Rev Cecilia Penner BSc, B.Ed


Cecilia was Appointed a Designated Minister on May 8th, 2018 and serves as a Pastor of Pastoral Care with special focus on Celebrating Life Celebrations like Weddings and Child Welcoming ceremonies.  Cecilia welcomes the LGBTQ2i+ community.  


  • Member Provincial Head Office Ministerial Team
  • Ministry of Life Celebrations

Academic Achievements

  • Certificate of Achievement, Canadian Minister’s Institute, 2019
  • Bachelor of Science, McMaster University, 1978
  • Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University, 1979
  • Teacher Education courses: Guidance Specialist, Special Education Specialist, Honours Biology, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Certified Trainer of Personality Dimensions
  • Associate Teacher for Student Teachers (Nipissing University, Queen’s University, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia) 


Cecilia is member and one of the administrators of Vancouver Island Voice Overs (VIVO), a network of working and aspiring voice over actors. Cecilia has done voice training and recorded an audiobook. She has voluntarily recorded texbook material for dyslexic students, and is a “voice donor” through Vocal ID.

For a number of years, she was a member of the Victoria chapter of Zonta International, a women’s service group.

Worship and Spiritual Life

Cecilia has strong personal faith and she readily embraces the CSMC “Church Witout Walls” philosphy. In her faith practice, she appreciates the power and peace of ritual observances. 

Hobbies and Activities

Fibre crafts, supervising the gardening, working out at the gym, reading and travel are some of her favourite pastimes.

Three Words that Describe Cecilia

Witty, creative, sincere.

Care, Counselling and Giving Back

Cecilia’s background was in Special Education and Guidance Counselling. She cared for and counselled many students and student-teachers over the years. Training in counselling techniques and Personality Dimensions has served her well. 

She has a World Vision foster child and makes regular additional donations to World Vision and KIVA. Fundraising for cancer research has also been a priority, along with donations to her local organizations in Victoria.

Animal welfare is important to Cecilia. She has rescued a greyhound and an African Grey parrot. Previous to those adventures, she raised three puppies to geriatric life.

Personal Growth

Cecilia has been a member of a book club for over a decade. She mostly reads (and listens to) fiction, but has been enjoying some non-fiction lately.  

Audiobooks, podcasts, webinars and courses are an important part of Cecilia’s personal and professional growth.   

The 2020’s …

The pandemic years have had a huge effect on the Life Celebrations, specifically the wedding industry, but Cecilia has been grateful for the many small and intimate ceremonies she was called to officiate. It turns out that a tiny wedding is as poignant and emotional as a big one! Weddings are evolving: video-chat meetings and planning sessions are the norm; live-streamed and virtual celebrations include guests who can’t travel – and creative wedding celebrations make being together joyous, in spite of the ever-changing restrictions.