Celebrating the Turning Points in Our Lives....
When introducing me to others, a collegues says,
"This is my friend Jeannette -
she marries and buries people".
The response to this introduction, invariably, is
and then followed by a story of a wedding or a funeral.
Listening to real life stories is one of the reason why I chose to open Turning Points. Another is that I am really very, very good at crafting custom-made ceremonies which honours and celebrates the turning points in a person's life.
For over 20 years, whether it was guiding a couple in planning their marriage ceremony, welcoming a child into the family or assisting the bereaved through the delicate process of developing a personalized tribute of celebration, I have taken great pride in my ability to listen carefully to the stories being shared, to the hope, dreams and wishes of the speaker and then creating ceremonies that will remain forever in their hearts and memories.
Why Choose Turning Points
I like listening to stories.... real stories.... about real people. Some of these stories are hilariously funny, others touch my heart and some are just so painful to listen to I want to weep. Each story shared is told by a ordinary person about ordinary everyday things. Each story shared is interesting to me because each story shared is sacred, and says something about the person telling the story. I find them interesting yet very few of the story tellers, that I have met over the years, think their stories are interesting.
At Turning Points we recognize and celebrate diversity. We celebrate the innumerable combinations of qualities and quirks, beliefs and values, lifestyles, interests, and hobbies found amongst us. We believe that as each person is unique so should be the ceremony that celebrates them.
When you choose Turning Points you are choosing to have a customized ceremony that will be very personal, unique and memorable.
My name is Jeannette and I am the creator of Turning Points. For over 20 years my focus has been on crafting custom-made ceremonies which honours and celebrates the turning points in a person's life. Whether it is guiding a couple in planning their marriage ceremony, welcoming a child into the family or assisting the bereaved through the delicate process of developing a personalized tribute of celebration I take great pride in creating ceremonies that will remain forever in your hearts and memories.
I now call Winnipeg, Manitoba home. It is a great city to live in. Situated at the fork of two rivers, the Assiniboine and the Red, Winnipeg is a vibrant testament to the pioneer spirit of the first settlers and to the gift of our First Nations people who first welcomed the settlers. The cultural diversity of this city is phenominal. With the many, many festivals that happen year round - yes even in February when the thermometer dips way down to - 30 something without the windchill - there is always something to do. Then there are art galleries, the Symphany Orchastra, theaters aplenty and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. If sports is your thing Winnipeg is home to the Winnpeg Jets, the Goldeyes and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I would be remiss if I doid not add curling to this list of tings to do in Winnipeg. Having the majority of my family make their home in Winnipeg greatly adds to my pleasure of living here.
In my life I have had the great fortune of living and working in Canora and Rosetown in Saskatchewan, Morris and Morden in Manitoba and in London, England. I have travelled throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, a few of the states in the U.S.A. and some very lovely hot spots in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Throughout my travels I have come to understand and appreciate cultural diversity - though not always the food. I have learnt that many of us are creatures of habit so my travels have been a gift in expanding my understanding of the the richness that other cultures offer to us - yes, even the food! My life has been enriched by family and friends and by the people I have met and the stories shared with me. I am thankful for all these experiences and encounters and look forward to the opportunity to hear your story as we create yours or a loved ones own turning point ceremony.
Over twenty years of experience developing Ceremonies of Celebration
Marriage Commissioner, Province of Manitoba
Qualified Funeral Celebrant
Independent Funeral Planning Advisor
Graduate from the University of Winnipeg
Graduate from the University of Alberta [St. Stephen's College]
Certificate in Counseling
Training in Meditation
Training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution