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Celebrating family members

Celebrating family

We have birthdays, mother's day and father's day... but what about everybody else in our family?  When do we celebrate them?

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Why Join a Celebrant Association?

  Why join a Celebrant Association?
Are you studying to become a marriage celebrant? 
Have you recently been appointed as a celebrant? 
Are you an established marriage or funeral celebrant?
Do you want to network and continue to improve your skills and knowledge?


Did you answer YES to any of these questions?

Then why not consider joining a professional celebrant association? 

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There are a number of celebrant associations in Australia – they are listed on the Attorney General’s website. 
Most associations belong to the peak celebrant body, the Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA), where association delegates work together to advance celebrancy as a profession and provide advice to the Attorney General’s department on matters related to celebrants.
  You can read more about CoCA on their website

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Each association offers its own approach, so you should easily be able to find one that meets your needs.
Let us introduce you to our association
the Civil Celebrations Network (CCN) Inc.


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CCN is a not-for-profit incorporated association that runs as an online association – no meetings to attend and everyone can participate equally.  We have a strong focus on informing the public about ceremonies, celebrations and our celebrant members.  

What can you expect as a member?

A Directory of members -manage your entry, add info and photos to promote yourself

A discussion forum where you can ask questions, share ideas and information

 Daily emails that tell you what topics are currently being discussed on the forum
Great social media presence – informing the public about ceremonies and our celebrants
Special projects that help you to promote your services to the public
Regular newsletters to keep you up to date
Member discounts at our online celebrant shop for stationery and other celebrant needs
Discounted professional indemnity and public liability insurance
Low cost CAL copyright licences
Discounted professional development – join other members in online and face-to-face OPD
Low membership rates for student celebrants - get a head start


Our website is full of information about celebrants, ceremonies and celebrations.  Many pages are available to the public and celebrants generally but many more pages are for our members’only.

You can join now for as little as $40 to the end of March 2018     

We’d love you to have you as a member.

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For more information about CCN as a celebrant association - check out our website 
or call for information on 0434 699 415

And if you'd like to speak to a celebrant to help you with your next celebration - simply click HERE

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10 Reasons why you should join CCN

CCN is a not-for-profit association for professional civil celebrants with a focus on promoting our celebrant members and a range of ceremonies and celebrations to the public.   CCN Members are marriage celebrants, religious celebrants, memorial and funeral celebrants, family and naming celebrants, student celebrants and celebrants for all occsions.

Here are just 10 of the reasons why you should join us...

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Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

A day for Mums to sit back and relax whilst her family dotes on her by making breakfast, taking her out to lunch, doing odd jobs around the house and bringing her flowers and gifts…. If she’s anything like my mum you will probably find her tidying up after all those activities and arranging the lunch herself! 
A mother’s work is never done!

Here are some fun ideas to do with younger kiddies…

Find the Funny: Start a new tradition this year by creating a family comic strip. Take a long sheet of paper, and draw three or four large squares next to one another, like a newspaper comic strip. Then think of an event, or something funny that happened this Mother’s Day and draw it in the panel. You can include dialogue, a date, and a title. Make your Mum the central character.  Save your comic strip, and create another one next year and others in years to come. Year by year, you will have built an amazing book.


Planting Memories: Spend the day in the garden with Mum planting some of her favourite flowers that together you can water and look after.  Together you can create labelled markers to stick in the dirt with the flowers with the date.


Mother’s Day Selfie:  Start another family tradition of taking funny selfies of your family with your Mum as the central figure.  Then you can print them out and make a collage of the day.  You can look back on that every day and remember how special your Mum is.


What about some fabulously fun ways for the grown ups to celebrate Mother’s Day?

A family reunion - gather all your beloved family members together at a park or someone’s backyard and whilst you bbq and share out the potato salad, you can share stories of why the mothers in the group are so wonderful.


Share in your Mum’s hobbies - maybe gardening is her passion, she might like old Doris Day movies, or she might just love pottering in the kitchen making those mini cakes she’s famous for - get in there with her.  Learn, laugh, love.

Surprise Mum with a “This Is Your Life” Ceremony - all you need to do is speak to a celebrant and together you can pull off the most fantastic surprise for your Mum.

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Every year my Mum says “All I would like is some flowers and and choccies.  I don’t need anything else.”  But she does get more than that, even if she doesn’t realise it.

I’m not talking about tangible, wrapped handkerchiefs or scented candles or soaps, I’m talking about the unconditional love, admiration and gratitude for everything that she does for me.  To me, she is more than my Mum - she’s my best friend and it brings a tear to my eye to even say the words ‘I’d be lost without her’, but there are lots of people out there who will be celebrating Mother’s Day without their Mums.  Your Mum will always be special and it's important to keep them in your memory.

* Make her favourite recipe

* Sew all her old scarves together into a patchwork quilt

 CLICK HERE you'll find some more lovely ideas to keep her close with you this Mother’s Day.

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Anna Wong
A great tribute to Mother's Day. Wishing all mothers a day filled with the knowledge of love and appreciation.
Sunday, 08 May 2016 08:53
Shell Brown
Some beautiful ideas here. Well done CCN team!
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 15:09
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The History of CCN

Anzac Day this week has really made me think about our history and in particular, the history of CCN, and who better to chat to about it than the founder and now life member of Civil Celebrations Network Inc - Rona Goold.


What is your background in celebrancy?

I was appointed a Commonwealth Civil Marriage Celebrant at the age of 42, after working in schools and the health department in a range of roles. I was looking for a career that used my skills and talents, as well as give me the flexibility to work when I chose.

The goal was probably achievable given that a substantial number of celebrants were making a wage from the work - the statistics in 1995 indicated that celebrants averaged 64 weddings per celebrant per year, nothing like the 10-11 average now.

Although I had extensive experience from my previous careers, I had no training in business knowledge and skills.  Also, as a government appointee, one could not ‘tout for business’. One could not advertise in any way that made you stand out from another celebrant, a simple White or Yellow pages line was permissible as was a single line in the Public Notices of a local paper, Nothing more.

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Shell Brown
What a terrific blog! Reading about the history of our association and how it came to be was really interesting. It's also very ... Read More
Friday, 29 April 2016 19:50
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