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Saskatchewan Home-Based Educators

Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. We assist in creating a positive social network and a positive political environment for all those who choose home-based education. We also provide supportive, social and instructional resources for our members.

Benefits of SHBE Membership:

Information: We prepare brochures, information packets, and booklets for our members and as promotional materials for libraries.
Newsletter: We prepare a monthly newsletter with a wide range of topics on homeschooling. We try to have Saskatchewan content.
Convention: We plan an annual convention with workshops, speakers, and both new and used curriculum from suppliers coming from across Canada and the United States.
Networking: We put you in touch with others who teach their children at home.
Advocacy: We provide assistance in working with local school boards and at the provincial level. We maintain a seat on the Provincial Review Board committee by assignment from the Minister of Education.
Local Support Groups: We encourage the formation of local groups and provide help in getting started.
Regional Information: The province is divided into six zones to facilitate communication.
Meetings and Seminars: throughout the year, we offer a variety of informational meetings. Once a year we do a “Can I Do This?” seminar.
Website: We offer a maintained website, as well as a maintained help desk to answer questions.
Facebook Page: Like us on Facebook—www.facebook.com/shbesask

WHAT is SHBE?

SHBE is a collection of hundreds of homeschool families in the province, governed by a volunteer board of elected homeschool members.
SHBE is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan.
SHBE assists in creating a positive social network and a positive political environment for those who choose home-based education.
SHBE provides supportive, social, and instructional resources to our membership.
As a grassroots organization, our strength is in the involvement of our membership. Your membership makes it easier for others to home educate by identifying with SHBE as it negotiates with school boards and the Department of Learning. Numbers DO count!

Saskatchewan Home-Based Educators - Board Members

Charles Audette

Zone 1

Charles Audette is the Zone 1 Director after coming on the SHBE Board in 2015. He and his wife Janice live in the Lebret with eleven children still at home, nine of whom sit around the homeschool table. They started home education from day one with their first born 21 years ago and have graduated their oldest five children. The privilege to home educate adopted and foster children means navigating the road of nurturing some who are incredibly brilliant and some who have been damaged by FASD. The result of that journey has led Charles to take on the leadership of the SHBE Special Needs Conferences. Charles pays the bills as a carpenter, prepares the souls as a preacher/elder and plans to pass the torch as a proud Grandfather (Papa): presently he stands with two little boys and another babe in the pouch.

Lori Dunbar

Zone 2 Director

Lori is a mom of four from Caronport, Sask.  Her and her husband, Jay, have been on their home-school journey for nine years with their two younger children.  After seeing their older kids curiosity and desire to learn wane in the school system, Jay and Lori decided it was time for a change and started homeschooling.  They have never looked back.  Lori is passionate about home education and protecting our rights as parents to teach our children, giving them the very best environment to grow into their full potential and purpose.

Greg Mile

Zone 3

Hi. My name is Greg Mile and I have sat on the SHBE board for 5 years, 1 year as a member at large and 4 years representing Zone 3 Regina. I am married to Charity Mile and have 6 daughters and 1 son in law. We have always homeschooled, have one graduated student and one graduating this year, we also have one student finishing up her kindergarten year.

Melody Friesen

Zone 4

My name is Melody Friesen, and I am the SHBE Zone 4 representative for the Saskatoon and area.  My primary reason for serving on this board is to try and help advocate for a positive fair experience to home educate your children, no matter where you live in this province.  I believe we should all feel safe and confident with school administrators, and have equal opportunity both financially and for the education of our children. As a board, we have been brainstorming different approaches that could make these ideas a reality.

Jared Summach

Zone 5

My name is Jared Summach.  I started on the SHBE board in 2017.  My wife and I have four children, all of which are homeschooled.  I work for the Saskatchewan Health Region (formerly Kelsey Trail Health Region) as a Special Care / Continuing Care Aide.

Gillian Smith

Zone 6, Secretary

Our Zone 6 Director, Gillian Smith is now mixing up a blend of family, farming, business and homeschool to wonderful results, having chosen that good portion over culinary school. She and her husband Ty homeschool their 5 children, while also farming and running an oil & gas business in the Battlefords area.

Rod Amberson

Director at Large, President

Hi, my name is Rod (imagine the stick-on name tag). I have been married to Jo for 22 years and we have 10 children ranging in age from 21 to 2 years. I work as an engineer, which I can do from home. I enjoy studying theology and philosophy, playing games with family and friends, and helping out our local support group (ARCHE). I have served on the SHBE board for 4 years, most recently as SHBE President this past year. I love homeschooling!

Krista Poppleton

Director at Large

Evan & Krista have been married for 16 years and are homeschooling their 3 children.

Jonathan Olson

Director at Large, Vice President

Director-at-Large Jonathan Olson has been on the SHBE board for three years. Although he is neither bored nor large, he sure is passionate about home schooling and parental rights! He lives in Kinistino, SK, with his wife Katie and four wonderful kids; Josiah, age 12; Melody, age 9; Harmony, age 8; and Zion, age 1. He and his wife have both enjoyed home schooling from both sides: as the students and now as the teachers. He loves the Lord, his family, the outdoors, reading, and apple pie. He has gone to school to obtain his machinist and millwright tickets. If Jonathan’s not fixing or building something, he's probably out hunting.

Anne Bennett

Past President

Anne Bennett has been on the SHBE Board since 2011, first as the help desk coordinator, and now as Past President. She lives in Shaunavon with her husband, Terry Shields, and their sons, Peter, David and Mark.

Special thanks to our many volunteers, including but not limited to:

  • Laura Holowachuk & Evan Poppleton (SHBE Book-keepers and Accountants)
  • Gerald Fortier (Nominations & Technology Consultant)
  • Charity Mile & Billy Amberson (SHBE Journal Editor)
  • Convention Committee members past and present
  • SHBE Executive Advisory Committee
    (past board members who have been requested and have agreed to join us for meetings to offer continuity and wisdom)

SHBE Convention Committee Members for 2019

The SHBE convention committee is composed of voluteers appointed by the SHBE Board of Directors. The committee operates under the direction of the SHBE Board, but with authority to make many decisions related to the convention.

Kevin & Shari Wyatt

Chairperson

This was Shari's first year as convention committee chairperson. She had a hand in most everything to do with the convention:

  • Chair planning committee meetings.
  • SHBE Board coordination
  • Facilities reservation
  • Assist with Workshop scheduling
  • Teen track planning
  • Children's program planning
  • Convention program editor

Hi, I'm Shari Wyatt. My husband Kevin and I live in Saskatoon. We have 7 children between the ages of 14 - almost 2. We have homeschooled from the beginning of our oldest child's school age journey. I started out very reluctantly but have grown to absolutely love what homeschooling has done for our family. It has been my pleasure and a privilege to Chair the Convention Committee this year. Thanks so much for attending and we hope you come away from the convention inspired and refreshed!

Jessica Harder

Co-Registrar

Jessica & Mariann worked together receiving and reporting on the convention registrations. They tracked meal needs, special requests, payments, refunds as well as handling the logistics of things like nametags, information packs, etc. The registrar works closely with the SHBE membership coordinators to ensure all registrants received their SHBE membership cards. Finally, they answered many questions and made sure that all the registrations were correct and included all the required information.

My name is Jessica Harder and I am new to the SHBE Convention Planning committee this year. Along with Mariann Allen, I am responsible for registration. Originally from Prince Albert, my husband Mason and myself live in Saskatoon with our 6 children ages 2-11. We have been home educating our children from the start but this would be our 7th year of officially homeschooling them. We enjoy all kinds of outdoor adventures as a family. It has been an honour to serve the home educating community in Saskatchewan through the planning of this convention.

Mariann Allen

Co-Registrar

Jessica & Mariann worked together receiving and reporting on the convention registrations. They tracked meal needs, special requests, payments, refunds as well as handling the logistics of things like nametags, information packs, etc. The registrar works closely with the SHBE membership coordinators to ensure all registrants received their SHBE membership cards. Finally, they answered many questions and made sure that all the registrations were correct and included all the required information.

My name is Mariann Allen. I am a wife and mother of 5 and 1 son in law.
I am in my 10th year of home schooling and have graduated my oldest three.
This is my first time being on the convention committee and it has been a pleasure to serve the home school community in this capacity.

Greg & Jessica Benson

Workshop Coordinator

Greg & Jessica worked to select speakers, schedule the workshops, receive speaker bios and workshop descriptions. As part of the total team, they helped with scheduling and convention program content.

My name is Jessica Benson. Our family lives in Saskatoon in the winter and Ranger Lake in the summer. We have four kids ages 16 to 5 and have been homeschooling for eleven years. Melanie Shevkenek and I coordinated the workshops for the homeschool convention this year. We agreed to take on this role because we had a lot of ideas for workshops and speakers we wanted to bring to the convention. We wanted the workshops to be helpful and encouraging to people at all stages of their homeschool journey.

Samantha Loewen

Vendor Hall Coordinator

Samantha handled communications related to the vendor hall, beginning in September with sending invitations and information to their list of potential vendors. Once the vendor applications are ready, they set the layout of the vendor hall, contact all the vendors again to sell booths and advertising, contract for booth rental and set up, organize the promotions (convention bags & program), and ensure the vendors are served and satisfied.

I’m Samantha Loewen. I live in Saskatoon with my husband Brian, and 3 daughters.  Our youngest two are 6 & 8, and our oldest daughter is adopted, 19 years old, and just finishing her final year in high school. When I had our 8 year old, I would never have imagined homeschooling, but over time I have become so thoroughly convinced of the benefits, I can’t imagine living our life any other way. I am doing the Vendor Coordinating for this year’s Convention Committee.

Lavonne Derkson

Homeschool Completion Recognition Coordinator

Lavonne coordinated the 11th annual SHBE homeschool completion recognition ceremony. This consists of collecting interested graduates, receiving photos and biographics, arranging the music and narration, decorating the facilities and all communication and coordination.

Francie Muchinsky

Used Books Coordinator

The SHBE Used Book Sale by Francie Muchinski. This is run as a service to SHBE members on a cost-recovery basis. SHBE members can buy and sell lightly used books and curriculum.

Francie fielded requests for used book seller numbers, solicited volunteers and communicated used book sale policies. During the convention, Francie will be busy assisting the buyers, sellers and volunteers.

Beyond the convention planning, there is a large list of volunteers who make the convention possible. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Masters of Ceremony ?
  • Charity Mile (Consulting)
  • Laura Holowachuk (Treasurer)
  • Gerald Fortier (Technology Consultant)
  • Rod Amberson (Invoicing and Consulting)
  • Used Book Sale Volunteers (Help run the Used Book Sale)
  • Registration Volunteers (Help on the day of the convention)
  • Vendor Hall Volunteers (Help the vendors set up and enforce schedule)
  • Nipawin Bible College & Millar College of the Bible (Teen Track MC)
  • Children's Track Coordinator and MC
  • OUR Vendors (who come from near and far, answer all our questions, and make a huge effort to carry the products we love)
  • The Workshop presenters (although they make it look easy, they really put in far more effort than we'll ever know in preparing their presentations)
  • The SHBE Board (for being there when requested to recommend, consult and guide on issues large and small)
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SHBE Convention Committee Members for 2018

The SHBE convention committee is composed of voluteers appointed by the SHBE Board of Directors. The committee operates under the direction of the SHBE Board, but with authority to make many decisions related to the convention.

Greg & Charity Mile

Chairperson

Charity has been the convention committee chairperson for a number of years now. She and Greg had a hand in most everything to do with the convention:

  • Chair planning committee meetings.
  • SHBE Board coordination
  • Facilities reservation
  • Assist with Workshop scheduling
  • Teen track planning
  • Children's program planning
  • Convention program editor

Michael & Ara Keffer

Registrar

Michael & Ara worked to receive, collect and report on the convention registrations. They tracked meal needs, special requests, payments, refunds as well as handling the logistics of things like nametags, information packs, etc. The registrar works closely with the SHBE membership coordinator to ensure all registrants received their SHBE membership cards. Finally, Ara answered many questions and made sure that all the registrations were correct and included all the required information.

Steve & Jodi Stasiuk

Vendor Hall Coordinators

Steve & Jodi handle all things related to the vendor hall, beginning in September with sending invitations and information to their list of potential vendors. Once the vendor applications are ready, they set the layout of the vendor hall, contact all the vendors again to sell booths and advertising, contract for booth rental and set up, organize the promotions (convention bags & program), and ensure the vendors are served and satisfied.

Chris & Twyla McDougall

Workshop Coordinator

Chris & Twyla worked to select and receive speaker bios and workshop descriptions. As part of the total team, they helped with scheduling and convention program content, as well as just being generally all-around awesome. They were new to the team this year and were very much appreciate; it was a pleasure to get to know them better.

Wayne & Karen Henrion

Used Books Coordinator

Karen took charge of the SHBE Used Book Sale. This is run as a service to SHBE members on a cost-recovery basis. SHBE members can buy and sell lightly used books and curriculum.

Karen fielded requests for used book seller numbers, solicited volunteers and communicated used book sale policies. During the convention, Karen will be busy assisting the buyers, sellers and volunteers.

Rod & Jo Amberson

Assistant, Helper,

Rod & Jo assisted with the general planning of the convention, the website and technical support.

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Beyond the convention planning, there is a large list of volunteers who make the convention possible. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Masters of Ceremony Sean and Jenn Dean
  • Home Education Completion Recognition Ceremony - Jennifer Jones
  • Used Book Sale Volunteers (Help run the Used Book Sale)
  • Registration Volunteers (Help on the day of the convention)
  • Vendor Hall Volunteers (Help the vendors set up and enforce schedule)
  • Nipawin Bible College & Millar College of the Bible (Teen Track MC)
  • Olivia Mile & her team of volunteers (Children's Track MC)
  • OUR Vendors (who come from near and far, answer all our questions, and make a huge effort to carry the products we love)
  • The Workshop presenters (although they make it look easy, they really put in far more effort than we'll ever know in preparing their presentations)
  • Laura Holowachuk (Treasurer)
  • Gerald Fortier (Technology Consultant)
  • The SHBE Board (for being there when requested to recommend, consult and guide on issues large and small)

SHBE Special Needs Mini-Conference Committee Members for 2018

The SHBE special needs mini-conference committee is composed of volunteers appointed by the SHBE Board of Directors. The committee operates under the direction of the SHBE Board, but with authority to make many decisions related to the convention.

Charles & Janice Audette

Chairperson

Charles took on the special needs mini-conference as soon as the need was identified. Charles and Janice are really the driving force behind the special needs conference.

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Thank-you to everyone who helped with this mini-conference:

  • Samantha Cameron, (HSLDA Canada Exceptional Needs Consultant)
  • Laura Holowachuk (Treasurer)
  • Gerald Fortier (Technology Consultant)
  • SHBE Board (who fully supported and encouraged the mini-conference organizers, spread the word within their zones and within their local support groups)
  • Anne Bennett (who enthusiastically championed the initiative)
  • Rod Amberson (Assisted with registrations and administration)

SHBE Special Needs Mini-Conference Committee Members for 2017

The SHBE special needs mini-conference committee is composed of volunteers appointed by the SHBE Board of Directors. The committee operates under the direction of the SHBE Board, but with authority to make many decisions related to the convention.

Charles & Janice Audette

Chairperson

Charles took on the special needs mini-conference as soon as the need was identified. Charles and Janice are really the driving force behind the special needs conference.

Anne Bennett

Facilities

Anne recognized the need for additional support and advocacy for parents who are homeschooling children with special needs. Anne has worked diligently to advocate with the Ministry of Education, and provided guidance and assistance whenever it was required.

Rod & Jo Amberson

Registration

Rod helped Charles with administration and registration.

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Thank-you to everyone who helped with this mini-conference:

  • HSLDA Canada (who supported, encouraged, and shared SHBE's passion to serve the special-needs community)
  • Laura Holowachuk (Treasurer)
  • Gerald Fortier (Technology Consultant)
  • SHBE Board (who caught the vision and fully supported and encouraged the mini-conference organizers, spread the word within their zones and within their local support groups, helped make connections with caterers, suggested topics, etc, etc, etc)
  • Steve Demme (who enthusiastically encouraged SHBE's initiatives to support parents to homeschool their special-needs children)

SHBE Convention Committee Members for 2017

The SHBE convention committee is composed of voluteers appointed by the SHBE Board of Directors. The committee operates under the direction of the SHBE Board, but with authority to make many decisions related to the convention.

Greg & Charity Mile

Chairperson

Charity has been the convention committee chairperson for a number of years now. She and Greg had a hand in most everything to do with the convention:

  • Chair planning committee meetings.
  • SHBE Board coordination
  • Facilities reservation
  • Assist with Workshop scheduling
  • Teen track planning
  • Children's program planning
  • Convention program editor

Michael & Ara Keffer

Registrar

Michael & Ara worked to receive, collect and report on the convention registrations. They tracked meal needs, special requests, payments, refunds as well as handling the logistics of things like nametags, information packs, etc. The registrar works closely with the SHBE membership coordinator to ensure all registrants received their SHBE membership cards. Finally, Ara answered many questions and made sure that all the registrations were correct and included all the required information.

Rod & Jo Amberson

Vendor Hall Coordinators

Rod & Jo handle all things related to the vendor hall, beginning in September with sending invitations and information to their list of potential vendors. Once the vendor applications are ready, they set the layout of the vendor hall, contact all the vendors again to sell booths and advertising, contract for booth rental and set up, organize the promotions (convention bags & program), and ensure the vendors are served and satisfied.

Rod also put together shbecon.ca.

Chris & Twyla McDougall

Workshop Coordinator

Chris & Twyla worked to select and receive speaker bios and workshop descriptions. As part of the total team, they helped with scheduling and convention program content, as well as just being generally all-around awesome. They were new to the team this year and were very much appreciate; it was a pleasure to get to know them better.

Wayne & Karen Henrion

Used Books Coordinator + Graduation Ceremony

Karen took charge of the SHBE Used Book Sale. This is run as a service to SHBE members on a cost-recovery basis. SHBE members can buy and sell lightly used books and curriculum.

Karen fielded requests for used book seller numbers, solicited volunteers and communicated used book sale policies. During the convention, Karen will be busy assisting the buyers, sellers and volunteers.

Karen & Wayne also put together the Graduation Completion Ceremony. This included communication with parents and graduates, gathering bios, planning the ceremony itself and recruiting volunteers.

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Beyond the convention planning, there is a large list of volunteers who make the convention possible. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Masters of Ceremony Jonas Hildebrandt and Kelvin Friesen
  • Used Book Sale Volunteers (Help run the Used Book Sale)
  • Registration Volunteers (Help on the day of the convention)
  • Vendor Hall Volunteers (Help the vendors set up and "police" the Vendor Hall)
  • Nipawin Bible College & Millar College of the Bible (Teen Track MC and Co-ordinators)
  • Olivia Mile & her team of volunteers (Children's Track MC and Co-ordinators)
  • OUR Vendors (who come from near and far, answer all our questions, and make a huge effort to carry the products we love)
  • The Workshop presenters (although they make it look easy, they really put in far more effort than we'll ever know in preparing their presentations)
  • Laura Holowachuk (Treasurer)
  • Gerald Fortier (Technology Consultant)
  • The SHBE Board (for being there when requested to recommend, consult and guide on issues large and small)