Meet Our Team

Rick Elliott

FOUNDER

Rick’s love of driving started in early childhood with Go-karts, and revved it up to high-end races. After several years in the corporate world, he returned to the road in the early 2000s to become a driving instructor. And in 2010, he made the bold move to start his own school in Orillia, bringing the experience and knowledge of leadership to join forces with his love and expertise of driving. It was a winning combination, quickly growing to four locations in central Ontario with a solid team of committed instructors.

Rick and his wife Bette have spent 33 years of their road together of 35, right in Oro-Medonte, where he is also part of the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as Orillia’s. He has often been involved in community support, such as the SPCA, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, and sponsoring a local Slow Pitch baseball team, among other involvements.

Fun Facts about Rick: One of his major supporters in his Go-kart racing days was Pirelli. And he didn’t just drive everywhere! Rick is a former marathon runner with many miles under his sneakers.

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Lynda

OPERATIONS STRATEGIST / ADMIN / Orillia

Lynda came to Ricks from New Brunswick, via Japan and Iceland, with five kids along the way. She has been with Ricks for over two years, as an enthusiastic instructor, and more recently, shifting gears in the office engine. Her life abroad gave a wide variety of driving experience, from driving on the left side of the road in the left side of the car in downtown Tokyo, to the highlands of Iceland fording rivers and climbing mountain roads so narrow and hairpinned that she had to open her driver door to see where the edge of the road was on the turn.

Fun Facts about Lynda: She is also a headshot, portrait and brand photographer, with a studio in downtown Orillia--right next to Ricks. She also flew a plane over the mountains and fjords of Iceland!

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Tamara

DRIVING AND IN-CLASS INSTRUCTOR / Orillia

Tamara brings forward the empowering skills of being a teacher and coach both in classroom and car. She keeps it fun, knowing that people learn better in a relaxed and friendly environment. With a lengthy Social Service and Youth Care Worker background, her various life experiences of 40+ years on the road range from driving bus, to transporting young offenders. Her own #1 driving philosophy to students is to never let their guard down.

Fun Facts about Tamara: She is outdoor bound for adventure! You’ll find her boating, prospecting, fishing and gardening, and passionately pursuing creative hobbies.

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Crystelle

DRIVING AND IN-CLASS INSTRUCTOR / Midland

Crystelle is the key to Rick’s Driving School in Midland. A veteran of driving instruction with over 25 years of experience, she joined Ricks when he opened his Midland location eight years ago. She counts it a pleasure to have met and trained new students of all ages over this time. And when you call that Midland school number, hers will be the magical voice on the other end to help you with any questions you may have. In-class and in-car, you’ll find her at both.

Fun fact: Crystelle’s secret super power is singing! Opera is her forte, and she has performed numerous times.

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Dan

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR / Midland

Dan is the man with that second brake in Midland. He joined up over 10 years ago, and truly enjoys his work as an in-car instructor, and being part of what he affectionately refers to as “The Great Team of Ricks Driving School". He has taught students of all ages, and has no plans to park his car for quite a while.

Fun facts about Dan: He is a musician! He plays and loves to sing as well.

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Ryan

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR / Muskoka

Ryan joined Ricks six years ago and hasn’t changed gears since. He took the roundabout to get here, though, after graduating from Georgian College and working in the field of golf for over five years. Don’t be deceived by his youthful demeanour; he knows those rules out there, and is dedicated to his students to make sure they do, too.

Fun Fact about Ryan: When not instructing, you’ll find him either on the golf course, or walking his dog
(but not walking his dog on the golf course…).

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Tracy

DRIVING INSTRUCTOR / Orillia

Tracy has been driving for Ricks for nearly two years as an instructor. Retirement just wasn’t going to be boring for him--after working in seven different countries as a Chef for Fairmont & Ritz-Carlton! He loves making a difference for the younger generation, and easily has a rapport that builds their confidence (anyone’s, really).

Fun facts about Tracy: Fishing, swimming and bicycling round out his days. And while living in Bermuda, he toured a nuclear submarine and got to scope out the situation through the periscope!

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