Meet Our Team
Meet our staff and instructors!
Ayn Lexi, Executive Director, BA. Ayn is the newest member of the KDSC team, having just started in September of 2015. She brings with her over 25 years of management experience and has a passion for outdoor adventure, traveling and motorsports. She’s excited to be taking her Learn to Ride in the spring of 2016. “I love working at KDSC – the job is fun, the people are awesome and I know that we’re contributing to a safer community and doing our part to save lives. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
Amanda Braidwood, Little Travellers’ Safety Village Program Coordinator & Instructor. Amanda came to KDSC as a summer student in 2014 when she was completing the Bachelors of Ed. program at UBCO. She is the summer student that just won’t leave! Her passion for teaching children has compelled her to stay with the Council, so when not working as a teacher with SD23, you can find her here with us. When Amanda isn’t in the office she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going hiking and playing with her dogs. “The Safety Council has truly been one of my favorite jobs so far. It is such a great and fun work environment where I am able to teach children how to be safe while out in the community and at home. This job proved to me that teaching is where I am meant to be.”
Marc Daigle, Program Assistant. Marc has worked for KDSC since 2008 and got his Class 6 license in 2010. A dirt bike rider at heart, when he’s not keeping the KDSC office organized in the spring and summer, you’ll find Marc at UBCO pursuing a degree in mathematics. Marc’s advice for new riders? “Identify, prioritize, and decide what is important for you in motorcycling. Proper training and instruction should be at the top of the list!”
Peter Twidle, Senior Instructor, Class 6/8. MSA Officer. GLP Certified. First Aid. When he’s not skiing and working as a Silver Star Mountain Host, Peter is riding one of his motorcycles (his personal fleet includes a 2009 Yamaha FJR 1300, 2007 Yamaha MT01, 2001 Honda VFR, and a 1980 Honda CB 750F). He has been riding for 33 years and especially enjoys sport touring with his wife Peggy, who is also a KDSC Learn to Ride grad. Peter took training from KDSC and knew from watching our instructors that it was something he really wanted to do. “I love seeing the smiles of new riders, many of whom have never even sat on a bike before, and who are up and riding within a weekend.”
Dale Cripwell, Instructor Class 6/8. First Aid. Dale has been riding motorcycles since he was 8. Starting with dirt bikes, he moved to street riding when he turned 16, and he’s been on the roads (and the speedways) ever since. In addition to teaching new and advanced riders at KDSC, Dale also keeps busy as a bus driver and driver trainer with SD23. According to Dale, “Anything on 2 wheels is #1. Anything that floats is #2.” Why Does Dale teach? “I love to see the moment when all the hard work by students pays off and they get the passion I have.” Dale has a 2001 Honda VFR800 and a BMW1200.
Bill Downey, Instructor Class 5/6/7/8. MSA Officer. GLP Certified. DDC Instructor. First Aid. BA. BSW. Always community-involved in various roles, Bill spent 30 years as a social worker and an occupational health and safety instructor, and he was a Lake Country volunteer firefighter as well as a Special Olympics coach. He took KDSC’s Learn to Ride course, got hooked on motorcycling, and came back as soon as he could to become an Instructor. Why does Bill like teaching? “It’s a chance to engage with people who care enough to explore the science of traffic safety, helping them ground their actions and their choices as motorcyclists in contemporary, proven approaches and technologies. And then there’s just loving being on two wheels….”
Brian Elliott, Instructor Class 6/8. MSA Officer. GLP Certified. First Aid. Brian came on board with KDSC in 2005 when he retired from his job as a union rep with the United Food and Commercial Workers. Brian is very involved with the Rotary Club of Kelowna Capri and Rotoplast Canada, and recently traveled to Ethiopia in support of their surgical efforts performing burn injury constructions on young children. The proud owner of a 2005 Royal Star Tour Classic, he has been riding for 44 years and puts on approximately 12,000 km per year.
Daniel Khan, Instructor Class 5/7. GLP Certified, GLT Certified. First Aid. Daniel has had his Driving Instructors License for over 20 years and has not only just helped many new drivers succeed in passing the driving test, but also to build a foundation for them to continue to grow into excellent drivers. He truly enjoys working with students and watching them learn the skills it takes to become a great driver. When he is not instructing or spending time with his wife and two young children, Daniel enjoys snowboarding, longboarding and cycling around Kelowna on his old school BMX cruiser.
Bruce Parker, Instructor Class 6/8. MSA Officer. GLP Certified. First Aid. Bruce earned the nickname of “Taking Care of Business Bruce” because he’s always busy at KDSC, whether it’s teaching students, renovating our building, or wrenching the bikes and keeping them in top form! A former Harley mechanic in Switzerland, Bruce commutes to KDSC every day from Summerland on his 1972 BMW 750 airhead in order to help get new riders on the road safely. Bruce enjoys doing anything outdoors (camping, hiking, kayaking, and skiing) and looks forward to long road trips with his wife Maddy. According to Bruce, “Motorcycling has kept me sane!”
Derek Trussler, Instructor Class 6/8. First Aid. A former member of the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team, Derek spends much of the year traveling the world as a Level 3 CSCF Alpine Ski Coach. He also enjoys mountain biking, golf, playing guitar, and recording music, and he started instructing with KDSC in 2012. When asked what he likes about teaching new riders he said “Seeing the smile on someone’s face when they learn a new skill.” Derek rides a 1600cc Triumph Thunderbird and his favorite route for a ride is from New Denver to Kaslo.