Budding Alberni photographer focuses on graduation at VAST learning centre.

A caring staff makes all the difference to learning, says one VAST education centre graduate who wants to be a professional photographer.

VAST graduate Brody Volk has walked off the stage as a Grade 12 graduate at VAST’s ceremony last week and will stroll into photography school in March 2012.

VAST graduate Brody Volk has walked off the stage as a Grade 12 graduate at VAST’s ceremony last week and will stroll into photography school in March 2012.

A caring staff makes all the difference to learning, says one VAST education centre graduate who wants to be a professional photographer.

Brody Volk, 18, is one of 80 students who are graduating from VAST programs this year.

The graduates include those who pursued programs through remote centres.

More than 50 graduates participated in VAST grad ceremonies at the Capitol Theatre last week.

“I was excited when I found out last week that I graduated,” Volk said.

“It’s taken a long while to get here.”

Volk grew up in Port Alberni and attended Wood Elementary, EJ Dunn and Alberni District Secondary School.

He dropped out in Grade 11 and moved to Toronto to live with friends for a year before returning home to Alberni.

Volk wanted to return to school to complete his graduation requirements but chose VAST over ADSS.

“I didn’t want to be the old guy still hanging around the high school,” he said.

It took some time to settle in but once he did he took to school like a fish takes to water.

English was a challenge to complete and his favourite subject is math, he said.

Volk had to finish math, English and PE in six months so staying on top of school was the biggest challenge of the year, he said.

But VAST staff made the difference between graduating and not graduating, Volk said.

“People here don’t judge you,” Volk said. “The staff takes the time to get to know you and want to help you.”

Some staff went the extra mile to coax Volk to do the same.

“Lisa Fryer was my biggest supporter,” Volk said.

“She told me I could gradate and pushed, helped and encouraged me.”

Volk has always enjoyed photography and wants to pursue a career in professional photography.

He plans on starting his next journey at a college in Vancouver in March 2012.

“I’d like to be a fashion photographer, shoot weddings or even grad ceremonies,” Volk said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

The Port Alberni Bombers are one of the newest teams in the VIJHL. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni Bombers to host first ID camp for roster spots

Roster spots for the Junior B team will be filled at the conclusion of the camp

Douglas Holmes, current Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer, is set to take on that position at the Regional District of Nanaimo come late August. (Submitted photo)
Regional District of Nanaimo’s next CAO keen to work on building partnerships

Douglas Holmes to take over top administrator role with RDN this summer

AW Neill Elementary School in Port Alberni. (NEWS FILE PHOTO)
SD70 chooses new name for AW Neill School in Port Alberni

New name honours Nuu-chah-nulth Peoples’ connection to region

Ron MacDonald fields questions at a news conference in Halifax on Sept. 27, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Finding ‘comfortable’ indigenous monitor tough task in Tofino-area shooting death

Julian Jones case hampered by difficulty finding a civilian comfortable with privacy protocols

Port Alberni RCMP officer in command Insp. Eric Rochette presents longtime community policing volunteer Louie Aumair with a OIC appreciation certificate. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Port Alberni RCMP honour longtime volunteer

First responders receive support from broader community

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials watching U.K.’s Delta variant struggles, ‘may need to slow’ restart plan

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read