Sunday, 31 January 2016

UK Society of Celebrants Annual Awards 2015 | Winners

Better late than never as they say. 

And the Winners ARE....

Celebrant of the Year 2015 | Julia Hill

Julia Hill

Competition was so tight for this award. Julia has been with us a little over a year now and was one of only a few Diploma Celebrants that have ever delivered both Family & Funeral ceremonies during her training. Notably, her first Wedding Ceremony was held in Rome.

Julia's enthusiasm for being a Celebrant knows no bounds and is infectious. A regular on most of our social media timelines, she actively networks in her community and with other Fellow Celebrants too.

Julia is also a Chef and was the star of the Ideal Death Show, turning our stand into a Cake Stall with delicious Death Theme treats.

Julia can be found here at Silverlode.

Congratulations Julia - Well deserved.

Funeral Ceremony of the Year 2015 | Jane Arnold

As you may know this award is for the Best Funeral Ceremony during training. In the past it has always been the "Charlotte" ceremony that took the honours. Not this time. 

Jane Arnold
Jane aka "The Eccentric Book Lady" produced a masterful ceremony for "Dominic". Many would think it was not possible to perform a natural burial via skype - you'd be wrong. The Lorax would have been proud. The ceremony brought together tears, smiles, sadness and laughter in equal measure and delivered by what appeared to be a Woodland Nymph, which was also reprised at the Ideal Death Show 2015. Genius - thinking out of the box whilst respecting the wishes of the bereaved and honouring the deceased.

Jane can be found here. Leading by example. Thank you Jane.

Family Ceremony of the Year 2015 | Dyane Fisher

Weddings lend themselves to the spectacular in the hands of a skilled celebrant. This year we had three such ceremonies on the shortlist.
Dyane Fisher

The eventual winner was Dyane's wedding ceremony for "Jack & Jemma" which was her creation and not one of our set piece ceremonies.

The ceremony fitted our mantra perfectly - Personal - Meaningful - Professional, being romantic (not saccharine), engaging (at every level), colourful, musical, tastefully tearful and beautifully choreographed and brought a wry smile to all that heard it and or saw it.

Dyane can be found here. Thank you Dyane - bet you didn't see that coming.

Celebrant Marketing / Social Media 
& Awareness Award 2015 | Maria Turley

We are blessed with a plethora of Celebrant Members who devote a great deal of time and effort on their online activity for which we should all be grateful. However, there is one outstanding contributor Maria Anne Turley who has been prolific online through social media since starting her training 2 years or so ago.
Maria Turley

Maria's efforts relatively recently culminated in starting the UKSOC Celebrants Group on facebook. To date there are over 70 members, most of whom contribute regularly to diverse celebrant related topics. A mine of knowledge and experience is the result as well as a forum that has helped many and causing us to do more work too.

Thank you Maria a most worthy winner - getting the word out there about Celebrants & Celebrancy.

Celebrant Guru Award 2015 | Josh Withers

Many of you already follow this young man. Yes - we know he lives in Australia.
Josh Withers

Joshua Daniel Withers aka "World's best most awesome celebrant superhuman person" who can argue with that? We won't!

A self confessed computer / tech / gadget Nerd, Josh is a breath of fresh air and married to the delightful Brittany and lives on the Gold Coast.

If it was possible to make a template for the Perfect Wedding Celebrant - Josh would be it. Not only is he a breath of fresh air to our craft (bow tie too), he is gregarious, quirky, funny and a leviathan with regard to his online presence. An enigma and worthy of the title "Guru", an example to us all. In fact Josh was the inspiration to many of us who took to "Pop Up Weddings" after reading about him. Drop by his site, follow the links and see how it can / should be done.

Josh was delighted when he learned of his Guru Award and we hope to present it to him personally in the not too distant future - someone has got to do it!

Congratulations to all our deserved winners. Trophies will be given in person where possible to all the winners in the coming weeks.

Just  to recap - All the award nominees are selected by our Training Team with the exception of Celebrant of the Year where we will accept nominations from the public subject to approval from the Society. Celebrant Guru Award nominations can only be made by UK Society of Celebrants Members. Currently, our Tutors & Mentors are not permitted to be nominated for any of our awards.