Ryan Devion

Ryan Devion, graduate of 2019

My name is Ryan Devion and I am a 39-year-old father of four. I was the only one out of my family of cousins, brother and sister, who didn’t graduate high school until I found the Adult Education Partnership with KPDSB and Seven Generations Education Institute, and the amazing people it staffs.

I struggled as a teen even though I had family that loved me and wanted nothing but the best for me. My mind was in a different place and that made high school extremely hard for me, so I left on the second day of grade 10. Being the troubled boy that I once was, I knew that I was meant to be somebody in this world, I just didn’t know what.

I learned from my father and one of my Grandfathers that being a working man was important. I struggled with dead-end jobs until I was around 21 years old when I enrolled myself in a 14-week truck driving school.

As I watch my children grow up and dedicate their Monday to Friday in class, I watch and pay attention to their daily learning curves that each of them come across. I often preach “stay in school kids because you’re going to need it when you’re older”.

All of the jobs I want now in 2019 require a grade 12 Diploma. It was time to get this done and got that done I sure did when I enrolled myself in the Adult Ed Partnership at Seven Gens in Kenora. I knew I was in the right place now; might I add I came here 3 years ago in attempt to enroll but the timing wasn’t right for me, schoolwork was still too frustrating to me.

I met the most amazing people a young man could ever ask for returning to school after nearly 25 years later in life. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy for me, but the teachers and staff, even some of my peers, were always there when I needed them. I felt so comfortable and respected.

I am now a High School graduate and I could not be anymore proud of myself. It took dedication and an actual want to succeed, which I did with flying colours. I couldn’t have done all of this with out the support of my wife, my friends and family who shared positive influence my way. I am forever grateful to the Adult Ed staff along with the awesome classmates I now have the luxury to now call friends.

It’s never to late to accomplish this dream of graduating and bettering your Education, in fact it’s so important. I will never ever forget 2019 where I followed my dreams, walked down new paths in life and allowed the open arms of the Adult Ed Partnership at Seven Generations Education Institute to guide me on my new journey.