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Hi! I’m Dave Corkery.
I am a retired City of Ottawa Firefighter, with 35 years service.

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Dave Corkery Firefighter.


As I approached retirement, I decided to do something completely different from the tough but rewarding job of a First Responder. Being an officiant at weddings was my choice to make a difference.

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These are happy times, fun but solemn as well.

If you need a non-religious ceremony, either standard or personalized, you’ve come to the right place.
Your wedding, your way, always sensitive to your needs.

You can reach me via email at or by clicking/tapping wherever you see the Contact Me link.
If you prefer you can also call me at: 613-868-8316.


I am an Officiant authorized by the Humanist Association of Canada and licensed under the Marriage Act of Ontario to perform marriages and other Life Ceremonies. I perform non-religious ceremonies including weddings, child welcoming, funerals and similar life events.

Service Ontario provides a list of Licensed wedding Officiants

I may be found under:
Ottawa, Corkery, Dave

Although I am listed under Ottawa, I am licensed to perform ceremonies anywhere in Ontario. I generally prefer to work anywhere within a 30 minute drive from Ottawa, but will consider other locations if incidental expenses are paid.


I have been married for 38 years to my wonderful wife, Debra. My two grown sons are now raising their families. Having grandkids rocks! I never thought babysitting could be this much fun!

Dave & Debra Marriage

Debra and I on our wedding day.

Orléans Raconteurs Toastmasters

When I decided to become a Humanist Officiant, I realized I needed to polish up my public speaking skills. I joined Toastmasters International which is a world leader in communication and leadership development. I highly recommend this approach to self improvement. In between giving speeches at my local Orléans Raconteurs club, I was also the VP Education which involves helping the other members achieve their goals. I cannot believe how much fun we have had at the meetings!

Orleans Raconteurs Toastmasters

Orleans Raconteurs Toastmaster club (2016). I am the second guy from the left.

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