“I believe my job as a Humanist Officiant is the best. I love what I do. Working with couples on planning their marriage ceremony, being a part of their special day, or any special ceremony, is a privilege and an honour.”
It all began in January 2006 when, as a Municipal Clerk and Civil Marriage Officiant, Cheri officiated her first marriage ceremony in Caledon’s Town Hall and was smitten with the role.
In December 2010 Cheri was appointed by The Ontario Humanist Society (OHS) and licenced by the Province of Ontario to officiate at weddings. Also, as a Humanist Officiant she began to include memorial and naming ceremonies to the services she provides.
After a successful career in both the private and public sectors Cheri began CherCo Services and through this company she officiates non-denominational rites of passage ceremonies as a Humanist Officiant, continues to act as a Civil Marriage Officiant for the Town of Caledon and, is contracted by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) to provide training to municipal staff on conducting civil marriages.
She has been an active volunteer in her community for almost 40 years; was past vice-president of the Halton-Peel Humanist Community, member of both Humanist Canada and the Ontario Humanist Society (OHS). Cheri presently sits on the Ceremonies Committee of the OHS and as a community member sits on a committee of the Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).
Cheri has been married to Ray for 45 years. They have two sons and five perfect grandchildren. When not officiating Cheri enjoys spending time with family, walking, biking, gardening, reading and volunteering.
“I have been so fortunate to enjoy a fulfilling career, and continue to enjoy my role as a Humanist Officiant where I am able to bring humanist values of respect, responsibility, compassion and love to everything I do. After performing over 200 ceremonies the excitement and thrill of being a part of each and every one is still there.”