CTC ONLINE Conference - 2nd MAY 2021

CTC ONLINE Conference - 2nd MAY 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 02 May, 2021 - 9:45 am
Conference end date Sunday 02 May, 2021 - 3:00 pm
Original Price $150.00
Discounted Price $140.00 (Until 30-04-2021 00:00)
Location Zoom teleconferencing LIVE TRAINING SESSION

Registration and Networking

9:45am - 10:00am

Welcome and Housekeeping

10:00am - 11:00am

Dealing with the unexpected

Presenters: Sally Cant and 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 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

Presenters: Sally Cant and Ingrid Reiger

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, Nicole Penning, Ingrid Reiger, Libby Moloney (Natural Grace Funerals) and Inke Loos (Lawyer)

This wonderful panel will answer all your questions.

2:45pm - 3:00pm


Round up of the session and provide feedback forms etc.


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! 


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.


Bronte is a full-time marriage and funeral celebrant appointed in 2015.

  • CERT IV in Celebrancy
  • TAE 40116
  • Has presented many OPD topics.
  • BA (Hons) – Climatology
  • Diploma of Education
  • Diploma in Project Management

His early career roles as an English and Drama teacher, coupled with later becoming a senior exec in state and local government for almost 20 years, have ensured he’s an excellent Presenters.



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.


Inke Loos is a driven and hands on solicitor and entrepreneur with extensive legal and business affairs experience across a wide range of commercial, legal, and entertainment industries.

With impressive experience in both private legal practice and in-house counsel roles, consulting in legal and business affairs across a number of corporations, and overseeing project management,

business growth, and corporate expansion, Inke brings a wealth of industry knowledge in the corporate and legal spheres both nationally and internationally.