Uptown Mugs #49: Ellen Tucker

As president of Freedom Tours & Travel, Ellen Tucker is well known in Saint John as the voice of vacation expertise on CBC Radio One's “Shift.” Before that, you may have recognized her as the host of “All About Travel,” a Global television program.

Previously chair of ACTA (the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies), Ellen has travelled the world for over 30 years as a certified travel counsellor. We had a chance to get to know her a bit better!

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born and grew up in a little village, Letete, where the ?ferry for Deer Island embarks. Our big Saturday adventure was to come to Saint John for shopping!

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

Freedom Tours first opened in Market Square in 1984. I bought the company in 1997 and in 2004 we moved to 80 Charlotte Street where we are now. I love working and living in Uptown.

Name one or two people who you look to for inspiration?

Firstly my wonderful husband, Dr. Gordon Chapman, a true humanitarian and good soul. In my industry there are so many inspiring colleagues. Our business is all about knowledge and knowing experts in travel around the world keeps me always inspired.

What is your favorite season, and why?

I don't have a favourite because I enjoy the beauty in each and every one!

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Covered Bridge potato chips!

Coffee, tea, or other??

Java Moose in the morning, green tea in the afternoon and a great cocktail at Port City Royal after work!

Any pets?

Leffe, our standard Schnauzer who comes to work with me every day, makes our office a happy place!

Most guilty pleasure?

The super desserts at the Market

Worst habit?

Coronation Street.?

Favorite musician??

Leonard Cohen

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

The many great restaurants in Uptown are a foodie's delight…you can indulge yourself in fresh local, creatively prepared and presented food at breakfast lunch and dinner. Bon Appetit!

Find Ellen and Freedom Tours & Travel:

On the street: 80 Charlotte Street

By phone: (506) 632-1012

Toll free: +1 (800) 561-2324

Online:?www.freedomtours.com

Facebook:?Freedom Travel and Tours

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