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After waiting a few months for my enrollment and the news on who was the lucky winner of the scholarship with their submission, I was blown away to find out that I had won! On top of going through my semesters with no debt on my mind I had a lovely experience with the staff and students learning and practicing the different segments of the course. It is easy to say that Lorie herself has a beautiful heart and very positive personality when dealing with her students and I appreciated her upbeat energy she had no matter the circumstances in the day.
She has a beautiful demeanor with a permanent smile and is able to tend to all questions you ask in sessions no matter how many you have or how bizarre they may be. Coming from knowing no one in the city as I had just moved from Kamloops and going to knowing the entire school both hair and esthetics was an amazing beginning to my first year in Victoria. As the classes are joined for some sessions and separated for more focused attention on the two courses it was easy to make friends and feel like a big family throughout the year.
You get to know the teachers on a closer level as you do work in a group but still get individual help if needed so you feel guided throughout your training. I appreciated all the passed down knowledge from Lorie and her lovely teachers Sharon and Sherisse with personal techniques and experiences while in their own growing stages being young estheticians. It made it easier to find my own handle on all of the course practices.
I especially appreciated the end of the course learning how to properly prep our resumes for applications to future employers. We also had a chance to tour local Spas before our graduation in order to get a feel of where we could possibly fit in the future. As I had attended the course full time 5 days a week rather than 3 days, my school semester did pass fairly quick and I was able to join onto a team at a new full-time job before I knew it!”
When I first walked through her front doors, I could tell that this decision was going to be a life-changer. I worked for a company prior that treated me like s***. All I did was deal with angry, hostile customers, so you can imagine I was a little tense, and stern when I first started, however, this career changed me. I felt calm when talking to Lorie about my concerns, and over time, she along with some other teachers helped me gain confidence, love, and positivity within myself. I changed. I walked in angry and walked out with my whole outlook on life changed. I didn’t only gain a wack load of knowledge but I learned how to find my true self. I made friends, not only via the other estheticians but my request clients as well.
The training that I received was VERY thorough and I landed my first job before I even graduated because of her training specifically. She also helped me build a resume!! You’d be surprised at how many spas know of Lorie’s spa specifically. They really do care and Lorie is so passionate about what she does, you can really see it and that made me want to become JUST as passionate. So many good things, however, this Academy does get busy with clients. You have to find your confidence quickly and just know that if you need help, it’s always there. Honestly, I’m glad I had days where I only got 1 break because it prepared me for the real world. Thank you, Lorie, for your amazing work!! I will NEVER forget you!!!!!
April Halisheff Nurse
Sarah Tickner Noga
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