In the Cree language, Tân’si is a warm, friendly greeting. Every interaction begins with Tân’si.
In the small Northern community of Tail Creek, lived a young man who struggled to survive during the long hard winters, common to Northern Alberta. He and his young bride lived in a simple shack on the trap line. One brutally cold January day, while he was away providing for his family, his wife was home with a midwife about to give birth.
Sadly, the child was stillborn. The midwife took the baby from the mother’s arms, wrapped him in a blanket, and took his tiny body out to the coal shed. After tending to the grieving mother, the midwife set on her way. The young mother, refusing to believe she had lost her child, climbed out of bed and made her way to the shed out back.
She brought the tiny baby inside and placed him in a box in front of the wood-burning stove. Every hour she squeezed a tiny eyedropper, dispersing a droplet of brandy into the mouth of that baby. This small child grew up to be the grandfather of Darcie Guarderas, one of the co-founders of Tân’si Tourism Solutions. Hearing this story set Darcie on a journey of exploration to discover her connections to her Cree culture.
This deep connection to Canada, its people, and its diversity guides the founders of Tân’si Solutions as they advise, mentor and provide Tourism Consulting and Destination Marketing services to the industry.
Meet our team
Combining a Business Management degree with several decades of industry experience, Jai brings a diverse skill set to Tansi Solutions. From escorting tours worldwide, founding an adventure travel company, managing a travel agency, as Operations Director of an Outbound Tour company, and as Vice President of a large Canadian Tour Operator, Jai has wide experience. His areas of interest are Training, Product Development, Organizational Structure, Marketing, and Software development. Jai is currently member of Destination Canada’s Leisure Marketing Advisory Committee.
Born and raised in Alberta, Darcie packed her bags and headed East after graduating with honors from her travel program. For 25 years, Darcie travelled the world extensively while working as a travel consultant in Winnipeg becoming one of the top-selling agents in Canada. Darcie then moved to her successful role as Director of Business Development for a large Canadian Tour Operator. Darcie’s skills at Training and Mentoring, Networking, Business Development, Destination Representation, and conducting well attended Trade Events, are all widely recognized in the industry.