Meet Our Outstanding Driving Instructors!
We like to think we have pretty sharp and distinctive looking training cars –
but we all know it’s what is on the inside that counts!!
We have knowledgeable, friendly, and engaged driving instructors
available to coach you to great results!
Dominic (AKA Dom)
Co-Owner, Senior Driving Instructor
Dom has been a licensed Alberta Class 5 driving instructor (for in-car plus classroom) since 2013. He also has significant additional instructional experience during a 20-year Canadian military career (now retired). During his time in the military he instructed soldiers on driving military vehicles ranging from regular vehicles to tracked armoured personnel carriers.
Born in Montreal, Dom was raised and educated in a French environment. After joining the Army he was put by mistake on an English Basic Combat Engineer’s course and then posted in a Anglophone Regiment ever since. After spending over 25 years out west, Dom is now fluent in English. While Archer’s classroom instruction is in English only, Dominic can provide French language assistance for classroom sessions that he instructs (Dom and Kelly alternate classroom instructing), and can provide primary French language instruction for in-vehicle lessons on request.
Dom’s favourite saying: “After a 20-year military career where I have been shot at and blown up, teaching brand new drivers doesn’t scare me!”
To listen to Dom explain parallel parking, check out this video
Co-Owner Part Time Instructor
The Original Archer’s Instructor!
Kelly has been a licensed Alberta Class 5 driving instructor since 2008 (licensed classroom instructor since 2007). Both Kelly and Dom have attended NAIT’s BMI courses (Becoming a Master Instructor). NAIT’s BMI program is a ‘train-the-trainer’ curriculum that helps knowledge experts in various fields develop a teaching practice and provides important strategies and skills to apply in teaching adult learners.
Being a farm girl from Manitoba, Kelly has had her license since she was 16. She was also riding dirt bikes and driving farm trucks even earlier than that! Kelly thinks that Graduated Driver Licensing is a great thing. Waaaayyyy back then, when there was no such thing as a GDL system, she learned things the Hard Way. On more than one occasion she had to walk back home and get her Dad to pull her car out of the ditch!
Kelly’s favourite saying: “Save time, and learn from other people’s mistakes.”
To listen to Kelly explain how to judge where to stop, check out this video
Meet Elaine a former School Bus Driver, now a great driving instructor!
She comes to us with almost 20 years of experience as a school bus driver and as the Mom of 4 boys, her patience can only be described as Saintly!
With her previous experience in assisting training new school bus drivers and having taught 3 of her 4 boys how to drive Elaine breezed through her Driving Instructor training and became certified as a licensed Alberta Class 5 Driving Instructor in July 2019.
Elaine favorite driving instructor saying is. “By looking ahead far enough when you’re driving you’ll pick up all the info you need to make great driving decisions”
To check Elaine’s availability, view our online booking calendar.
We are happy to welcome Kyle to Archer’s instructor team during the summer of 2020
– a year that none of us will soon forget!
Kyle has been able to fit in quickly thanks to his natural coaching ability and great strategies to facilitate student success.
These skills are likely in part from his robust experience working in mentorship roles, such as a teaching assistant in the school system as well as working with individuals with various disabilities. Our driving students have already commented that they appreciate his patient but focused feedback.
Kyle particularly loves helping students solve their parallel parking anxieties. So far, Kyle’s favourite saying is, “While driving it’s okay to expect things to happen, but we must not precipitate them with our actions…”
Archer’s family is still growing – Welcome to Jen for Summer 2021!
Jen is another great fit for Archer’s – she is knowledgeable, thorough, practical, and direct – a high-value combo! Students have already commented on how much they feel they’ve learned with Jen, and importantly, how she’s coached them so that the information “sticks”!
Jen is a current-serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves with overseas experience. She is certified as a military instructor with qualifications to operate a bunch of army trucks! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to put her on the schedule when she is not otherwise tasked out on Infantry exercises or operations.
In addition to holding a Class 4 Instructor license, and military qualifications, Jen also holds a Class 3 and is an avid motorcycle rider (Class 6), so many practical tips come from her in-depth knowledge on such a wide range of vehicles.
Being a motorcycle rider Jen’s favorite saying is: “You need to always do a shoulder check before moving over, as it’s pretty easy to miss something like a small car or motorcycle in your blind spot.”
Archer’s is growing again – Help us welcome Darryl to Archer’s instructor team for Spring 2021!
Darryl has a relaxed and friendly demeanour which we – and students – love! Even with his calm approach, he is thorough on coaching the key points for students to be successful. As a retired electrician, he is no stranger to troubleshooting ?. As a driving instructor, he puts troubleshooting skills to work customizing exercises and targeting skills that benefit students.
Darryl also served more than 21 years in the Canadian Forces. Among other qualifications, he has training and experience operating heavy equipment, and TANKS (Dom is jealous) – but don’t worry, Darryl will have students keep the Class 5 training vehicles strictly on-road!
Darryl’s favourite saying right now is to joke, “Don’t make me use the brake!”, but he is always on the lookout for a reason to change it.