I'm half Irish, half Kiwi. I lived in Dublin until I was 21 years old. Having travelled the world, New Zealand captivated me and so I stayed. I loved everything about New Zealand - the landscape, the people, and the opportunities living there gave me. But in 2017 I was drawn home to be closer to family.
Two important ceremonies started this journey of becoming a Celebant for me. Some years ago I married my Kiwi partner Brett Reid, in a Humanist ceremony in Ireland. The ceremony was wonderful and a deeply meaningful experience for both of us. I also thoroughly enjoyed the creative process of writing the wedding ceremony together with our Humanist Celebrant.
When my mother died it was myself and my sister Mary who crafted her funeral service. My mother was Catholic, and yet within the formal structure of the mass we found ways to represent her as fully and as honestly as the person she really was throughout the whole mass. We did a great job that day, something I will always be proud of.
Since then, I completed my Celebrant Studies in New Zealand, I've explored what it is to be a Humanist and I started my own business as a Humanist Celebrant.
My professional career was primarily as Nurse Specialist in Cardiology, helping restore people to full lives following heart illness or surgery. This was very holistic work ,helping people physically, mentally and emotionally. My experience in public speaking came as a result of this role. I conducted weekly group education sessions, and spoke at conferences and lectures for other Health Professionals. I've also been a Midwife, a coach, and a mentor.
I sincerely believe that my life's experiences has prepared me well for this role. I've worked with people from all over the world, from many cultures. I love working with people. I'm well organised. And if things don't quite go according to plan, you won't find me panicking, I'll just deal with whatever happens without a hair out of place. No one will notice !
For fun, I love the great outdoors and am happiest when I am interacting with nature. And although I'm probably more comfortable and relaxed in jeans, I love dressing up and looking good for a special occasion !