Barrie has been a passionate supporter of education in the travel industry since being introduced to an endorsed Travel Counsellor program 12 years ago.
Barrie’s introduction was as part of his Career # 6 – that of webmaster.
In 2007, Barrie was hired as a consultant to move a correspondence distance format Travel Counsellor program to an online format. Yes, that was in 2007!
Barrie created course web pages, online resource material and online testing.
In 2007, Barrie was looking for e-books before the major publishers even knew what an e-book was!
Over the next few years Barrie supported the program and by using his experience from Career # 5, College Professor, Barrie added academic rigour and empathetic student support to the program.
By 2013, Barrie was a true subject matter expert and was handling the majority of student contact.
And so, Barrie had morphed into Career #7, online Travel Counsellor Instructor!
In 2013, the pressure of attracting enrollments to the Travel Counsellor program, online or in-class, was evident.
Barrie suggested a vision to revamp the online program, include Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) certification and Certified Travel Counsellor (CTC) preparation in the program and to promote the online program nationally.
As well as investing in the program, Barrie invested in himself becoming a CTC and completing the TICO certification.
Barrie has built the program supporting an average online student population of 25, with students mainly in Canada, but he has also supported students in China, Greece and Singapore.
In this way by developing the online course to be more thorough and training future travel counsellors, Barrie has “had a significant and positive impact on the role, status and sustainability of the Canadian Travel Industry”.
Algonquin Travel School is so proud of Barrie and honoured to have him support this important program.