CTC PERTH Conference - 3rd OCT 2021

CTC PERTH Conference - 3rd OCT 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. 


Conference Details

Conference date Sunday 03 October, 2021 - 9:45 am
Conference end date Sunday 03 October, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Conference Fee $180.00
Location Perth - Royal Perth Golf Club

Registration and Networking

9:45am - 10:00am

Welcome and Housekeeping

10:00am - 11:00am

Dealing with the unexpected

Presenters: Ingrid Reiger and Sally Cant

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?

Presenters: Diane More

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


12:45pm - 1:45pm

De-constructing 3 complex funerals

Presenter: Ingrid Reiger and 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: Sally Cant and Ingrid Reiger 

We will have a wonderful group of panelists including 2 local service providers - someone from a funeral company and Angie Rowe Photographer

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


Ingrid has been a passionate Marriage Celebrant appointed in 2010.

  • CERT IV in Celebrancy
  • TAE 40116
  • Has presented many OPD topics.

Ingrid has 10 years experience in the Funeral Industry and has been a Funeral Celebrant since 2016.

Celebrancy is a profession where you are tasked with telling someone else’s story, sometimes in trying times and sensitive times, and that is very much a privilege and a role she takes great pride in.

This certainly flows into her work as a celebrant Presenters. To help guide and facilitate new and existing celebrants to be the best they can be, authentic, professional and good at what they do whilst adhering to all the codes of practice to ensure a high standard of service, this is and will be a great thing for our industry for years to come.


  • 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.