My Personal Story:
I believe in love, I believe in the strength and beauty of a first love. It would be my honour to assist you as your Officiant to create your magical love story & be by your side as you begin your journey.
A Bit about me:
I was born and lived in Jamaica for the first five years of my life. I then immigrated to Canada with my parents in the early seventies. My elementary and secondary education occurred at schools within the greater Toronto area. In 1995 I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from York University. In 1992, I accepted a wedding proposal (actually, the one and only proposal) from my husband Mr. Bernard Mckenley.
My family includes my husband of 27 years, three daughters and our dog Rocky. Two of my three daughters have followed in my footsteps and are pursuing educational careers. My third daughter is looking forward to starting high school. And Rocky’s primary aspiration is to have his belly rubbed.
My Life Experiences:
I have enjoyed a variety of interesting careers ranging from an Insurance Project Manager, Church Administrator, School Board Financial Officer, and currently Office Manager at a kindergarten to grade eight public school.
My Interests and Passions:
I enjoy most types of outdoor and indoor sports;
I also enjoy cooking for family and friends at special occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
However, my number one passion is shopping. I have even considered starting a school to train husbands how to correctly shop for their wives’ birthdays, anniversaries and other milestone dates.
My Goal for Your Wedding :
Your wedding is going to be one of the most memorable days in your life. I want to help alleviate any potential stress that you may have on that day, by proving a ceremony that will keep you relaxed, and inspire you to enjoy your special day and the commitments that you will be making.
What couples are saying
We used Enduring Promises for our wedding. We actually had a friend host the actual ceremony, but our officiant from Enduring Promises, Sharon McKenley, was absolutely fantastic. She walked us through the process, helped us with our legal documents and was very responsive to our emails throughout the process. We also had a potential emergency situation where our friend-officiant was almost not able to attend the wedding, and Sharon offered to step up to do the entire ceremony on short notice. Thankfully, our friend was still able to make it, but it gave us huge peace of mind knowing that Sharon was ready to step up if necessary!
Emma & Adam
Wow, what a wedding ceremony & it was full of laughter and happiness -- just as I wanted it to be. Sharon was prompt and on time for our wedding ceremony. In spite of the levity during the ceremony, Sharon conducted it with dignity and poise.
Thank you for officiating.
Eileen & John
We couldn't be happier ...
We weren't sure what we wanted our ceremony to look like, however with the help of Enduring Promises, it all became a breeze.
The website made creating our dream ceremony so smooth, easy and completely personalized to us. Sharon, our officiant was a breath of fresh air, who we bonded with instantly.
She provided a heartfelt, genuine service that touched many people. Thank you, Sharon and Enduring Promises for the help, thoughtfulness, and support throughout this process.
Alexander & Kyle
Sharon, we are so grateful to have connected with you!!! Our wedding plans were tightly packed into a short time period… which at first left us concerned that we would not find the “right” person to marry us. Well, our concerns were slightly quelled when I discovered and contacted Enduring Promises and was told that there was, in fact, one officiant available for our wedding date and time (only three weeks away). Upon meeting with Sharon, our concerns went from slightly to completely quelled. We left the meeting talking about Sharon’s gentle and loving spirit and her palpable passion for what she does. All of those things were brought into our ceremony. The experience could not have been more magical and intimate! It was a small ceremony (just our immediate families) and took place in the backyard of a family member. It felt as though Sharon was another member of the family. Her smile and excitement for us was just that of a truly loving individual.
Thank you again from our hearts!!!
Tyler & Rachel
We flew in from London to Toronto on the 23rd December 2019 to marry on 30th December. Tom and I had already arranged an Officiant in Toronto from a site recommended by our hotel before leaving the UK a month previously but found the Officiant we had engaged was not quite what we needed. With only 5 days to our marriage ceremony date, we took the risk on seeing if could find someone very special at short notice from Enduring Promises...then prayed... Quite honestly to our surprise, we were contacted almost immediately and we stipulated to the manager, a lovely lady, exactly what we felt we both wanted and needed to make our day that much more memorable and meaningful. The manager recommended Sharon McKenley with whom we had the most heartfelt moving conversation. Sharon asked us to tell her in detail exactly how we met and why we fell in love... she listened patiently... Sharon's response left me in tears as it would seem that even though it may seem as straightforward to others, she truly empathized and showed us that she was one who absolutely believes in the power of love and how precious it is. Sharon is a true minister of Faith, never discussing any specific denomination but just the importance of our Faith itself. Sharon McKenley is very sincere, genuine, kind and patient with a voice like silk and words of tender reassurance. I was impressed by her air of grace and dignity without judgment and her very obvious elegance. Sharon made our wedding feel both divine and magical all at once. I had to remark that Sharon was very much like the perfect fairy godmother one would wish portrayed in our favourite magical children's tales. This may seem a little fantastical to a reader but I assure you that this was no fantasy to us - she simply was so much more than we could have hoped for. Thank you, Sharon, with all our hearts and the deepest gratitude.
Tom and Antoinette (Lemvigh) Marks
Enduring Promises was a godsend for our wedding. Everything was professional, and they catered to our requests for the kind of officiant we were looking for. Having no idea about what a ceremony looks like, their custom tool that allows you the build and customize all aspects of the ceremony along with some provided customizable presets is very good and take a lot of the burden off an already stressful time.
The officiant we had was Sharon McKenley who was excellent. She took the time to meet with us a couple of times over zoom to go over the process and the ceremony, and was very helpful in helping us figure out various things. On the day of, she was very early and ready to get everything done. She officiated the ceremony excellently and everything was extremely well done.
I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Enduring Promises and Sharon to any couples looking for a wedding Officiant.
Taina & Oluwatobiloba
Our Enduring Promises officiant was Sharon McKenley. Sharon was absolutely amazing and genuine. She made the process extremely easy and did a wonderful job during the ceremony. We received so many compliments on how lovely and joyful Sharon was. My husband and I are both so happy that Sharon was our officiant. We also both found the Ceremony Console easy to use and very helpful in customizing our ceremony.
Andrea & Jean-Francis
It was a pleasure having Sharon marry us. She is personable and polite. I would recommend Enduring Promises.
Cost is Great! Value is Great! Thank you Enduring Promises for making this experience wonderful.
Dina & Ronnie
We had our wedding this October of 2020 and Covid definitely made it a challenge. Enduring promises and even more so Sharon made the whole experience amazing. We changed venues and had hiccups but Sharon still made the ceremony special. My husband and would hands down recommend enduring promises and Sharon for your wedding anytime. I will admit I was intimidated by the thought of customizing the ceremony so much but their wedding console made it so easy to help guide me into saying what I really wanted to say. I found what matched us the most and then personalized it to make it special and Sharon helped to make it perfect. They truly made it the easiest part of the wedding.
Thank you Sharon!.