intercultural, spiritual, humanist and LGBTQ+ folks, who want personalized ceremony crafted just for them.
But beyond that, celebrants are just honestly some of my favourite people. We care deeply, not just about saying the right words or finding the right rituals, but about making the world a better, more loving, more connected place. About creating beauty, joy and a little bit of magic. About deeply honouring grief, loss and change. I feel beyond blessed to be a part of that team.
When I found out there was such a thing as a celebrant, I immediately decided that I had to be one. What a perfect job for someone like me - a closet romantic in a long term relationship with ritual and ceremony, with a habit of finding myself centre stage with a microphone in my hand in all kinds of circumstances, from happy to heartbreaking.
I’ve been told that I am witty, warm and welcoming, a great listener and a force to be reckoned with. I’m kind and I’m punctual (believe me, punctual is pretty important in a celebrant), and I’m more than a bit of a nerd.
A white settler on Esquimalt and Songhees territory in Victoria, I'm also a queer parent of two, ordained Metaphysical Minister and long time practitioner of feminist witchcraft in the Reclaiming tradition. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria and am triple certified in Weddings, Funerals and Healings and Transitions from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute.
I do fun stuff like dance hip hop badly, sing reasonably well and write poems I rarely share with anyone. I'm a lover of story in all its forms and ice cream in all its flavours.
My pronouns are they/them.
Who I work with
It’s probably clear that we will work well together if you are a bit (or a lot) left of centre and looking for something a little on the playful side - but I can be serious too, I promise. Cross culture and interfaith ceremonies are in my wheelhouse and outdoor weddings in gorgeous natural settings are my jam. And I LOVE blending families - let’s get your kiddos involved too!
My favourite clients are out of the box and/or out of the closet. LGBTQ+ weddings are especially dear to my heart and I click well with burners, pagans, environmental and social justice activists, artists, performers and creators of all kinds. But listen, don’t worry if you are none of those things. I’m happy to work with anyone that wants a unique and personal ceremony made just for them!