An instructor teaching SAIT students the ins and outs of the travel industry for SAIT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism, Stephanie Mercredi has married her passion with her career.
Mercredi earned a diploma in fashion merchandising from Olds College before graduating from Grant McEwan University with a travel counsellor diploma, which jump started her career in the field of travel and tourism.
After working for a small agency in High Level, Alberta, she moved to Calgary, taking on jobs with a number of agencies, including Custom Travel Solutions, where she was part of the team that set up Destinations by SAIT — the student-staffed travel agency. She then took the job as an instructor for the agency, officially joining SAIT in 2012.
Through her work with Destinations, she’s had the joy of witnessing students step foot on a plane or head out of the country for the first time.
Along with helping to plan study tours for travel and tourism students, her work also sees her organizing those for other SAIT programs, including the culinary and baking students, and those in the McPhail School of Energy, School of Construction, School of Business and the School of Health and Public Safety.
A globetrotter, Mercredi has travelled all over the US and Europe, as well as to Morocco, Vietnam, India and hotspots such as Cuba, Barbados and Antigua.
Awards and Achievements:
- Named one of Canada’s top travel agents by Canadian Travel Press in 2020, nominated for a Saitsa Instructor Excellence Award, won agent and manager excellence awards from Uniglobe.
When I retire I want to: travel more and live by the ocean.
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