About Us

Mission Statement

Providing affordable Driver’s Education to ensure Sarnia-Lambton receive the Professional Instruction required to safely drive today’s roads.



You’ve done your research. You know Driver’s Education can be very expensive.

Let’s look at the Facts

Journeys Driving Academy

  • Provides quality and professional Beginner Driver Education (BDE)
  • Ministry-Approved BDE Course Provider
  • Journeys Driving Academy’s Prices are affordable for everyone
  • Offers competitive pricing
  • BDE Schedule offers several classes including day, evenings and weekend classes
  • Prime location near Sarnia’s waterfront at the corner of Christina and Durand
  • Offers an Extended Travel Package for those who live between 25-40 km’s from Sarnia
  • Will educate you on defensive driving and safe driving habits
  • Will educate you on the dangers of the road and the reality of them
  • Give you the skills and tools to teach you what to expect on your road test


Journeys Driving Academy is also Home of the $29.99 Private Lesson!


Did you also know that BDE Graduates with a Driver’s Licence History may be eligible for an Insurance Discount as well as a 4-Month reduction of G2 waiting times??



About the Owner

Nicole Yates

My passion for meeting new people, love of driving and the need for drivers to be safe inspired me to open a driving school two years ago. Having been a Driving Instructor for 15 years, I decided I could give back to students with my vision of teaching, educating and refining driving skills. I want students to be safe defensive drivers. Educating students about their driving rights and liabilities is crucial to being safe on the road. It is important to me that students develop the confidence to safely drive anywhere in Canada or internationally. I have designed and built a driving academy rather than a “school”. The difference for me is that an academy is built on refining, educating and giving the student the tools to excel. My team of instructors are approachable, friendly and professionally trained to offer the best experience whether you are a teen, adult, international student or a senior.

I am a certified in-car driving Instructor, classroom Instructor and a Teaching Instructor for new Driving Instructors for Ontario Safety League. I am fully bilingual in English and French. I have extensive training in many areas of driving including the Highway traffic act, fuel efficiency techniques, defensive driving and will deliver the most effective teaching methods. My 30+ years experience in Customer Service, leadership and management positions has given me the background to develop the best learning experience for you.

All students will be prepared with the skills to achieve success on the G2 or G road test.

I have several learning packages available to assist each student and can be tailored to their needs.

Jitsche Johnson
In Vehicle and Classroom Instructor

I am Jitsche Johnson and have been a Driving Instructor and classroom Instructor for over 40 years. I am a certified trainer for in car as well as school buses. I have 40+ years of experience teaching students of all levels including defensive driving. I opened my own driving school over 20 years ago and now am semi-retired and work for Journeys Driving Academy. I enjoy assisting new students, International students and seniors who need guidance and instruction. I have a love for my dogs and enjoy my free time on the weekend to just relax, interact with friends and play Bingo. I have spent most of my life fulfilling a dream of teaching and making a difference in educating people on how to be responsible and safe drivers.

Charlotte Scollon
Operations Manager

My name is Charlotte and I am the newest member of Nicole’s team.   I am excited about this new venture.  I have 7 years expertise as a Driver Examiner and Supervisor of Driver Examination services.  This will benefit any student looking to build their driving skills.   I have conducted thousands of road tests and understand the anxiety and fear that students experience while on a road test. I have several years leadership experience in Marketing, training and operations.  I am also certified through Ontario Safety league as a Driving Instructor in addition to a  B.A. Psych and Business Leadership training from University of Toronto. I am patient and understanding of each persons needs and will show you the skills and right attitude that are required to be successful on the road. Together we will work to prepare you for your road test.

Carly Gladwish
Driving Instructor

My name is Carly, I Started as a Journeys Driving Academy Instructor 2 years ago. I have been certified as a Driving Instructor through Ontario Safety League. My previous educational background and experience is in Culinary arts from both Niagara College and George Brown. Previously I have held leadership positions in my culinary background working in Niagara-on-the lake and Hamilton. I also enjoy being active and play soccer and participate in house league. I also enjoy taking on new creative projects around the house. My experience as a driving Instructor has been an exciting, challenging and a fulfilling change. I am constantly learning and growing as I go. I enjoy Interacting with students on a one on one basis, sharing my knowledge of the road and tips to make driving fun, safe and not so scary. I have always been told I am a patient person which works well for being in the car with new drivers.