I was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario.  I attended Barrie North Collegiate from 1970-1974 and Georgian College , Legal Secretarial Program from 1974-1976 I obtained Diplomas from both.  I worked in Newmarket Ont for a law firm 1976-1977.

I moved to Toronto in 1980 to obtain a new career. I worked for Allstate in the Group Department until 1982 as a Secretary to the Manager and Sales Representatives.

In February 1982 I joined Ontario Hydro and retired with Hydro One in 2010. For those years I was always in a customer service role of some sort.  Serving the people of Ontario.

My family consists of my wonderful mother Myrtle who is very dear to my heart, my brother Wayne and his family,  my sister in law Chris my two wonderful nephews Bryan and Dan. 

I was introduced to Humanism in 2017 by my new neice Melissa who married Bryan in January 2018. They were married by my now mentor Gabor Krausz who is a Humanist Officiant.  This peaked my interest in this whole new world and I knew that I also wanted to become a Humanist Officiant.

I have 2 wonderful great nephews Noah born July 2015 and Quinn born February 2017 they are such a joy in my family’s life.

I share my life for the last 20 years with my wonderful partner Phil.

I started doing my research in Humanism in August 2017. I joined my local Humanist group in the same month known as the Central Ontario Humanist Association COHA.  I was advised by the then President Shawn Conroy to join Humanist Canada.  I became a member in September 2017.  This was the beginning of my new path to becoming a Humanist Officiant.  I have been COHA’s Treasurer for 2 years running 2018-2019.  I have met some wonderful members and officiants in this group.

I currently reside in Wasaga Beach Ont we have 6 fresh water beaches where people from all over love to come and spend their summers.

I became a Humanist Officiant in 2019 when I realized there was a need in Simcoe County & Georgian Bay for an alternative to religious life passage ceremonies. I am licensed by the Province of Ontario through the Registrar General’s office and affiliated with Humanist Canada. As a Humanist Officiant I offer non-religious ceremonies. I offer services that encompass a multitude of life passage moments; from baby namings to weddings to Celebrations of Life/funerals.

The basic premise of Humanism is the belief in ourselves as intelligent human beings who can think and act for ourselves by ourselves using science and human innovation to inform us about the world using critical thinking and ensuring the equality of all people.

The ceremonies or life-event celebrations I perform are non-religious. Non-religious is not the same as non-denominational. Non-denominational implies there is a “god” or other supernatural being that is looked up to, be it from a Catholic, Muslim, Jewish or Protestant faith model. Non-religious is just that; no religion. Non-religious people may refer to themselves as anti-theist, agnostic or atheist.