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Our Team in Toronto

Meet the enthusiastic travel planners behind Worldwide Quest's tours!



Amanda
Butler

Travel Advisor & Tour Leader
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It took me a couple of tries before figuring out that travel was the career for me. Prior to this I was a radio announcer in PEI, then an English teacher in China, and now since 2014 I've settled in my best career yet! The third time is the charm, as they say. I am constantly learning new things about this amazing world we live in!

Favourite place in the world:
It's Dàlî, China; a sleepy temple town nestled between a placid lake and the foothills to the Himalayas in the southern province of Yunnan. Come with me!

How many countries have you visited:
25 and counting.

Dianna
Tabone

Flight Coordinator
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I've been in travel since 1984 (yikes...) and with Worldwide Quest since 2017. I've "done it all"; corporate, leisure, groups, managed an agency and love it all... The best part of my job: Learning something new every day.

Words to live by:
"It's not the years in your life, but the life in your years that count!!

Favourite travels:
Peru (brand new!), India, and Greece.

Dream trip:
African Safari.

Ian
Shanahan

Signature Moments & Tour Leader
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I started with Quest Nature Tours as a volunteer guide in 2005 and led my first tour in 2010. The best part of my job is seeing a tour's underlying narrative come together during a trip.

Favourite travels:
Yukon, Canadian Arctic, Canadian Maritimes, Iceland, Costa Rica, Panama

Dream destination:
Papua New Guinea

Words to Live By:
From an "Advice from a River" bookmark: "Stay current".

Janet
van den Brink

Operations & Reservations
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I started with Worldwide Quest in 1995 and there's never been a dull moment! It's really satisfying being part of a team fulfilling dream trips and making sure they happen without a hitch.

Favourite travels:
Antarctica, Tanzania, and Galapagos

Dream destination:
Australia and New Zealand

Words to Live By:
Live life to the fullest and follow your dreams!

Judi
Cohen

Director
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I came to travel following a 35 year executive career in Transportation, Engineering and Construction. I learned the luxury travel business at two travel agencies and instantly fell in love with travel planning. Joined Worldwide Quest in 2017.

Favourite travels:
I love adventurous and off-the-beaten-path travel like Africa, Japan, Myanmar, exotic river cruising, heli-hiking in the Bugaboos (Canada) and Antarctica. I have been to over 80 countries on 6 continents.

Dream trip:
To go back to the Antarctic on a small Expedition Ship and to the Galapagos on a private yacht….and to see the gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.

Words to Live By:
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway! My goal is to die with Memories not Dreams.

Justin
Peter

Director, Quest Nature Tours
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I started off leading bird hikes and nature tours for Quest Nature Tours and joined full time in 2013. I enjoy being in a position to expose others to natural phenomena and to ideas and cultures they might not have encountered previously. While working as Senior Park Naturalist at Algonquin Park, I supervised the educational programs that reached thousands of Park visitors annually.

Favourite travels:
How can I choose?! I love India and the Galapagos...a lot! All of my travels in Africa have been fascinating.

Dream trip:
I'd love to go on a parrot photo safari in Australia- the diversity and beauty of their parrots is breathtaking!

Words to Live By:
The story's the thing!

Kerry
Tattrie

Travel Advisor
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I've been selling travel for 41 years and joined in 2006. I love to share the thrill of travel with everyone I talk to and I get a real kick out of taking good care of all my travellers.

Favourite travels:
Italy and the Northwest Passage with Greenland.

Dream trip:
Antarctica is my dream trip along with Scotland next year. I am an Outlander fanatic, so this is a dream come true for me especially since I have Scottish ancestry.

Words to Live By:
We are not selling a trip but helping to make someone's dream come true!

Laura
Brennan

Travel Advisor
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I worked in hospitality in Toronto, Bermuda, Calgary, and Whistler before transitioning into the travel profession and joining Worldwide Quest in 2016. The best part of my job is the clients. I really love working with the different types of people you meet through travel. Helping our clients travel to these bucket list destinations and pursue their hobbies is a real honour.

Favourite travels:
A favourite trip for me was driving home from Western Canada down the Oregon and California Coast along Hwy 1 and then across the Southern States. There is nothing like the freedom a road trip brings! Another might have been when I was scuba diving in Honduras and our group came across a Whale Shark! It was amazing!

Dream trip:
I feel like my dream trip is changing all the time, I can't name just one!

Laurielle
Penny

Managing Director
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I've been in travel all my life; first overseas trip at 6 months old and travelling ever since – combination of Hungarian gypsy and Scottish practicality makes it work. An owner of Worldwide Quest since 2009, I want to create for our travelers that ‘aha' moment of connection with people and places.

Favourite travels:
I love the places around the edges (Uzbekistan, Ethiopia) and at the further reaches of hot and cold (Arctic and Antarctic expeditions and all about India).

Dream trip:
More India!!!

Words to Live By:
"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

Lewie
Gonsalves

President
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My passion for travel and adventure started after university in India when I began arranging expeditions in the Himalayas in 1972. I spent the next decade in Australia leading trips all over the world and founded Worldwide Quest when I moved to Canada in 1987.

Favourite travels:
Over four decades I have been fortunate to explore the world and it is the ‘Paths Less Travelled' that offer the most rewarding experiences.

Dream trip:
There are so many but the Himalayan Kingdom's (Bhutan/Nepal/Tibet) and India continues to amaze me.

Words to Live By:
Life is not a dress rehearsal so live each day to the fullest.

Martine
Saldsman

Client Care & Signature Moments
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I come from a sales and customer service background, but travel has always been a passion! I joined in 2014 – the best part of my job is when a client returns from a trip gushing about what an incredible time they had!

Favourite travels:
My faves include otherworldly lava fields in Iceland, the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, spotting the "Big 5" in South Africa, majestic mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the rugged Na Pali coast in Kauai (Hawaii), the haunting moors of the Scottish Highlands

Dream trip:
There are too many!

Words to Live By:
Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Something I believe in:
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness..."

Paras
Parajuli

Operations & Reservations
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I was a tour guide in Kathmandu for more than 10 years and then worked in the office for more than 7 years in operations arranging trips for foreign travellers in Nepal. I joined Worldwide Quest in 2000, shortly after moving to Canada.

Favourite travels:
I have been to most parts of Nepal including trekking, visited many parts of India, Germany (then I spoke little bit of German), parts of Europe including England, and USA.

Dream trip:
The Galapagos

Words to Live By:
Travels gives lots of pleasure + puts a smile on the face.

Samantha
Clark

Marketing & Communications
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Ever since my first Adobe Photoshop course in 2004 I've known that I wanted to be a commercial artist. I joined Worldwide Quest in 2013. The best part of my job is being in charge of making things look good!

Favourite travels:
Myanmar was a highlight of my life! I want to travel to every Buddhist country, especially Nepal.

Dream trip:
A tour of Italy in a world where calories don't count.

Words to Live By:
If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right.

Samir
Madan

Operations & Reservations
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I worked with Kuoni International in India before joining Worldwide Quest in July, 2004. I love the people in our office. I am so fortunate to be part of a team that, despite everyone's differences in whatever circumstance, I KNOW I'm working with the best people at Worldwide Quest.

Favourite travels:
Around the world trip in 1997 with my wife.

Dream destination:
Zermatt, Switzerland

Words to Live By:
"Never quit"

Sara
Feeny

Travel Advisor
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Prior to joining Worldwide Quest in 2016, I worked in Incoming, specialty accommodation and events for 7 years. The best part of my job is consulting on some of my favourite destinations.

Favourite travels:
South Africa & Israel

Dream trip:
Trans-Siberian Rail Journey

Something I believe in:
If it's both amazing and terrifying, then it's definitely worth pursuing.

Words to Live By:
Just do it.
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