Jenn is a nonbinary human and a hopeful romantic who would be honoured to be a part of your special day, celebrating the life of someone loved through marriage, bereavement, or a welcoming ceremony. Reverend Jenn is an Appointed Minister who has served Clergy Support Memorial Church since 2015.
Jenn is comfortable performing your ceremony in English, French, and/or Spanish, and is improving their beginner level American Sign Language.
A calm and confident public speaker, a creative writer and professional caregiver, Jenn loves to sing, believes strongly in social justice, and enjoys walking in the woods with dogs. Passionately interested in people and their stories, they are excited to help you express your love in a way that truly represents who you are, what you value, and what you mean to one another.
Before joining Clergy Support, Jenn lived in Orangedale, NS at L’Arche Cape Breton and in Edmundston, NB as a Katimavik Project Leader. They also helped rebuild homes in Southern India with Habitat for Humanity after the tsunami there.
Academic Achievements, Training and Awards
‘Certificate of Achievement’ Canadian Minister’s Institute September 2019
Appointed Designated Minister September 2015
B.A. Educational Studies, Bishop’s University 2006
- Valedictorian, Class of 2006
- Ray Lawson Award (2006) – given to the student who has contributed the most to the life of the university.
- Charles A. Shearson Memorial Prize (2004) – for a student with high academic standing, involved in athletics & other activities, who shows qualities of character and leadership
- Academic All-Canadian, Varsity Rugby, 2002 – 2006
- Je Prends Ma Place (Making My Way) Award – for community involvement in the Estrie region of Quebec
Fire Master is another title Jenn carries, as a volunteer flame tender of the Wolfville-based Front Street Community Oven.
Jenn was on the organizing committee of Women in Politics: 100 Years of Progress, a conference that took place in April 2018 in Halifax.
They were also a board member of Kings Community Action Group on Gambling and helped raise awareness about the harms gambling can cause in communities.
Jenn enjoys reading, napping, streaming live on Twitch, and restoring found objects to give them new life.
Jenn believes in truth, beauty, freedom of expression, and above all things, LOVE. They know many people have distanced themselves from organized religion or worse, been hurt by members of religious institutions.
They have taken courses in changing and adapting religious language to avoid loaded terms, and they have a background in facilitation that helps when older generations or certain family members expect a type of ceremony that the people centred in it may or may not be comfortable with.
They are available to work with transgender individuals, for example, to prepare end-of-life celebrations and memorials along with legal documents to prohibit others from deadnaming or misrepresenting them after they’re gone.
Jenn donates money to entrepreneurs around the world through microloans with the Kiva community program and strongly recommends reading these free books: The Life You Can Save and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.