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Jan
13

TCN National Celebrant e-news

Yesterday the latest edition of our TCN National Celebrant e-news was emailed to more than 7500 celebrants on our mailing list.  

Key points from the latest newsletter are:

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May
11

South Brisbane Celebrant - Eunice Phipps

This weeks featured celebrant is Eunice Phipps from South Brisbane QLD.

I come from a loving family background and have been married now for forty years. I have two children and four grandchildren. I have always been creative and as a twelve year old I learnt oil painting and still love to paint. For many years I have been involved in my community first teaching the art of calligraphy and then folk art which I am still actively teaching today. I have always enjoyed creative writing and have written many poems through the years, including my annual Christmas Verse.

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May
04

Gold Coast Celebrant - Marlee Bruinsma

This weeks featured celebrant is Marlee Bruinsma from the Gold Coast QLD.

When my first two children came along in rapid succession, I was working as a busy lawyer in a country practice in Victoria. As a new mother, I could not keep up with the frenetic (frenzied and frantic!) pace of my job, which seemed to require 60 to 80 hours of work each week, so I decided to take some time off to be with my children. 

When they were a little older, I moved back to my home State – Queensland. Oh joy – no more wrapping them in layers of clothes against the cold – singlets and nappies were the order of the day and only one load of washing a day instead of three. Later came a couple more children and I was lucky to be able to settle on an acreage in the Gold Coast hinterland, close enough to the bright lights but also by the side of a creek, where we have platypus and fish, wallabies and koalas (and chickens!).

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Feb
02

Brisbane Celebrant - Glenda Ashurst

This weeks featured celebrant is Glenda Ashurst from Brisbane QLD.

As a child I lived on a farm so it was therefore necessary to attend boarding school for my education. I was fortunate that extra tuition was available for Elocution and Drama training which I feel has stood me in good stead for projecting my voice and the ability to perform in front of a lot of people for presentation at ceremonies, even though I am still a little nervous. A colleague told me recently that was good because it meant I still cared about my couples and the quality of my work.

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Jan
28

Sydney Celebrant - Ray Standen

This weeks featured celebrant is Ray Standen from Sydney, NSW.

My name is Ray Standen and I am a full time professional celebrant. My background follows 2 very different paths . Firstly whilst working for British Telecommunications, I was trained as a communications engineer for telephone exchanges, Telex exchanges and Data transmission duties.Later following my hobbies as a guitarist in a band and as a Disk Jockey {DJ} for the local Hotels in Brighton England, I progressed to the level of an “audio engineer” and became the sales Manager {UK} for a world leading microphone and speaker company, with direct responsibilities to Radio, Television, Recording studios and live concerts.

Following a speech that I made, I was approached by an existing celebrant in 2002, and asked whether I had ever thought of using my speaking skills as a Marriage Celebrant. The rest as they say is history.

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Dec
08

Parramatta Celebrant - Pamela Fynan

This weeks featured celebrant is Pamela Fynan from Parramatta, NSW.

I live in the heart of Parramatta and grew up here, I went to school at Macarthur Girl’s High School. My Parents came from Millthorpe and Orange and moved to Camden in NSW before settling in Parramatta.

Mainly of a Scottish heritage I am a member of the Mackay Clan and I have relatives in Edinburgh Scotland.

I am Mother to two lovely Daughters and Nana to three beautiful Grandchildren.

I became interested in being a celebrant years ago. As a Justice of The Peace I like serving the Community. I did actually apply in the ‘80’s but there was a cap on the numbers and by the time the Attorney General contacted me years later I had changed direction.

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Nov
10

Melbourne Celebrant - Anna Wong

This weeks featured celebrant is Anna Wong from Melbourne VIC.

My name is Anna Wong and I am a mother of 3, a grandmother of 3, a  registered civil celebrant, trained nurse, midwife and childbirth educator.

I was born and brought up in England, trained as a nurse and midwife in London and moved to Singapore in 1980 with my Chinese Singaporean Husband. He was a General Surgeon, I a Nurse, and, in a stereotyped manner, our eyes met over an operating table....... I founded my own health education centre called Birth & Beyond in 1985 and quickly became a leader in the field of childbirth education and parenting. I spent over 24 years educating, supporting, empowering and inspiring women and their partners through pregnancy, birth and beyond in Singapore and Indonesia. 

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