We are pleased to have award winning photographer Jon Gurr and his wife Susan as part of our tour escort team. For over 30 years, Jon and Sue have been travelling the world and capturing photographic images of their destinations. Some of Jon’s photographs are displayed in the National Archives, numerous publications and calendars as well as in galleries in Muskoka. Over the years they have travelled in Britain, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, India and China. Jon hopes to teach some photographic skills and both plan to share their love of travel on this adventure.
We are pleased to have Joyce Poth escort this journey on our behalf. She has travelled extensively, having stepped on all seven continents and continues to be amazed and excited by each new adventure. A retired educator, she uses her skills in retirement as a Craig Travel group escort. She has led groups to such varied destinations as Scotland, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Russia, Chile and Argentina, Turkey and Tunisia. She is excited to share this travel experience with all that will join her.
A long-time member of the Craig Travel staff, Gilda is the Operations Manager. Born in Hong Kong, she began travelling in Asia at the age of four. Having lived in Hong Kong, Japan and Hawaii, she has made her home in Toronto for the past twenty years, and has worked with the Hong Kong Tourist Board and tour operators specializing in the Asia. Over the years she has led a number of groups to China, South East Asia and Europe.
Kim is no stranger to travel; with experience as both a group escort and a North American tour guide she has travelled extensively. An energetic leader, Kim retired after 33 years of planning, coordinating, managing, and directing committees, conferences and charities to pursue her love of travel. Kim has led groups all across Canada and the USA as well as to Vietnam and India. Overturning every rock, her personal explorations have taken her to Southeast Asia, a dozen European countries and much of Central America. She has travelled by plane, train, automobile, elephant, ostrich, camel and tuk tuk and is looking forward to sharing her next adventure with you.
We are pleased to have Monita Lee to escort this exciting journey. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Monita is no stranger to the Orient. She lived and worked in Hong Kong, working in the financial world. During her early years she travelled extensively in the region, including numerous trips to China. In 1991, she migrated to Canada and has lived here since. She worked with a number of different travel companies until 2007 when she joined Craig Travel, working in the Operations Department. Over the last decade she has visited China on several occasions, including a trip in 2010 when she escorted a group. Monita is looking forward to sharing this adventure and her love of travel with you.
Linda Ujihara, a graduate of York University and U of T, has had a varied life, following careers in mergers and acquisitions and travel. She has traveled extensively around the globe and lived for several years in Mexico and the Caribbean. Linda has led group tours, worked as a destination representative and has enjoyed all modes of travel, ranging from backpacking through South America to luxury cruising in the Arctic. Retirement has allowed Linda to pursue her love of travel even further and she hopes to share this wonderful journey with all those who travel with her.
Lynn Macdonald is no stranger to the world of travel as she has explored the world from North America to China, Europe and Africa and enjoyed numerous cruises primarily on Holland America Line. Recently, she has been pursuing her love of travel through escorting groups, on our behalf, to a number of destinations.
Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair is the Minister of the Congregation of Toronto's Metropolitan United Church. His Scottish clan had it roots among the Vikings of Norway. Malcolm is the Padre to the York Garrison of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, (General James Wolfe's troops on the Plains of Abraham, 1759), and is a Past-President of the St. Andrew's Society of Toronto. Seasoned travellers, Malcolm, and his wife, Elspeth, have explored the United Kingdom on several occasions, have led keen sailors in the Mediterranean and up the Volga River in Russia. Both are looking forward to meeting new friends on a spectacular trip to a beautiful and ancient homeland. The Norwegian coast has replaced battles with beauty and now calls out to be enjoyed by all those who join them!
Larry and Lyn Mann love to travel and have visited most continents and cruised to many parts of the world. After 35 years in the teaching profession Craig Travel offers the perfect match to their skill set and their passion for meeting new people and discovering new places. They were volunteer workers at the Vancouver Olympics, at Whistler, teach skiing in the winter and actively volunteer within their community. They look forward to every journey and sharing each travel experience with all those who join them!
Reverend Mark Aitchison and his life partner, Pattie, have escorted groups to Israel, Europe, Peru, South Africa and Greece. They have travelled throughout Europe as well as to Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Egypt. Mark spent the last 37 years as a pastoral minister in the United Church of Canada serving in rural and urban charges in Ontario and Saskatchewan. During his ministry he has also served in interim postings in Edinburgh, Scotland and Newcastle, Australia. Currently, he is Senior Minister at Islington United Church, Toronto, where he has served since 1993. Mark and Pattie are very excited about this journey and look forward to sharing this experience with you.