Anevich of Rogers Travel was a prominent and popular member of the Toronto
travel scene for many years. Her daughter, Stephanie Anevich (today Executive
Vice President of Leisure Travel at Vision Travel Solutions) recalls her
whirlwind of a Mom.
was my hero. She inspired me, got me into the business, allowed me to
grow, and taught me that a woman can have a career – and a family – and not
just a job.
was so glamorous! She was quite the fashionista, with her wardrobe of fabulous
clothes. Her father started the agency back in 1953 and my parents joined the
business in the 60s. It was a tiny agency located off a side street in North
Toronto that they eventually grew into a $3 million business – a significant
achievement at that time, supporting 3 generations. I definitely remember
them selling steamship fares and Greyhound bus tickets.
going into the agency when I was 10, filing and stamping brochures – and
listening. I could read the OAG at 10!
they both worked in the agency, my parents didn't travel much together as we
kids were still at home. So they would alternate on FAMs.
ways it was the heyday of travel. We couldn't afford to travel as a family
until we were in our teens and went – by ship – to England. Then we travelled every
year after that. I got into the business when I was 18."
she think of the industry today? “She'd be quite overhelmed, but I think she
would love the social media part and the many cool changes, and she'd totally
love the spectacular hotels. She had a lot of travel friends and was very
died 2 years ago – and I miss her most when I come home from a trip and think,
'I can't wait to tell her about the crazy things that happened on this trip!'
She would always love that. She worked hard for 35 years and had a ton of fun.
She was a humanist, open minded and really driven by life."