CERTIFICATE FOR THE CELEBRANT – CELEBRANTS WELCOME CEREMONY – THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE
CERTIFICATE FOR THE CELEBRANT
No acceptable certificate by the government to Celebrants is issued, which a celebrant could put on display to reassure clients that we have been appointed. The certificate issued last year was bureaucratic humiliation.
What should happen – We should receive a carefully designed certificate Lionel Murphy issued a personally certificate to the early celebrants which instilled pride. Phillip Ruddock, I believe, wanted to do so but fell victim to the bureaucracy who gave an insulting one for him to sign.
CELEBRANTS WELCOME CEREMONY
Celebrants are the only government office not welcomed by a ceremony! All appointments of government have ceremony, citizens have a ceremony, JPs have a ceremony but civil celebrants (and indirectly the institution of marriage), are not to be honoured in any way. Why? Because in the eyes of those who have humiliated, intimidated and mismanaged us we are not worthy\.
What should happen – Ceremony providers, of all people, should have ceremony to honour their appointment. It should be of such substance as to be a life long inspiration.
THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE
– Government appointments, by their very nature, have a certain dignity.
What should happen – The office should be respected. Those who have achieved and eminence in the profession should be honoured. This office has been completely trivialised and treated with disdain. Over competitions and excessive appointments. Excessive, bitter and degrading competition, characterised by tabloid style marketing and false advertising have become commonplace among and have trivialised the office.
The Code of Practice should be strengthened in these areas and leadership from the top must encourage dignified behaviour.
Performance reviews should cover marketing and advertising practices.
Those who have completed dodgy, shonky courses should be re-trained by trainers of reputation.