ABOUT

Me

Hi, I’m Jeannette, Marriage Commissioner, and Owner and Founder of Turning Points: Ceremonies Celebrating Life. After more than 25 years of officiating over marriage ceremonies I still absolutely love “anything” wedding related. I still get excited to meet couples who are soon to be “newlyweds”.  I am thrilled and honoured to be invited into this very special time to curate the perfect marriage ceremony for them. I take great pride in my ability to go from our first concept discussion to curating a marriage ceremony that is filled with magical moments and quite unique to the couple. I know – a lot of “I’s” but this page is all about me!

Though I now call Winnipeg, Manitoba home - it is a great and vibrant city to live in - I have had the great fortune of living and working in rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba and in London, England for 10 amazing years.

When I am not marrying couples, I love to travel. I have traveled throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, a few of the states in the U.S.A. and some very lovely hot spots in the Caribbean. My travels have been a gift in expanding my understanding, and appreciation, of the richness other cultures’ traditions, customs and beliefs offer to us.

In my spare time, I volunteer or cozy up with a good book. I am absolutely passionate about volunteering!  To have the time to give back to the community is a privilege which I take seriously. Plus, I get to meet really interesting people. My latest passions are D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre and The Children’s Hospital Book Sale.

My life has been enriched by family, friends and the colleagues I have had the pleasure of working with. I am grateful for the life lessons they have taught me. I am inspired by those – known and unknown to me – who, by their small acts of kindness, have stirred the hearts and minds of others to believe we can all participate in creating a more just and caring world.

WHY CHOOSE TURNING POINTS

I like listening to stories.... real stories.... about real people. Some of these stories are hilariously funny, others touch my heart and some are just so painful to listen to I want to weep. Each story shared is told by an ordinary person about the extraordinary turning points in their lives. Each story shared is interesting to me because every story shared is sacred, and says something about the impact the event had on the person telling the story.

At Turning Points, we also recognize and celebrate diversity. We celebrate the innumerable combinations of qualities and quirks, beliefs and values, lifestyles, interests, and hobbies found amongst us. We believe that as each person is unique so should be the ceremony that celebrates them.

When you choose Turning Points you are choosing to have a customized ceremony that will be very personal, unique and memorable.

MY QUALIFICATIONS

  • Over twenty years of experience developing and officiating Ceremonies of Celebration
  • Marriage Commissioner, Province of Manitoba
  • Graduate from the University of Winnipeg & St Stephen's College, University of Alberta
  • Certificate in Counseling
  • Training in Meditation
  • Training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution