Queensland's largest marriage celebrant association


Annual Conference & OPD Day Sunday, June 4th 2017:

If you didn't make the 12th March OPD, you have another exciting opportunity to attend our annual conference and combined OPD day, fully approved by the Attorney-General's Department 'Presentation: A Celebration to Success' to be held at the Hilton, Brisbane on Sunday 4th June with some exciting guest speakers Births, Deaths & Marriages Queensland representative; Geoff Schatzel, videographer from Motion Art; Bloomtools (who are our sponsors for the day) on websites and social media; Margo Mott on presentation and elocution and Liz Pforr on behalf of Australian Celebrations Training delivering the compulsory component of the day.

Please download your registration form ACQ 2017 OPD-Conference Registration or register your interest with our Secretary Maureen LoSurdo whiterose4@bigpond.com and an invoice will be sent to you.  Please download the flyer for more information on our speakers Conference Flyer 2017

As in the past, this day will be open to all celebrants, not just our members and early bird pricing is available.  By attending this day you will have covered your 5 hours OPD compulsory in an exciting and educative way, as per the previous years, those who have already completed their OPD for the 2017 are more than welcome to attend the remainder of the day to hear our informative guest speakers.  Lots of giveaways and networking opportunities for all celebrants.  Thank you to the Attorney-General's Department for approving our conference but please be quick, the last conference/OPD day we held in Brisbane SOLD OUT!!

Annual General Meeting / OPD Day 2017:

This years' AGM was held on Sunday, 12th March 2017 at Robertson's Gardens, Nathan and directly following, we held our first discounted Ongoing Professional Development day for 2017.  Each position on the Committee was filled and we'd like to make special mention of the outgoing committee members Rosanne Sinclair and Helen Murray.  Both ladies put in many voluntary hours and dedication to their various roles on the committee with Rosanne having filled positions of Vice President, Treasurer and Committee Member over the past 10 years.  Her input has been invaluable and we wish her all the very best for the future.  Helen is our Immediate Past President and remained on the Committee last year and stepped in as Secretary.  We thank Helen for her service, not only on the Committee but also as the alternate delegate at the Coalition of Celebrant Association level.  Another two Committee members who stepped down this year were Gail Hughes as Treasurer who is moving overseas to Vietnam and Glyn Robinson who has been on the Committee for the past four years.  Both Gail and Glyn were in attendance at the AGM where they were presented with a small gift as a token of our appreciation.

Ongoing Professional Development / Conference Day 2016:

Our last OPD for 2016 was our combined OPD / Conference, fully approved by the Attorney-General's Department held on Sunday, 21st August 2016 at Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast for a day filled with 'Harmony, Education and Holistic Approach to Celebrancy'.  The day commenced with a ceremonial candlelighting honouring our past, present and future Gloria Fleming (the longest serving celebrant attending) with Blessing bowlGail Susman (the shortest serving celebrant) along with our President Karen Rose, lighting our scented candles and finishing the day with a blessing demonstration from Perrie Burton (see photo left).

Exciting guest speakers included:

Kay Danes OAM: presenting an informative talk 'From Henna to Honeymoon' giving an insight into Middle Eastern wedding traditions and breaking the myths surrounding them.

Perrie Burton: President of the Association of Feng Shui Consultants Education, Master Consultant and Practitioner of Classic Feng Shui who enlightened us on how we can incorporate this philosophy into our businesses and everyday lives.

Liz Pforr: Trainer with Australian Celebrations Training presenting the Compulsory topic, Coalition of Celebrant Associations Vice Chair and ACQ Vice President to speak on the latest updates from Canberra, BDM in Qld, contingency procedures and 'Streamlining Your Social Media'.

Each delegate went home with an amazing gift bag (see left) and many thanks to the following people for their contributions to the day, without whom, it wouldn't have happened:

Attorney-General's Department, AusIndustry, Australian Celebrations Training, Births, Deaths & Marriages Qld, Bride's Diary, Coalition of Celebrant Associations (CoCA), Dept of Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs, Goombungee Post & Presents, Kay Danes OAM, Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Perri Burton, Rose Training, Your Mount Tamborine Wedding Guide, Wedding Guide, Whitsunday Honey and the ACQ Organising Committee: Karen Rose, President & MC; Helen Murray, Secretary; Gail Hughes, Treasurer; Liz Pforr, Vice President; Rhonda Hall, Glynton Robinson, Colleen Farry and Rosanne Sinclair.

We need your support for 2017 conference / OPD (pending approval by the Attorney-General's Department) so, if you have any particular subjects you'd like to see or have a particular venue you think would be suitable, please contact one of the committee as we'd love to hear from you.

Annual General Meeting 2016:

Our AGM was held on Sunday 28th February 2016 at the Musgrave Room, Robertson's Garden Comfort Inn & Suites, Robertson in Brisbane.  Directly following was our first Ongoing Professional Development day for 2016.  The OPD was FULLY BOOKED with many on a waiting list!!!  Thank you all for your continued support to ACQ and your commitment to your celebrancy profession. For a full list of the new ACQ committee with contact details, please go to our 'Contact Us' page.

combined Ongoing Professional Development

Sunday, 23rd August 2015:  Our combined Ongoing Professional Development (3 hours approved by the Attorney-General's Department) + compulsory OPD (2 hours presented by Beth O'Brien, Australian Celebrations Training) and One Day Conference was held in Brisbane with exciting and informative guest speakers.  The day commenced with a ceremonial candle lighting with the longest serving celebrant attending, Colleen Farry and the shortest serving celebrant Amanda Gibson lighting candles with President Helen Murray.

President Helen Murray, Pip Courtney ABC Landline presenter & MC Liz Pforr

Kay Danes OAM

Ceremonial candlelighting

Committee member Rhonda Hall

Keynote guest speakers included a fabulous array of informative and interesting people such as Pip Courtney (who appeared by arrangement with Saxton Speakers); Kay Danes OAM; Derek Richards, Births, Deaths & Marriages Qld; Scott Stanton; Leo Petrik; Rhonda Hall & Liz Pforr


The Alliance of Celebrants Queensland Inc. was proud to have held our annual conference 'Enrichment, Knowledge & Enlightenment', and was one of only two Associations Australia wide to have been approved by the Attorney-General's Marriage Law & Celebrant section for OPD elective (3 hours) in 2014.  Our conference was held at Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast on Sunday, 24th August 2014.

Our exciting and informative guest speakers were Eman Sharobeem; Frances Whiting (who appeared by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau); Jeremy Donovan; Di Riddell; Virginia Morrison; Brian Davies and Liz Pforr (Master of Ceremonies).

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