CCGA Professional Development 2015

CCGA Conference 2The photo is from the cover of the Celebrants’ Conference I have just enjoyed over the last two days. I belong to the Civil Celebrants Graduates Association or CCGA, made of up celebrants who completed a Monash University post graduate qualification in celebrancy. The first day covered ongoing professional development which we have to undertake annually to keep up to date with what is happening in celebrancy. This year’s topics were about changes to marriage forms, dealing with cultural diversity in our ceremonies and trendspotting in the wedding industry. Our main presenter was Beth O’Brien from Australian Celebrations Training. The second day was richly informative and thought- provoking with three keynote speakers. Dr Eman Sharobeem discussed the consequences of forced and arranged marriages, particularly relating to young immigrant women; Dr Pia Interlandi discussed natural alternatives for funerals, including preparing the dead for burial. The writer and journalist, Martin Flanagan spoke, in his warm and inimitable and way, about how he lives his life. We also held a broad ranging Q&A forum with Sally Cant, Lyn Allison, Kane Jarrod and John Shilliday on the panel, discussing diverse topics ranging from celebrancy law, using feedback and mentors and working with other wedding providers, particularly photographers. Of course, the other marvellous outcome of a conference such as this is the chance to catch up with colleagues and friends and share our stories.