Meet Your Officiants

Wendy and Anne are our lay chaplains. We are all professional, open-minded, and easy to communicate with. We look forward to helping craft a ceremony that is serious or lighthearted, professional or casual, and that suits your personal style, and values. Lay chaplains are not ministers, but are trained members of Unitarian-Universalist congregations, and we are all pleased to perform ceremonies that reflect your own personal faith, multi-faith, secular, spiritual, humanist or atheist backgrounds.

 

Contact information for each Lay Chaplain is available on the Contact Us page.

Anne Coward

 

Marking the changes in our lives with a ceremony allows us to recognize the importance of these unique moments which will not come again. I look forward to working with you to help you plan a personalized ceremony to mark an important rite of passage, whether it is a wedding, a memorial, a child dedication, a house blessing or another significant transition. I can perform your ceremony in English, French or both. I also speak a bit of Spanish, Portuguese, German and Dutch.

 

I crafted my own wedding ceremony more than 30 years ago before setting off on an adventurous life as a military wife. After living in Europe, Australia, Africa and different parts of Canada with my husband and my two sons, I enjoy being settled, tending my extensive garden in the countryside north of Kingston, participating as an active member of the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship and singing and playing music.

Wendy Morrison

 

I look forward to the privilege of creating, with you, a ceremony that honours the unique traditions, beliefs and values that you bring to your significant life transition.  Recognizing the uniqueness of each person, and their experiences, I will work with you to create a memorable ceremony for you and those whom you invite to share it. 

In addition to my career in child and youth mental health, I am actively involved with the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship.  After raising our children and watching them grow into young adults, my husband and I continue to enjoy our home in the country that we share with a variety of animals.  We enjoy having many beautiful locations nearby for hiking and kayaking.     

Gordon Darrall

Note: Gordon is no longer doing weddings except in prisons, but can still do all other ceremonies.

I have been a member of KUF for over twenty years and during that time I have held many positions in the congregation. Now I am enjoying the privilege of being a Lay Chaplain. Each time I meet with a couple or family to plan a ceremony, I recognize the uniqueness of these individuals. I work with them to create a highlighted moment in their lives, reflecting who they are as individuals.

After 30 years as a teacher, I now enjoy cutting firewood, growing a large garden, making things, hiking, and sharing moments with family and friends.

Every ceremony at which I officiate brings me into the lives of many interesting and committed people; for that I am thankful.

Kim Irvine-Albano

Note: Kim is no longer doing weddings, but can still do all other ceremonies

 

I have been performing ceremonies for many years to mark important transitions in people's lives. I am dedicated to making ceremonies personal and reflective of the uniqueness of the individuals and the situation.

 

I grew up in the Niagara Region and spent over 15 years living and working in Muskoka before coming to the Kingston area. I have degrees in psychology and transpersonal studies, and have studied drama based psychotherapy extensively. I live amongst the trees and wildlife and enjoy connecting with nature, connecting with people, and spending time with my partner and two teenage children. 

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