My name is Brenda Hamilton
A bit about me:
After a long and successful career, I decided to take early retirement from my role as an Administrator for a local municipality. For me, working with people and assisting residents was very rewarding. I wanted to continue this passion by playing a part in the happiest moments of peoples lives - their wedding.
During my municipal career, I was also a part-time instructor at St. Lawrence College - teaching Municipal Administration.
In 2016, I was voted "Best Officiant" for Southeastern Ontario and this was truly an honour for me. In 2017, I was asked to be a Judge for the Southeastern Ontario Wedding Awards.
In 2018 and 2019, I was chosen as one of the "Three Best Rated" wedding officiants in Kingston.
As an animal lover, I enjoy the variety of wildlife around my home and support local animal welfare groups.
I am certified by the Ontario Humanist Society and licensed by the Province of Ontario to perform marriage ceremonies.
I have performed over 350 ceremonies, and have gained a reputation for being:
- well spoken;
- well dressed; and
- having a good sense of humour.
I bring this attitude and sense of professionalism to all of my ceremonies. I understand the importance of your special day and work hard to make your dream a reality.
I have experience performing ceremonies together with interpreters for French, Italian, Vietnamese and Chinese couples. I will provide the legal paperwork required for the Province when interpreters are utilized.
Why Choose Brenda?
Choosing a Wedding Officiant is personal and unique to each couple. Wedding Officiants are not all the same.
I am an open-minded and respectful person. I enjoy meeting and talking with people. You can have confidence in my abilities and the fact that I will take time to help you to make your ceremony special. I will listen to your ideas, concerns and be prepared to guide you through the process. You are invited to include any special poems, personal vows and unity ceremonies to make the day "your own".
Ceremonies can be short (similar to a civil ceremony) or more traditional; this depends on your personal wishes.
Many Officiants consider their role as an Officiant as "their job". I had a "job" for many years as a senior, municipal administrator. Now that I am retired, I consider my role as an Officiant as the opportunity to have fun and to help people make this important occasion, very special.
You are invited to provide me with feedback about my services at any time. Complaints relating to misconduct, incompetence or incapacity as set out in the Ontario Humanist Society Ethical Principles and Humanist Officiant Profile (available at www.ontariohumanists.ca) may be directed to the Chair, Ceremonies Committee, Ontario Humanist Society, 265 Gore Street, Almonte, ON, KOA 1A0 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org