“Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Greene
Giannina Veltri models the act of stepping up to her students. She both trusts in and encourages their growth. She has been working in the field of Travel since 1975, and began teaching Travel and Tourism at Confederation College in 1995. She bestows passion onto her students, that they may fulfil their own dreams and goals.
As the Program Coordinator she Giannina refers to the students as her life. She stands as their mom on trips, as well as a counsellor, teacher, and many additional roles. She views this program as their safe haven for the two years that they attend.
The Program has grown with the addition of Eco-Tourism, and an expanding number of International students. A wilderness canoe trip at the beginning of the second year is a draw to students from Southern Ontario to the ‘outdoor classroom’ environment. She feels that both hospitality training and airline training are also important factors, keeping the program current.
In her free time she is a Sea Kayaking Instructor, skillfully refinishes furniture and has started painting canoe paddles. She is a woman lit up from the inside when speaking about all that she is passionate about.
A true traveler for sure, but Giannina also finds adventure in the communities that surround her.
A mentor to students, and a woman who inspires leadership qualities in those that surround her, Giannina Veltri is a gift to her community.
“Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe…” ~Anonymous