Lou the Celebrant

A friendly, considerate, helpful professional, fun  Family Celebrant with a difference, a permanent smile, a listening ear, and loads of experience.

I want you to enjoy your Ceremony as much as I do;
or better yet, even more than I do!

There is a reason that other celebrants come to me for advice.

and a reason a guest at a ceremony came to me to say “don’t you ever stop doing what you are doing, you were born to this”!

I put you at the centre of everything.

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 +61 (0) 457 00 1922    lou@alifecelebrant.com.au

      

        

A celebrant for all special occasions in your journey of life.

Your Life Events: Weddings, Unions & Commitments; Naming Ceremonies; Funerals, & More

I love what I do!

Weddings, Renewals, Namings, Memorials, Funerals, & more…

The Celebrant of choice for Hatch, Match & Dispatch

Ceremonies for every moment of Love, Life and Loss – the truly important occasions in life.

Fun, enthusiastic, helpful, experienced, knowledgeable,

I am a Civil & Marriage Celebrant, authorised by the Attorney General‘s Office.

A member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants (AFCC), Australian Marriage Celebrants Associations (AMC), Civil Celebrants Network (CCN);  the Funeral Celebrants Association of Australia (FCAA) and numerous international Celebrancy groups.

Over 30 years experience in public life, married for over 41 years, an accomplished public & motivational speaker, humanitarian, educator, poet, international traveller, & Master of Ceremonies.

Awarded for  community service.

Caring, and determined your ceremony will be uniquely yours, making it memorable, fulfilling and an enriching experience.

It is your ceremony. Let’s design it together and make it wonderful.

I’ll work with you and guide you, to make it easier, and one that you truly want to attend.

One that is beautiful.

I love what I do, but so do others. Have a look at the reviews


There is all sorts of stuff about me below but , so if you really want to, you can keep scrolling, but the bit above is what is important.

Or better yet,  go to the tabs to select your ceremony


BIO

Lou is a Civil & Marriage Celebrant, authorised by the Attorney General‘s Office but his history is filled with colour.

With over 30 years’ experience in public life, he was in part the subject of a 5-page feature spread in InSport Magasine and was also awarded a Community Hero award for community service in 2000 and other awards including several national volunteer awards and a special award in 2018 for over 20 years service to the welfare of others.

Lou is an accomplished public & motivational speaker, humanitarian, educator, poet, international traveller, & Master of Ceremonies before audiences of 8 to 8000.

He owned and operated an investigation business for 28 years and worked on many cases that appeared on the front page of national newspapers and magazines. This a great advantage when interviewing couples or family members to prepare for a Ceremony.

“Everyone has a wonderful story, and it my great privilege to draw out that story and to retell it in such a way that it enriches the Ceremony”

Lou ‘retired’ into education but after an incredibly successful span, educating & motivating jobseekers, he was poached by an international corporation and at one point his sales in education products surpassed that of 8000 global employees. He was regarded as an expert in motivating retrenched workers, was a key contributor to an education & employment program in the Middle East, and was a valued liaison in the education sector between government bodies, businesses, corporations and education funding beneficiaries.

He has trained call centre operators and sales people across Australia breaking complex sales training into simple tactics that generated $millions in sales.

Loving being with people, Lou is at last a Celebrant, performing marriages, naming ceremonies and funerals. Lou loves his work, drawing emotions forward to ensure enriching experiences at every Ceremony.

His clients most commonly use the word ‘beautiful’ to describe his ceremonies.

Passionate and entertaining, he educates and informs while always finding great joy in the company of others.

INSURANCES

As an AFCC Member, an AMC Member, I have the following insurance coverage:

  • Professional Indemnity cover up to $1,000,000 on any one claim and $3,000,000 in the aggregate;
  • Public Liability cover up to $20,000,000 per claim per member;
  • Cover of $100,000 per claim per member for property in physical or legal control, not being general property owned by the celebrant;
  • Cover (above) for all civil celebrant services within Australia
  • You can view currency certificates here but if it is outdated here, let me know and I’ll update the link:


if you still really, truly want to read more about me there is heaps below but you might find it boring 🙂

I love the infinite diversity of our planet; I have travelled widely, from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul to the green fields of Shropshire and to the underground pool in Lifou or exploring the Great Ocean Road;

I grew up on a small farm on the outer skirts of Sydney, milking cows, plucking chooks and riding horses across paddocks.

I have sat at boardroom tables and have enjoyed an Alpha beer under the moon of the Acropolis; ridden a camel in in the shadow of the Pyramids and shared a banana with a monkey in a Bali temple; I just love new experiences and the incredible variety of cultures across the world. I’ve worked in a variety of fields from insurance clerk to private investigator; education industry consultant to motivational speaker and trainer; I’ve built swimming pools, picked fruit, worked on farms and managed national sales teams.

I’ve been with people at their greatest moments and at their saddest, each being a part of the journey we call life …. and of course I truly enjoy my writing and poetry.

I love doing what I do.

What I enjoy most about my experiences is meeting people.

Everyone has their own story and it is often amazing what can be learned over an espresso in a back street in Rome, Venice or Amsterdam, or on a walk in a London street or a beach in Nice, or sitting on the grass bank of the Nepean River.

Sharing time with people is the greatest of experiences.

A Ceremony created by Lou Szymkow, A Life Celebrant; with over 30 years experience in public life,  will ensure that it is uniquely your own; an enriching, memorable experience.

A Life Celebrant – Lou Szymkow

Friendly, professional, reliable, helpful, approachable.

  • Civil, Marriage, Commitment, Naming & Funeral Celebrant
  • Commonwealth- Registered Marriage Celebrant
  • St Clair NSW. Australia – covering the mountains to the sea

am your local Celebrant.

It is your ceremony so let’s design it together, hold it at the location of your choice and be guided by your imagination, hopes, dreams and wishes, and make it one you want to be at.

A Ceremony created by & with Lou Szymkow, A Life Celebrant; with over 30 years experience in public life,  will ensure that it is uniquely your own; an enriching, memorable experience.We can confidently work together to ensure your ceremony will be exceptional.I love doing what I do.What I enjoy most about my experiences is meeting people and hearing their own story. Everyone has their own story and it is often amazing what can be learned. Sharing time with people is the greatest of experiences.

 +61 (0) 457 00 1922    lou@alifecelebrant.com.au

      

        

A celebrant for all special occasions in your journey of life.

Your Life Events: Weddings, Unions & Commitments; Naming Ceremonies; Funerals, & More

ABN 68 182 565 852


  • As an AFCC member, I have:
    • an excellent level of Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance cover,
    • universal Copyright protection,
    • an Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) commercial music performance licence exemption,
    • a ‘Code of Ethics’ to which I comply
    • a vast store of resources and peer support to draw upon
    • a Professional Development Program
  • As an FCAA member, I have
    • a Professional Development Program
    • a ‘Code of Ethics’ to which I comply,
    • a vast store of resources and peer support to draw upon
    • access to forums & regular e-newsletters
    • Annual Conferences
    • Professional Development events.

You still reading?

Well …. if you really want to know more, scroll down for even more) 

AWARDS

  • Steve Pasfield Award (runner-up) 2015
    • For contribution to corporate spirit, direction & development at a national training company
  • Talent2 International Sales Person Award June 2010
    • Highest sales internationally for June (exceeded 42 offices)
  • Certificate of Recognition (International Year of Volunteers) 2001
    • For service to The Mamre Project over many years
  • Community First Community Hero Award August 1999
    • By Community First Credit Union for service to Community
  • Guides Australia Supporters Badge September 1998
    • For support and services provided to Guiding movement
  • Achievement Trophy 1993
    • Blacktown City Flyers Ice Hockey Club for services to Australian Ice Hockey (featured in well-known national magazine Inside Sport)

CONFERENCES

  • Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants 2017
  • Funeral Celebrants Association Conference 2017
  • VELG 2015 & 2016
  • NCVER 2015, 2016
  • ACPET 2015, 2016

EDUCATION

  • OPD 2019
  • OPD 2018
  • LifeForce Suicide Prevention – (Wesley Mission 2018)
  • OPD 2017
  • Vocational & Community Engagement (TAFE 2017)
  • Social Media for Small Business (TAFE 2017)
  • Recognise & Respond to Domestic & Family Violence (TAFE 2017)
  • Connecting Across Cultures with Cultural Intelligence (2017)
  • Dying2Learn 2017 (Open Learning)
  • OPD 2016
  • Leadership (SVdP 2016)
  • Cert IV in Celebrancy (Academy of Celebrancy)    2015
  • Life Celebrations (Academy of Celebrancy)  2014/2015
  • Accidental Counsellor 2015
  • Funeral Celebrancy (Academy of Celebrancy)   2014
  • Closing the Deal  – (Evolve EDU Pty Ltd) 2014
  • Cold Calling   2013
  • Getting a Grasp on Fair Trading (Australia)  (Talent2)  2012
  • OHS Compliance (Talent2)   2012
  • Brian Tracey Advanced Selling Skills 2012
  • Employment Services Certificate IV (MATI)   2008
  • Senior First Aid (St John’s Ambulance) May 2008
  • Mental Health Awareness (MATI)   2008
  • Business Management Certificate IV – 2007
Time Management (MATI) 6/2006
MS Outlook 2003 (MATI) 4/2006
Health & Safety Fundamentals (MATI) 21/02/2006
Manual Handling (MATI) Jan 2006
Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessing (MATI) Oct 2005
OHS Consultation Certificate (MATI) August 2005
Worksafe Smart Move (Retail Industry Module) 2004
Worksafe Smart Move (Primary Industry Module) 2004
Worksafe Smart Move (Health & Community Services Module) 2004
Worksafe Smart Move (Office & Business Services Module) 2004
Worksafe Smart Move (Hospitality Module) 2004
Worksafe Smart Move (Hairdressing Module) 2004
Worksafe Smart Move (General Module) 2004
Worksafe Smart Move (Building & Construction Module) 2004
OHS Construction Induction Certificate (Bob Pallister) 2004
Dealing with Difficult Clients (MATI) 2004
Occupational Health & Safety Changes (ASU) 2004
Suicide Counselling (Life Force) 2003
Youth Conferencing (Dept. Of Juvenile Justice) 2001
Indigenous Culture & Minorities (Dept. Of Juvenile Justice) 2001
Vinnies Van Training (SVdP) 2000 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Various poems (you’ll find some on this webpage)
  • Sales Made Simple For Celebrants (Training Resource) 2017
  • Sales is a Simple Science (Training Resource) 2016
  • Sales is a Science (Training Resource) 2015
  • Your Career – Your Future 2014

WORK IN SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

  • AFCC Moderator/Mentor to over 1100 Celebrants                 2017-current
  • Member of SVdP 1996 to date 
    • Assisting disadvantaged at a personal level
  • Annual Charity Events MC (Mamre & others)                 1988 to 2014
    • Promote, with celebrities, the work of the Mamre Project at major functions that had attendance from 100 guest at the annual 100 Mile Dinner to 6000+ at annual fairs. Occasionally sharing the stage with celebrities such a Simon Marney and Costa Georgiatis or the cast of TV shows such as A Country Practice.
  • Adult Altar Server 1988 to Date
  • Honorary Justice Of The Peace 1981 to Date
    • regular volunteer at the St Clair Library
  • Created Christmas Dinners for over 120 in need             2004 & 2005
    • Worked closely with a local restaurant owner to create a wonderful Christmas celebration in the Outer West of Sydney
  • Vinnies Van Management Committee 2003
    • Updated, renovated, & advanced project utilising 800 volunteers to assist up to 120 homeless every night, 7 days a week
  • Vinnies Bread Run 2000
    • (created program to assist disadvantaged Households); Secured cooperation of local Woolworths; Delivered unsold fresh foods weekly to disadvantaged homes
  • Chairman of Australian Ice Hockey Championships 1993
    • Converted a failing tournament into most successful in over 20 years, secured sponsorship and television coverage. Created a turning point in ice hockey in Australia. Declined nominations for state & federal presidencies.
    • Was the subject of a 5 page feature article in InSport magasine.

 +61 (0) 457 00 1922    lou@alifecelebrant.com.au

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