A Wish to Wed Society was founded in Vancouver in 2014 as Canada’s first non-profit to grant the union of marriage to those faced with a terminal illness. The society is built on these core values:
- We believe people should be able to get married when faced with a terminal illness;
- We believe in bringing joy and strength to people through a wedding celebration;
- We believe people are not defined by their illness.
We’re proud to partner with local wedding professionals who volunteer their services in support of our mission. Additionally, we build relationships within the healthcare community in order to connect with potential applicants.
Meet Our Board Members
Event CEO aka Director of Event Coordination
Jennifer joined A Wish to Wed Society because she strongly believes in bringing joy and strength. Life is full of unexpected challenges, and when faced with an illness outside of our control, it can get to our experience of joy and happiness. Jennifer loves to help AWW’s applicants and feels that seeing a smile on their face is the greatest gift.
In daily life Jennifer is a wedding and event planner who’s slightly obsessed with historical romance novels. She may or may not disappear for the day when she gets her hands on a new Brenda Joyce novel.
Find out more about Jennifer here: savethedate.events
Marketing Princess aka Director of Marketing
Tianna co-founded A Wish to Wed Society because she believes in making the world a better place through acts of kindness. While working in the customer service industry, she experienced what difference these can make in someone’s life. Tianna became a part of AWW because of the unique and impact we make, and she’s grateful for the sense of accomplishment and happiness it gives her.
In daily life Tianna is a makeup and hair artist who loves kickboxing and deep fried foods.
Find out more about Tianna here: tiannatran.com
Keeper of the coin aka treasurer
As soon as Breanne heard about A Wish to Wed, she knew she needed to be a part of it! With her love for humanitarian aid, and passion for weddings, the two come together perfectly in A Wish to Wed. Breanne believes that through love, commitment, and care anything can be done, regardless of circumstances.
In everyday life, Breanne is a wedding planner who helps bring DIY visions to life. She enjoys teasing her husband, making beautiful (and delicious) things with her hands, and playing board games with her family.
Find out more about Breanne here: thistlebea.com
Vice Chancellorette aka Vice-President
Tanja is a co-founder and spiritual mother of A Wish to Wed Society. While searching for a volunteering organization that she could donate her services as a professional wedding photographer to, she realized the concept didn’t exist. She approached a few colleagues in the industry and together they founded A Wish to Wed Society. She believes strongly in giving joy and strength to the community.
In daily life she’s a wedding photographer for spontaneous and adventurous brides and grooms, together with her husband Jelger Vitt. She’s secretly a crazy cat-lady (who will pet even the scruffiest back alley cats) and loves spontaneous road trips and happy dances.
Find out more about Tanja here: jelgerandtanja.com
The Kahuna aka President
Jelger came on board at A Wish to Wed Society as soon as Tanja mentioned the concept of him. He’s a strong believer that anyone should be able to get married, because of what a beautiful, deep bond it creates between two partners. A terminal illness should not be of any concern for a couple that would like to celebrate from this powerful union.
In daily life Jelger is the other half of the husband-and-wife wedding photographers team (together with Tanja Aelbrecht) for spontaneous and adventurous brides and grooms. He loves to cure meats, make homemade sausages and believes a Canadian goose should be called ‘goose’ when in Canada.
Find out more about Jelger here: jelgerandtanja.com