My Name is Sarah Stewart
I was born and bred in Belfast and currently live just north of the city in Newtownabbey. I am mum to a mad tribe of three kids, and dog, and have been with my husband since 1999.
When I'm not being the Queen of Hearts, you'll find me crafting, crocheting, sewing or knee deep in muck gardening! I love walking on the beach, swimming in the sea and a good glass of red wine! I also work as a mental health and well-being coach, supporting student's and young people's mental health and well-being needs. I'm certainly kept busy, but what I am passionate about is working alongside people to empower them to realise their goals and fulfill their potential to live their best life, be that academic, well-being or wedding!
Why did I become a Humanist Celebrant?
I was brought up in a non-religious family in North Belfast during the 80's, a pretty tumultuous time for Northern Ireland, and particularly for North Belfast. My family were passionate about peace and were part of the integrated education movement in the 80's. As such, I went to both an integrated primary and secondary school and promoting shared and integrated education in Northern Ireland is something I am still passionate about.
So, it's not surprising then as an adult I discovered Humanism and realised that being non-religious does not mean a lack of belief, on the contrary! It means I believe in wonderfully fulfilling diverse things like science, reason, equality, respect, universal love and tolerance and my duty to be a decent human and try to look after the place for the next generation!
When I realised I could train as a Humanist Celebrant and marry people, I jumped at the chance and I haven't looked back! It is a brilliant job that I absolutely love! I get to meet so many unique and interesting people and I feel privileged to play a role in such an important day in a couple's life.
It is really important to me that modern Northern Ireland couples have a choice of how they get married; optimistic for the future and not shackled by the constructs of the past. A wedding day should be all about the couple and be expressive of their love and uniqueness, regardless of background or identity. I am passionate about a shared future in Northern Ireland for ALL it's wonderfully diverse humans and I want to be part of something that drives change towards a better, more equal, more respectful, more tolerant, more open and more accepting future for EVERYONE!