CTC GEELONG Conference "SOLD OUT" - 20th JUNE 2021

CTC GEELONG Conference "SOLD OUT" - 20th JUNE 2021

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Welcome to our 2021 Conference for Celebrants, students and interested persons. 

We are offering a wonderful array of top trainers presenting three inspiring topics, capped off with a panel session to answer all your questions. 

We will be announcing the panel presenters very shortly.  4 Presenters plus 2 additional panel members. Deb Nash from Truffleduck will be one member of the panel. 

And we will be including a BUY, SWAP AND SELL SESSION during lunchtime - more detail to come shortly. (WATCH THIS SPACE)

Conference Details

Conference date Sunday 20 June, 2021 - 9:45 am
Conference end date Sunday 20 June, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Conference Fee $180.00
Location Truffleduck - SOLD OUT

Sorry, the event is now full and we could not accept more registration


Registration and Networking

Photo shoot opportuniy with Stef Driscoll

9:45am - 10:00am

Welcome and Housekeeping

10:00am - 11:00am

Dealing with the unexpected

Presenter: Nicole Penning

This topic will provide examples, and initiate discussion about some unexpected and unusual situations that celebrants have found themselves confronted with. Then how they were able to resolve them. We have probably all had experience of some kind with the unexpected happening at ceremonies. Sharing solutions can help us provide insights. The insights will benefit celebrants greatly when striving to deliver an excellent service to our client couples and families.

The unexpected, the unusual, the frustrating. A celebrant needs to be adaptable and flexible when dealing with unexpected things that can crop up from time to time. The paperwork has blown overboard, the PA system has failed, the fainting party of the marriage, or a guest, the forgotten wedding rings, the sick flower girl, the screaming child, the missing singer - and many things that can go wrong when planning and conducting a funeral. All these are situations that confront the celebrant with a challenge and a decision; work with the couple to resolve the situation, or leave it alone because it is beyond the celebrants jurisdiction. This session will discuss some actual unexpected events, how they were dealt with and what the responsibility of the celebrant should be. It will also offer ways of mitigating risk so the problems rarely occur.

11:15am - 12:15pm

So you think you know grammar!

Presenter: Diane Moore

Grammar underpins the way we communicate. Without grammar there is no logic to our sentences. Grammar assists us to understand each other as we speak or as we read. It removes ambiguity by assisting a common understanding of the spoken or written word. This topic will explore the mechanics of our language and how it best works to our advantage when dealing with couples, suppliers etc. and in ceremony writing. We will work through some common mistakes made in sentence construction. Example paragraphs from ceremonies will be given to small groups to work through and decide the correct way to construct them.

12:15pm - 12:45pm

Lunch - incl BUY SWAP & SELL

Partake in the BUY SWAP AND SELL opportunity - More detail to come shortly. 

Bring along any celebrant related items to sell or swap. This must be registered with us pre event. 

12:45pm - 1:45pm

De-constructing 3 complex funerals OR a Concurrent session TBC

Presenter: Sally Cant

This topic will work through three very difficult funerals. This will enable to celebrants to workshop issues and decide how best to handle them. They are real life case studies which will allow those present to discuss what did happen and what could have been changed to improve the outcome.

We may be offering an alternative concurrent session - further info to come soon

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Panel Session

Presenters: Nicole Penning, Sally Cant, Libby Moloney from Natural Grace,  Deb Nash from Truffleduck and Stef Driscoll (Photographer)

This wonderful group of panel members will answer all your questions. 

2:45pm - 3:00pm


Stef Driscoll will be taking professional headshots during this time. You must be pre-booked to take up this offer. 

More info to come shortly. 


Sally has a been an authorised celebrant since 1995, Training celebrants since 2001

  • Owner and Director of The Celebrant Training College (Australia)
  • Owner and Director of The Celebrant Training College (NZ)
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC40115 and a Grad Dip of Celebrancy
  • TAE40116 CERT IV in Training and Assessment
  • Author of The Heart and Soul of Celebrancy 
  • Author of Conversations About Death - http://www.conversationsaboutdeath.com.au/
  • Board member of The Groundswell Poject 
  • Member of the inaugural FIMAC - Funeral Industry Ministerial Advisory Council
  • Previously Lectured at - RMIT and Swinburne University in Marketing, Public Relations, Celebrancy and Information Technology.
  • Former Vice President of NDAN - Natural Death Advocacy Network
  • 20 years - CEO of Communication Agencies
  • Member of CANZ - Celebrant Association of NZ
  • Corporate MC
  • Award winning artist


Nicole Penning has been a vibrant and passionate Full-time Authorised Marriage Celebrant since 2009.

  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608 
  • TAE40116 CERT IV in Training and Assessment
  • Nicole is considered a leader and mentor within the Wedding Industry, advising new Celebrants on their practices and how to be the best Celebrant they can be.
  • Described by her peers as “The best in the business”, by fellow Wedding Suppliers as “A new breed of Celebrant” and is introduced as “Geelong Wedding Royalty!” or the “Queen of Weddings”…
  • Nicole is extremely sought after, strongly recommended and always in high-demand! Nicole prides herself on knowing Marriage Law whilst always being friendly, warm and welcoming.
  • Nicole has studied a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Studies at R.M.I.T, and worked in Restaurant, Hotel, Resort & Event Management, Sales & Recruitment. 
  • Her background means she knows how to run an event – and all the challenging situations and diverse personalities they entail! 
  • With over 25 years’ public speaking experience, she is comfortable in front of a crown or just as seamlessly is able to strike up raport easily one-on-one.
  • We challenge you to find someone that loves being a Celebrant, just as much as Nicole! She lives, breathes and sleeps celebrancy, she would eat it if she could! 


  • BA Psychology and Sociology
  • Cert IV Business Management
  • Originally a Nurse and policy writer, Diane has been involved in the celebrant industry for a number of years.   
  • She is passionate about grammar and the English language and will lead a session on improving celebrants’ writing skills.



Libby is a Holistic Funeral Director practising natural, culturally sensitive, family led funeral care.

She curates authentic and empowering after death rituals and facilitates deeply moving, profoundly healing and surprisingly hopeful funeral ceremonies and experiences. Libby advocates for change in natural choices for the disposal of our dead.