CTC ONL.INE Conference - 27th JUNE 2021

CTC ONL.INE Conference - 27th 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. 

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 27 June, 2021 - 9:45 am
Conference end date Sunday 27 June, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Conference Fee $150.00
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

We are no longer accepting registration for this event


Registration and Networking

9:45am - 10:00am

Welcome and Housekeeping

10:00am - 11:00am

Dealing with the unexpected

Presenter: Dudley Raine

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

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.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Panel Session

Presenters: Dudley Raine and Sally Cant and 2 local wedding suppliers

A wonderful group of panel members including 2 local service providers will join our presenters to answer all your questions. More information to come on the panel members.

2:45pm - 3:00pm



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


Appointed a celebrant in 2009. Training celebrants since 2011

  • CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
  • CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC41015
  • Flight Service Director Air New Zealand 1972 – 2002.
  • Team manager and Crew Presenters 1998 to 2002,


  • 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.


Scott Duncombe is the Owner, Funeral Director & Celebrant of the Sydney Funeral Co.  
Scott has been in the funeral industry since 2012 and has been involved in funerals as a Funeral Celebrant, Funeral Director, Hearse driver and Funeral Assistant.  Scott is also a Authorised Marriage Celebrant conducting funerals since 2012.
Scott combines his honest, genuine and compassionate approach with his meticulous organisation skills to ensure families have peace of mind that everything will go to plan.
He is a practicable person who is passionate about organising events that are dignified, beautiful, genuine and special to honour and celebrate each unique life.
He created Sydney Funerals to help families have a beautiful, affordable funeral for their loved one by being open, transparent and providing choices. He does this by gently taking control and guiding families through the process with care and compassion.