May I offer you a warm welcome to the AOIC website. I have been the President since November 2011 and am supported by a very experienced team in all aspects of Celebrant work.
The AOIC is a non-profit making and friendly trade body that prides itself in supporting and representing independent Celebrants from all denominations and beliefs. It is run by Celebrants for the benefit of Celebrants.
As you will see from the website, we support the main trade associations in the funeral industry; NAFD and SAIF. I try to attend meetings at all levels within their associations with an intention of representing our membership and discovering what is happening within the industry.
All our members sign up to a ‘Code of Conduct Policy’ and it is my responsibility to ensure that the AOIC principles are complied with. Working within the framework of the Code of Conduct we take all complaints and concerns regarding the conduct of our members seriously. Likewise, if a complaint is unfounded or malicious then we are here to support the member and represent them when faced with the challenges of such a complaint.
It is my intention that the AOIC continues to move forward. It is the second oldest ‘trade association’ in the industry and I would like to think that it is first when it comes to support, mentoring and forward thinking about the future.
The AOIC was one of the first ‘trade associations’ in the industry to provide Professional Indemnity insurance in addition to Public Liability and is still one of the only associations to automatically provide cover within its membership fee.
It is very important that all Celebrants have Professional Indemnity insurance cover, we live in a ‘no win – no fee’ litigation society and individuals are being sued for the strangest of things such as the wrong music being played at a funeral.
2016 is our first Conference and AGM full weekend and we are going to Jersey for the meeting in October. This is just one exciting development for the AOIC and so you should watch this space.
If you are not a Member, then you should act quickly and join in order to secure the support and benefits of our small but happy association.
There are many benefits in being Member of the AOIC – click on link to see what they are.