There are hundreds of ordained ministers that you could choose from. So why choose me - Rev. Lidia Claudia Berestecki? Here’s my story.
I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Ted, for over 47 years and have 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson who calls me GiGi.
I am Past Commander for Hamilton Power & Sail Squadron, certified advanced scuba diver (shark diving in Nassau was memorable), got my motorcycle licence at 50, am a fairy garden caretaker, a stargazer and mom to my German Shepherd Reiki.
I’ve travelled across the Atlantic twice on a yacht, the last time limping into the port of San Juan with only one working engine while outrunning a hurricane on our tail. I’ve adventured across the USA on a motorcycle to the canyons of Arizona and Utah, stood on the well travelled corner of Winslow, Arizona as have 100,000 others per year, watched Old Faithful spurt in Yellowstone and made a pitstop in Sturgis, South Dakota during the crazy famous biker week.
My secret fantasy though was to be a stand-up comic and a few years’ back, I had a one-night acting gig in Deadwood, South Dakota as the bartender in the longest running play in America, the Trial of Jack McCall, who was accused of shooting Wild Bill Hickock in the back of the head.
I am an ordained non-denominational Minister with the Metaphysical Ministry of Canada (through the Bancroft Centre for Awakening Spiritual Growth), and am registered with the government of Ontario to solemnise marriages.
Earning a Master of Metaphysical Science degree from the University of Metaphysics in Sedona, Arizona with my thesis, "The 7 Chakra Pathway to Universal Consciousness" (opening up the heart chakra is a connectivity to the ultimate source and love … and my personalized car plate? 7 Chakra, of course) and am continuing my studies with a doctoral in Philosophy (Ph.D.) through the University of Sedona, specializing in Metaphysical Parapsychology with my dissertation title: Death – Nothing to Fear.
Along my life's path, I became a Metaphysical Practitioner, a Reiki Master-Teacher, a Relationship Facilitator, Certified Chakradance Facilitator, Paranormal Investigator, Unboring Wedding Officiant and with my 7 Chakra Ministry, I offer self-discovery workshops, coaching, one-on-one consultations and pastoral care through all of your soul’s milestones, including this life, past lives, your next life, and also, between lives.
Over 30 years as a sole practitioner accountant have given me the skills of attention to detail, working under critical timelines, multi-tasking, and the discipline to get the job done.
Earlier in my career, I was the manager for an adventure travel company which allowed me the opportunities to travel throughout the Arctic, taking on the role of tour leader to such places as the Galapagos Islands in South America and Churchill, Manitoba for polar bear watching.
Later, I founded my own travel agency which gave me a great opportunity to earn the label, world-traveler, and to get a great tan.
I became a non-denominational minister because I felt the calling on a sunny, autumn day, as the leaves were turning and the sounds of the waves gently crashing on the shores of Lake Erie – and while catchin' a bitchin’ ride on the back of my husband’s motorcycle, I leaned forward and whispered to him, “It is time to reinvent me.”
And here I am today.