Our Trainers

Our Trainers

We are very particular about our trainers.  Our trainers have been hand picked by Sally Cant and undergo a series of tests before they can train students, and they must have years of experience as a celebrant prior to being able to train. They come from a broad background and have a high level of skill in training. We are thrilled to introduce our trainers to you:

Sally Cant

Sally Cant

CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC41015 and a Grad Dip of Celebrancy
Sally has a been a celebrant since 1995, Training celebrants since 2001
Author of The Heart and Soul of Celebrancy – sold over 7000 copies into 6 countries.
Author of Conversations About Death
President of the Celebrant's Association of Australia
Member of the inaugural FIMAC - Funeral Industry Ministerial Advisory Council
Lecturer - RMIT, Swinburne University et al, in Marketing, Public Relations and Information Technology.
Owner and Director of The Celebrants Training College Pty Ltd - and Life Skills Training Pty Ltd
Owner of the Celebrants Training College Pty Ltd NZ
Inaugural Vice President of NDAN - Natural Death Advocacy Network
20 years - CEO of Communication Agencies
An Associate Member of the National Speakers Association of Aust.
Corporate MC
Award winning artist

Dudley Raine

Dudley Raine

CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110

CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC41015

Appointed a celebrant in 2009

Training celebrants since 2011

Flight Service Director Air New Zealand 1972 – 2002,

Team manager and Crew trainer 1998 to 2002,

Owner/operator Claret Restaurant Auckland NZ 2002–2006,

President Business association Onehunga Auckland NZ 2004 - 2006

Trish Williams

Trish Williams
  • Trish is the Personal Assistant to the CEO – (Sally Cant)
  • Secretary of the Celebrants Assoc of Aust.
  • And 'assessor extraordinaire' for the College

Becoming a Celebrant is the best decision I have ever made. I love people and I love weddings and being a celebrant enables me to give each couple a unique and personal ceremony. It is a privilege when a couple chooses me as their Celebrant.

I was born and raised on the West Coast of Scotland before moving to live in Melbourne Australia and because of my heritage I have the ability to speak with both an Australian and Scottish accent at will. Therefore I am able to offer a Scottish flavour to any wedding or not which ever you prefer.

I am heavily involved in a local female choir and was their President for 8 years. I love to sing with the choir as it gives you this wonderful feeling of accomplishment to blend voices and produce this wonderful sound.

Being President of the choir for many years has given me the ability and confidence to speak publicly, being MC for many of our wonderful events. I have a genuine interest in people and love getting to know them and their stories. (Don’t worry I won't burst into song!).

Ross Wellings

Ross Wellings

 CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110

CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608

Bachelor of Arts Sydney University

Dip Teaching Sydney Teachers College

Certificate IV Training and Assessing Adults

Certificate IV Celebrancy

Statement of Attainment Funeral Celebrancy

Certificate III Natural Areas Management

Professionally trained artist

After a satisfying and successful career in Secondary Education, I began conducting funerals in 2005 and became an Authorised Marriage Celebrant in 2006.

My life has a happy balance with several volunteer community roles, casual work in schools and other educational organisations and occasional endeavours in Art. Involvement in intercultural experiences has broadened my sensitivity to other cultures.

Membership of Australian Marriage Celebrants (AMC) and the Funeral Celebrants Association Australia (FCAA) and volunteer leadership roles within each have strengthened my Celebrant skills and knowledge. Member of Independent Funeral Planners.

I am anticipating the pleasure of further rewarding work with you, future celebrants, through Life Skills Training and The Celebrants Training College.

Anne Meek

I am a Marriage Celebrant and I live and work on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands. I really love wedding celebrations where family and friends gather in a big bubble of goodwill and happiness. I believe in marriage equality and I am delighted that now we are all entitled to the same rights and protection under Australian law. I take a professional and personal approach to my work and I am more than happy to help you with the paperwork. I am thrilled to be working with Sally and the Life Skills team to bring OPD to Cairns. 

Ingrid Reiger


CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110

CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC41015

With a background in Administration work and a passion for people, Celebrancy was a natural progression for me.

Married myself since 2004 and running three successful businesses with my family, I became Registered Marriage Celebrant in 2010 after raising two babies in order to follow my genuine interest in people and their stories as I re-entered the workforce in some capacity.

My journey to becoming a trainer has also included working in Administration and as a Funeral Directors Assistant with Perth’s leading Funeral Director, Bowra & O’Dea.

Funeral Celebrant work followed with over 300 funerals officiated, as has a Counselling Diploma and volunteering for Lifeline WA.

Serving others is a true vocation. Celebrancy is a calling for me. I enjoy it and feel I achieve a good work / life balance with this as my vocation.

I bring this to my training role with Life Skills Training. That genuine care for becoming a great celebrant, which hopefully all students shall become!

My family are my life (Brett my husband, Bonnie and Ned my children and Belly my miniature Bull Terrier); and I love netball, bushwalks and vintage wares!!

Ann Dally

Ann Dally

Celebrant since 2004
CERT IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
CERT IV in Celebrancy CHC42608
Statement of Attainment Funeral Celebrancy
Justice of the Peace
Celebrant Trainer since 2010
President, Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc.
Creative Writer
Ann became registered as a Civil Marriage Celebrant in June 2004.
Prior to becoming a celebrant Ann was managing an Asia Pacific Training Environment for two years, acting as Administration Manager servicing over 200 clients and had her own team of experienced administrators.
Ann spent twelve years as Advertising and Marketing Manager for a well known Australia-wide publication and is also a trained sub-editor which she says has been invaluable in her role as a celebrant and a trainer. She also enjoys writing poetry. Her background has proven to be hugely beneficial to her celebrancy work.
Ann loves her role as a Marriage Celebrant. She enjoys the privilege of training and mentoring other celebrants.
Very much a people person, Ann is always striving to create a difference in the lives of people she trains and mentors. Her OPD classes are well attended and her feedback is always of an exceptionally high standard.

Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway

Marriage Celebrant since January 1995. Whitsunday Wedding Celebrant since 1997.  Have officiated at 3000+ ceremonies.  “The Celebrant for the Whitsunday’s”.

Justice of the Peace (Qual) Qld.

Member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants.

CN404 Instructional Skills Certificate.

Certificate 1 in Vocational Access

ILP201 Individual Learning Plan

Certificate !V Assessment and Workplace training.

BSZ303 Train Small Groups.

40+ years Computer and Software experience, Training, Maintenance, Setup.

Creator of the Celebrant Connection component of the Byronware Celebrant Suite Program used by many Celebrants Australia wide.

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