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Vancouver Island Celebrants

Ceremonies created by professional Life-Cycle Celebrants 

Weddings. Vow Renewals. Elopements. Memorials. 

What is a Life-Cycle Celebrant®

WHAT IS A LIFE-CYCLE CELEBRANT?  Life-Cycle Celebrants® are masterfully trained in the art of ritual and ceremony. They are skilled ceremony officiants who perform and co-create customized ceremonies for weddings, funerals and other life events that reflect the needs, beliefs and values of the people they are honouring. 

As professionals, Life-Cycle Celebrants® abide by a code of ethics, a nondiscrimination policy, and many become Celebrant Alumni Association Members committed to continually improving their knowledge and skill.

Weddings

Certified Lifecycle Celebrants® are here for everyone. A Certified Lifecycle Wedding Celebrant takes the time to get to know you. Every Celebrant trained and certified by the Celebrant Foundation and Institute embraces a statement of ethics and a commitment to ensure that all couples have a positive, supportive experience from the moment you contact us to the day you say “I do”.

We’ll work with you to build a custom wedding ceremony that’s completely tailored to fit you and your love. We welcome your story and will honour and celebrate it wholly.

Funerals

The Celebrant spends hours creating the ceremony and learning about your loved one in unhurried meetings with designated family and friends. In collaboration with you, your Celebrant will carefully craft a eulogy and create a ceremony with music, quotes, readings, unique symbols and rituals. No ceremony is delivered unless every detail of the eulogy is checked and approved by the family.

With compassion, sincerity and great care, the Celebrant officiates at the ceremony at the funeral home, crematorium, cemetery or memorial location of your choice. 

 

 

Milestones

Celebrants perform many kinds of ceremonies for families and children, including baby namings and welcomings, ceremonies for adoptive families, coming of age celebrations for adolescents and ceremonies marking birthdays, graduations, family reunions and more.

Welcoming ceremonies for new family members, whether by birth, adoption or marriage, have existed in virtually every culture and country. Publicly marking the entry of new members into our families is perhaps one of the most joyous celebrations we can share, and acknowledging our responsibilities to our children one of the most serious commitments we can undertake.

Vancouver Island Celebrants

 

Penny Allport, Moving Ceremonies

Penny Allport, Moving Ceremonies

Resides in Victoria, BC. Certified in Weddings and Funerals


I have a deep interest in the magic of words, symbols, actions and awareness to convey and embody meaning in the mystery of life’s inevitable changes.  
I love to weave tradition and the great turning inside each human heart, to re-imagine ceremony in these tumultuous and tender times.
 
Whether a wedding, funeral, celebration of life, welcoming a new member of your family, or other rite of passage, your unique and personal care for life and love are the matrix for our collaboration. Together we invite what is known to meet the mystery of what wants to come into being, to create a meaningful and moving ceremony. I welcome your call.

Karen Arends

Karen Arends

Resides on Gabriola Island, Certified in Weddings, Funerals, Ceremonies Across the Life-Cycle, Healings and Transitions, Master Celebrant

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Changing tides are meant to be celebrated … I fill my own life with mindful rituals to mark the passage of days and seasons. I share the beauty of ritual with those who wish to mindfully honour the milestones of their lives. I love working in that place where your dreams and my creativity meet – for this is a place of magic. Together, we will create a moment when the rest of the world recedes and all you can see and feel is what is truly important.

My aim is for you to feel connected, to feel loved, and to feel truly special in your ceremony. I will listen deeply to your story and create a ceremony that reflects your unique personality.

Willing to serve in alternative locations and respectful of diverse spiritual paths, your ceremony will be memorable and spirit-filled. My wish for you is that your ceremony mindfully marks a sacred moment in your life. Bright Bessings.

 

Brooke Arnold-Rochette, Fire & Honey Ceremonies

Brooke Arnold-Rochette, Fire & Honey Ceremonies

Resides in Victoria, BC Certified in Funerals, Ceremonies Across the Life-Cycle, Healings and transitions

Living on Lək̓ʷəŋən Territory in Victoria, I serve people in-person throughout the Coast Salish South Island territory (Greater Victoria, Cowichan, Salt Spring Island), and offer online ritual guidance to support people in further reaches.

We all need a North Star, a wayfinder that will help lift the fog and light the path to greater connection, meaning, heart-centered living, and earthly belonging. The good news: that North Star lies within your own story. My personal journey is one of passion for story-tracking and celebrating life with heart. 

As a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant ©, combined with over a decade of practice and training in ecopsychology (M.A.), I can support you in crafting a ceremony or personal rituals in relationship with the natural world. Having trained as a storyteller and creative writer, story-tracking and the creation of empowering narrative are at the heart of my approach.  I will gather the richness of these multiple streams to best serve you in creating a safe and sacred place to honor the thresholds you cross through ceremony and ritual.

Deanna Balcarras,

Deanna Balcarras,

RESIDES IN QUALICUM BEACH, BC, CERTIFIED IN WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS.

Whether a wedding or an end of life celebration, I will be there as you share your story with me. I will actively listen to what is most important to you and your relationship. How you describe your love for each other and what you hope for in a lifelong marriage will be the foundation of your wedding ceremony. Your ceremony should be about you and your love story.

An end of life ceremony will honour your loved one and can be an essential part of your own grieving process, helping in the circle of healing that you may need.

The story of your loved one is incredibly important and it will be my honour to help you unlock and tell that unique and personal story.

I love to be outside with my family and dog Ash, exploring the beaches, forests and mountains of Vancouver Island. So whether you are celebrating this transition in your life on a beach or in your home, I will meet you there to guide you and your loved ones through this important time of your life.

Katie Brennan, Katie Brennan Ceremonies

Katie Brennan, Katie Brennan Ceremonies

Based on saltspring island, Certified in weddings

You’ve already imagined the perfect flowers.
You’ve fallen in love with your perfect outfit.
And you’ve dreamt about the perfect venue too.

And now, to tie it all together in a nice, big bow, you just need…Your Perfect Ceremony!

As your Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant ©, I bring specialized knowledge and familiarity of time-honoured traditions and rituals that we can use to co-create a ceremony that deepens and strengthens your bonds and connections in your life, your love, and to your people. And as a formally trained artist and curator, I bring years of experience of bringing out the ART in everything, including you.
Morgan Brooks, Wildheart Ceremonies

Morgan Brooks, Wildheart Ceremonies

Resides in Victoria, BC. Certified in Weddings and Funerals

Offbeat ceremonies for out of the box folks – that’s my specialty. If you are looking for a ceremony that will celebrate you or your loved one’s unique, wonderful weirdness, you have found your person. My job as your celebrant is to make sure that your story takes centre stage and that you and your guests feel held and supported from start to finish. 

I am double certified in weddings and funerals but love to craft ceremony for all of the moments that matter, from birth to end of life. And no matter if you’re looking for light and joyful, solemn and tender or fun and campy, I will work with you to get the flavour just right. I’m based on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria and offer services on Southern Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. 

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am on a mission to marry all the queers, but I’m all about equal opportunity love, so if you think I might be your officiant soulmate, let’s talk!

Jane Good, Circle Ceremonies

Jane Good, Circle Ceremonies

Resides in Horne Lake/Qualicum Beach, BC. Certified in Weddings

Gratitude guides me and the opportunity to meet you, your love and hear your story is  both a thrill and an honour for me. I have a creative mind, a professional voice and a calm presence. Together we will create a ceremony that brings light, love and joy to everyone gathered for the wedding. I bring a deep well of education, travel and life experience to ceremony and am thrilled to travel to all corners of British Columbia for your extra special day. (And I have my very own live musician (guitar and voice) to bring along too). To stand in the presence of two people committing their lives to love is truly a profound and joyful place for me.

Shafia Jamodien, A Time to Celebrate

Shafia Jamodien, A Time to Celebrate

Resides in Courtenay, BC. Certified in Weddings, Funerals, Ceremonies Across the Life Cycle, and Healings

 

Offering creative consultation and healing journeys. Includes baby blessings and namings, weddings, elopements, uncoupling and funeral ceremonies.

I want to help people to be connected to their story, and to bring it to life with ceremony and ritual.

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www.lighteveryfire.com

I have done ceremonies such as weddings, end-of-life ceremonies and baby-blessings in places like Gabriola Island, Nanaimo Yacht Club, Qualicum Beach, Duncan, Saratoga Beach in Courtenay, Mission Hill Cemetery in Courtenay, Two Eagles Lodge in Union Bay, 40 Knots Winery, Campbell River and Cumberland. I offer Reiki to couples prior to the Wedding Day.  I am offering Indian Crown Massage to couples or individuals of the bridal party (optional) as an extended service.

 

About Shafia – I was born in Durban, South Africa, and through my own ancestral heritage, I have come to deeply trust the impact of culture and tradition. With mastery of ritual and ceremony I am here to honour your life milestones.

With inclusivity and diversity in opinion, gender, spirituality and culture, I have been touching the lives of people by deeply holding space for their transformative journeys. Since 2011, I’ve been doing this in my healing practice for individuals and I am so delighted to continue to expand to the broader realm of family and community.

 

 

Jennifer Lee,  Lifecycle Ceremony

Jennifer Lee, Lifecycle Ceremony

Resides in Comox, BC. Certified in Weddings and Funerals

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My training and background as a poet, professional actor, public speaker, certified yoga teacher, mother, gardener and Life Cycle Celebrant all contribute to my gift for creating compassionate and passionate ceremonies.

I love the process of getting to know you well enough, as individuals and as a couple, to create a ceremony that is both meaningful and memorable for you both and for those you have chosen to share this moment with you. Your love story is so beautiful and unique and your ceremony can be creatively personalized to reflect and celebrate that richness.

In BC there are so many wonderful choices for people to officiate your ceremony. You can find someone who suits you and your vision for your wedding perfectly, in a way that honours and celebrates your deep commitment and love.

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.” Jean Anouilh

Shannon Linden, Linden Tree Ceremonies

Shannon Linden, Linden Tree Ceremonies

Resides in Victoria, BC. Certified in Weddings

 

As symbols of love and fidelity, Linden Trees are revered in folklore. With fragrant blooms and heart-shaped leaves, no two are the same. Just like the couples I marry. There has never been a love like yours. Why not celebrate with a custom ceremony that uniquely reflects your relationship?

Every aspect of your wedding day is important, but your ceremony is where the magic happens. This is where promises are made, and vows are shared. Where words spoken and rituals enacted transform your union.

I’m an award-winning writer and speaker. I’ve published newspaper and magazine columns and articles, health and medical features, profiles, lifestyle pieces, and works of fiction, but there’s nothing better than a love story.

I’d be honored to learn yours. I’ll weave it with ritual and elements that resonate with you and together, we’ll create the ceremony of your dreams.

 

Linda Nelson, Island Ceremonies

Linda Nelson, Island Ceremonies

Resides in Victoria, BC. Certified in Weddings

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I create wedding ceremonies/elopements/vow renewals from a spiritual mindset, and yours can be lighthearted while still honoring the gravitas of the day, short and sweet or complex, honoring of your cultural traditions and/or any combination of whatever your hearts desire.

I am open to all people and truly believe that love is love. I will joyfully guide you through the process, and one of my “celebrant super powers” is my ability to provide a calming bubble around you during your ceremony. My catchment area is Victoria and lower Vancouver Island and I’m open to travelling further afield. 

Ceri Peacey, Oceanside Celebrant Services

Ceri Peacey, Oceanside Celebrant Services

Resides in Hilliers/Qualicum Beach, BC. Certified in Weddings and Funerals

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Serving:  Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, Courtney/Comox, Nanaimo.

When it comes to your wedding ceremony I believe in laughter, being human, and honouring the deeper meaning of committing your life to another person. We work together to co-create a ceremony that honours who you are as individuals and as a couple, tells your story, and causes your guest to feel a part of things rather than just spectators.

Ceremonies of Remembrance, Memorials, Funerals, Celebrations of Life – whatever you choose to call it –  I work with the family to make sure it reflects the beliefs and values of the deceased, the legacy they leave behind, and the things that will be missed.  Every ceremony is different as every death is different.  Here is a link of what brought me to Celebrancy:

My Sister’s Parting Gift

Cheryl Pedley, A Westcoast Celebrant

Cheryl Pedley, A Westcoast Celebrant

Resides in Nanaimo, Certified in Weddings and Funerals

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Cheryl is a senior wedding and memorial celebrant based in Nanaimo. Joy based-she believes in the Deed not the Creed. Her ceremonies reflect her love for life and laughter. As your officiant Cheryl will guide you through all the necessary legalities, write a ceremony that reflects your vision for your wedding, and take care of the legal registering.

If it’s a memorial celebration you need, she will help show your loved one as a person who lived the depth and breadth of life.

Shannon Rosnau

Shannon Rosnau

Resides in Qualicum Beach, Certified in Weddings, with Funerals to follow

 

Creating ceremonies and rituals is one of my favorite things to do.

I have joyfully completed the Weddings Certification and Funeral studies through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute and am an ordained minister through CIMM. I am registered with Vital Statistics and able to legally perform weddings in British Columbia.

I’m sensitive, spiritual, curious and love to listen. I believe in the power of story and the healing power of “being seen and heard”.

Tracy Julie Anne Stoessiger, Heart of Seasons

Tracy Julie Anne Stoessiger, Heart of Seasons

Resides in Victoria, BC. Certified in Weddings

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I see the seasons reflected in all beings and the natural cycle of birth, life, and death in all that surrounds us and all that is within us. Creating personalized ceremonies to reflect and embody the couples I work with is an honour. PS – I love to work with nature lovers!

I am willing to travel to most areas on Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa-ka’wkaw territories (Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) and am always up for an adventure ceremony into the forest or out on the water. I am licensed to solemnize marriage anywhere in BC.

When not writing and creating, you can find me hiking local hills, eating delicious food, volunteering at hospice, practicing yoga, paddle boarding (still patiently waiting for a couple who want to get married on paddle boards!), dancing it up at a concert, or sitting on my duff getting lost in a motion picture with my hubby.

Certifications: Life-Cycle Celebrant ®, Weddings. Initiated Wildwood Priestess of the Wildwood Witch School™. Registered Birth Doula.

 

 

 

 

Wendy Wawrysh,  Warm Heart Ceremonies

Wendy Wawrysh, Warm Heart Ceremonies

Resides in Duncan, BC. Certified in Weddings

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My goal is a singular one:  to help you make your wedding ceremony – the very heart of your wedding day – so uniquely and meaningfully yours that it will forever warm your memory treasure chest with joyful contentment.  Through an enjoyable process, I will help you and your partner discern your true voice for a ceremony that reflects your personalities, your hearts’ desire and creates a sacred space for your commitment to each other.  Your guests will be enchanted and will remember your wedding day in a special way.   Along with my Life-Cycle Celebrant certification and experience, I draw from a long career in building warm relationships with people to help them achieve amazing and satisfying outcomes.  I would be honoured to work with you.