Meet Our Team
Meet our staff and instructors!
John Grimes, Executive Director
John Grimes originally from near Boston, Massachusetts, John lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Anchorage, Alaska before coming to Kelowna nearly eight years ago. Over the years, he has helped lead a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including those involved with job training, education, addiction recovery, family services, and arts and culture. His focus is on building community awareness of not-for-profit causes, increasing public engagement and audiences, and achieving outcomes that help improve the quality of life for everyone.
Sheila Campbell, Children’s Program Coordinator & Instructor. … coming soon…
Peter Twidle, Instructor, Class 6/8. MSA Officer. GLP Certified. First Aid. When he’s not skiing, Peter is usually out riding or touring on one of his motorcycles (his personal fleet includes a 2009 Yamaha FJR 1300, 2001 Honda VFR, and a 2017 Triumph Bonneville). He has been riding for over 35 years and enjoys doing track days, rides with his riding group and 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….”
Daniel Khan, Instructor Class 5/7. GLP Certified, GLP 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.
Liana Perran, Instructor class 6/8. First Aid.
Liana has over nine years of riding experience, beginning while living in Mexico where she bought her first bike, a Honda 250. When she re-entered Canada in 2013 she needed a BC motorcycle license, so she contacted the Kelowna and District Safety Council and took the Learn to Ride course. “I loved the program and it answered a lot of questions in regards to riding safety. When KDSC offered an instructor course, I signed up and completed the requirements. I currently enjoy instructing for KDSC during the riding season in Kelowna then leave for Arizona to enjoy the motorcycle season in the winter. My passion is teaching safety to future riders in order for them to be able to enjoy riding for years to come!”
Liana’s current ride is a Ducati Monster 696.
Daphne Bowden, Instructor class 6/8. First Aid Instructor. …coming soon…