Our Lay Chaplains invite people of all cultures, faiths and genders to create a service that reflects who they are as individuals, and the unique partnership they are creating.

Your values, ideals and expectations are the core of the ceremony that our Lay Chaplains will create with you. They are happy to perform ceremonies at your chosen location. Our Lay Chaplains can be contacted by telephone at 705-741-0968, or by e-mail.

Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies

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Let us help you create your unique ceremony

Our Lay Chaplains encourage you to participate in planning the details of your ceremony by helping you choose elements such as readings, music, meditations and prayers. They believe that this will result in a ceremony that reflects the personal values and spirituality you share.

Our Lay Chaplains are licensed by the Province of Ontario through the Canadian Unitarian Council.


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Funerals, Memorials, Celebrations of Life

At the time of a death, you may find yourself without a Minister or Officiant to guide you. Our Lay Chaplains are available to meet with you to plan and conduct a meaningful funeral or memorial service.

Child Dedication or Naming Ceremonies

Celebrate life and share your joy at the arrival of a new child or recognize important moments in the lives of any of your children. Our Lay Chaplains can help you find the words and rituals to acknowledge this member of your family.


Other Customized Ceremonies

If there are events in your life that you want to celebrate or acknowledge with a special ceremony, our Lay Chaplains are here to assist you. Some possible occasions are:

  • Birthdays
  • Crone or Elder Rituals
  • House blessings
  • Name changes
  • New business
  • Pet memorials
  • Renewal of vows
  • Retirement
  • Separation or Divorce

Lay Chaplains

Donna Harris

Donna Harris

Being a Lay Chaplain is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life. From my personal experience of being married by a Unitarian Lay Chaplain I learned the value of creating our own service and vows. With my background as a counsellor, I am committed to listening carefully with sensitivity and to work with you to create a personal service that is meaningful for you and/or your loved ones.


“Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment.”
— Paulo Coelho

Meredith Hill

The work of  Lay Chaplain is both a privelege and a joy.  Working with couples and families to create ceremonies reflecting their values and their understandings of the occasion, has shown me repeatedly how important that is to them and to their friends and communities.  I bring to my role as Lay Chaplain work experience within the field of education and within church congregations.  I look forward to providing support and resources to create meaningful ritual, and to journeying through significant life passages with those who call on the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough.


Carter Mahoney

To be a lay chaplain is to be of service to those looking to honour and celebrate the most meaningful moments of their lives. It is a true privilege to be apart of this committee and bring forward my experience creating unique ceremonies. I am excited to be of service to you in creating a ceremony for your meaningful moment.