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Stewart AllanStewart AllanHumanism is a philosophy based on respecting the world in which we live, every individual is important irrespective of their beliefs, it is inclusive and embraces all the core values of many religions. Everyone deserves the opportunity to celebrate all the milestones in life, in a non-religious or secular way. I find being a funeral celebrant the most rewarding and enjoyable “job” I have ever done, I love to hear each person’s unique story and retell it showing the warmth, respect and love the remaining family had for their loved one. I have recently qualified as a wedding celebrant and believe that my wicked sense of humour, coupled with a very approachable nature will ensure that couples will have a dignified but fun, warm marriage ceremony.Location: Scottish BordersAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsNeil AndersonNeil AndersonHi! This photo is of a wedding I conducted in one of my favourite venues - Castle Menzies, Aberfeldy. I live in Newburgh, Fife and so weddings anywhere in Tayside, Angus and Fife are close - although I do occasionally venture further afield to Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh and the Borders. I have been a Celebrant since January 2009 - and love it! I am very happilly married  ( for over 30 years - and yes, we have had our ups and downs!) and have 2 fab grown up sons - my hobbies include running, organic gardening, epicurean hedonism, environmental studies, music, reading, and renovating old houses.Over the years I have travelled extensively and have had a varied career in the law, in theatre, in sociology and in the environmental movement. I currently work part time for a small environmental charity and mix this with the varied demands of my life as a Wedding/Funeral/Naming Celebrant. . . Location: FifeAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsRobert AnthonyRobert AnthonyI was born and brought up in Bathgate but now live in Uphall. Shona, my wife, and I married in 1987 and we have three grown up children. For most of my professional working life, I worked in the legal profession where I gained considerable experience in writing, public speaking and dealing with people sensitively, helping them at life changing and also difficult times in their lives. Through my work with the Humanist Society Scotland, I hope to continue doing so. I have written a wee bit on this profile about the sort of ceremonies which I conduct. However, I am quite happy for you to pick up the phone and give me a call if you want to have a chat about a ceremony. You'll also want to decide if you like the sound of me to conduct your ceremony. If I am in a ceremony, leave a message and I'll phone you back. I am also happy to answer any queries by e-mail which I usually answer quite quickly. Location: UphallAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJane BechtelJane BechtelI’m a recent graduate in Media studies and Religious studies, where I specialised in Early Islamic Philosophy, which fascinated me. I am married with two daughters, and live in a tiny cottage, with a huge garden.Location: PerthAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsBryan BeggBryan BeggI am based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire. My background is in teaching and training. Life is for enjoying, we should make the most of it. .Location: HuntlyAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMarbeth BoyleI have been a celebrant since November 2008 and it has been an experience and a privilege.I have met many people with such a variety of stories and, being able to help them find the right way, for them, to celebrate or to grieve, is both humbling and rewarding.My working experience, over many years, was with children with significant physical difficulties and I have some insight into the challenges they, and their families face.The greatest lesson I learned was that these children and young adults were people first, with strengths and potential. Yes, they have problems, but they also have dreams and aspirations, we all have.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLeigh BradleyLeigh BradleyI was born in Southampton and moved to beautiful Montrose with my husband in the early 90s. Last year we bought a renovation project cottage with a large garden. This has absorbed most of our spare time and money since then, with quite a way to go yet! We have six children and thirteen grandchildren between us and an adorable rescue cat called Cassie. I've worked variously as a lecturer, open learning writer, project manager and commissioning manager. I think we have one life that we should live as fully as we can. I feel incredibly privileged to conduct funerals that celebrate a person's life and provide an opportunity for everyone connected with them to say goodbye in their own way. My role is to tell the personal stories you want recounted in the way you wish them to be told and make sure that the ceremony is everything you want it to be. Location: MontroseAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremoniesBelinda BraithwaiteBelinda BraithwaiteFrom a childhood in Cornwall I’ve gradually made my way north – I moved to Argyll in 1992 with my husband and two children.  My working life has brought me in contact with people of all ages and backgrounds, mainly in nursing and health care settings.            I joined the HSS after attending a Humanist funeral in the village where I live  (the first but not the last!). The ceremony gave us all the opportunity to recall so many happy memories and celebrate the life of a dear friend.  For me it also brought forth the realization that humanist values were in fact what influenced the way in which I lead my life. For me, humanism is integral to who I am and my place in the wider world and is a positive approach to making sense of day to day living. Respecting the environment and my fellow human travellers regardless of who they are or what they believe is an important part of my humanism because we are one human family.. It is not about power, money, control or divisions.           This “ah ha” moment laid the foundation to train to provide humanist ceremonies myself - at times of sadness, happiness and joy.  I have been a Celebrant since 2007.  I think it is important for those who wish it, to be able to have some help to write and plan a ceremony for these important times in life. It is a great privilege to meet people and work with them to create a very personal ceremony at important times in their life, following the death of a loved one, when they are planning to marry or welcoming a child to their family and circle of friends. Every Ceremony should be special and unique  - the day, setting, venue and words are all tailored to the wishes of the people involved. Even a well known reading or poem that has been said many times before is in a unique framework.         In my spare time I meet up with friends, go on adventures as often as possible and simply enjoy where I live – walking and (fair weather) canoe-ing. Please do telephone or email me to discuss your plansLocation: LochgilpheadAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLinda BrittonLinda BrittonI have been a celebrant since 2005 and have enjoyed this work more than anything else I've done previously. Humanism is about equality and respect, what we share rather than anything that might divide us, about making choices and the opportunity to live life to the full.  Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJennifer BuchanJennifer BuchanAlthough I am originally a Falkirk Bairn, I live in Quarrier's Village, on the border of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, with my husband Martin, our two children, and our two Spanish water dogs. I do voluntary work in Kilmacolm Primary School, for Quarrier's charity, and with the HSS T Run project, where we work with homeless people in Glasgow. I am also a Scout Leader, and have 110 young people in my group. Before having children, I was a professional actor, a journalist and did my general nursing training. Location: Bridge of WeirAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsKate BuchananKate BuchananBeing a celebrant means exactly what it says: that I can help others celebrate being human. Humanism means that, at last, I can give voice to what I do believe rather than what I don't: namely that all people matter and deserve respect and love, whatever path in life they have ended up on.Initially I trained as an English teacher but quickly realised I enjoyed working with and engaging young people who were seen as 'difficult'. I worked in specialist schools and retrained as a social worker, specialising in Child Protection and then latterly in Fostering and Adoption work. Having 4 children myself, one of whom has autism, took me into the home full time and into being a celebrant part time! I am part of the Far North team of celebrants and we co-ordinate our work. If I am not available then I will try to put you in touch with my nearest colleague.Location: ThursoAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsChristine BushChristine BushI have been a Humanist Celebrant since 2009.  It is a great privilege to meet so many people from all walks of life and work with them to create a very personal ceremony at an important time in their life, following the death of a loved one, when they are planning to marry or welcoming a child to their family and circle of friends.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsGeorge CaldowGeorge CaldowI am originally from Perth but have lived in Mosstodloch, near Elgin, since 1982. I have been married to my wife Elizabeth since 1972 and have two children. I retired as a Police Officer in December 2008 having spent almost 30 years working in Moray.  Location: FochabersAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsSylvia CameronLocation: InvernessAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsCraig CampbellCraig CampbellI am married with two adult (sometimes!) children who are now in Melbourne and Edinburgh. They wouldn't be trying to get away from me would they? I am very enthused by and really enjoying this relatively new activity in my life since I became a celebrant in 2012. I currently also have a mixed portfolio of part-time self- employed activity, such as career advisory work with people being made redundant and delivering financial awareness education to sixth formers, and voluntary work such as with the Children's Panel and with The Princes Trust and another large charitable trust. I am becoming increasingly interested in the Humanist Society and in helping it to achieve its objectives. I have recently joined the Board of Trustees, I am a member of the promotional group which is trying to increase the interest in Humanist ceremonies, and of the fees committee – so blame me if you think our ceremonies are too expensive – they aren’t by the way! I am a team leader for the Society's commitment to supporting the T Run - a facility provided to support Glasgow's Homeless. Becoming a celebrant has proved very rewarding, and the different challenges faced to date have been stimulating and at the same time allowed me to share in the happiness and/or poignancy of such important occasions for our clients. I have been on an amazing learning curve but so far so good with excellent feedback received. (Testimonials available on request - but they will make me blush!)Location: Bridge of weirAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLara CeliniLara CeliniI joined the Humanist Society of Scotland after reading a tribute at my best friend’s funeral in January 2008. Her ceremony gave me and those close to her an opportunity to celebrate the life of someone very special to us, and helped us to come to terms with a very tragic and unexpected loss. It was through arranging this that I learned more about the Society, and I felt both pleased and relieved to find a group of people who shared my outlook on life.Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJanice CreanJanice CreanI grew up in Scotland and in Central and South Africa and lived in the USA as a young woman. I was sent to four different churches in different countries and while still fairly young, began to back away from them as they all claimed the others were wrong. I respect their individuality now and appreciate their differences, but I am a happy Humanist and make the most of this one life we can all be sure of. My Dad, a miner, spent his spare time establishing unions for the indigenous workers in Zambia. He was kind, gentle, popular and loved his fellow man. He was a determined athiest who convinced me that there was no life after death. His example showed me that being atheist had everything to do with being a good and moral human being, so I was glad to discover the Humanist Society of Scotland holding the same views many years later and I enjoy reading about Humanism. I live in a small town in Inverclyde, have eight young grand children and have plans to get another puppy to take for walks and share with my family. Location: KilmacolmAvailable for: FuneralsGraeme CummingGraeme Cumming I think it is important that those who live their lives without religion should be able to have some help to construct a celebration for their life. That's why I am a celebrant. I was a community worker in Ayrshire for a number of years, and  have recently retired from working with a charity supprting people with Acquired Brain Injury. I have been a celebrant for 5 years now and still feel privileged to be part of the ceremonies I'm involved in. Location: PrestwickAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsKaren DicksonKaren DicksonI have been conducting humanist ceremonies since 2012 after becoming interested in training as a celebrant after our humanist wedding in 2010. I find being a celebrant one of the most rewarding roles I have ever done and it is a real privilege to take ceremonies and make them so special for those involved..Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsClaire DiganceClaire DiganceI live in Dumbarton with my husband and daughter; having been brought up in the East, the move West was nowhere near as traumatic as I had been led to believe! I love where I live and it's amazing being part of my local community in some of the most significant and important days in their lives. I am very privileged to be a Celebrant and I thoroughly enjoy it. Location: DumbartonAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsCandice DillenI have lived in Edinburgh since 1999 but am originally a 'sand dancer' from South Shields in the North East of England. So I'm a 'Scot' through the back door, or so I'm told! My background is in health and my career has been spent in the voluntary sector in Scotland, where I have worked in a range of areas including young people's health, substance misuse, health service improvement, neurological conditions, public health and bereavement. I am married to an Edinburgher and we have two children. We had a humanist wedding and both my kids had naming ceremonies where I first became introduced to the Humanist Society Scotland, sparking my interest in training with the Society to become a celebrant, as I could see what an interesting and very rewarding role it was. I could wax lyrical about what humanism is and what it means to me but I think it's quite simply being kind, non judgemental and compassionate. It's about unity not divison. Being someone who likes harmony and who can generally see both sides to any story - that suits me fine! Location: EdinburghAvailable for: FuneralsRachel DonaldRachel DonaldI first came across humanism at my Dad's funeral - after which I was inspired to join the Humanist Society. I have been a registered celebrant since January 2007 and it is by far the most enjoyable and rewarding job I have ever done.Location: AberdeenAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJanet DonnellyJanet DonnellyI never used to believe people who said that they looked forward to going to work every day and that's because until 2009 I treated work as a means to an end or rather a means to a salary. Then I became a celebrant and now I understand what those people meant. Every day brings a new opportunity to meet people with wonderful stories to tell and I consider myself privileged to be invited into their lives to help them put together a unique and personal ceremony - whether it's a wedding, a naming or a funeral.Location: Kingston on SpeyAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsAlastair DouglasAlastair DouglasI am now retired and have been doing wedding Ceremonies for several years. My working background was in Sales and Marketing and accordingly have no difficulties in speaking in front of a large gathering, likewise I have conducted very meaningful weddings with as few as four present.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: FuneralsJan DunckleyI was brought up in a completely secular family – the first time I saw anyone pray was at my first day at school and had no idea what was happening. Having dabbled with many ‘isms’ over the years, I found Humanism and I feel comfortable with it – I can accept it all without the ‘interesting but reservations’ of other ways of looking at life. Summed up – I 'think' – I don’t 'believe'.Location: Dumfries And GallowayAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsAlison DuthieAlison DuthieI am honoured to be a celebrant of funerals, weddings and namings for the Humanist Society, Scotland.I am now retired from teaching, where I specialised for many years in the support and education of children and adults with visual impairment. I am currently a tutor for a correspondence course in braille. The experience gained in that field I think has given me skills which transfer naturally into being a celebrant. Location: PerthAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsKen EadieKen EadieHi Thanks for looking at my profile. Before coming to the Society in my early days I worked for the Scottish Ambulance Service and later became self employed for a while and took some time out to attend Strathclyde University gaining an Honours degree in Sociology and some postgraduate study in Counselling. I find the work as a Celebrant to be extremely rewarding on many different levels. As a Wedding Celebrant I have the good fortune to meet some lovely couples and be part of their very special day, conducting a ceremony that is unique and personal to them and help them have a memorable and fun filled day. I also consider myself very fortunate to be allowed to undertake ceremonies and very privileged to have the opportunity to help families say a personal farewell to their loved ones when that time comes. Regards KenLocation: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsPenny EarleLocation: North BerwickAvailable for: FuneralsMandy Evans EwingMandy Evans EwingI have been a Registered Celebrant since spring 2001 and was one of the first twelve to be authorised as a Marriage Celebrant in 2005. I am Humanist Chaplain / Advisor for the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University. I am also involved in developing Humanist representation in NHS Spiritual Care and promoting harmonious relations between people of all beliefs. I have previously served on the HSS BOT and Glasgow Group Committee.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJess FitzgeraldJess FitzgeraldI have been a Humanist Society member for about 14 years and a humanist celebrant for nearly 12 years and had the pleasure of conducting some of the first legal humanist weddings in Scotland. I live in the West End of Glasgow and spend a lot of time in Argyll. Apart from weddings, my pleasures in life come from amateur theatre, dance, singing and 'propping' for amateur companies. I swim every day and don't sit still for long. (except for writing ceremonies!) My humanist philosophy is simple and incorporated into every ceremony. "Essentially Humanism comes down to a belief and optimism for human nature and the capacity for us all to love and care for our fellow human beings and the world around us." Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJohn GordonJohn GordonI spend my time between Edinburgh and Portpatrick, and and can therefore cover weddings over quite a wide region. I am a father, a husband and a son. I am a worker, I have no religious beliefs. Although I come from Glasgow, I come from a non-religious tradition. The basic assumption that I have grown up with is that we have one life, and that life should be lived as far as possible to the full. I was married in a civil ceremony in 1975, and the ceremony itself was a little perfunctory. We are still together thirty odd years later, so we do believe in love and marriage. I was never Christened, and none of my children were either. I first came across formal humanism when my parents booked their funerals, where they stated that they wished to have a humanist ceremony. In actual fact my mother called it a ‘humorist’ funeral. I decided to train as a celebrant in 2007, and since then have conducted many ceremonies. I have also conducted both of my daughters' weddings and naming ceremonies for three of my grandchildren. I have had a fairly long career – I spent 20 years as an academic, and then did the dot-com thing, which turned into a dot-bomb, went bust as they say. Nowadays, I spend much of my time on the web, developing ideas in education and working as a consultant in technology and business innovation. I have worked in many parts of the world, and have experienced a few cultures at first hand. I believe that we have only one go at life, that we each walk our own path, but that we are responsible for each other. I believe that we are moral, thinking creatures capable of great things. Humanism to me is the outcome of millennia of thinking about what is right and wrong; we stand on the shoulders of the great thinkers of the species, hopefully, being able to bring that into our own lives.Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJackie GrantJackie GrantMany people are Humanists without knowing the term. This was  my experience. I gave up on religion as a teenager...but was never really happy to call myself an atheist... it said only what I didn’t believe. So it was a joy for me to discover Humanism, to state positively what values are important to me. I worked for a number of years with the local authority in Edinburgh, managing the delivery of social work services to children and families. Social work values of respect, empathy and non-discriminatory practice fit comfortably within Humanist ethics. I took early retirement to train as Humanist Celebrant in December 2010. My family is important to me, both near and far, and spanning different beliefs and cultures. I think it is important family and friends come together to celebrate significant life events and achievements. This motivates me as a celebrant: there is a clear need for people to have access to a ceremony that reflects their beliefs and preferences: to marry, to name their children or to bury a member of their family. Humanist ceremonies provide an important choice.Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJanet HamiltonJanet HamiltonThanks for looking at my profile. Originally from Glasgow, I now live down the coast in Ayr, along with my husband and sixteen year old son. In my varied career I have worked with people of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds, often supporting them in making the most of their learning, career and ultimately life potential. I feel this fits well with Humanism. I have always held Humanist values, and took the decision to apply to become a celebrant after delivering the tributes at both my mum and dad's funerals. I realise how important it is to have a ceremony that truly cerebrates and captures the essence of who the person was. Now conducting weddings and naming ceremonies, I find it very rewarding in helping put together and deliver ceremonies and scripts for these significant events in our lives. These should be personal and meaningful, reflect the hopes and wishes of those involved, as well as being memorable for everyone attending. There is nothing more satisfying than delivering a ceremony which you know has achieved all of this. Location: AyrAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsPenelope HamiltonPenelope HamiltonIt’s a very special feeling, helping to create a wedding, naming or funeral ceremony: a real privilege.   There's profound meaning in life, whether you're religious or not, and we all have our share of pain and grief, hope and joy. I joined Humanist Society Scotland in 2006, after organising a family funeral; I wanted to give other families the same kind of unique, personal ceremony that had been given to us. I'm proud to belong to an organisation that campaigns for equality and social justice, and I’ve been the Celebrants’ representative for my area, served as a Trustee for the Society, and written a column for Humanitie, but what I enjoy most is being a Celebrant. These are my promises, if you book your ceremony with me: I’ll be courteous, clear and helpful; I’ll respond quickly to communications; everything in the ceremony will be chosen and agreed in advance by you; I’ll give you information, suggestions and advice, but I’ll welcome your ideas too; I’ll try to keep your stress levels low, and be a calm, warm and reassuring presence on the day itself. Finally, a word about accommodation and travel charges:  I don't need anywhere to stay because I've got a campervan, and I calculate my mileage from whichever’s closer to your venue, Tain or Thurso.Location: TainAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLorna HanlonLorna HanlonSince 2010, I have been in the privileged position of being a Registered Celebrant of the Humanist Society Scotland, based in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, and I conduct weddings, partnership ceremonies, funerals and namings in all areas of Tayside, but I also travel to many further flung parts of Scotland, if/when requested! I have lived and worked in Scotland and Europe over the past twenty years, and I am also a freelance writer and trainee proofreader.  I am qualified to conduct ceremonies or parts thereof in German and Spanish, and French and Italian on requestLocation: DundeeAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsPaul HarkinPaul HarkinMy work (University teaching and counselling) and personal living are shaped by a conviction that each human life is unique, rich in its own way and a cause for celebration. My first contact with Humanism came as the best man at a Humanist wedding. For me, Humanism involves a commitment to respect for human beings, their freedom and fulfillment. My five-year old son tests this commitment regularly.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsBrian HawkinsBrian HawkinsI trained as a humanist celebrant in May 2009. My background is in training and development and I work as a coach. I was motivated to become a humanist celebrant after searching in vain for an alternative, non-religious funeral for my father. Location: Bo'nessAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsPat HeppellPat HeppellMembership of the Humanist Society of Scotland has helped me to frame my own thoughts and ideas about some of the key issues in life. A bonus is that it is also very interesting and enjoyable to be a member of the society and to be a celebrant.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsChris HigginsChris HigginsBased in and around Inverness, I am a lifelong humanist, a twenty year beekeeper and a two-year retiree. I wanted to continue using my skills, such as they are, for something valuable, so I took time to train as funeral celebrant, having been greatly impressed by humanist funerals I had attended - as so many people are.Location: InvernessAvailable for: FuneralsJohn HowiesonJohn HowiesonOriginally from Dumfries, I lived in Edinburgh for a while before settling on the beautiful Isle of Skye in 1998. I'm a husband, father and grandfather, and each role and each different person in my life has enriched me. I took early retirement in 2009 after 33 years in secondary education. During my time in teaching, I always got most job satisfaction from sharing good things with young people, and helping them to find their way through difficult times. Being qualified in English, I've also always relished the challenges and joys of helping people to communicate. I see the job of a humanist celebrant as involving similar challenges and similar satisfactions.What humanism means to meLocation: Isle of SkyeAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsTom HudsonTom HudsonI became a celebrant after retiring from a life time in education. Humanism fits my personal view of life, and I felt that my experience in dealing with a wide range of people and situations could be applicable to humanist ceremonies. I find the role both rewarding and fulfilling. It is a privilege to be asked to prepare and deliver celebrations at key stages of people's lives. Whether it is the joy and expectation that goes with a wedding, handling the emotions of a funeral, or the exuberance of welcoming a child into the world, it is working with those involved to make it a meaningful and uplifting experience, which motivates me. I believe in getting the most out of life, hence my involvement with drama, volunteer minibus driving, hill-walking, vegetable growing, and helping our Borders furniture recycling charity. Being a celebrant is a very important and stimulating part of this busy life, and means a great deal to me.Location: PeeblesAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJoe HughesJoe HughesLocation: JohnstoneAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMaureen HutchisonMaureen HutchisonI am a former teacher and lecturer , now fully retired . I joined the Humanist Society Scotland about 5 years ago , though I think I have probably been a humanist for a very long time . For me , humanism at its simplest is focussing on the fact that you only have one life and so , without religion , you need to make the very best of it for yourself and for others .Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsSenga Ishaq ( Kemp )Senga Ishaq ( Kemp )Born in Dennistoun in Glasgow, I have lived in Fife, West Lothian and East Kilbride, during my working career. Now, I live in a rural area in the Clyde Valley, with lots of space for my two Cocker Spaniels to run around. Having been widowed in 2007, I started a whole new life remarrying in 2014! - Since 2010 I have concentrated solely on my Celebrant work through the Humanist Society of Scotland. This gives me the time to commit, to make sure I do the best job I can in supporting people, where I am able to help, and at a time that is convenient to them. Tap on my name above for more info...  or scroll down...Location: WishawAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMarilyn JacksonMarilyn JacksonI first joined the Society in 1991 and have long admired the work of our celebrants. Took voluntary redundancy, after 34+ years of working with councillors for the City of Edinburgh Council, and trained as a celebrant in May 2008. All my feedback from ceremonies has been very positive and I find this work the most rewarding I have ever done. Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsAngela JohnsonAngela JohnsonMy aim is to create a personal ceremony that best suits you, whatever the occasion. I simply love my work as a Humanist celebrant. It is always a privilege to share important moments in life with others, and I hope that you will find my approach both warm and professional. Although I live near Ellon, I am happy to conduct ceremonies throughout Aberdeenshire and in Aberdeen city.Location: EllonAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLucie JohnstonLucie JohnstonMy aim as a celebrant is to provide you with a truly personal ceremony. I love working with couples and families to craft just the right ceremony - whether that be for a wedding, naming ceremony or funeral.Location: GlenfargAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsSheena JohnstonSheena JohnstonHello - and thanks for looking at my profile. I have been a celebrant for the humanist society since 2010.  Prior to that at varying times I was a secretary, registrar of births, deaths and marriages and wedding/events planner all of which happily tie in to my life now as a funeral and wedding celebrant.  I'm happily married with two wonderful grown up children and lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country not far from Loch Lomond. I have three hens who kindly give me anything from zero to three eggs every day - if you come out to my house chances are you'll leave with a wee box!  If you're organising things from a distance I can talk to you via Skype but generally I prefer to meet people if at all possible.  When contacting me for wedding availability via the website enquiry form, you should expect a response from me within 24 hours.  Sometimes for unexplained reasons I don't receive these messages, so if there is still a stunned silence from me say 48 hours later - please either phone or email me direct on Location: BalfronAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsBob JohnstoneBob Johnstone Location: AberdeenAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsCatherine JoshiCatherine JoshiI came to celebrancy in my retirement, after pretty well a lifetime of agnosticism/ atheism.My working life went from work in a university research lab, through TEFL in Brussels, full-time motherhood - on through a mature degree, to FE lecturer and High School English teacher, and included a year in Tasmania. I also served the Forth Valley Committee for Spiritual Care for three years, with ID as an Honorary Chaplain.Location: DunblaneAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJohn KayJohn KayI have been conducting ceremonies in various capacities since 1980. Since joining the Humanist Society in 2003 I have been conducting Naming Ceremonies and funerals in my local area. I am a retired secondary school teacher and my main interest is in education. For the last few years I have been involved in writing and delivering the educational materials the Society uses in many schools to teach young people about Humanism.Location: CumbernauldAvailable for: Naming ceremoniesEdward KennedyEdward KennedyEddie, who is originally from Glasgow, is married (humanist ceremony) and now lives in Aberdeen. He is here to help you celebrate your big event, and is also here to help with the not so good times, when you have to say goodbye.Location: AberdeenAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsMaureen KettleMaureen KettleI live in Cumbernauld with my fab husband, James and two smashing kids (when they're not fighting), Greig and Amy. I have worked with the Humanist Society Scotland for about 7 years in an administrative role and that opportunity has enabled me see what wonderful work our celebrants do across our range of ceremonies. It's just such a great privilege to be a celebrant - living in the central belt, with the fantastic motorway links, I'm happy to travel to meet up with you - just get in touch on either of my numbers below, or drop me an email if you want to know any more about any of my ceremonies! Location: CumbernauldAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremoniesCaroline LambieCaroline LambieI trained as a humanist celebrant in May 2010. It is very fulfilling work. Humanism means equality of all people in all areas of life. It means not judging people with your own values and accepting that people are different from each other. My career previously was in publishing magazines and business coaching and consulting. I was the editor of the HSS membership magazine, Humanitie, and l write a column in it. I was on the management team of HSS and was involved in engaging with families in the HSS membership. I am happily married with two sons with a huge age gap between them one is 18 years old and the other is a cheeky two year old! My older son has severe special needs, so I understand family situations where people have been caring for a loved one.Location: West CalderAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsFiona LawrenceFiona LawrenceI joined the Humanist Society in 2010. Although I live in Braemar,  I am  in Aberdeen  frequently, with many of my weddings being booked in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire.Location: BraemarAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsMelanie LeckieMelanie LeckieI decided to train to become a Celebrant after I attended a friend's funeral and also my sister's wedding. Both ceremonies were incredibly personal, moving and appropriate and I felt it would be a real honour to provide this kind of service.Location: FalkirkAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsAnnie LoughlinAnnie LoughlinI really enjoy being a Humanist Celebrant and find it extremely satisfying work. I have over 30 years experience of working with people of all ages, both with groups and one to one, mainly focussing on women's health, but also generally in the mental health arena. I am a trained Art Therapist, and also teach stress management. I feel very lucky to be living in beautiful Argyll, with my two lovely teenage children and fab dog! Humanism means to me; Equality. We are all equal. William Gladstone said; 'When the power of love replaces the love of power, then we shall know peace in this world'.Location: by LochgilpheadAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJane MacfieI have been a Humanist Celebrant since 2000. I have experience of conducting funerals, weddings and namings over Argyll and Bute, the Central Belt and the south west. I am happy to travel to provide ceremonies throughout Argyll and the Western Isles. Location: RothesayAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsTim MaguireTim MaguireI was a producer and director for twenty-five years before I trained as a celebrant in October 2005. Since then I’ve conducted more than 1,000 weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies and find that being a celebrant is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJessie McCafferyJessie McCafferyI trained as a Humanist celebrant in May 2009. Prior to this I was a Primary School Head Teacher.My brother had been a Celebrant and had conducted several family ceremonies so I was familiar with the work. I formed a high opinion of the Humanist Society of Scotland and although uncertain whether I would cope with the emotional side of ceremonies I undertook the training followed by a period of mentoring. It turned out to be the most enjoyable and rewarding work I had ever done.I am married with a grown – up family. With members scattered around the world I spend a lot of time keeping up with family news and visits. I enjoy being outdoor whether on long walks in the highlands or pottering about in the garden! I am also a bit crafty with interests in knitting, spinning and crochet.Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMarjory McGeeLocation: ClackmannanshireAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsKaren McLaughlinKaren McLaughlinMy back ground is in social work and I have worked and taught as a counsellor.I have long experience of working with people in a variety of situations and sometimes in distress. I am partially retired and when not working I enjoy my garden, travelling reading and volunteering. I live in Ayr and am available to travel to homes and ceremonies within a 15/20 mile radiusLocation: AyrAvailable for: FuneralsKen McMillanKen McMillanAs an experienced wedding celebrant, I have conducted over 450 legal weddings over the last 8 years. To help you to prepare a meaningful, personal ceremony tailored to your wishes, I offer a professional service based on this experience to make your day really memorable. I also work as a driving instructor, so I’m used to dealing with all kinds of people – especially slightly nervous ones! You’ll find me friendly, smart and helpful at all times! For more information, see my blog at email me on - oh, and remember to check your spam folder for my reply!! What Humanism means to me: To me, Humanism means promoting a lifestyle which affirms peoples’ ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment and thus aspire to the greater good of humanity. Humanists are guided by reason, inspired by compassion and informed by experience. With weddings, this means that we can prepare a wonderful, fully legal ceremony without reference to any gods and without hymns or prayers. Same sex marriages: Hooray! The Scottish Government has passed the Marriage and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill by 105 votes to 18 on 4th February 2014. It's likely that the first same sex marriage will take place later in 2014. I am delighted to be part of this great news, and to celebrate, the Humanist Society is offering to conduct 105 same sex marriages for free! So if you are couple I have conducted a ceremony for in the past, or if you are in a civil partnership, and you'd like a wee 'upgrade' - or if you'd like to book a marriage later in the year, do get in touch and we'll get the wheels in motion!Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsIvan MiddletonIvan MiddletonHave been a celebrant since 1997, starting off with funerals and weddings for friends. I had the wonderful and moving experience of marrying our two sons in 1999 and 2002. I was fortunate enough to conduct our first legal marriage and have since conducted over 500 such ceremonies, enjoying each one.Location: HaddingtonAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLeslie MitchellLeslie MitchellI'm very happy to conduct ceremonies in both the West and Central areas. In fact, I'm very happy conducting wedding ceremonies full stop - it's all about working with couples on the ceremony they really want.For more than six years I've really enjoyed celebrating marriages from Islands on the East Coast to Gardens on the West. from Castles to cottages. Better still has been the experience of working with couples to make a ceremony which reflects their wishes, their dreams and their realities.You can find my wedding blog and website at GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsDorothy NowakDorothy NowakI started my working life as a primary school teacher and then moved into charity fundraising which was my main career for over 20 years. I had the great good fortune to work for some of the world's leading charitable organisations helping them to raise the vital funds for their tremendous efforts worldwide. It was a real privilege to be involved in such work. In my long career I have also taught adults with learning difficulties and dance and exercise to women who want to have a bit of fun and let off steam. My mid life crisis involved opening a Polish restaurant, following a dream! A wonderful, but exhausting experience. It's over now! I still organise concerts every year for some musician friends and teach belly dance classes; that gives me a great balance in my life. In 2011 I was delighted to find the Humanist Society and train as a celebrant. I feel as though I have come home.Location: CuparAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsCatherine OwenCatherine OwenI have lived in Midlothian for 21 years and my career has spanned 30 years in the world of education and as a voice and presentation skills trainer , working with everyone from teachers to weathermen to zoo keepers to business people and actors.What humanism means to me.Every human being is unique. Humanism is about respecting and valuing each person's right to be an individual, regardless of race, social position, sexuality or belief. It is inclusive. It is about the things we have in common as human beings and which bring us together. It is about caring for the world in which we live. Humanists look on this life as the only one there is and seek to celebrate that life in the way that they live it. I have run a degree course for aspiring professional actors at Queen Margaret University and was the main voice coach there for 19 years. I enjoy meeting people and always like to help.Working full time as a celebrant with Humanist Society Scotland brings together all this skill and creativity and, above all, provides a wonderful opportunity to work with people.Location: MidlothianAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsJean ParkJean ParkAfter a career in teaching, I wanted to continue to be involved in public service in some way. As an English teacher and Depute Head Teacher, I felt I had good experience in dealing with people across the age and social spectrum, often in difficult circumstances, and had good communication skills. I also felt that people like myself, with no religious beliefs but with strong libertarian and equalitarian views, were entitled to have the important events in their lives recognised and celebrated in an individual and personal way. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to be able to help people facing a difficult event in their lives to share their memories and feelings about their loved ones.Location: IrvineAvailable for: FuneralsPaul PattersonPaul PattersonHello and thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. I have come to being a Humanist Celebrant after a long career in a number of professions, from Police Officer to Social Worker, all at the coal face of life, so to speak. Along the way having the ups and downs that life brings, but all the while my respect for the love people have for each other and their strength, courage and humour in all they face has been an honour to witness and at times be party to. And to me Humanism with a capital H is not complicated. The principles underpin all of our relationships and behaviour. Qualities of love, tolerance, respect, kindness and care for others. Qualities we all strive to show and experience, qualities that bind us together in our lives. I would be being less than truthful if I said that being a Celebrant was part of a grand plan but rather it's a result of the experience I've gained through meeting people and conducting ceremonies which has helped me to gain another perspective on how we celebrate life in many different ways at different times and how fulfilling and rewarding this can be. Being a Celebrant is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things I have ever done and long may it continue and that is why I thanked you for looking at my profile! So if you like what you read, then please have a look at my approach to the different ceremonies I conduct. If you wish to discuss a ceremony with me further, please contact me on 07714016848 or pn.patterson@virginmedia.comLocation: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsCaroline PearsonCaroline PearsonCaroline was born and raised in Edinburgh and lives with her family in Midlothian. Caroline has spent the last 20 years working with a variety of folk in disability equality, learning difficulties, mental health and minority ethnic communities. She has also specialised in working with people with dementia. She really enjoys meeting people, treating individuals, families and colleagues with care and respect. Compassion toward people and concern for their welfare underlines Caroline’s Humanist work. The ceremonies that she offers are dignified celebrations which fully involve the family in consultation and participation. Ceremonies are always individually written and presented. Caroline conducts cremations and funerals throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders, and can travel more widely as requested. You can see more at: Location: Cousland, MidlothianAvailable for: FuneralsJim PetherickJim PetherickWhy I am a Humanist Celebrant.I joined the Humanist Society after a particularly disappointing funeral I attended for a loved relative whose fun loving life was completely missed by the minister, who wailed to god for his allocated twenty minutes. I have always been an atheist and felt that I should do something more positive to represent the beliefs of the majority of Scots who have no religious following.I trained as a Celebrant in 2001 and have since conducted about 1000 ceremonies.I am a father and grandfather and live on a small farm in the beautiful Kinross-shire countryside and I operate in Perth, Kinross-shire, Fife and the Central Region. During this year (2008-2009) I am also the National Convenor of the Society and am excited by the many strides forward our organisation is making in so many areas of Scottish Society.Location: KinrossAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsStella PotterHumanism has been central to my life for many decades. Please note I am an occasional Celebrant, mostly serving my local community for the last 14 years. My main work is shift work so I only have one weekend off in three. Being rather quirky myself I particularly relish out of the ordinary ceremonies. Location: BallaterAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsBrenda ReidBrenda ReidI have spent nearly 30 years as a nurse/midwife and I feel that my background in nursing help towards the life experiences we face every day.  The pleasure I receive from carrying out my role as a celebrant is second to none - I LOVE it!!! I can honestly say this was one of the best decisions I made! I have three wonderful grown up children, the eldest who is married ( yes it was a Humanist ceremony!) , our family live in the heart of the country and share our home with 2 dogs and 7 cats!Location: ArbroathAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsAlan RichardsonLocation: TurriffAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMarion RichardsonMarion RichardsonI came late to Humanism. Having been in Public Relations in London, I married and moved to Aberdeenshire in 1967. I taught for 31 years, first French and later as a Guidance teacher. I spent a lot of my time with pupils and parents listening. I still do a lot of listening – whether it is a funeral, naming or wedding, listening is vital to making the final ceremony just what is needed.Location: TurriffAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMarnie RoadburgMarnie RoadburgAfter helping to organise and then attending my brother-in-law's funeral six years ago the seeds were sown for my own training as a Humanist Celebrant. Working in the voluntary and public sector for over 38 years with a range of people from all different backgrounds also influenced this decision. So when I retired from full time work I was able to follow this up and I trained to become a Celebrant in 2011. I can now say that it is one of the most rewarding and privileged kinds of work I have ever done. When my brother-in-law died we decided that the best way to commemorate his life was to have a Humanist funeral, even though we didn't know much about how it worked. It turned out to be the perfect thing to do. The Celebrant spent a great deal of time getting to know my husband. She paid attention to what he felt and wanted for the ceremony and made every effort to capture a very personal picture of my brother-in-law, his interests, his foibles, his strengths, and his contribution to the local community. This attention to detail and knowing that the Celebrant was there totally for us has had a lasting effect on me. Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsAnne RobertsAnne RobertsMy professional background is in business skills training and running my own businesses. I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.Location: TroonAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsRebecca RobinsonLocation: GlasgowAvailable for: FuneralsColette RoddenColette RoddenHi. I'm originally from Glasgow but I now live in the beautiful east coast village of St Cyrus which is about 30 miles south of Aberdeen. My background is over 30 years working for the Financial Sector; I took early retirement after I decided that the 'road' I was travelling was not fulfilling me emotionally or personally. I also have Multiple Sclerosis and I am determined to face up to whatever challenges come my way. I may have MS - but MS does NOT have me! On a personal note I am engaged to be married in July 2016, my fiancé works for the emergency services and we have an adorable Lhasa Apso dog called Freya. My career background includes writing and presenting numerous executive /divisional reports and these transferable skills align nicely with Funeral Celebrancy. I am also on the Committee of an Elderly Care Home in Brechin and regularly visit the residents to listen and chat with them.Location: MontroseAvailable for: FuneralsStuart RodgerStuart RodgerHumanism to me, is a secular, ethical life stance about respecting and caring for one another and treating everyone equally, irrespective of their background or their beliefs. My introduction to humanism came as a result of the first funeral  I conducted - my own mother's.She was my mum and I wanted to say goodbye to her in my own way and hopefully in a way she would have liked. It was such a moving and rewarding experience I realised that it was something I would like to be able to do for others. Discovering humanism and training as a celebrant some years later allowed me to do so. After negotiating an early retirement from a career in healthcare, I now conduct funerals and weddings   -  conducting such ceremonies  is amongst the most enjoyable and rewarding work I have ever done.  In addition to being a celebrant I am also one of two Area Ceremony Officers for the west of Scotland. I live between Howwood and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, with my wife Liz and our collection of animals ... and am happy to conduct ceremonies in Renfrewshire, Ayrshire and Glasgow.( or further afield ... I do seem to conduct quite a few weddings on the shores of Loch Lomond ! ) . Location: HowwoodAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMaggie RoebuckMaggie RoebuckI retired at the end of 2009 from a job as a Literacy Development Worker. I supported a team of volunteers and we helped adults with literacy and numeracy needs. I also taught English as a Second Language which was great fun. I still voulunteer as a Tutor. I have had a variety of other jobs including a lawyer, a lecturer and trainer. On the more creative side I have been a DJ, a Soft Furnishings Designer and Jewellery Maker. I have a husband and 2 grown up children.I was so happy to find Humanism as all my beliefs fitted it. I believe we are here once and we have to try to live a productive, worthwhile life and treat people as we would want to be treated. We should try not to discriminate against anyone, strive for equality of opportunity and help the most vulnerable members of society.Location: AyrAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsKathryn RossKathryn RossThank you for taking time to look at my profile. Becoming a Humanist Celebrant is without doubt the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I have spent much of my career researching social history so I have a very genuine interest in people and consider it a privilege to be invited into their lives; whether it's to mark the passing of a loved one or celebrate happy times. I've had some lovely feedback from the many ceremonies I've conducted and that means a great deal to me. For me, Humanism is about equality and respect and about making the most of life. Humanist Ceremonies are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the one life we have and I think it's great that people now have the freedom to mark important milestones - whether in life or death - in the way that they want to. If you would like to get in touch about a ceremony please feel free to do so - I will be very happy to hear from you and to have an informal chat. Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsBob ScottBob ScottHumanism to me is about putting thoughts and ideas into useful action: thoughts based on evidence and experience and ideas that are driven by compassion. Location: DrymenAvailable for: FuneralsLouise ScottLocation: GlasgowAvailable for: FuneralsFiona Scougall Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves in the way we choose to live our lives. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good. I have been a Humanist all my life - I just didn't know it! It was with great relief that I discovered there were others who shared my outlook on life and I finally found where I belonged. For me personally, Humanism is simple. It is about making the most of my life in a positive way. My values revolve around respecting other people and the world we live in and living my life in an ethical and compassionate way. I try to always focus on the things that unite us as human beings rather than that which divides us. "We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other, and recognise that human beings are more alike than we are unalike" Maya Angelou Location: CrieffAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLesley SimpsonLesley Simpson'Celebrating Life in all its seasons' Hi thank you for visiting my profile. To introduce myself, I am Lesley Simpson originally from Glasgow but now living in Grantown on Spey. I have been a registered celebrant with the HSS since 2006 and have been authorised to conduct legal weddings since 2007.Like many people I was introduced to the society through a funeral, my own fathers, and was so impressed with the compassion and professionalism given to us from our celebrant then (Joe Hughs) that I decided to become a member of the society and then went on to  train to become a celebrant myself.There are so many occasions in life to celebrate; from marriages, renewal of vows, civil partnerships, baby naming, celebrating the life of a loved one at a funeral, memorials to name but a few.Knowing that we are all individuals, with our own tastes and styles, I am committed to working with you to create a ceremony that best suits you and your personality or the personality of your loved one. I hope to bring my experience, warmth and respectfulness to the planning and delivery of your significant event.Location: Grantown on SpeyAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLorraine SimpsonLorraine SimpsonBefore becoming a celebrant, I had 33 years experience in paediatric nursing which I enjoyed enormously. I love spending time with my family, particularly my two beautiful grand daughters. Since leaving nursing, I can now devote my time to being a Humanist Celebrant and support those who invite me to do so. Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsHelen SingletonHelen SingletonHaving in my working life been involved in assisting families going through changes both joyous and sad, I was always aware of a need for meaningful alternatives to religious ceremonies to mark births, marriages and deaths and was heartened when I discovered that this need was met by Humanist Celebrants.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsDavid SmithI am a recently retired head teacher and now work in schools in Central Scotland as Education Officer for a Museum. I live in Fintry, Stirlingshire and so my Humanist work is often in the Stirling and Glasgow area. I am married with two sons. I enjoy directing and acting with a local amateur dramatic club.  I can be contacted on 07919  557  061Location: Fintry, GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremoniesGary SmithGary SmithI have been a Celebrant with the Humanist Society of Scotland since 2006 and since 2007 an authorised legal Wedding Celebrant. I work full time as a scientist with a cancer research company in Dundee. My Celebrant work is so special to me. I find it rewarding and uplifting. I am married with two grown up lads. My hobbies include writing, photography, film, music (I run a small charity quiz/disco set-up) and all things techie. Location: MonifiethAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLinda SmithLinda SmithI was born in Aberdeen and have lived and worked in Caithness all my life. I have recently retired from the career I loved and now consider myself to be very fortunate to have found a new vocation as a Humanist Celebrant. Humanism to me is simple - treat everyone with the same dignity and respect that I would wish my own family to be treated and live my life with consideration for my fellow beings recognising that all are individuals and each one of us plays a valued role as part of the human community. I am fortunate to work as part of a small team covering the North of Scotland.Location: WickAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsVanessa SmithVanessa SmithI believe that we all have a responsibility for each other, to each other, for the betterment of human kind.  Life is wonderful but it is not always fair or easy and we all need human contact and the support of others. To be able to share key moments in life with others as a Humanist Celebrant is a real privilege. Location: AberdeenAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsIain SmithersAfter thirty eight years in the education sector I retired and joined HSS to train as a Celebrant. I have spent my life working to help others and see no reason to stop now. I am a married man with three children and five grandchildren so I think I can honestly say that time never hangs heavy for me! I look forward to meeting and helping those people who would like me to add to the sum total of their lives by sharing our Humanist ideals in a very positive way.Location: AberdeenAvailable for: FuneralsAlison StewartAlison Stewart Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsGillian StewartGillian StewartI’ve been a humanist celebrant with the Society since the Spring of 2005 and a registered wedding celebrant since April 2006. My background is in Nursery Nursing and I’ve also worked with children and their families at Rachel House Children’s Hospice in Kinross. Similarly to my work there, I find my celebrant work to be extremely rewarding. I’m happily married and my hobbies include gardening, socialising and belly dancing!Location: LevenAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsAndrea StothersPeople have always been important to me and, through years of English teaching, I have been fortunate to share the experiences of those from a wide variety of backgrounds. Life is for living and we should celebrate all aspects of that life.Location: St AndrewsAvailable for: FuneralsKate StrachanKate StrachanI discovered Humanism when my mother died and we chose to have a Humanist Celebrant to conduct the funeral. I realised that Humanist values reflected my life stance and I was so impressed with the ceremony that I decided I wanted to be a celebrant and help other bereaved families at a difficult time in their lives.Location: BathgateAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsStewart StruthersStewart StruthersHumanism for me is about choice. Many people these days are not religious, but still want to celebrate a birth, a life or a wedding with elements of a traditional ceremony, but also with the freedom to express what they think and feel without restrictions. As a wedding celebrant I work with the couple to help them understand what choices they have in creating their unique wedding. We work together to create something personal and a ceremony that reflects them, from the promises and vows they make, to the music and symbolic gestures they may choose. Sometimes the wedding ceremony we create is more traditional, serious and sober, at other times full of fun and laughter. Often, it is a blend of both. What it is always, is what the couple want, with a little guidance from me. I conduct ceremonies throughout Scotland and in particular Fife and Edinburgh. As for me, well humour and fun are a big part of my style. Four days a week I run my own business and I’m upbeat and enthusiastic about life, but without being annoying about it. (let's face it not every day is "fantastic") I’m very unsuccessful at keeping fit as I love Greggs the bakers too much, but in defiance of my increasing waistline I have done and do numerous endurance events including duathlons and marathons. My family cheer me on, though only I suspect, as they know where I keep my life insurance policies. Location: AberdourAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsSuzanne TeedSuzanne TeedI am married with two teenage children, 7 dogs, 5 cats and one husband..David. I live in rural Stirlingshire where I have bred springer Profile picture is me and 'Wee Chuck',the puppy we kept from our first litter. We have also had litters of kittens, bunnies and guinea pigs. It's all go here! I hail from Greenock but have lived here in the glorious Trossachs for over 20 years. I originally worked in accountancy but 15 years ago my husband and I started our own consulting business and I was able to be at home with my children, which I've loved. It was around the time my kids were small that I rekindled my love of drama and helped start up a theatre company in my area. It's something I'm passionate about and now I'm more involved in directing than performing, and all the people I work with are fantastic. I'm hugely interested in music, drama, poetry and the arts... I would describe myself as an animal loving 'People Person'. Being a celebrant is an incredibly rewarding job. My aim is to make each ceremony completely individual and to really bring out that person's personality. Humanist Funerals are a celebration of a life and I always try to capture the essence of that life, whether it has been short or very long. Humanist Weddings are very personal to each couple and I will always make sure every couple has exactly what they want for their big day. Location: StirlingAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsFiona ThomasFiona Thomas For me, humanism is quite simply a way of life, based on respecting the world we live in, and respecting every individual regardless of who they are or what they believe. My work as a celebrant is extremely interesting and rewarding and it is a privilege to be able to conduct ceremonies. Prior to becoming a celebrant, I graduated with a PhD and worked as a scientist for ten years at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Ottawa.Location: EdinburghAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsMary WallaceMary WallaceHi there and thanks for looking at my profile! I've been a Celebrant of the Humanist Society of Scotland since 1999 and an authorised legal Wedding Celebrant since 2005. You can find more information, pictures and video clips of weddings I've conducted on my wedding blog at: DouneAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsSteve WallaceSteve WallaceI'm now semi-retired, with a scientific background many years ago, followed by a career in technical computing and eventually forming my own company.Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsLinsey WatsonLinsey WatsonMy background is in social work and teaching (French).  I first became interested in humanism after my mother-in-law's funeral.  As I found it to be such a comforting and reassuring experience, I decided to find out more about the Society and trained to become a celebrant.  It is by far the most rewarding role that I have had -  creating unique personalised ceremonies to help people celebrate significant events in their lives.Location: AberdeenAvailable for: Funerals; WeddingsIain WhitelawIain WhitelawI trained as a Humanist Celebrant after a 30 year career in the world of the Arts, Theatres, Museums, Libraries, Tourism and Events Management. Humanism fits my personal view of life, and having attended a number of uplifting and meaningful humanist weddings and funerals, I was inspired to join the Humanist Society and become a Humanist Celebrant. I find conducting weddings and funeral ceremonies exceptionally rewarding. As a Humanist I believe we should behave towards others as we would wish them to behave towards us, that we can live good and worthwhile lives guided by compassion and reason rather than religion or superstition and that there are more things that unite rather than divide us. Or as we say in Scots, "We're a' Jock Tamson's bairns"  (we're all the same under the skin!). Location: FifeAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsHelen WoodHelen WoodI have been a Humanist celebrant for 11 years and a wedding celebrant for 10 years. My interests are, first of all my family, consisting of my husband George, plus my two daughters and one son. I enjoy hill walking, completed the Munros and the Corbetts a few years ago. I still go out walking every Wednesday with a group of like minded friends.  I attend Scottish Country dancing classes twice a week, three times if I have the time!! I love the music and I have met so many nice people. To relax I'll spend some time in the garden or listen to music. I was a primary teacher in my working life, worked in schools throughout Glasgow, many of them in challenging areas. Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsRoss WrightRoss WrightThanks for Looking by.... I'm Ross, and I've been a humanist celebrant for 10 years. I've never believed in the supernatural , instead I think it's people that matter , and it's our relationships to each other that make life worthwhile. I discovered that viewpoint had a name that's when I applied to be a celebrant with the Humanist Society Scotland. It is a huge privilege to help people celebrate the most important events of in their lives, welcoming new life into the world, celebrating love and, at the end, celebrating a life that is complete. I live in South Glasgow and conduct personalised legal humanist weddings and civil partnerships in Glasgow, Edinburgh and throughout Scotland and conduct humanist funerals and baby namings in Glasgow and the central belt. Location: GlasgowAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsLouise YoungLouise YoungI trained as a Humanist Celebrant in 2008 and now conduct naming ceremonies, weddings, civil partnership commitment ceremonies and funerals. Humanism wasn’t something I knew much about until I attended a funeral in 2004 and found it a very personal and uplifting celebration of a friend’s life. After being married by a Humanist celebrant in 2007 I decided I wanted to be able to help others celebrate the joys and sadnesses of life.I live in Kirkliston with my husband Derek, my daughter Ailsa, and my cat Thelma. I work for the National Galleries of Scotland as their Fundraising Operations Officer. I am able to conduct ceremonies at the weekend, and can be available occasionally to conduct ceremonies during the week.I can help advise on readings, poetry and music, and offer support for any family members who wish to speak during the ceremony.Although based in the Edinburgh area, I am happy to travel both within and outwith Scotland.Location: KirklistonAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; WeddingsErica von BoltensternAbout me and Humanism Location: Castle DouglasAvailable for: Funerals; Naming ceremonies; Weddings

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