Pam Cannon and her husband Nick, who are inveterate travellers, have journeyed through the United Kingdom, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. As two of our most popular leaders, they have escorted both cruise and tour groups to a wide variety of destinations including Panama, Alaska, South Africa, Europe and South America. Their warm and caring personalities and love of travel will be sure to enhance your travel experience.
Patricia O’Reilly loves to travel and has incorporated this passion into her professional life. She has been leading interdisciplinary study tours since 1994. She has travelled to over 50 countries and enjoys land tours, cruising and everything inbetween. She describes her work with Craig Travel organizing and leading study tours for the University of Toronto ‘as a rich and rewarding experience, full of learning and laughter’. She is a social justice activist and sits on the Board of 2 NGO’s. She is a former Secondary School Principal, Education Officer with the Ministry of Education and full-time Faculty with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Rev. Dr. Peeter Vanker was born in Estonia and lived in Sweden before immigrating to Canada. Ordained in 1967, he served parishes in Toronto and Montreal before retiring in Markham where he continues to minister to various communities. He and his wife, Carol, have travelled extensively throughout much of Europe including the Baltics (several visits), as well as Egypt, Turkey, South America and Antarctica. He has escorted a number of groups on our behalf, including Alaska, Israel and Costa Rica. They are looking forward to helping their fellow travellers enjoy many more delightful journeys.
We are pleased to have Rev. Brian and Karen Galligan escorting this exciting journey. Currently a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, prior to ordination he had an international career as a Biomedical Scientist. Before joining Craig Travel several years ago, Brian had already travelled extensively throughout the world for both business and pleasure including the Middle East where he lived for several years. Karen is a retired teacher who has also visited areas of North and Central America, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Brian and Karen are experienced travellers and confident leaders who have escorted a variety of tours including the British Isles, South Africa and several journeys throughout the Holy Land. They are looking forward to sharing this exciting journey with you.
Jim Thompson spent his formative years in small-town Ontario, north of Waterloo. After graduating from Ryerson University in electronics and after working with ‘Ontario Hydro’, Jim began a two-year journey around the world. While in Europe, he had the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Otto Frank (father of Anne Frank). In Ethiopia, he taught mathematics for one school year. In India, he spent a week with Mahatma Gandhi’s son at their family home in Sevagram. Jim has a B.A. from York University in Philosophy, and a ‘Master of Divinity’ degree from the Vancouver School of Theology, UBC. He has served as a minister with the United Church of Canada for over 35 years. His zeal to travel and interact with other lands, peoples and cultures has only intensified with each new adventure. Jim enjoys making these kinds of experiences available to those who share the same passion. This will be his fifth and most comprehensive journey to the lands of the Bible.
Ted Reeve has a passion for travel. He loves to explore the beauty of our planetary home and interact with our neighbours around the world. At age 18 he travelled around the world in search of self and adventure. Ever since he has continued to journey whether to other continents or exploring North America on his motorcycle. Vocationally, Ted has served in a variety of roles over his 34 years of ordained ministry in The United Church of Canada. In his early years, while pursuing graduate studies, he taught social ethics at the University of Toronto and after graduating became a member of the Faculty of Theology. He became Director of Continuing Education at the Toronto School of Theology, UofT. In 2002 he became Program Minister for Education and Leadership at the General Council of the United Church. In addition, he was the Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces that he co-founded with former Moderator Bill Phipps. Currently, he is minister of St. Paul’s Centre/United Church in Orillia, Ontario. He enjoys many outdoor activities like running, skiing, kayaking and riding his motorcycle.
Robert Craig is of the third generation of the Craig family to pursue the love of travel. Since joining Craig Travel in 2006 he has travelled by rail, cruise ship, coach and car through and around three continents, exploring the fjords of Norway, the Alps of Switzerland, the islands of the Caribbean, the wilds of South America, the mystic rivers of Asia, and the wilderness of Canada. Among his favourites were the slopes above Interlaken and the inland waterways of Norway. He is looking forward to sharing travel adventures with you.
Born in Northern Ontario to a Parisian/German Father and a Franco-Ontarian Mother with Greek heritage and gypsy blood, it is no surprise that Romy Hahn’s love and passion for life and travel began at an early age. She began her lifelong relationship with travel while growing up spending her summer holidays in Paris, taking trips all over Europe. Romy is a senior professional in the print industry and works with leading brands and companies to tell their stories through print. She attended Ryerson University, Toronto, in a Business Program concentrated on the Printing Industry. Romy is an avid photographer and her adventurous spirit has taken her on many journeys. She has traveled to many destinations across Europe, the United States and Canada. Newfoundland especially is a special place for her. One of her favourite trips was backpacking across Italy and staying in Monasteries. Romy’s love for learning all about new cultures and her passion for travel and warm personality will enhance this journey for all those who join her!
Ross and Lucy have travelled extensively through six continents, including some time living abroad. Leading an active life helps keep them in shape for the trips they do each year. They are lucky to live in Muskoka, one of North America's premier summer vacation spots. Clean water, delightful scenery and enchanting history is kept alive today in wooden boats and cottage verandahs. Lucy is a retired educator and Ross worked for an international consultancy. One of travel's greatest appeals for them is experiencing culture and how it varies from place to place. One of the aspects they truly appreciate about Craig Travel is the friendships made while 'on the road' that continue from adventure to adventure. Now that they are entering their 10th year of leading tours and cruises, the groups they lead around the world normally include some of these friends. They both enjoy the fun of learning and visiting new places and meeting new faces. They are excited by undertaking itineraries to exotic and new destinations while sharing Craig's world with new and old friends alike. They look forward to sharing each journey with all those who join them!
We are pleased to have Ross McLean escorting this exciting trip. Ross worked for an international consultancy. One of travel's greatest appeals for him is experiencing culture and how it varies from place to place. One of the aspects he truly appreciates about Craig Travel is the friendships made while 'on the road' that continues from adventure to adventure. Now that he is entering his 10th year of leading tours and cruises, the groups he leads around the world normally include some of these friends. He looks forward to sharing this exciting journey with all those who join him!
Originally from Waterloo, Sandy has had an interesting career as an account executive with the Waterloo Regional Record and as a humour columnist for an over 40 women’s magazine that gives her an opportunity to share her joy of life. After raising her three children in Wellesley where she was involved in starting a theatre group, she has now moved back to Waterloo to indulge her affinity with water at cottage in Grand Bend. A passion for travel has taken her across Canada, America, Europe and most of the Caribbean. Driving across Ireland with her daughter was one of her favourite trips - but nothing can beat staying in a family owned hotel on the Amalfi coast. Life offers so many adventures and there isn't a destination that she has been to that hasn't delighted and added to her knowledge. She looks forward to travelling with you on each exciting journey.