Funny how we get all introverted when asked to talk about oneself. I wonder how to best convey myself to you to help you make a choice about the Officiant you want to hire for your event. Here is a bit about me.
I am the mother of three and the wife of one. I am also the grandmother of 2 lovely energetic boys. I married the love of my life twice. Once back in 1976 and again in 2007. Yes, I married the same man twice and divorced him once. That’s a mistake I won’t make again. In my early youth I had a child who I gave up for adoption. My son and I reunited in 2008 and have become a part of each other’s lives. I have two gorgeous, independent daughters; one who is a film and movie director and the other an HVAC and refrigeration mechanic. My son holds a senior management position with a finance company. I am immensely proud of my children and their accomplishments. My husband Gord and I own and operate Haven on the Bay B&B in Red Bay and I am also the administrator for his two businesses, which operate in the trenchless technology industry.
I have lived in Red Bay (20 km north of Sauble Beach) since 2004 when we escaped the city (Toronto) for a simpler, less stressful lifestyle. It has ended up not so much simpler, but less stress and more quiet and more beauty, which make up for the not so simpler part we were striving for. Maybe in retirement.
I became a Humanist Officiant in 2010 when I realized there was a need in Grey and Bruce Counties for an alternative to religious life passage ceremonies. I am licensed by the Province of Ontario through the Registrar General’s office and affiliated with Humanist Canada. As a Humanist Officiant I offer non-religious ceremonies. I offer services that encompass a multitude of life passage moments; from baby namings to weddings to funerals.
The basic premise of Humanism is the belief in ourselves as intelligent human beings who can think and act for ourselves by ourselves using science and human innovation to inform us about the world using critical thinking and ensuring the equality of all people.
The ceremonies or life-event celebrations I perform are non-religious. Non-religious is not the same as non-denominational. Non-denominational implies there is a “god” or other supernatural being that is looked up to, be it from a Catholic, Muslim, Jewish or Protestant faith model. Non-religious is just that; no religion. Non-religious people may refer to themselves as anti-theist, agnostic or atheist.
I am compassionate, friendly and quick witted. I love to cook and don’t mind doing the laundry. I love to garden and I love to play, love to read books and go on the occasional adventure with my husband, my children or my family as a whole. I come from a large family (8 children) and spent my early years in Kitchener-Waterloo.
I hope that gives you an idea of the type of person I am and how I can serve your needs when it comes time for an event to mark a moment in your life.
“Hi Ruth! A big thank you to the heartfelt ceremony you had for us yesterday, so many people commented that they had never seen such a beautiful personal ceremony. We are so grateful, you made our day everything we wanted! ” - Chris & Wayne
“We would like to thank you for delivering a wonderful ceremony for us on August 29th. You made an excellent Officiant and we really appreciate the help in preparing the ceremony beforehand, and having a copy of our vows on the iPad” - Daniela & Neil
“Rowan and I wanted to send a quick note to say thank you again for leading our wedding ceremony. It was also a lovely ceremony, and the unexpected rain added to it. Everyone had a great time and we are really happy you were a part of our special day.” - Jeff & Rowan
“Thank you so much for all the work that you put into our ceremony. It was beautiful” - Ashley & Ben
“Thank you very much for your service on our wedding day. It was a very memorable ceremony.” - Michael & Kanako
“While I had a good impression about you from your picture and website, I could not have realized what a warm and caring person you are and how much your kindness would mean to Mark and I in the preparation of our wedding. You put your heart and soul into every aspect of this and we are truly grateful to you. We are so glad to have had the chance to Skype with you so we could chat together as a couple. Thank you for all you’ve done to make our wedding so meaningful.” - Lou & Mark
“What more could we possibly say? You brought the audience in close to listen, honoured us with your words and then launched us into our future by dotting every I and crossing every T for us! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” - Jeremy & Hilary