“We really appreciated your help … to guide us into a ceremony that reflected us, our values, what we wanted to communicate and also one that was entertaining and special.”
Hello, my name is Cate Quinn. I live in Knaresborough (between York and Harrogate) and conduct wedding and funeral ceremonies mainly in North Yorkshire, but am happy to travel further afield on request (including overseas weddings).
It is a great privilege to be a Humanist Celebrant – helping people to mark significant events in their lives in special and individual ways. Conducting non-religious ceremonies for couples and families also enables me to meet many diverse and wonderful people, and to learn from the insights and stories they share.
Your ceremony will be all about you, your values and the relationships you have built. But before you choose a celebrant, it might be helpful for you to know a little more about me.
My interest in Humanism was rooted in a desire to being able to explain and promote an ethical and moral approach to life that is not reliant on religion.
I soon realised that I have been a Humanist all my life – believing that there is one life and that we should live it to the full, with respect and consideration for others. I believe it is our own responsibility to improve our own lives and those of others around us, rather than depending upon divine intervention.
I became aware of the British Humanist Association’s ceremonies work through meeting other celebrants at my local Humanist group. This inspired me to train as a Celebrant as the role not only gives me an opportunity to use my existing skills in a way that is deeply satisfying, but also the ability to combine my work with my core values. What better job is there than that?
My career to date has been in health care and health care regulation. A core thread running through my various roles has been about gathering and interpreting information, with a view to developing solutions. I also have my creative side – designing and maintaining gardens for private clients and helping out at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre in Knaresborough (who incidentally also host weddings). I recently became self-employed and continue to hold a strong customer-focused ethos, which will ensure you get the service that is right for you.
My commitments to you
Whatever the nature, scale or setting of the occasion, I commit to:
- Meeting with you at a time and place of your convenience
- Providing you with a personalised, sensitive and respectful service
- Explaining the process and what you might expect
- Working closely with you to craft a ceremony that is distinctive and genuinely reflects the person or people at its centre
- Providing you with a presentation copy of the ceremony to share with those who are unable to make the service and to look back on in years to come
- Charging a fee that is in the range recommended by Humanists UK
To find out more:
Phone me on Tel: 01423 861673 Mobile: 07708 381303
Humanists UK maintains an accredited list of Humanist Celebrants. In order to achieve and maintain accreditation, a celebrant must:
- Complete rigorous training, including practical assignments and all the basic skills required to conduct a ceremony, such as personal presentation, public speaking, writing skills and planning a ceremony
- Train for specific types of ceremony, i.e. weddings, funerals, namings etc.
- Continue to enhance their skills – Humanists UK is commited to continuous professional development and provides opportunities for Humanist Celebrants to enhance their skills through workshops, conferences and local networks. Humanist Celebrants should also demonstrate that they take advantage of personal development opportunities, such as reading and following social media.
Continuous Professional Development undertaken:
- I am a regular attender at North Yorkshire Humanists (http://nyhg.humanist.org.uk), where I actively participate in discussions
- I occasionally attend the York Rationialists Group (http://www.meetup.com/York-Rationalists/).
- I read widely around wedding traditions, symbolic rituals, life and death, and public speaking
- I am member of the ‘Humanist Wedding Celebrants: Class of 2016’ group on Facebook
- I attended the BHA Conventions in June 2016 and June 2017
- I attended the BHA Celebrants Conference in October 2016
As a Humanist Celebrant, I am also part of a local Peer Observation programme where, on an annual basis, we each observe a colleague and are observed by a colleague whilst we present a ceremony. This is an informal opportunity to get helpful feedback on style, content and structure and how we might improve.
We also have access to a forum on the Humanist UK’s website where we can post questions, share experiences and seek advice.