In May of this year, I decided to change careers. I had decidied to set my sights on driving a semi-trailer and after some research decided that Columbia Driving School seemed like the best option for me.
My experience with Columbia Driving School proved to have been an excellent choice. Having had no experience whatsoever in dringin semi-trailers with standard transmissions, I was brought ip to speed quickly and correctly not allowing any bad habits to slip in. We went out into the mountains and I was instructed on the proper procedure for going up and down steep hills safely. I passed my test with flying colors after training for three weeks. In my opinion this is due to the excellent training I recieved.
After I received my license, now came the task of finding work. Peter at Columbia Driving School was helpful after my license was issued in assisting with job placement and recommendations. I continue to have questions as a new driver and never hesitate to pick up the phone to ask Peter questions as they arise. My job requires me to travel between Vancouver and Kelowna on a weekly basis and the mountain training I received no doubt helped in my being hired for my position. Peter continues to offer support and advice, which as a new driver is invaluable and appreciated by both my employer and I.
I am writing this reference letter of support on behalf of Mr. Peter Faminoff who I have had the privilege of knowing and working with as both a professional and friend.
I first met Peter when I enrolled in Class 1 driving training at Valley Driving School in 2000. Peter was not only my classroom theory instructor but I was fortunate enough to land him as my practical driving instructor as well. I found his instructional technique to be nothing short of professional, relevant and encouraging. Peter’s positive attitude, attention to detail and his fondness for teaching made him very sought after instructor at this driving academy. Because of his ‘student-first’ prioritization, I was fortunate enough to easily obtain my Class 1 designation in addition to the extra ‘real-world’ skills imparted above and beyond the teaching curriculum.
As a result, I remained in close contact with Peter over the years. I am a Sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and I have turned to Peter on a variety of special technical requests knowing that I could count on him to come through with his expertise sometimes in the middle of the night. This expertise has included technical know-how, safety precautions, logistical fortitude and technical familiarity.
I would like to highlight the fact that Peter has always placed emphasis on ‘helping others’; this mantra is certainly challenging to find within today’s workforce. I would best categorize Peter as a consummate professional with a keen attitude in helping others realize their full potential.
I am produce to consider Peter as both a friend, professional and community partner of the RCMP.
My name is David Wing and I hold a Class One License and was trained by Peter. I would like to comment about Peter and his teaching methods:
He is very knowledgeable.
He is very patient.
He is friendly and easy to talk to.
He does not get upset at mistakes.
He has a calming demeanor with students who maybe feel nervous and anxious. An example of this is when ; a disabled student called to inquire about lessons and thought they would never drive. Peter listens to their concerns and fears and then set an appointment to meet with them.Peter drive to their home and had a meeting and gave the disabled person the encouragement and had them driving within twenty minutes and after a few weeks of lessons they had an appointment for a road test and the student passed.
I would not hesitate to recommend Peter to anyone wanting driving lessons disabled or not.