National Executive Team 2016-2017

The National Executive has a governance and management role to ensure our legal obligations are met and our member celebrants are supported. Strategies are put in place to achieve our objectives in the key areas of standards, education, networking and profile-raising.

Our Executive is elected each year at the AGM – the President  for a two-year term and other members annually (plus the Immediate Past President is appointed from the elected members for one year following changeover). We aim for balanced succession with a mix of experienced and new members. The Executive is supported by three part time paid contractor positions outlined below.  Executive team members are volunteers.

The Executive members play a direct role, sometimes in collaboration with appointed specialists, in providing services for members, including our publication Panui, our website, member liaison, professional development, national education events and marketing.  Each National Executive member has a management area to coordinate, and responsibility for liaison with one or more Branches.  The flow of information, ideas and inspiration within our organisation is key to its vitality and to achieve our aim of:

Enriching Celebrants – Enriching New Zealand

To contact any of the team members below please click on their photo below.

Immediate Past President:
Carol Gunn

Carol has completed her two-year term as President and will now support the new President and Executive team for one year.  She has been a celebrant (based in Ashburton) since 2001, a member of CANZ since 2008 and on the CANZ Executive since 2011.  As Immediate Past President she will continue to support all CANZ celebrants to deliver high-quality services, to promote celebrancy and influence the place of ceremony and ritual in NZ Society.

In her term as President, Carol improved the processes in the CANZ Executive roles; she has helped develop improved systems for membership of CANZ, training of celebrants, and opportunities for Professional Development as we strive toward being a professional organisation.  CANZ Branches play a pivotal role in our organisation so support of our members, through our branch structure, is paramount.

Congratulations to Marg as she takes the helm as Vice President.  Marg began her Celebrant journey when she completed her Celebrant studies in 2013. Since then she has been performing funeral and wedding ceremonies and is available for all life event celebrations.  Living in Nelson Marg has been a committee member of Top of the South CANZ Branch and more recently their Branch Liaison. For CANZ 2015 Conference Marg held the role as Programme co-ordinator, working closely with the Conference committee and CANZ Executive to deliver a great educational programme.

Marg has had an extensive career in Banking where her passion is inspiring and developing individuals and teams and providing superior customer service. With this sound business acumen she will oversee the Finance portfolio.

Jann is serving her fourth consecutive term on the National Executive.  Based in the Marlborough Sounds, she and her husband Trevor have owned and operated their tourism business Te Mahia Bay Resort for the last 25 years.

Jann became a celebrant in 2009 and has been a valued member of CANZ for the last eight years.  She conducts weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies and other important milestones in people’s lives.

Recently she and her colleague have formed the Hospice Outreach Marlborough Sounds and Farewell Trusts,  bringing the palliative care of sounds residents back home to the community by assisting patients to make the most of life and to ensure that patients die comfortably, with dignity and in the place of their choice.

Jann is passionate about increasing the professional standing of CANZ celebrants in our communities through greater educational opportunities, structured  professional pathways and beneficial mentoring practices.

Dianne has been a celebrant since 2004 and still loves every aspect of the work. She joined CANZ initially because she understood the value of ongoing professional development but she has also benefitted from interacting with other celebrants, enjoying their diversity and wisdom.  Serving on the National Executive was Dianne’s way of giving something back to celebrancy and CANZ but she has found that this experience has enhanced her own practice in myriad ways and the scope of her involvement has taught her many new skills.

Ceremony and ritual may not be words that slip freely from the tongues of most of our clients but it is what they are looking for…  “that thing” that gives value as they celebrate life events  but they also want relevance and reality. Achieving this is no small task so the more Dianne can do to support the organisation that supports us all in our challenging role, the better.

Supporting the National Executive:
CANZ Virtual Assistant: Finance and Admin support
Sharron Harris:  Management Support
Karin de la Rey: Panui Newsletter Editor