Club Leaders - Purcell Collegiate School


Our Club Leaders are active local community members with exceptional career experiences in the various club topics that they lead. These individuals provide their time and expertise to mentor and guide our students each week in a large array of opportunities. Students from the local communities of Kimberley and Cranbrook along with our Purcell Collegiate students participate and work together to learn new skills while developing friendships and connections that will last a lifetime! You can view details about each of the clubs by visiting the Club Navigator page of our website. To find out more about our various clubs leaders and their backgrounds, please view the information below.


BA, University of British Columbia

Julie-Anne Davies

Introduction to Photography

Julie-Anne is a professional photographer with over 20 years of experience in a diverse range of genres. She has extensively shot weddings, lifestyle and family portraiture, outdoor adventure, travel photography and landscapes. She currently travels the world as a visual storyteller for the world’s largest female outdoor adventure company and leads small group photography tours to remote locations around the planet.

She has been featured by National Geographic, Explore Magazine, PhotoNews Canada, Travel & Leisure India, Lens Magazine, PhotoEd Magazine, Discover India, Gripped, NZ Climbing, Mountain Equipment Co-op, the United Nations, Kicking Horse Culture and Kootenay Living.

She was the winner of the Canadian Backcountry Purist award for her documentation of ski culture in the mountains of British Columbia, the winner of several photography competitions, including the IAPB WorldSight Day, Int’l Women’s Day and Int’l Association of Professional Wedding Photographers.

She is a five time exhibiter in the prestigious Atlas of Humanity project, a cultural and ethnographic showcase of the world’s diverse cultures in Paris, Milan and most recently New York. When not traveling, Julie-Anne lives in the beautiful mountain community of Kimberley, BC with her husband and two children.


MGM, Royal Roads University

Mallin Xiaobei Jiang

Chinese Language and Culture

Mallin lives in Kimberley and is originally from China. Mallin is passionate about dynamic entrepreneurial opportunities in the fields of education, trade, and international relations. She has a Master’s of Global Management from Royal Roads University, specializing in Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment.

Professionally Mallin has been engaged in international education and partnerships for over 17 years with Royal Roads University, and more recently she has developed trans-pacific trade and investment opportunities and is a key member of the executive team for Toolitech, a new blockchain startup.

In addition to her multifaceted career, Mallin enjoys being active in and supporting her communities, which includes volunteering on a board of directors for the Canadian International Council.


B.Comm, University of British Columbia

Brett Price

Entrepreneurship Through Innovation

Brett Price graduated in 1994 with a degree in commerce from the University of British Columbia with an Chartered Accountant designation prior building one of the world’s first vertically integrated online retailers of fully customized athletic clothing and footwear.

As an Entrepreneur, Brett built his vision into a GAIA Ultimate Sports an apparel business with integrated manufacturing facilities in India and Mexico and distribution in North America, Europe and Australasia. In 2015, Brett went on to start a second brand Kazoom Cycling Apparel based on the same online direct model. In addition to overseeing operations of these two businesses he provides sales, marketing and technology consulting.


Rob Mcinnis

Aviation Dynamics

Rob is an experienced aviator who continues to serve his local community in a variety of ways as a charter pilot, air ambulance pilot, flight instructor and chief pilot for a Lear 35/36 aircraft that operates regularly out of the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

Throughout Rob’s career he has piloted a large number of different aircraft including both private and commercial airplanes travelling all over the globe. In addition, Rob has also been a glider pilot instructor, operated seaplanes, amphibious and mountain ski planes. For over 39 years Rob has flown over 25,000 hours and spent 22 years of service as a captain proud of his accident and incident free record. During his career as a pilot, Rob has served as the President of the Canadian Airline Pilots Association and the President of the International Federation of Airline Pilots Association. In 2002, Rob was awarded the IFALPA Scroll of Merit which recognizes distinguished work in the airline industry. In addition to aviation, Rob has a love of skiing and hiking in the East Kootenay region.

On days where Rob is out flying the wide-open skies, Amy McInnis will be the alternate instructor for the students. Amy works with local high school students and has also been a commercial pilot transporting passengers, mail and freight working in the extreme arctic conditions with fixed wheel, ski, float and large wheel landing gear. Throughout her career she has transported scientific experts to Antarctica and has a wealth of aviation background to share with students.


Doug Vanhooren

Applied Science and Engineering

After completing his Masters of Engineering Doug went on to a diverse career in engineering, applied science, and business management.  In 20+ years in industry, Doug has been involved in leading businesses and projects everything from health care facilities to horticulture, and is currently the principal in a Kimberley-based mechanical engineering practice focused on commercial and institutional construction and energy efficiency.


Lori Joe

Visual Arts

Lori is a local born and raised Artist and Art Mentor who resides on an acreage north/west of Kimberley (Kukama ?nam) on the homelands of the Ktunaxa People. A combined love of Art and Nature would see Lori leaving Kimberley to study both Fine Arts and Outdoor Recreation Management at Okanagan College and Capilano University. After her educational journey Lori returned to the East Kootenay to work as a Backcountry Ranger for BC Parks in the Bugaboos, and Akamina Kishinena before marrying and having two amazing children. The life of motherhood would allow Lori time to volunteer as an Art Mentor in the local schools, with the Rocky Mountain International Student Program and at the local arts centre- Centre 64.

For the past 12 years Lori has worked as a Community Youth Coordinator for the Kimberley Youth Action Network. Through the process of youth-led leadership, Lori provides opportunities for youth to build their sense of identity, confidence, and purpose to find their passion. By creating community Art, S.T.E.A.M, and Environmental Leadership Hubs Lori has afforded youth the time, space and the freedom for creative exploration and experimentation that fosters cross-cultural teachings, and creative development, a job she absolutely loves!

When Lori is not working with youth, she can be found creating custom commission paintings for local, National, and international clients. Lori tries to capture the mountain culture, and vivacity of the area by using vibrant colours that speak to the richness, and happiness of this area. When not painting and creating art Lori also enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs, exploring the local rivers, creeks and wetlands, digging in the garden, sitting in the forest, and catching up with her 2 children who are currently at university.


George Berry

Introduction to Architecture

George has been an Architect for 27 years and has been the CEO and Senior Partner/Architect of his own architectural firm for 25 years, with projects across Canada and into the United States. He has grown the firm from a single practitioner entity to 21 full-time employees, with offices in Alberta and British Columbia. George is an award-winning architect for his work in Seniors’ Housing and Environmental Design. He has given seminars and presentations at conferences across Canada and the U.S. and has been on many national committees, focusing on architecture, housing, and environmental sustainability. George is responsible for project development, innovation, and project and product research. Through George’s current master’s degree studies, Berry Architecture is enabled to push the boundaries of energy and carbon usage to reduce our footprint on our fragile earth.

He is continually expanding his knowledge through leadership courses from the University of Oxford, as well as environmental and architectural courses from various providers. George is currently undertaking a Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge.