I am a certified wedding officiant and celebrant, licensed by the Province of Ontario and Ontario Humanist Society.
Born and raised on the infamously friendly Cape Breton Island/Unama'ki, I'm an islander at heart - sociable, resourceful, and a deep believer in community. Growing up next to the ocean on unceded Mi'kmaq land, I have long been conscious of our relationship and responsibility to the natural world and carry this with me as a core value. Since 2001, I've called Toronto home, and am truly grateful for the opportunity to live and work on the rich territory of the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, and Anishinaabe peoples, most recently the Mississaugas of the Credit. I recognize these nations and any other nations who care for the land as its past, present, and future caretakers.
When I'm not officiating marriages and other life ceremonies, I'm an award-winning performer and dance artist, as well as an arts writer and organizer. As such, I'm no stranger to being in the spotlight nor to adapting to new surroundings and situations - I've performed in places as diverse as a bustling street corner in Marrakech or the grand Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. If you've ever taken in an evening of dance in your local Toronto or small-town Ontario park, you may also recognize my face from a decade of summers spent as a performer with the touring Dusk Dances festival, one of many fulfilling projects I've been involved in in my fifteen year career in the arts.
In recent years, I've also turned my lifelong love of animals into a small petsitting venture. I have a dedicated group of clients whose trust I am grateful for and whose animal companions I feel fortunate to get to invest in. Whether it's pets or weddings or creation and performance, I take great joy in the cultivation of care my multifaceted career path brings. In the space between my many passions, I'm an avid reader on a mission to continually expand my worldview, an eager cook and budget foodie, a solo traveller and explorer of places near and far, and at the centre of my being, a loving partner/daughter/sister/aunt and friend.
I make a point of visiting the ocean as often as I can.
Photo Credits (Top to Bottom):
Jacklyn Barber, Henry Chan, James Bunton