I’m Linda and I want to hear your story.
Toronto Life-Cycle Celebrant. Ceremony Expert. Storyteller. Listener.
I’ve found my calling in life – helping people like you create authentic, personal ceremonies to mark life’s passages. I want to share my passion with you.
I was born on Christmas Eve.
For some reason, people think this is cool but honestly, I had nothing to do with it.
I am a quintessential “Girlie Girl.”
Much to my anguish, as a little girl I was often mistaken for a little boy. Perhaps I’ve overcompensated.
Red wine and dark chocolate are the easiest ways to unlock my heart.
I am a connection junkie.
Someone once told me my middle name should be “Elmer” (as in “Elmer’s Glue.”)
My nickname is WrongWay.
But have no fear – GPS will get me to the ceremony on time!
Scotland is home to a piece of my heart.
Canada gave me wings but my roots are buried in Scotland.
Sounds cliché, but my Dad is my hero.
I believe in the power of human connection and I am in love with stories. Life stories, love stories, funny stories, sad stories.
A funeral director introduced me to the term “Celebrant.” I recall feeling a bit embarrassed to ask the question “What is a Celebrant?”
But his answer would change the course of my life.
He told me that a Celebrant is someone who creates and performs one-of-a-kind ceremonies for all life’s milestone moments. Ceremonies to celebrate weddings, to welcome children, or to honour the lives of those we love. Personal ceremonies that uniquely reflect each love story or life story by weaving together words, music, poetry, and rituals.
At that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, what I was capable of doing, who I was as a human being, and how my path had led me exactly to this place. My brother and my husband turned to look at me with big eyes and said, “That’s you.” And, with big eyes, I looked back at them and said, “I know.”
For as long as I can remember, I have been organizing celebrations, designing ceremonies, and reinventing rituals. I have forever felt a need to mark and honour both life’s milestones and its simpler moments, to preserve them in my heart and the hearts of those I love.
I’ve always been in the caring professions and my family has been involved in funerals since I was a girl. I have taken these experiences and built my expertise as a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant™. I have spent hundreds of hours studying ceremony creation and performance and perfecting the art of ceremonial public speaking. I received certifications in both wedding and funeral Celebrancy from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, the leading educational organization training Celebrants in North America. I furthered my studies by obtaining an additional Funeral Celebrant certificate from the In-Sight Institute, a program widely recognized by funeral directors. I am licensed by the Province of Ontario to officiate at weddings and I am a member of the Celebrant Foundation & Institute Canada-East Chapter (Celebrant Ceremonies). I bring to my work as a Celebrant decades of experience in sales and marketing, business management, nonprofit administration and, most significantly, motherhood. I service the Greater Toronto area and southern Ontario.