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.”
Peter Twidle, 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, 2001 Honda VFR, and a 1988 Honda CB 450 S). He has been riding for 35 years and especially enjoys sport touring with his wife Peggy, who is also a KDSC Learn to Ride and Advanced Riding Techniques grad. Peter took training from KDSC in the mid 90’s and knew from watching our instructors that it was something he really wanted to do. He has been a KDSC Instructor/Coach since 2006. “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.”
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.
Rick Elliott, Instructor class 6/8. First Aid. Rick has been riding for 10 years and believes that any time you can take a lesson to improve your riding skills – you should go for it! He moved to Kelowna in 2014 and one Sunday passed the KDSC training lessons at the Farmer’s Market and stopped to ask about becoming a riding instructor. The rest is history. He completed his training in 2016, and says, “I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to teach and share in the enthusiasm and eagerness of the students as they master the art of proper motorcycle riding. KDSC has an excellent program and very good instructors!” Rick enjoys the outdoors – camping, kayaking, bicycling, skiing and believes that you couldn’t ask for a better place than the Okanagan! He recently traded his BMW for a Honda CB 500X to take advantage of the local secondary roads.