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I am a Civil Celebrant, having gained a Diploma of Marriage Celebrancy from The International College of Celebrancy in 2003. This diploma along with Australian Government registration as a Marriage Celebrant, allows me to perform marriages in any location throughout Australia.

Not only marriages…

My initial studies, have equipped me in many ways to conduct ceremonies across a broad spectrum of life’s celebrations and milestones… eg. birthdays, name giving, renewing vows, commitments, divorces, retirement, adolescence, seasonal celebrations and deaths.

Professionalism, ethics and integrity…

I conduct myself with a great sense of professionalism, a high degree of ethics and integrity and utmost dignity at all times and I adhere to the Code of Practice set down by the Attorney Generals department. These traits were learned in part, during my 30+ years as a Registered Nurse working in the wider community both in Australia and in South Africa in areas including aged care, rehabilitation and in the community establishing and facilitating self help and special interest groups.

Skills transfer…

Since my retirement from nursing in 1996, I worked (very successfully) for six years as a Real Estate and Retirement Village sales consultant. It is interesting how skills learned as a nurse were automatically transferred to my new role as a sales consultant and now to my role as a celebrant. I am referring to skills such as listening, empathy, and that sense of caring and professionalism.

Constantly updating…

I enjoy my work as a celebrant immensely. I am constantly updating and adding to my work skills through professional development seminars, finding new references and attending networking functions.

I also love to…

Apart from my work as a Celebrant I am a community volunteer with meals on wheels. I am a committee member of our village business group, a participant in a village weekly discussion group, a member of a book group, a local garden group and I take an interest in the historical association. I enjoy spending time with friends from near and far, movies, walking, playing mah jong, gardening and fly fishing.

Sea Change…

My husband (a semi-retired mechanical engineer, Norton owner and rugby tragic) and I made a “sea change” in December 2004, moving from Brisbane in Queensland to the historical village of Richmond (20 minutes from Hobart) in Tasmania. We have adapted to village life in Tasmania very quickly, but miss our only son, Murray, a computer science graduate, who lives in London.

What I offer you?

I offer you a ceremony of the highest quality no matter what the occasion. Together we work to make your ceremony reflect who you and your partner really are, your true essence. I give you wide ranging options to consider, to refresh and stimulate your thought processes, from……….poetry, prose, photographs, live or recorded music and songs, choir, community singing, cultural rituals, traditional and non traditional ceremony customs, formal and informal ways of doing things.

Email information…

Regardless of where you live…..locally in Tasmania, any other Australian state or anywhere overseas, I am able to connect with you, work with you as if we are next door to one another. I provide an emailed “package of information” or hard copy and we correspond by email, mail, fax or phone…..the emailed information comes to you as a Word document so you can copy and paste, add and subtract until you are totally satisfied with the end result.

Understanding your needs…

Initially I provide the tools for you and I, together, to develop the ultimate in a personalized ceremony for you, but even more than that, I use my creative and listening skills to add that point of difference, that something really special for your ceremony, whatever the occasion.

No fuss, no stress…

For no additional fee, I strongly encourage a rehearsal with as many participants as possible of a bridal party or a commitment ceremony at the ceremonial venue. A rehearsal serves to strengthen the bonds of joining together two families and two communities of friends as well as defining travelling and parking matters and ceremonial duties/activities. I will endeavour to anticipate your ceremonial needs, alleviate your need to worry or feel stressful and strive to make your special day that little bit more special for you.

Even more info for bloggers!

Elizabeth Gray was a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. During that time she worked in Australia and in South Africa.In 1969 Elizabeth was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Over 20 years of her nursing career was spent in the area of rehabilitation and management of patients with neurological disorders,skeletal and rheumatology disorders.

Elizabeth and her team were influential in setting up Parkinson’s Societies and many Parkinson’s support groups for sufferers and carers throughout Australia. As part of her work she participated in arthritis and Parkinson’s management groups and facilitated community aged care support groups. As a by product of her work she wrote 4 childrens books concerning, arthritis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

She has also written a program to manage arthritis pain and also constipation in more natural ways,her own management program over the years being a great influence and inspiration to her work.

On her retirement some years ago, Elizabeth did a diploma of Marriage Celebrancy. She has found her work as a celebrant very rewarding and feels herself very privileged to be a part of people’s lives at times of celebration and healing. Elizabeth has documented many of her ceremonies and along with her books are now available online.

Elizabeth has another blog

www.elizabethgray.net/category/blog/

e-Books for 8-12 year old children

Health related e-Books

Ceremony e-Books