She's an experienced public speaker, educator, dog-lover and chocolate addict. Having spent her childhood in Saint-Isidore and her adult life in Ottawa, Natalie Joy is fluent in both official languages and is licensed to perform ceremonies in both Ontario and Quebec. A graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters of Fine Arts, Natalie Joy is compassionate, versatile and passionate about making your special occasion a memorable experience. In her spare time Natalie Joy can be found watching reruns of Star Trek or enjoying board games with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Allison lives in Carleton Place and is the proud parent of three children. She enjoys riding horses, kayaking, and gardening. She also skates, hikes, and has performed in musical theatre. She’s active in charities that support animal welfare. Allison is excited to join in your commitment to each other and make your day all you want it to be.
I am passionate about using the arts as a tool for education, leadership development, discussing social issues, and building community. With a Master of Education, and numerous years of volunteer experience in Jamaica and India, I am someone who appreciates and celebrates diversity. I am extremely personable, open-minded, and knowledgeable, which gives me the ability to perform spiritual, interfaith and same-sex wedding ceremonies as an ally, with respect and confidence.
Located in Richmond, Ontario, I am available to perform wedding ceremonies throughout the Ottawa Valley. I am an experienced Wedding Officiant, and I will be happy to discuss any type of wedding ceremony you choose. Before becoming an Officiant, I was a teacher, and after I took time to raise my family, I returned to the work force as a Sales Rep for a major food Distributor. I have always had a strong sense of community and remain actively involved in several volunteer capacities. As a mother of four and a grandmother of eight, I am confident that I can bring humour, understanding and patience to your wedding ceremony. I look forward to meeting with you to help create the perfect wedding experience.
Jean is a true people person. With him, it will feel like your wedding ceremony is performed by a long-time family friend! Fluently bilingual in French and English and a resident of Gatineau, this experienced Designated Minister is at his best speaking before a crowd, big or small. He will work with you to give your own personal touches to your ceremony. Diversity and inclusion are values dear to Jean’s heart; he received two awards for his work on Pride Week and an Inclusion Symposium. Jean enjoys the performing arts; from concerts at the NAC to being invited by his friend to watch and support his child’s dance competition. He is also the proud cat dad of Bokchoy, Pamplemousse and Ravioli.
Mike and his family live at their cottage in Portland near Smiths Falls from May to October and in Stittsville, the rest of the year. Mike was an officer with the Canadian Armed Forces and also a Federal civil servant. He is an experienced facilitator and public speaker comfortable in any setting. Not only will he work hard to perform your traditional or spiritual wedding ceremony to meet your needs, but Mike’s casual sense of humour will ensure your guests are relaxed while easing your mind so that you can truly savour the moment. During the summer Mike and his wife Terry can be found riding their motorcycles or enjoying quiet evenings boating, while winter will find them ballroom dancing to the sounds of big band music.
Christine has a diverse background as a criminologist, horticulturalist, community volunteer, wife and mother. She embraces all seasons through outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing and photography. Her world view is respectful of diversity, of different faiths and traditions and of same sex unions. For Christine, being entrusted as the officiant for your celebration of love and commitment is regarded as an honour and a joy. During the collaboration process to craft your personalized ceremony, she brings her expertise, creativity, enthusiasm and an open mind to ensure that this milestone occasion is unique to you as individuals and as a couple. Christine strikes that perfect balance between tradition and lightheartedness ensuring that you and your guests feel engaged and relaxed. Her popularity and reviews speak volumes to the commitment she makes to realize the ceremony that couples envision...and more. On your "big day" Christine will, with a calm and compassionate presence, guide you through your genuinely meaningful and memorable wedding ceremony up to her pronouncement uniting you in marriage!
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