I've had the honour of representing the Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Congregation as a celebrant since 1999. I have performed many weddings, child dedications and funerals in English, French, German and Spanish since that time. It is a privilege to meet couples who are being married, the parents of young children who are being dedicated and families who are celebrating the life of a loved one. I cherish these opportunities and truly enjoy helping to create memorable and personal ceremonies in each of these settings. I am also very proud to represent my Lakeshore UU congregants who are forward thinking and socially responsible people of all ages. In my ceremonies I usually begin by saying that as Unitarians we uphold the worth and dignity of every person regardless of culture or faith. I believe that we can create a beautiful and harmonious community around us through respect for one another and through the true celebration of our daily lives!
I am also a professional soprano, pianist, singer/songwriter and recording artist, having graduated from the Université de Montréal with a masters degree in voice performance. I perform a wide range of styles from classical music to jazz and have sung to audiences throughout Canada and around the world. I was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal for musical contributions to the community of Montreal and to Canada in November 2012. Finally I am the the founder and Artistic Director of the Festival de la voix.
I have been a Unitarian Universalist from birth and a member of the Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Congregation for over thirty years. I was elected to lay chaplaincy in 2003 and have joyfully represented our congregation in performing acts of civil status for our congregation and the community at large. I celebrate several weddings each year for couples from varied backgrounds, those from mixed religious families to those with no particular religious ties. Each ceremony is unique and I try to help to put the couple at ease and to enjoy their glorious day.
I also take great pleasure in doing infant dedications for families that are welcoming a new member to our community and feel it is important to celerate this event with family and friends.
As well, I am called upon to perform a service of remembrance or celebration of life for those who have passed away. This is a sensitive time and words spoken must be carefully chosen to reflect the life that was and to comfort those the loved one has left behind.
Background: Teacher (Beaconsfield and John Rennie High Schools) on the West Island of Montreal for 30 years.
Languages: English, Spanish, some French
Hobbies: Woodworking, keeping fit
Volunteer: Meals on Wheels -12 years; Rotary International: Major school building projects in the Dominican Republic - 4 years
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